Roger Brown is the former Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University. He was previously Chief Executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, Chief Executive of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, and Secretary of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council. Before that he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Trade and Industry (1976-90) and an administrator with the Inner London Education Authority (1969-76). He has served on many national committees and boards. He has written four books and many articles and lectures on different aspects of higher education. He has been a Professor, Visiting Professor or equivalent at twelve universities. He was elected a Life Vice President of the Society for Research in Higher Education in 2007 and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of University Administrators in 2010. He has Honorary Degrees from Southampton Solent University, the University of Southampton, Liverpool Hope University, and the University of West London. He received the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. His latest book The Inequality Crisis: The facts and what we can do about it was published by Policy Press in September 2017. He is an international authority on the application of markets to the provision of higher education.