Directors' Forum 20-21 March 2018


The first PraxisAuril Directors' Forum will take place in Cambridge this spring.  Join us at the Møller Centre for a day of focused discussion and debate!

This event - for PraxisAuril members only - provides the opportunity to meet with peers and debate topical issues affecting the sector. In a challenging and changing environment this is an ideal occasion to learn about new approaches to managing, evaluating and promoting research collaboration and enterprise activities. The Forum also provides valuable input to the PraxisAuril advocacy activities on behalf of all members.

Please note that places for this event are limited.  Multiple registrations from a single institution may be restricted. 

Early registration is advised to secure your place!

Event format:

  • Evening dinner followed by day of talks and networking


  • PraxisAuril members: Heads of Office 
  • Key sector stakeholders (by invitation only)

Click here to view Programme                                                                                                                    


The Møller Centre is a world-class, dedicated residential leadership development and conference centre at Churchill College, in the University of Cambridge. Inspiration for the centre came from the connection between two great leaders, Sir Winston Churchill, and Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller, whose vision and benefaction has created a unique ‘Centre for Excellence’.


PraxisAuril has secured a limited number of bedrooms for delegates at the Møller Centre (£130 + VAT, including breakfast).

Please book directly with the Møller Centre by calling 01223 465500 and quoting reference KX34751.  Unsold bedrooms will be released on 23 February 2018.

Check in: from 2.30pm


By Car – there is free on-site parking for over 150 cars at the Møller Centre. Please note when entering Storey’s Way from Huntingdon Road (A1307), there are width restrictions. Alternatively approach Storey’s Way from the Madingley Road entrance.

For Sat Nav please use the postcode CB3 0DS

Train – there is a fast and frequent rail service from London King’s Cross (45 minutes) & London Liverpool Street (1 hour 15 mins) and Stansted Airport (30 minutes) through to Cambridge. There are excellent connections from Scotland & the North via Peterborough, as well as services from Birmingham & the Midlands, East Anglia & the North West. Cambridge train station is about a 20 minute taxi ride from the Møller Centre. Cambridge North train station is also about 20 minutes drive away from the Centre.

For further information on how to get to the Møller Centre please click here.


20 March 2018 9:00 PM   to   21 March 2018 4:00 PM
The Møller Centre
Churchill College
Storey's Way
Cambridge, CB3-0DE
United Kingdom

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Phone: 01223 659963
Event fee (does not include accommodation) £ 295.00

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Alice Frost

Alice Frost is the Head of Knowledge Exchange and Skills Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE - the primary public funder of higher education in England). She has previously held a number of policy positions at the Council, including Head of Research Policy, Head of Learning and Teaching and Head of Business and Community Policy. Alice Frost has had a varied career in the UK in national public policy (including in the Department for Education, Cabinet Office/Office of Science and Technology and House of Commons), higher education policy (Universities UK and the charitable sector), and in HE and the regions. Her areas of policy interest include science and technology policy and regional economic development. She studied politics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University.


Dr. Deborah Lock


Dr. Siraj Shaikh

Siraj Ahmed Shaikh is Professor of Systems Security at the Centre for Transport and Mobility Research at Coventry University, where he leads the Cyber Security Group involved in automotive and transport security.
From February 2015 till May 2016, he was seconded to the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), which is the innovation network in Britain. He served as cyber security lead for the KTN coordinating activities across academia, industry and national policy. From March 2015 till March 2016, he was also seconded to HORIBA MIRA, as part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s industrial secondment scheme.


Greg Wade

Greg Wade is a policy manager at Universities UK leading on Innovation, growth, employability and skills. This work includes the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the economic impact of universities, supply and demand for graduates and degree apprenticeships.
During his career at Universities UK Greg has led policy in areas such as leadership, management and governance, teaching and learning, teacher education and better regulation.
Before joining UUK Greg worked as a policy adviser in the predecessor to GuildHE, the Standing Conference of Principles leading on areas that included quality, estates, human resources and international issues.
Greg started his career as a quality assurance officer at the University of Surrey where for seven years he was involved in administering external examining reports, internal course validation and external accreditation as well as servicing numerous university and faculty committees and managing audit and quality assessment visits. Greg also supported the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) submission. Greg was an audit secretary for five institutional quality audit visits.


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