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Executive Committee

The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA) Executive Committee consists of several key members who support and manage the association's activities. These individuals play crucial roles in managing BUILA’s initiatives and representing the interests of BUILA members in international higher education.

Meet the BUILA Executive Committee


Philippa Collins Robson

OfS, DfE, DIT, Home Office, BC, AGCAS, Employability Group, Conference

Executive Director


Catriona McCarthy

BUILA Chair, ISAB, Northern Ireland Representative, OFS, UUK-UUKi, DBT

Director for Global Engagement, Ulster University


Andrew Bird

Vice Chair, HEAG & Data Lead

Chief Marketing Officer, Solent University, Southampton


Nancy Cooke

BUILA Vice-chair, UUK/UUKi, Conference

Director – International Development, University of Salford


Karen Blackney

BUILA Executive, APPG, Wider partners, UKCISA & ISEG

Head of International, University of East Anglia


George Hunt

BUILA Executive, DFE & Sponsorship

Director of International Development, Teesside University


Stuart Easter

BUILA Executive Scotland Representative, DBT, TNE & Partnerships, Training

Head of International Partnerships & Student Recruitment, Edinburgh Napier University


Brian Greenwood

BUILA Executive, ECTIS, Training and Conference

Associate Director of International Student Recruitment, University of Exeter


Jasmine Bual

BUILA Executive, UCAS, Training, AQF

Regional Manager (South East Asia), Durham University


Ula Tang-Plowman

BUILA Executive, UKCISA & ISEG, RIGs, HESA & Jisc, China RIG Chair

Director of International Recruitment, University of Central Lancashire


Jake Duffin

BUILA Executive, British Council, AQF, UCAS

Head of International Student Recruitment, Global Engagement, Queen Mary University of London


Francis Glover

BUILA Executive, Home Office/UKVI, PR Campaign, APPG

Director of Global Recruitment at Oxford Brookes University


Samuel Jackson-Royle

BUILA Executive, Wales Representative, PR Campaign, Home Office/UKVI, TNE & Partnerships

Director of International Operations & Admissions, Marketing, Communications & Recruitment, Bangor University

Dee De Rocha

BUILA Co-Opt ,Compliance Network, Conference, AQF

International Director, University of Cumbria


Shonagh Maak

Co-opt, AQF Lead, South Asia RIG CHair

Head of International Stakeholder Engagement, University of Glasgow

Sarah Caine


Edward Chan

Projects and Events Lead


Paulina Day

Head of Marketing and Communications


Kim Hadley

BUILA Administrative & Executive Board Lead


Jennifer Plant

Marketing and Communications Support