Stephanie joined the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2012 as Deputy Chief Executive (Research and Policy.) She has been Chief Executive Officer since August 2013.
During this time Stephanie has led the organisation through a period of innovation and change, shaping it to meet the needs of a newly-diversified sector. As higher education providers in the UK and internationally have increased their focus on the importance of excellent teaching in higher education, the HEA, under Stephanie's leadership, has seen an increased demand for its professional development work, accrediting courses that provide training for those who teach in HE. There are now 371 provisions and over 100 CPD frameworks accredited by the HEA in the UK and the number of HEA Fellows increases by 1000 per month. Internationally, the HEA has broken into new territories including Bahrain, New Zealand and Kazakhstan with its consultancy work.