Director, Strategy & Planning (London)
Jim Collins is Director of London Strategy & Planning, supporting the King’s community, including a network of faculty-based London Champions, to deliver on King’s ambition to be a civic university at the heart of London.
Working at the intersection of higher education, public policy and civil society, Jim manages King’s strategic relationships with key policy makers, agencies and institutions in London, identifying and activating opportunities for collaboration across the capital. At a local level, Jim and his team lead on developing stronger relationships with local authorities in King’s three home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster, working side-by-side with local partners and colleagues across King’s to find common ground and innovative approaches to shared challenges.
Jim joined King’s in 2018 from University College London (UCL) where he was Principal Partnerships Manager (London) leading a team of Partnership Managers and External Affairs staff to catalyse partnerships with industry and public bodies in London. He also established and managed a portfolio of UCL’s industrial relationships with national and global businesses.
Prior to working in higher education, Jim worked in publishing as a Publisher and Commissioning Editor for companies including Oxford University Press, Thomson Learning and SAGE Publications. He holds a BA (Hons) in Languages and Cultural Studies and an MA (French), both from University College Cork, and an MBA in Higher Education Management from the UCL Institute of Education.