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James Dawson

Associate Director of Strategic Planning

James joined the University in July 2015 to lead the newly established Strategic Planning Office. He is responsible for leading the planning process and developing the University’s Strategic Framework, as well as providing the underlying business intelligence used in decision making by the senior management team and Governors.

James has spent most of his professional career in Higher Education, across Wales and the UK as well as a spell with HEFCW where he led on the establishment and management of the pan-Wales GO Wales Employability Programme.  During his time within HE James has worked in a wide variety of areas including academic quality enhancement and assurance, staff development, knowledge transfer, European project management, partnership development, student development and graduate employability.  Added to this is experience within the private sector and a very interesting period as a researcher in the House of Commons.

Most recently, before joining the University, James was leading on corporate transformation at Anglesey County Council with a particular focus on changes in social service provision and how to meet increasing and changing patterns of demand with a decreasing resource base. His interest lies in effecting and supporting sustainable change within organisations and in developing and delivering strategies, and sees strategic planning as a key means to achieving these.