Advisory Group

IWMW 2016 Advisory Group

Brian KellyBrian Kelly

IWMW event founder and chair of the advisory group. The main contact for sponsorship queries, administrative issues and liaison with speakers in addition to responding to queries from potential speakers and workshop facilitators.


Duncan IrelandDuncan Ireland

Web Manager, University of the Highlands and Islands

Duncan is responsible for leading a small team delivering the institutional website, social media and digital advertising. They also provide a shared service, running 11 of the university’s 13 partner college websites on a common design and technology platform.


Andrew MillarAndrew Millar

Head of Web Services, University of Dundee

Andrew leads a team of 12 to deliver the institutional website. He is currently involved in restructuring teams, developing their ongoing web strategy and changing the culture of how they do web. Andrew would love to speak to anyone interested in delivering sessions on cultural or strategic change or new technical innovations.

  • Email: a.j.millar@dundee.ac.uk
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Kevin MearsKevin Mears

Senior Designer, University of South Wales

Kevin works as a part of a cross departmental team producing websites for a wide variety of stakeholders. He is especially interested in style guides, workflows and standards that drive better products. Kevin would be very happy to talk to anyone thinking of presenting how they work, especially new voices to this community.

  • Email: kevin.mears@southwales.ac.uk
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Claire Gibbons

Claire Gibbons

Senior Web and Content Manager, University of Bradford

Claire manages a small, but perfectly formed, team of web and digital professionals, as well as an even smaller Print Publications Team. Claire has overall responsibility for the University’s web presence and printed materials and has been involved in IWMW since her very first conference in 2000, where the millennium bug failed to bite! Claire’s general mantra in life is ‘user first’ especially across all aspects of the student journey, and has presented and run workshops at many past IWMW events as well as been a member of the Advisory Group in 2015.


Paddy Callaghan

Paddy Callaghan

Senior Web Developer, University of Bradford

Paddy works in a small team of 3.5 people. He is responsible for projects across a wide range of stakeholders and systems, in particular our CMS, while also providing guidance and support to their users (and anyone interested in web) across campus. Lately he has had a great interest in UX Management across the whole student experience.


Dominic Hurst

Dominic Hurst

Head of Digital Services, Liverpool John Moores University

Dominic heads a multidisciplinary team, that brings together talent covering design, development, content, insights and user experience to build improved outcomes for users. So not your usual HE setup and challenging the norm! Day to day business is ultimately about leading cultural changes in the form of being “data driven” and thinking “user first”. Dominic believes we need to move away from the politics and use the time to learn, to share and deliver!


Ian St John

Ian St John

Web Services Manager, University of St Mark & St John

Ian is responsible for the technical support and maintenance of the University website, managing the University CMS and advising on website accessibility and usability. He manages the University Google Analytics account, University Enterprise Search Solution and University Federated Access Management system. For 10 years Ian has ploughed a lone furrow at the University, not managing a team of people but a service – Ian is the web team. Ian is particularly interested in meeting and forming discussions with those who manage web services for small institutions which may have small web teams (including web teams with only one team member) – looking at how we can collaborate to improve our day to day lives.


Rich Prowse

Rich Prowse

Digital Content Manager, University of Bath

Rich leads a seven strong team responsible for bath.ac.uk. For the past 10 years he has led on digital content efforts at top-ranking English universities.

He regularly talks at higher education conferences on content strategy, agile content development, and user experience design. Most recently he featured as an industry expert in .net magazine’s Exchange column. He is also Co-founder of Bath’s first content meet up.


Chris Gutteridge

Chris Gutteridge

Systems, Information and Web Programmer, University of Southampton

Chris as worked on university web systems since 1997. Chris was the lead developer on the open-access repository EPrints 2 and 3.0 and more recently founded data.southampton.ac.uk and data.ac.uk. This month he is not evangelising open data systems because he’s busy building Drupal templates.


Mike McConnell

Mike McConnell

University of Aberdeen

Mike is the Business Applications Manager for IT Services at the University of Aberdeen. His role involves working with systems, processes and people to provide continuous service improvement for the institution.

Mike manages analysts and developers responsible for digital, web and corporate applications. He has 15 years’ experience of staff, customer, supplier and project management.

  • Email: m.mcconnell@abdn.ac.uk
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Mandy Phillips

Mandy Phillips

Liverpool John Moors University

Mandy’s focus is programme leadership, project delivery and management, leading business system teams and driving continuous improvement. She is currently working on a multi-agency digital transformation programme (Sitecore), multi-agency ERP improvements(Oracle E-Business Suite) and cross platform integrations (PeopleSoft and Oracle).