Loughborough appoints new Commercial Director

Loughborough University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Sally Wilson as Commercial Director.

Dr Wilson is currently working for Harper Adams University as their Commercial Advisor. She began her career as a Marie Curie Post Doctoral Researcher in the Michael Smurfitt Business School, University College Dublin, before moving into the private sector to deliver business and commercial leadership in a global management consultancy and FTSE 100 PLC. She then went on to lead and deliver transformation and growth at Surrey University, University College London (UCL) and Surrey Police 

In her new role at Loughborough, Dr Wilson will be responsible for the continued development of the University’s commercial strategy and supporting key partnerships that are strategically aligned with its values, business goals and culture. 

Speaking about her appointment, she said: “I am privileged to be joining Loughborough University and excited to be bringing together existing and new partners to deliver the strategy. I am looking forward to meeting all the people that have made Loughborough such an iconic and exciting world-class institution and looking outwards to how we build, grow and leverage on existing achievements. 

Alexandra Owen, the University’s Chief Financial Officer, added: “We are delighted Sally will be joining us. Her appointment underlines our commitment to enhancing the commercial activities of the Universitymaximising the benefits of both existing and future partnerships, and the role they will play in delivering our ambitious new strategy.” 

Dr Wilson is due to join the University in September 2023.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 23/105

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2023 QS World University Rankings – the seventh year running – and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2023, 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2023 and 11th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.