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Jennifer Summerton (Executive Director, HESPA)



Jen has worked in the sector for ten years and joined HESPA in September 2014 as its first official staff member. She has since then worked to develop HESPA's profile to drive the professionalisation of higher education strategy and planning professionals, ensuring that their voice is heard and represented in sector-wide discussion and debate. Jen has also worked to improve HESPA's membership services. She has increased the provision of strategic planning-related training and worked to forge stronger networks between HESPA members internally to enable collaboration and sharing of best practice. Jen is heavily involved in external stakeholder liaison and ensuring that clear pathways exist for members to also engage externally.

Prior to her role with HESPA, Jen worked at the University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham in various marketing, communications and international roles.

Jen is a qualified practitioner of PRINCE2 and MSP. Before joining the HE sector, she worked as a journalist and PR consultant in London and Islamabad.

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