2019 Closing plenary

Friday 5 July, 12.05 - 1.05pm

Meet the new Chief Executive! Q&A with Anne Marie Graham

Anne Marie is the new Chief Executive of UKCISA.

Read the news of Anne Marie's appointment here

Anne Marie joins UKCISA from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, where she was Director of Chevening, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s flagship global scholarship scheme.

Prior to that, Anne Marie has led on a range of educational programmes and projects promoting international mobility and intercultural exchange. At Universities UK International, she developed the first government-funded UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, and established the Go International programme to build capacity and influence institutional change in UK universities to increase the proportion of UK-domiciled students with international experience.

At the National Centre for Languages, she directed the development of new National Occupational Standards in Translation and Interpreting in conjunction with language service practitioners and employers, and led on the National Networks for Translation and Interpreting for the Routes into Languages programme. Before moving into the education sector, Anne Marie spent several years in the language services industry managing high profile accounts with multinational engineering and pharmaceutical companies.

Anne Marie is a linguist, with a first degree in Modern Languages from Anglia Ruskin University and a postgraduate translation qualification from University of Westminster. She continues to support the professional standards in the language professions and is a member of the Qualifications and Standards Committee of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.


Chair: Prof Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield, and Chair of UKCISA’s Board of Trustees

Koen is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. He was previously Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of York. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees at UCAS, Chair of the N8 Research Partnership, Chair of the Employers Pension Forum for Higher Education. He is also Deputy Chair and a Board Member of The Russell Group, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, the Outward Mobility Strategy Board, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, the White Rose University Consortium, the Worldwide Universities Network and Yorkshire Universities.

Koen was born in Hasselt, Belgium, he holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy (1985) and Psychology (1987) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology (1992) from the University of Leuven.

Following a research appointment at the University of Chicago, he became a lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 1992. He was Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Warwick from 2000 to 2013. At Warwick, he served as Faculty Chair for Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Science & Medicine) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost.

Koen has a track record of experimental research into cognitive processes in perception, memory and decision making, and of mathematical and computational modelling of these processes. He has collaborated with commercial and industrial partners in applied research that has focused on consumer behaviour and product design. He was a recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Award (1996) and of the Experimental Psychology Society Prize (1997).