Alan Ferns, who was included on our 2015 list, has recently moved to the new role of Associate Vice President for External Relations and Reputation, with Hudghton – previously head of marketing – taking over his role on an interim basis.

The comms team comprises a total of 30 people, and recent campaigns have included Stellify, a package of activities to encourage students to consider the opportunities they get involved with, and how these will develop their skills and experiences. The comms team’s involvement included activity focused on the five distinctive attributes of a Manchester graduate.

Prior to the university, Hudghton headed up visitor experience and before that marketing at the Museum of Science & Industry, having previously spent 25 years at the Co-op Group, rising up the ladder to head of brand before his departure in 2010.