Team Wonkhe

  • Mark Leach

    Founder and Editor, Wonkhe

    Mark Leach is the founder and Editor of Wonkhe. Mark worked in policy, politics and public affairs in and around UK higher education and founded Wonkhe in 2011 while working as a jobbing policy wonk in the sector. The first part of his career took him to the National Union of Students, HEFCE, University Alliance, GuildHE as well as a stint in politics as a special adviser to the former Shadow Minister for Universities & Science. Mark began full-time work on Wonkhe in mid-2014 turning it from a Sunday afternoon hobby to a growing company with a full-time team based in London.

    As Editor, Mark writes, commissions and edits articles on the site, edits and writes the Monday Morning HE Briefing and Wonkhe Daily email briefings and oversees and produces all other Wonkhe output. In his role as Director, Mark leads the team in London and works to develop Wonkhe’s products, partnerships and commercial activity. You can read more about everything that Wonkhe does here.

  • Ant Bagshaw

    Deputy Director, Wonkhe

    As Wonkhe’s Deputy Director, Ant leads the work with our partners and supporters. He has also developed and delivered a wide range of seminars, conferences and events as well as professional development activities under the ‘Learning to Wonk’ banner. On Wonkhe’s blogs, he has written on numerous topics and, in particular, shared his expertise in all elements of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

    Before joining Wonkhe in May 2016, Ant worked with the senior management teams at LSE and the University of Kent. He has also worked for University College London, the National Union of Students and as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency. Ant is studying for an EdD in Higher Education and is enjoying exploring the relationship between policy, leadership and institutional performance.

  • Catherine Boyd

    Executive Officer, Wonkhe

    Catherine is Executive Officer at Wonkhe. She joined in September 2016 after working as a Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator for the Quality Assurance Agency. She led external relations with students, providers, PSRBs and key policy wonks. She has also worked for the University of Creative Arts managing a student engagement project.

    As Executive Officer, Catherine is responsible for the development and delivery of events and other projects. She provides support across a wide range of activities including our partnership scheme.

  • David Kernohan

    Associate Editor, Wonkhe

    David Kernohan is Associate Editor of Wonkhe. Until June 2016, he worked at Jisc as a programme manager and senior codesign manager, after being seconded from HEFCE in 2006. He has also worked for the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales).  As Associate Editor, David has responsibility for the development and delivery of a variety of editorial content. His key areas of wonkishness include teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education.

    David has written for Wonkhe since foundation, and also maintains a personal blog.

  • Louis Coiffait

    Associate Editor, Wonkhe

    As Associate Editor at Wonkhe, Louis writes, commissions and edits articles, as well as the Daily and Weekly emails. He also speaks at events, and leads on a number of new partnerships, consultancy and services.

    Louis is passionate about education policy and innovation, having researched topics such as; the school workforce, access to HE, apprenticeships, selective schools, the impact agenda, employer mentoring, open data, education technology, careers advice, enterprise education, STEM skills and school programme evaluations.

    His career includes working with Reform, The National Foundation for Educational Research, Taylor & Francis, The Careers & Enterprise Company, NAHT Edge, Pearson, the Higher Education Academy, the Teacher Training Agency, for an MP and a Minister. Louis first met Mark while editing the Blue Skies series for Pearson in 2012, and has been a fan of Wonkhe ever since.

    He is committed to volunteering, including a decade as a school governor within a federation in Hackney which he now chairs, and joined a school in Tower Hamlets last year. He also spent three years as Chair of Westminster Students’ Union. He studied at York, UCLA and Cambridge. He’s an RSA Fellow, amateur photographer, proud East London citizen and Yorkshireman (really).

  • Arthi Nachiappan

    Editorial Assistant, Wonkhe

    Arthi is Editorial Assistant at Wonkhe. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in July, and has worked at the news and data desks at the Times and the Sunday Times after being news editor for News UK’s News Academy 2016. Arthi previously worked in Parliament as an intern to George Hollingbery MP, as a news reporter for Colombia Reports, and as Deputy Editor-In-Chief for the University of Warwick’s student newspaper, the Boar.

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