Wendy Piatt

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Wendy Piatt
1st Director-General of Russell Group
In office
Succeeded by Tim Bradshaw
Personal details
Born 17 November 1970 (1970-11-17) (age 47)
Alma mater King's College London
University of Oxford

Wendy Louisa Piatt (born 17 November 1970) was Director General of the Russell Group of research universities from January 2007 until February 2017.


Piatt was born in Birkenhead, in the Wirral,[1] and went to convent school there.[2]

She was awarded a first class honours BA in English from King's College London before studying for an MPhil in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and then a D.Phil at Lincoln College, Oxford.[1][2] Her thesis was entitled "Politics and religion in Renaissance closet drama".[3]

In August 2016 The Sun reported that she had been having an affair with Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive António Horta Osório, a married man with three children.[4]


Piatt went on to work for the left-of-centre think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, where she was Head of Education.[5] She then joined the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, where she rose to the post of Deputy Director.[2]

In January 2007, she was appointed Director General of the Russell Group.[2] In December 2016 it was announced that she would step down from her position, despite having been cleared after an internal investigation into her travel and expenses.[6] She stepped down on 1 February 2017.

She is a board member of the Snowdon Trust, founded by the Earl of Snowdon, which provides grants and scholarships for students with disabilities. [7]


  1. ^ a b Wendy Piatt: Taking on the world The Independent, 22 February 2007 Archived 6 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d Wendy Piatt: The vice-chancellors' new velvet glove | Special Reports | EducationGuardian.co.uk
  3. ^ University of Oxford Combined library catalogue
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Crace, John (14 November 2006). "Wendy Piatt: The vice-chancellors' new velvet glove". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Wendy Piatt to step down as head of Russell Group". Times Higher. 
  7. ^ "Our board". The Snowdon Trust. 

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