Director-General and Chief Executive, The Russell Group
Wendy Piatt is the first director-general and chief executive of The Russell Group of universities, which represents 24 major research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom and provides strategic direction and policy development. She was previously deputy director and head of public service reform at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where she also led work on social mobility, local government, education and skills, and digital inclusion. She also has served as head of education policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research, specializing in higher and further education. She has written numerous reports on education policy, has published many articles in UK newspapers and journals, and frequently appears in broadcast media.