Russell Group appoints new Chief Executive

30 October 2017

The Russell Group is pleased to announce that Dr Tim Bradshaw has been appointed as its new Chief Executive. Tim, who has held the position of Acting Director since February 2017, has been confirmed in the role following an open recruitment process.


Dr Bradshaw said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead the Russell Group at such a crucial time for our universities and for the UK more generally. The landscape for higher education is undergoing a major reorganisation as the new Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) become established and start to develop their new roles. As Chief Executive, I want to play a central role in delivering the government’s industrial strategy ambitions. And, of course, we still face significant uncertainty over Brexit.




“The Russell Group will be keeping the interests of our world-leading universities high on the Government’s agenda, so we can continue to play to our strengths in research, teaching and innovation.”


Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Chair of the Russell Group and Vice Chancellor of University of Glasgow, said: “This is a great appointment for the Russell Group and for the wider HE sector. Our 24 members do tremendous public good and are fundamental to the future success of the UK, bringing together world-class research and outstanding teaching. Tim has all the credentials necessary to lead the organisation over the next few years. He brings to the role a wealth of experience in higher education, business and government as well as an in-depth understanding of the major policy challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”


Tim has been with the Russell Group since 2012. He previously held the senior positions of Director of Policy and, before that, of Head of Policy for Research and Innovation. He joined the organisation from the CBI, where he was Head of Group, leading work on industrial strategy, manufacturing, competitiveness, university-business collaboration, and science and technology policy.






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