About Us

What is HESPA?

The Higher Education Strategic Planners Association is the representative body for those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education.


Our Strategic Objectives

  • To provide an active forum for strategic planners in higher education to network, discuss, improve and influence
  • To be the primary organisation dedicated to supporting the professional development and career progression of those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education
  • To represent a compelling and unified voice for members, while recognising their contrasting needs and ideas
  • To influence and shape the future of higher education by challenging policy and promoting awareness and understanding of strategy and planning issues locally, nationally and internationally
  • To establish new and improved ways of engaging internal and external stakeholders to benefit strategic planners, their wider connections and the sector overall
  • To continually learn and seek out new knowledge and understanding, including that of operational best practice, to expand and improve that of our members

To find out more about more about what HESPA does or how to become a member, please contact us



Executive members are intentionally spread well across the sector, selected on the basis of a balance between their individual knowledge and experience and their intuition’s type, location, mission and remit.

Meet the Exec

Our Staff

The HESPA office is based at Loughborough University and led by Jen Summerton and Monica Madeley. They are supported by PHES colleagues, some of whom are based in Loughborough and others who work at different locations across the UK.

Meet our team


To keep HESPA running smoothly, we have a number of committees of volunteers from our membership, covering a range of functions.

Find out more about our committees


The Higher Education Strategic Planners Association is the representative body for those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education. See what our membership has to offer.

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Get involved

There are lots of ways for members to get involved, so keep a look out and get in touch if you have any new ideas for Member Networks or other ways of supporting the planning community through HESPA.

See how you could get involved


HESPA is pleased to offer Corporate Membership to respected companies and suppliers.

Read about our supporters



HESPA is a special interest organisation of the company Professional HE Services Limited - find out more about PHES.


Other sector associations

We work with other sector associations as much as possible to reduce duplication and to drive collaboration and healthy cross-departmental working. Here is a list of all the associations we are aware of in HE. If you know of any others, please get in touch.

There are also lots of acronyms in the sector, so we have compiled a useful list.




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