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The AUDE Team is based in Loughborough.

Jane White - Executive Director



Jane has joined AUDE in November 2015 as executive officer and was promoted to executive director a year later. A graduate of the University of Leicester, and with 10 years’ experience managing estates at Leicestershire County Council, Jane's responsibilities include the organisation of the annual AUDE conference and helping deliver a wide range of support to university directors of estates. These include developing and maintaining a strategic plan in order to ensure a professional, innovative, efficient and effective university estates and facilities sector. If you'd like to get in touch with her then drop her an email.


Cheryl Pick- Projects and Engagement Officer

Cheryl Pick - project and engagement officer, AUDE

Cheryl joined AUDE in July 2016 to take up the newly created role of projects and engagement officer. A law and HR graduate from De Montfort University, Cheryl has over 12 years’ experience of marketing, communications and digital channels, working in the private, charity and welfare to work sectors. She manages the on and offline communications, leads on a member engagement projects and supports the executive director and special interest groups at AUDE. Contact Cheryl via email.




AUDE is a special interest organisation of Professional HE Services Ltd. PHES is an umbrella company for membership organisations in higher education including BUFDGHESPA and UHR. Being part of PHES means that we can call on the skills and expertise of the following members of the central services team: 

Gill Birch - Events Manager


Gill has worked in the admin side of the HE sector for over 20 years, firstly at the University of Wolverhampton and then as PA to the Director of Finance at the University of Wales, Lampeter (now part of UWTSD). She has been working for BUFDG since 2001 helping to arrange training and events across the sector. Gill now helps AUDE with arranging our events. If you need any information about schedules or venues, or have any suggestions for suitable training, then please let her know.


Dominic Fryer - Operations Director


Dominic's job covers a multitude of tasks, working for BUFDG, HESPA, UHR as well as AUDE. A Modern Languages graduate of the University of Southampton, Dominic keeps us all on the straight and narrow and makes sure that we are giving the best value to our members. He also looks after our digital work. Click here to send him an email. 


Karen Newcombe - Financial Operations Manager


Karen joined the PHES team towards the end of 2017 and is doing a great job of keeping our finances in order. Karen worked in the finance team at Loughborough University for 13 years, so has a great understanding of how the sector works. She manages the finances for AUDE alongside the other associations in PHES and as well as processing the day to day transactions, she also works with the respective treasurers to plan for the future. If you need to contact Karen, please drop her an email.

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