Kayleigh Renberg-Fawcett

Kayleigh Renberg-Fawcett


I am the Yorkshire & Humber Policy Engagement & Research Network (Y-PERN) Senior Programme Manager. 

Funded by the Research England Development (RED) Fund, the Yorkshire and Humber Policy Engagement and Research Network (Y-PERN) is a new novel network-based approach to inclusive and place-based academic policy engagement and research, with academic coordination led by Leeds University Business School, working closely with the University’s Research and Innovation Service and with Yorkshire Universities.

By enhancing the effectiveness of inclusive regional development policy and strategy, Y-PERN will play a critical role in fulfilling the commitment made in a Regional Memorandum of Understanding between Yorkshire Universities and Yorkshire & Humber Councils (22 Local Authorities and 2 Mayoral Combined Authorities) to work together on supporting the region’s growth and long-term development.

As Senior Programme Manager, I am a key member of the core Y-PERN project team working closely with the Directors, Chief Policy Fellow, sub-regional package leads, Yorkshire Universities and other project stakeholders (such as Local Authority, Mayoral Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership representatives). I am responsible for developing and implementing the Operational Strategy & Plan for Y-PERN, applying leadership and programme management skills to ensure the timely delivery of project deliverables and outcomes. I am also in charge of organising and managing the monthly Y-PERN Operational Group meetings and oversee the day-to-day activities of Y-PERN (including marketing, communications and recruitment) and monitor/report progress against funding and output targets and project risks.

Previously, I was the UCL Coordinator for the Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) project, and network manager for the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN). I am currently a Vice-Chair of UPEN. I was previously co-founder and director of the China-Britain Football Centre, supporting football projects between the UK and China.

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