Sealey Associates

Associates

Higher Education Innovation and Collaboration

We are a network of trusted higher education and innovation practitioners who offer specialist experience supporting innovation and collaboration.

Higher education policy knowledge

Sector-specific experience and networks

Online workshop support and facilitation

Proposal and business case writing skills

Research knowledge exchange capabilities

Higher education programme development expertise

Zibah

DR ZIBAH A. NWAKO

Associate

Zibah’s career spans 30 years of experience in both academia and industry. She worked at the British Council and the London Borough of Croydon before starting her own business, TOP Kids, co- ordinating nurseries and out-of-school clubs. Subsequently, she established AFFIRM Consulting, Training and Coaching, a women’s professional and personal development organisation. She is a freelance trainer and consultant, as well as a postdoctoral researcher exploring the welfare and wellbeing of female students in African universities and colleges.

Qualifications and positions:

Senior Research Associate, School of Education, University of Bristol
Licensed trainer, Springboard Women’s Development Programme and Sprint Development Programme
PhD and MEd Educational Leadership, Policy and Development (University of Bristol); BA Foreign Languages (University of Benin)
Certificated Life Coach
Diploma in Childcare and Playwork
Trustee for the Professor Festus Nwako Foundation

Key skills

Bridging gaps between research theory and praxis
Managing interdisciplinary projects to ensure sustainability, knowledge exchange and public engagement
Research fieldwork using participatory methodologies and creative methods
Training and consultancy on African women's development, life skills and youth entrepreneurship 

Sealey Associates projects

Knowledge Exchange and Decolonisation in Public and Community Arts, Culture and Heritage Sectors

EMILY JESPER-MIR

Associate

Emily is a public and policy engagement expert, specialising in engagement strategy, community coproduction and training. She is former Partnerships Director at Sense about Science, where she developed the researcher-led public engagement programme, and led the quality and peer review programme for a UK-wide network of early career researchers.

Emily has a background in scientific publishing, including as managing editor of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where she developed expertise in research culture including evidence standards and peer review. Emily has designed and delivered specialist coaching and training for early and mid-career researchers in public, patient, policy and media engagement; including for Exeter University, University of Central Lancashire and the ESRC postdoctoral fellowship.

Qualifications and positions:

Associate, Sense About Science
BSc Biological Science (UMIST)
Advisory Board of Campbell UK & Ireland
Science Committee member, British Nutrition Foundation

Key skills

Public engagement
Media engagement
Scholarly publishing, evidence standards and peer review
Coaching
Training
Facilitation

Sealey Associates projects

ESRC Professional Development Programme
UCLan Policy engagement mentoring
UPEN: Investing in policy engagement capacity

REBECCA ASHER

Associate

Rebecca is a policy and public engagement expert, specialising in engagement strategy, delivery and training. She has collaborated with researchers from numerous institutions on public and policy engagement projects spanning science, social science and the humanities, as well as providing tailored training and coaching. She is the former Deputy Director of Sense about Science, a charity that champions evidence in public discussion and policy making. She has a background in news and current affairs, at the BBC and ITV, and began her career at Westminster. Rebecca has written two books on social policy for Penguin Random House: Shattered and Man Up.

Qualifications and positions:

Associate, Sense About Science 
Learning Associate, Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE)
Trustee, Coram Family and Childcare

Key skills

Policy engagement
Public engagement
Coaching
Training 
Strategy development
Facilitation

Sealey Associates projects

ESRC Professional Development Programme
UCLan Policy engagement mentoring
UPEN: Investing in policy engagement capacity

HALIMA KHAN

Associate

Halima has worked as a policymaker in national, regional and local government and has expertise in public policy, public service innovation and cross-sector collaborations. She has worked at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office, for the Mayor of London at London City Hall, and at Camden Council in north London. In addition, Halima was previously Executive Director at Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation for social good, where she led nationally-recognised work to fund, support and learn from innovative approaches to societal challenges.

Halima brings executive and non-executive experience from across the public sector, social sector, foundations and higher education. She is also an Affiliate at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and a member of the British Academy Public Policy Committee.

Qualifications and positions

BA (Hons) Geography, Oxford University
Masters in Public Administration (MPA), Harvard Kennedy School
Affiliate, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge
Member, British Academy, Public Policy Committee
Honorary Doctorate, Health Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University

Key skills

Public policy – including evidence-based approaches
Public service innovation
Cross-sector collaboration
Strategy consulting
Facilitation and training
Coaching

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