Liz has been Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at Staffordshire since April 2016 having previously been Deputy Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and Derby University after a long career at Teesside University. As a leading provider of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, Staffordshire University has a strong connection with businesses across the region. Throughout her career, Liz has built connections with employers and industry working in partnership to provide vocationally relevant courses and upskill the workforce. With an academic background in physiology she worked closely with the NHS developing new ways of working and qualification frameworks. Subsequently she has led on significant developments with law enforcement agencies. Liz’s career has been built around leading learning and teaching and the student experience, with a passion for creative and innovative approaches to enhance the student journey and their achievements. With a passion for digital technologies and how they can be used to transform the workplace and the learner’s experience she joined the JISC Board in 2016. Committed to education and young people Liz is a member of five Multi-Academy Trusts and is Co-Chair of the Opportunity Area Partnership Board. Liz believes it is important that education and employers are seen to be working jointly in endeavours to improve the life chances of young people in Stoke on Trent. She is a member of the Stoke-on-Trent Children’s Services Improvement Board and a member of the Local Enterprise Partnership for which she Chairs the Skills Advisory Panel and Future Workforce sub committee.