Alison Johns is chief executive of Advance HE. Prior to autumn 2017 she was chief executive of the Leadership Foundation. She has worked in higher education for 25 years, including as head of policy for leadership, governance and management at HEFCE), where she established the Leadership Foundation and the Equality Challenge Unit. She is a past president of the Association of University Administrators and represents the UK on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resources Management Network. She recently joined the British Council’s planning committee for Going Global, the major international higher education conference. Her international experience of higher education includes leading the review of teaching and learning for the Australian government which led to the establishment of the Office for Learning and Teaching.