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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.

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Cheryl Pick, Project and Engagement Manager

Cheryl joined AUDE in July 2016 to take up the newly created role of project and engagement manager. A law and HR graduate from De Montfort University, Cheryl has over 14 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.

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Corinne Merriman, Events Manager

Corinne joined AUDE in February 2018 to take up the newly created role of events manager. After graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Marketing Management, Corinne has over nine years’ experience working in the events and property industry working in the private sector for companies based in Leicestershire and London. Her responsibilities include running and managing events for our members on a national scale, sourcing and identifying speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for our events, business development, overseeing the learning and development programme.

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Martin Higgs, Communications Officer

Martin joined AUDE in 2018 and works as communications officer across the full range of marketing and communications channels from social media and design to press and e-marketing. An English graduate from Reading University, he has worked in private sector and charity sector roles for organisations including Waterstone’s, the learning disability/mental health specialist Turning Point, and the UK’s national deafblind charity Sense. Martin works 0.5 FTE for AUDE. Contact Martin via email.

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Charlotte Lynskey, Events and Projects Officer

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PHES

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

Dominic Fryer, Managing Director

Dominic joined PHES in 2014 and since then has worked closely with the HESPA, AUDE, UHR and CHEIA executive committees and staff to welcome them to the Company. As Managing Director his priorities are to develop PHES to support the SIOs in the best way possible, to motivate and develop our people and ensure we operate first-class company governance.

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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.

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Alexander David, ICT Manager

Alex joined the PHES team in August 2019 as our first dedicated IT post. His role of ICT Manager is partly to deliver the IT strategy within PHES, to provide day to day support for staff, but also to help each association with their digital plans – such as new website developments, making the most out of the database and data analytics. He is based in the main office in Loughborough and will be a valuable asset to the team.

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Jemma Ladkin, Membership Officer

Jemma joined Professional HE Services (PHES) as Membership Officer in February 2018. She previously worked for ten years as Events Organiser for Loughborough University. In this role she planned and organised events of various kinds, from industry exhibitions and academic conferences to business seminars. Her role as Membership Officer for PHES includes events support, database management, approving new members, web content updates, advertising sector jobs and a host of other things, all for each of the PHES Special Interest Organisations.

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Ruth Turner, Membership Officer

Ruth joined Professional HE Services (PHES) as Membership Officer in November 2018. She previously worked for four years as Finance Assistant at Imago Venues, part of Loughborough University. She has also worked in customer service and finance roles. Her role as Membership Officer for PHES includes events support, database management, approving new members, web content updates, advertising sector jobs and a host of other things, all for each of the PHES Special Interest Organisations (SIOs).

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