Dr Andrew West FAUA is former University Secretary at the University of Sheffield. In that role he supported the University’s Council and governance structure, working closely with the University Executive Board.

For eleven years Dr West led student and academic-related professional services at the University of Sheffield, with a wide remit covering student recruitment and admissions, academic services including learning and teaching support, registry and student administration, careers and employability, and a broad range of student support and wellbeing services.

Dr West is a former Chair of AMOSSHE – The Student Services Organisation. Other previous appointments include membership of the Executive of IASAS – a global student services organisation; and the HE Advisory Panel for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. His work on HE professional services features in professional publications and journals in the UK and overseas, including in UNESCO’s guide to global best practice in HE student affairs.

Dr West’s career in Higher Education spans more than 30 years.  Since 2017 he has worked on consulting projects with around 30 HE institutions and HE sector organisations throughout the UK encompassing all mission groups.

Dr West is a member of the Board of Governors of Leeds Beckett University and he chairs the Board’s Governance Committee.  Formerly an Associate of Advance HE and a Halpin Consulting Fellow, he is a Lead Consultant with AUA Consulting,