Alexandra Vincent

Chief Operating Officer

Alexandra Vincent has been Chief Operating Officer at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) since September 2018. Prior to this Alexandra was Associate Director and, amongst other responsibilities, oversaw the development and commissioning of the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, a multi-million pound research initiative bringing together academia and business to provide solutions to the pressing challenges facing the sector.

Before joining AHRC, Alexandra was Associate Director, Policy and Analysis with Research Councils UK (RCUK). Alexandra oversaw the establishment of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund as well as overseeing the development of cross-Council policy and strategy including:

  • the cross-Council approach to spending reviews and fiscal events
  • Open Access and Open Data
  • Research Integrity
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Skills and Postgraduate funding.

As the primary link for the Research Councils with the devolved administrations she also, in her RCUK role, was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales’ Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee and Scottish Funding Council’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. Alexandra also contributed to two major reviews, chaired by Professor Graham Reid, of research and innovation funding in Scotland and Wales.

Other committees and reviews that Alexandra was involved with included managing the Burgess Review of the implementation of the Research Councils’ Open Access Policy (2015) and chairing the resulting Open Access Practitioners Group; a member of the cross-sector Open Data Taskforce; member of the UUK Open Access Group; member of the UUK Universities Week Steering Board; and member of the 2010 Science and Media Expert Group.

Alexandra started her Research Council career with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), first managing their communications and PR before moving to oversee their Economics and Business research portfolio.

Her early career started in stage management in the theatre before moving into a career in PR and brand management within the IT industry. This eventually led to Alexandra moving to English Heritage to manage the communications and PR for a major Heritage Lottery funded programme.

Alexandra’s academic background covers business strategy and leadership, history and heritage, politics and economics, and science communication.

Last updated: 1 March 2022

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