Meet the SRHE team

The Society is supported by a small executive team, who are responsible for the day to day running of the Society, delivery of its services to its members and activities in support of the advancement of Higher Education Research internationally.

Helen Perkins

Helen was appointed Director/CEO of SRHE in January 2005.She brings to the Society a wealth of business experience at top management level, gained in both the public and private sector. This spanned industry (chemicals, construction, and steel making) and the financial sector and management consultancy (Director Human Resources Development for Pricewaterhouse Europe).

Throughout her business career Helen invested personal and professional time engaged in working with the Higher Education sector, through appointments on numerous Government and Higher Education advisory bodies and Councils over many years and from her time as deputy chairman of Staffordshire University Board of Governors, pre and post 1992, and as a member of several university career boards.
Helen was Chairman of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR now Institute of Student Employers (ISE), the employers’ organisation representing businesses large and small, engaged in graduate recruitment and career development. In this capacity she led a major project to establish a framework for best practice in the recruitment and continuous development of graduates in employment, spearheaded new initiatives designed to foster effective partnerships between business and higher education and commissioned the AGR Report on Skills for Graduates in the 21st century.

Helen holds a Masters degree in Experimental Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford and has post graduate qualifications in Psychometrics and assessment methodologies.

Rob Gresham

Rob Gresham is the SRHE Manager: Operations and Finance. Rob is directly responsible for the management and performance of the Society in all its administrative tasks, for compliance with regulatory bodies, overseeing the financial management and reporting requirements of the Society, the management of the SRHE databases and systems, and for reviewing and making recommendations on improving practices and new developments.

Rob joined the Society in 2011, from his previous role at the University of Winchester as Deputy Director of the Aimhigher Hampshire & Isle of Wight partnership, part of a national, university-led Widening Participation initiative.

Prior to this, Rob worked as a Project Manager for various university-based outreach activities, as a secondary school teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, and in a more commercial role as a Pricing Analyst for Eurostar UK Ltd. Rob has a BA (Hons) in English & French Studies from the University of Portsmouth, and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages, also from the University of Portsmouth.

Sinéad Murphy

Sinéad Murphy is SRHE’s Manager for Conferences and Events. Her role involves developing and maintaining an evolving suite of events, webinars, and training workshops across SRHE’s special interest networks, and leading on professional development programmes within the Society. It also involves conceptualising and running the Society’s international annual conference, and working with the SRHE executive team and senior colleagues in the Society to establish initiatives and strategies aimed at connecting the Society to a global network of higher education research and researchers.

Sinéad holds an AHRC LAHP-funded PhD in Comparative Literature from King’s College London. Prior to her role at SRHE she held academic posts in King’s College London and Freie Universität Berlin, as well as roles in research support and professional services in the London School of Economics and Political Science and University College Dublin, Ireland. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the interdisciplinary research collective Beyond Gender.

Katie Tindle is SRHE Business Development and Engagement Lead. Her role includes expanding and implementing the Society’s communications strategy, growing membership engagement internationally and systems development and integration for conferences, events and membership.  Katie was previously SRHE Team Coordinator for four years before advancing to her current role. Before joining SRHE she was a commercial venue manager for the University of the Arts Student Union.

She has a BA Hons in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (CSM), and is studying for a Masters in Computational Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. Alongside her work for the Society, she teaches on the undergraduate Fine Art degree at CSM and is a practicing artist. She also volunteers her time as web support to the Our Data Bodies Project, a research project which explores the nature and experience of digital privacy and “data rights” of adult low-income people in the United States, and works for QArt, a non-profit organisation working to demystify fine art education.

Franco Carta is the Finance Officer of SRHE.  He is responsible for maintaining and developing the accounts in order to ensure complete and accurate records. He prepares and checks VAT reports and documentation for the annual audit visit and deals with any resulting enquires.

He supports the Manager: Operations and Finance in providing financial information for trustees, event budgeting and planning.

In addition to his primary role, he supports the team by providing organisational and practical assistance during events and meetings hosted on SRHE premises and externally (such as the Society’s Annual Research Conference).

Franco, who is from Italy originally, was educated at a business high school in Sassari. On coming to London, he studied English at advanced level and retrained in business studies.  Before joining SRHE he worked in a voluntary capacity with Action Aid and Common Purpose, a non-profit organization that develops leadership across sectors.

Adam Dawson is the Coordinator: Conferences, Events, and Operations for SRHE. Adam supports the development, planning, management, delivery, and evaluation of the Society’s conferences, events, and professional development sessions. Adam holds a BA (Hons) in American and English Literature, an MA in American Studies, and is working towards a PhD in American Studies, all from the University of East Anglia. Prior to joining SRHE, he worked in student recruitment.