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Higher Education Strategy Expert Alex Favier Joins Lodestone

July 14th 2022

Lodestone has appointed Alex Favier as an Associate to further boost our Higher Education practice.

Alex will play a key role in delivering Research Advocacy and Institutional Influence Strategy programmes for the UK’s leading universities. He joins the Lodestone team following 35% growth of the business, and a series of new client wins.

With over a decade of global and political affairs experience, Alex has an outstanding track-record of innovation, impact and creativity. Having built award-winning public affairs functions at both the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham he has developed an international reputation for sector-leadership and collaboration. He has established groups such as the Russell Group Political Affairs Network, the UK Universities Overseas Campus Network and initiatives such as the UPP Civic University Commission. During his time at the University of Nottingham, he established the Institute for Policy and Engagement and served as the Director of Global and Political Affairs. He combines his time on consultancy with his role as the Director of Global Reputation and Partnerships at the University of Nottingham, as Co-Chair of the UK Universities Overseas Campus Network and as the European Representative on the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Global Commission.


Martha Dalton, Managing Director and co-founder of Lodestone said:

“As a purpose driven agency, with a strong track record of supporting universities, we are delighted to welcome Alex to the team to grow our offer across Higher Education advisory, advocacy and action. With new innovation in research advocacy, impact and institutional influence, and new ways for universities to contribute to evidence-based policy making, we look forward to bringing his significant experience to current and new clients.”

Alex Favier, said:

“Having worked with Lodestone in the past, I really value their understanding of universities, government and the purpose-driven approach they provide. I’m delighted to bring my experience to a consultancy with real integrity that support clients in achieving success.”

Lodestone has advised over 15 universities and organisations active in the Higher Education sector. We have provided expertise across public affairs, PR, internal comms, digital, crisis comms, VC profile-raising, training and specialist advice on public policy engagement for research impact. Universities advised by Lodestone on research impact recently celebrated significant success in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Lodestone helps academics increase the impact of their research on UK and global policy, and articulate this impact more effectively through their case studies.

Recent growth at Lodestone has been driven by client wins across sector specialisms education, clean energy, tech and health. Lodestone’s campaign for the Bourbon Alliance to #FreeTheSpirit and #CutTheTariff was recently featured in PR Week’s Behind the Campaign feature after the USA and UK agreed to scrap tariffs on American Whiskey, and Lodestone ranked 20th in PR Week’s Top 150 UK Public Affairs companies for 2021.