Our Staff


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, Strategic Projects 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 fourteen 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 AUDE core events for our members on a national scale, sourcing and identifying speakers, sponsor and exhibitors management, business development, overseeing the learning and development programme and supporting the AUDE Professional Development Group.

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Martin Higgs, Communications and Campaigns Manager

Martin joined AUDE in 2018 and works on communications and campaigns 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 full time for AUDE. Contact Martin via email.

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Richard Ralph, Projects and Engagement Officer

Richard joined AUDE in September 2023 as Projects and Engagement Officer. A Sport Studies Graduate, Richard also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education gained at the University of Wolverhampton, where he worked as a Projects Manager, working closely with organisations such as JISC and NCSL, EFYE and ATEE. Richard has experience of working in the Public and Charity Sectors managing projects and as a fundraiser. He also spent part of his career in capital equipment sales. Richard will be supporting the team with projects and engaging with AUDE members and partners.

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Fiona Sander, Administrative Officer

Fiona joined AUDE in October 2023 as Administration Officer. A Business Administration Graduate from Düsseldorf University, Fiona has extensive experience working as Executive and Personal Assistant in Higher Education, the NHS and private sector in Germany, Leicester, Nottingham and London. An essential part of the AUDE team, Fiona works closely with colleagues, providing the administrative support that underpins all activities of the association.

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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 several new associations, their 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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Andrea Clargo, Financial Operations Manager

Andrea joined the PHES team in September 2023, having spent the last 14 years working in the sporting sector, and has also worked in HE. Her role is to lead the finance function across PHES, supporting the SIO’s with budget setting, management and ensuring that the day-to-day finance transactions are processed in a timely efficient manner.

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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.

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Jemma Biernat, 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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Scott Murdoch, ICT Support Officer

Scott joined PHES in 2023 to support all our associations with the delivery of online conferences and events. His primary focus will be virtual events, but he will also provide website and technical support to our staff when the conferences and events are not happening.

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Rachel Costello, Finance Officer

Rachel joined the PHES team in June 2024, having spent many years working in a variety of finance roles. Rachel’s role is to support Andrea Clargo, the wider team and SIO’s in ensuring that the day-to-day finance transactions are processed in a timely efficient manner.

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Holly Ilett, Operations Officer

Holly joined the PHES team in May 2024, having spent many years working in the HE sector in a variety of roles. Holly’s role is to support the routine operations of PHES, the Managing Director and the SIO teams.

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