New Director of Strategic Planning and Performance announced

Aash Khadia has been appointed as the University’s new Director of Strategic Planning and Performance.

New Director of Strategic Planning and Performance announced, November 2023

Reporting to Interim Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Aash will lead the University’s approach to planning, insight and performance. 

Aash joins Leeds from the University of Leicester, where he is currently the Director of Planning, Legal and Governance Services. 

He said: “I am excited to be joining the University of Leeds as the new Director of Strategic Planning and Performance. I am keen on driving performance and impact and am excited to be part of a team that collaborates with all areas across the University. 

“I am looking forward to working with you all to shape the University’s success and deliver on our strategic aspirations.” 

As Director of Strategic Planning and Performance, Aash will be overseeing and directing the teams responsible for enabling and measuring the delivery of the University’s ten-year strategy, Universal Values, Global Change. He will take over from Dr Mike Kennerley, Head of Strategy, Planning and Performance, who has been interim director since the start of 2023. 

Aash will also play a key role in ensuring that the annual University-wide Integrated Planning Exercise identifies and develops the appropriate plans, actions and resources to achieve our institutional KPIs and broader objectives.  

Professor Hai-Sui Yu said: “I look forward to welcoming Aash to the University. He brings a great wealth of higher education experience, and his perspective will be particularly valuable at this important time, as we work together to deliver key University strategies. 

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his excellent work and dedication in his capacity as interim director throughout the year.” 

With a career dedicated to higher education, Aash has worked at several institutions including St George’s, University of London, Brunel University London, and the University of Bedfordshire.  

He has been responsible for developing and delivering institutional strategies, managing planning processes, overseeing strategic transformation programmes, coordinating risk and business continuity, and leading legal and governance services.   

Aash sits on the Executive of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) and was a member of the Office for Students TEF metrics peer review group. 

He will join the University from February 2024.

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