Meet the Team

The team of dedicated professionals who run Independent HE

Alexander Proudfoot
Chief Executive

Alex oversees the association’s strategic development, manages its day-to-day activities and represents members at external meetings and committees. He is also a Trustee of UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs. Alex worked previously in IT before five years as Communications Manager for the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music and a Master’s in Philosophy.

Rhys Newcombe-Jones
Membership & Communications Officer

Rhys leads on our communications and membership activities and manages IHE’s online presence. Before joining the education sector, Rhys worked in the production teams for the Encounters and Bath film festivals and at the Bristol Old Vic. He has a BSc in Geography and an MA in Film and Television from the University of Bristol.

Joy Elliott-Bowman
Director of Policy & Development

Joy leads our policy development and public affairs activity as well as facilitating good practice across the independent sector. She has over 10 years of experience in the British and Canadian education sectors, working from within universities, students’ unions, QAA and national student organisations on academic quality, the student voice and international education policy.

Marie Clark
Director of External Relations

Marie has spent more than ten years working in UK higher education. Her experience spans policy, communications, marketing and events. She is best known in the sector for leading the establishment and growth of the Hobsons (now QS) International Student Survey, the world’s leading survey of prospective international student decision making.