Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE
Alan Langlands is the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England responsible for promoting and funding high quality education and research in universities and colleges with higher education programmes.
He was formerly the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Dundee (2000-2009) and Chief Executive of the NHS in England (1994-2000). He also has a particular interest in the scientific basis of health services and he chairs the boards of UK Biobank – a major genetic epidemiology study funded principally by The Wellcome Trust and The Medical Research Council – and the Health Foundation, a UK-wide charity committed to improving the quality of healthcare. He is also a coopted member of the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research. Alan was knighted in 1998 for his services to the NHS and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Alan is a science graduate of the University of Glasgow and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in October 2001. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow), the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, the Institute of Actuaries and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance.