John Berry is the founder and Chair of Brightside.
After working for what is now Astra Zeneca for 13 years in a number of domestic, overseas and international marketing positions, John set up the Complete Medical Group of Companies (CMG) in 1990 which provided medical communications, market research, PR and training to the pharmaceutical industry. By the time it was sold to McCann Erickson in 1998, CMG consisted of 13 separate businesses employing over 240 staff in the UK, USA and Canada.
In 2000, John was instrumental in creating InforMed which provides innovative medical, marketing and training solutions to the international pharmaceutical industry. In 2010 InforMed, consisting of four companies operating in the UK and US was sold to United Drug Group, following which John continued as Chair of InforMed until December 2014.
Outside of work, John’s interests include high latitude offshore sailing, ski-ing, ski-touring, climbing, mountaineering, cycling and running.
Jim Heron is the founder and Treasurer of Brightside.
Jim is a Commercial Finance Director with extensive experience of the medical and marketing communications and professionals services sectors. He was a founder of the InforMed Group in 2000, and was responsible for the financial management at InforMed and the Complete Medical Group of Companies. Jim led on the financial and legal aspects of two exits to large international companies, and successfully managed the integration of the businesses while delivering on growth commitments to the new owners.
Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and has also worked as an auditor at BDO Stoy Hayward.
Outside of work, Jim enjoys cycling, running and ski-ing.
Andy joined Harper Adams University senior management team in January 2014 as Director of Learning and Teaching, including responsibility for the Internationalisation Strategy. He has been a senior manager in higher education for more than 10 years. From 2007 to 2014 he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Learning at Manchester Metropolitan University and Dean of the Faculty of Education. Prior to that role he held posts as Head of Department and Deputy Director of the Institute of Education.
A graduate of the University of Birmingham, Andy’s interests in teaching were developed via theatre-in-education experiences. He gained a PGCE in secondary education before teaching performing arts and English. His MPhil focused on group-devised, educational theatre forms and processes.
Joining MMU in 1990, he worked extensively as a teacher trainer, in-service tutor and consultant across all phases of education both in the UK and overseas. He led a large modularised, Master’s level CPD portfolio for teachers, FE/HE lecturers and related professionals across all subject areas before moving into senior university management.
Andy Jones is a fellow of the RSA, an honorary fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management and was Vice Chair of the UK Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) until 2013.
Pamela is Director of Student Services at Birmingham City University where her team delivers services across a whole range of functions and issues including careers and employment, disability support, mental health and wellbeing, counselling, childcare, student finance, international student advice and complaints and appeals. She also has a cross-university role in relation to the student experience working closely with many other areas of the university including the Students’ Union.
She sits on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Student Finance Stakeholder Interest Group and is also a Trustee of the Guild of Students at the University of Liverpool.
John Selby retired in April 2010 from the post of Director (Education and Participation) at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). John joined HEFCE in 1999, initially as Regional Consultant for the East Midlands. In 2001, he became Regional Consultant for the West Midlands, with lead responsibility for widening participation. From 2006 -2010, In his role as Director, John held responsibility for all HEFCE’s work in teaching, learning, and widening participation, and for the Midlands and Northern institutional teams. He also had responsibility for a number of key policy areas including HEFCE’s oversight of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the joint committee of the UK HE and FE funding bodies established to provide leadership in the innovative use of ICT to support education and research, and chaired the Performance Indicators Steering Group.
Before joining HEFCE, John worked for 26 years at Coventry Polytechnic/University, initially as an academic and course leader for the BA in Applied Social Science. He is a sociologist by background, with a PhD from McMaster University in Ontario. After a period serving as Head of Department, he became Head of Educational Partnerships at the university.
Since 2011, John has chaired the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education and, in 2015, became a member of the Board of Governors of Hartpury College and its Quality Enhancement and Standards Committee.
Rolande Anderson has had a wide-ranging senior career in Government- she was Director General of the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office until 2010 – and now works as an independent non-executive. She is a member of the Bar Standards Board and Chairs its Equalities and Diversity Committee. She is a Governor of London Metropolitan University as well as a trustee of St Mungo’s, Volunteering Matters and Citizens Advice. She currently mentors on the Whitehall and Industry Group women’s Leadership Programme. She is an Honorary Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Lin Proctor has worked in inner London comprehensive schools for more than a decade introducing young people to the world of work. She has worked with a wide range of employers, apprenticeship providers and educational establishments to broaden the horizons and raise the aspirations of students from less advantaged backgrounds. Prior to working in education, Lin worked in PR and marketing including eight years running her own successful PR company.
As part of her work in schools Lin was invited to form part of the senior panel that produced London Ambitions: Shaping a successful careers offer for all young Londoners. She continues to work with the panel as an ambassador. She has also consulted on reports for NFER, APPG for Education and on advisory boards for a number of different industry bodies. As a geography graduate, Lin begun her working life as a geography teacher.
Away from work, Lin enjoys gardening, dressmaking, walking and spending time in France.
Jon Beard is the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and the Head of the Cambridge Admissions Office at the University of Cambridge, and a bye-fellow of Selwyn College. He has 20 years of experience in higher education admissions, recruitment and widening participation and believes passionately in encouraging bright students from all backgrounds to realise their potential. Prior to joining Cambridge in 2008, Jon worked at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, from which he also graduated with a degree in English History. Jon is originally from Ongar in Essex and is a Member of the Ongar Academy Trust.
Louise Byrne is a Director at Google Cloud, where she is responsible for the Learning Services Global GTM (Go-to-Market). This team aims to educate any learner anywhere on Google Cloud technologies, using both online and traditional classroom based formats to reach hundreds of thousands of learners. Louise has worked in a number of strategy and business operations roles across Google since joining the company in 2010.
Prior to Google, Louise spent a number of years at McKinsey & Co. where she consulted companies from a number of industries. Earlier in her career Louise established and sold a socially responsible business that was focused on the use of organic cotton and ethical supply chains in its products. Louise’s first role post university was as President of AIESEC Ireland, a global organisation focused on developing the leadership potential of young students through experiential learning and volunteer opportunities.
Louise holds an MBA from London Business School and an B. Sc in Management from Trinity College Dublin.