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Ashfords Networking Event for Women

By November 9, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM, Why Exeter blog





Ashfords Networking Event for Women

Time and Venue
Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm 
Ashfords LLP, Ashford House, Grenadier Road, Exeter, EX1 3LH

Having joined Harvard University in 2016, Professor Purcell is exploring leadership and governance models that support resilience and agility in times of disruption with a focus on driving sustainable organizations.  She delivered her programme at Cambridge University in 2016 and 2017, at Lancaster University in 2017 and continues to support the Executive Education and Extension School sessions at Harvard University; her book is scheduled for publication in 2018.

Professor Purcell was a Non-Executive Board Member with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2013-2016), where she was Chair of the Nominations Committee.  A member of the Cabinet Office Talent Advisory Group she has previously delivered sessions on ‘How to be an inspirational manager’ and ‘Diversity: inclusive leadership skills and awareness’.  Wendy was an Expert Adviser to Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Economic Growth (2013) and Sir Adrian Smith’s Postgraduate Review (2010).  She has also supported various Foresight programmes for the Government Office for Science.

Professor Purcell is a Council Member of the United Nations University and holds various Director/Trustee roles with UK Charities, including the National Marine Aquarium and the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges.  She is Chair of the Council for Healthcare Scientists and a life scientist researcher having worked with pharma/biotech in the UK, Europe and USA.  Wendy is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

An academic bioscientist by background, Professor Purcell was President Vice-Chancellor (Chief Executive) of a public research university in the UK for 8 years (2007-15), establishing its enterprise vision and ‘anchor’ (civic engagement) institution status, taking it to the top 1% of all universities, to 37th in the world rankings of modern universities, and number 1 ‘green’ university in the UK.  She consults for Microsoft, EduTech and a global search firm on international trends in the higher education sector and the leadership challenges.  Wendy continues to undertake research in her field of pre-clinical science, with some 100 publications and also explores disruption in the global higher education sector with an emphasis on leadership and governance models.



12:00 : Arrival and Refreshments
12:20 : Talk from Professor Wendy Purcell
12:50 : Questions
13:05 : Lunch and Networking
14:00 : Close



Rachael Hopper
01392 333868
[email protected]


Spaces are limited for this event; we therefore invite your prompt response to avoid disappointment. Due to the popularity of this event, we will be limiting the attendees to two per company.

Please note, Ashfords has limited parking available on a first come first served basis.