Patricia has spent most of her career in higher education advocacy and policy development, including seven years as Chief Executive of GuildHE, the representative organisation for specialist and smaller higher education institutions. During that period she played a key role in securing changes to the award of university title. From 2007-2011, Patricia was an Associate Director at SQW Consulting, leading much of the company’s higher education research and evaluation work. In this role, she directed a diverse range of projects covering topics such as widening participation, graduate employability, teaching and learning enhancement, language learning, internationalisation, governance and sustainable development. Most recently, she has been Deputy Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, an independent research organisation and membership charity.
Communication and Administration Officer
Sian Edwards is Care Experienced and entered Higher Education as a mature student and then worked within the sector for over 10 years. She has experience in university admissions, student recruitment and outreach and, most recently, prior to joining NNECL Sian worked as an Outreach Practitioner in The University of Brighton’s Widening Participation team where she was also the named contact for Care Leavers within the institution. Having been a member of NNECL for over 7 years, Sian has actively participated in the regional group and has a strong commitment to developing good working relationships amongst all those supporting CEES young people. She believes in the importance of social mobility and the right to education, particularly around the access to education for Care Leavers, Care Experienced and Estranged young people.