Stakeholder Forum

The Stakeholder Forum is a strategic forum which enables the higher education (HE) and further education (FE) sectors to engage with the Student Loans Company (SLC) to provide advice, challenge and support with risks and issues affecting the delivery of SLC's student finance services as well as helping SLC to develop as an organisation.


The purpose of the group is to:

  • support SLC to transform as an organisation and deliver an excellent service
  • undertake strategic thinking across the sectors
  • support SLC on major issues and mitigate business risks
  • provide a policy feedback loop to government


Organisation Name
Chair - University of Wolverhampton Geoff Layer
Academic Registrars Council Sharon Harrison-Barker
Universities UK Jovan Luzajic
National Union of Students Alan Roberts
GuildHE Kate Wicklow
Association of Colleges Julian Gravatt
Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education Jayne Aldridge
Office for Students David Smy
Department for Education Ben Connah
Association of Heads of University Administration Sue Grant
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service Helen Thorne
Higher Education Statistics Agency Jonathan Waller
British Universities Finance Directors Group Stephen Avery
Association of Employment and Learning Providers Mark Dawes
Welsh Government Christopher Williams
Universities Wales Lisa Newby
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Leanne Holborn
Student Loans Company Derek Ross
Student Loans Company Paul Smith
Student Loans Company Ashley Kerr


The forum meets 3 times per year, before, during and after the main student finance application cycle.

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