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Gordon McKenzie

CEO
GuildHE (Confirmed)

As Chief Executive, Gordon is responsible for leading and developing GuildHE as a key representative and advocacy body in the higher education sector. Gordon advises the Chair, Executive and Council Members on developing and implementing GuildHE policies and strategy and leads on communicating with government and other stakeholders on higher education issues. Prior to joining GuildHE, Gordon was Deputy Director, HE Strategy and Policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As a senior civil servant, Gordon worked at a high level in government higher education policy for almost a decade. He has experience handling sensitive areas including the implementation of the Browne review on higher education funding and successive government spending reviews. He has also worked with a range of ministers on innovative policies including tackling an increase in graduate unemployment and encouraging the growth of a more competitive sector.

  • Understanding the outlines of the Next EU Framework Programme (FP9) from 2021 – 2027 following the H2020 mid-term review
  • Securing continued access to EU research and innovation funding streams, such as the Horizon 2020 programme
  • Continuing to collaborate with European academic institutions to foster innovative research
  • Protecting UK HE’s ability to recruit and retain academic talent and support staff from around the world