The Team

The Team

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The Executive Team

Sam Laidlaw

Sam Laidlaw


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Sam Laidlaw brings extensive experience of working in business both in the UK, and internationally, having held responsibility for businesses across four continents.

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CEO Joe Marshall

Dr Joe Marshall

Chief Executive

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Formerly Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy at NCUB, Dr Joe Marshall took over as Chief Executive in summer 2018.

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Professor Graeme Reid

Professor Graeme Reid

Strategic Adviser

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Alongside his role at NCUB, Professor Graeme Reid is Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London. He is a member of the Council of Research England.

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Rosalind Lowe

Rosalind Lowe

Head of Policy and Engagement

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Rosalind leads on NCUB’s policy programmes, as well as member engagement, communications and public affairs. Prior to joining NCUB, Rosalind worked as a Director at the University of Bedfordshire and researcher at Universities UK.


Louise Lilley

Louise Lilley

Head of Operations and Planning

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Louise's focus is on ensuring that the organisation is able to function successfully and respond flexibly to the changing environment. Prior to joining NCUB in September 2019, Louise held a number of senior operations positions, primarily in membership organisations but also in the private and in the education sector.


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Siân Fedeski

Operations Coordinator

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Siân supports The Head of Operations and Planning by providing coordination and administration of operations activites.


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Emma Gray

Personal Assistant to Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive

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The Policy and Engagement Team

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Nick Bowles

Membership Engagement Manager

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Nick manages NCUB’s member engagement and is driven to ensure that members are maximizing the benefits of their membership. Nick has worked in membership organisations for the last 15 years in account management, member engagement, member recruitment and stakeholder engagement from both operational and strategic perspectives. He has an extensive network across both the public and private sector and has a passion for championing diversity, equality, fairness and accessibility in the workforce.


Linda Bedenik

Fariba Soetan

Policy Lead for Research and Innovation

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Fariba plays a pivotal role shaping, positioning and driving our policy and engagement activities across all aspects of our research and innovation portfolio.


Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Policy Lead for Skills and Talent

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Chris leads NCUB’s work on skills and talent through shaping, positioning and driving our policy and engagement activities in this area.


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Bethan Caunt

Communications and Public Affairs Manager

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Bethan manages NCUB's public relations and communications strategies. She looks after our media relations, our website and social media. She would love to hear from members interested in submitting a blog or success story for publication.


Linda Bedenik

Linda Bedenik

Policy Analyst

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Linda sources and analyses data to create and drive programmes of research for NCUB.


Zakaria Ismail

Zakaria Ismail

Policy Analyst

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Zak is responsible for evidence gathering and analytical work. His work predominantly involves the analysis of place-based growth and Government policy to the specific context of local areas.

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Eddie Abrams

Eddie Abrams

Head of konfer (interim)

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Lampros Litos

Head of Services Delivery

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Lampros is currently leading on digital services at the National Centre for Universities and Businesses. Starting off as a chemical engineer and quality manager in industry, Lampros has been working on knowledge exchange projects between businesses and academia for the past 15 years in R&D roles, knowledge transfer roles (KTN, RSC), as well as a researcher at Cambridge University. An engineer at heart, loves to solve complex industry problems through effective knowledge exchange and aims at putting scalable digital knowledge exchange services at the hands of scientists, engineers and managers in the UK.


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Shivaun Meehan

Stakeholder and Communications Manager

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Graham Doe

Graham Doe

Business Engagement Manager

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