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Monday 12th April 



Plenary 1

Professor Ivan Robertson, Director, Robertson Cooper Ltd 

Ivan is co-founder (with Sir Cary Cooper) of Robertson Cooper Ltd – the company provides solutions to organisations to help as many people as possible to have a good day at work. Ivan was Professor of Work & Organisational Psychology at the University of Manchester (UMIST) where he was also Head of Manchester School of Management and Pro-Vice Chancellor. He is now Emeritus Professor at the university.

He has worked on consulting assignments across all sectors of the economy and the world. He has published over 40 books on Work & Organisational Psychology and over 200 scholarly articles/conference papers. He is in the top two percent of most influential psychologists in the world in his field (Aguinis et al., 2017*). His latest (co-authored) books are: “Well-Being: Happiness and Productivity at Work” (2nd edition, 2017), Management and Happiness (2013) and Work Psychology (2016)

Business session Block A1

Rupert Goddard, Partner, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Rupert leads a diverse portfolio of education and commercial projects from the practice’s Manchester office. He is also part of Sheppard Robson’s Design Review Group, shaping the design direction of the practice. Whether designing higher education facilities, student living projects or residential developments, Rupert’s work has a reputation for creating buildings in which communities thrive. An example of this approach is the carefully composed social spaces that enliven Greenbank Student Village, encouraging interaction and boosting mental health. Rupert’s interest in community-building can also be seen in urban centres, with projects such as Echo Street bringing together co-living alongside student living in Central Manchester.

Other recent projects that balance the latest pedagogical thinking, strong architectural forms and low-carbon design principles include: the Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle University; the Brooks Building for Manchester Metropolitan University, and a range of student living projects.
Rupert is a regular commentator on issues ranging from the future of co-living to how student living can boost wellness and the student experience.

Renza LaSala, Associate, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Renza is an associate of Sheppard Robson and has experience in a wide range of higher education projects. She is skilful at coordinating complex schemes and large multi-disciplinary design teams. Renza has extensive knowledge of leading stakeholder engagement sessions and brief development to assemble dynamic briefs for clients to go onto develop effective design solutions. She is rigorous in understanding the detail and standards of technical facilities to enable this to inform briefing.
She has managed the planning process to obtain planning for highly sensitive heritage and conservation for clients such as London Business School and Imperial College London.

Alex Solk, Partner, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Alex leads a broad range of public sector projects from the practice’s Manchester office, with a particular expertise in major university, science and healthcare projects. Alongside project work, Alex is involved in the practice’s sustainability group, which promotes responsible design practices and thinking across all offices. His user-centric, sustainable approach has been woven into numerous recent high-profile projects which have reinvented building typologies for the 21st Century. The Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull redefines the library as a dynamic focal point for university life, whilst The Collaborate Teaching Laboratories at the University of Birmingham create ultra-flexible spaces for science for cross-disciplinary teaching and collaboration.

Alex is actively involved in knowledge transfer within the design and construction sector. This includes his current role as Membership Secretary for Architects for Health, promoting new standards for the design of healthcare facilities. Alex has also made a documentary with the BBC exploring the effects of climate change on the built environment, and solutions for a low-carbon future.

Richmal Wigglesworth, Associate, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Richmal is passionate about architecture that responds creatively to social and environmental challenges of the modern era, with a particular interest in adapting existing buildings for reuse. Her experience has included applications in highly sensitive heritage contexts such as Greenbank House and more recently the School of Environmental Science at the University of Liverpool. Through this, and other projects, Richmal has developed considerable expertise in the creative reuse of existing structures, and in the use of new building technologies within a heritage context. Highlights include being Conservation Speciality Judge for the 2019 RIBA North West Awards.

Eugene Sayers, Partner, Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

Eugene has over 20 years’ experience of designing cutting-edge spaces for science and education, which are diverse in scope and scale.
Much of Eugene’s work is informed by the exacting standards and pace of change required for scientific discovery. His projects deliver the high levels of precision and carefully controlled environments that scientific research demands, whilst also creating architecturally uplifting spaces. This approach has resulted in several of Eugene’s projects receiving prestigious S-LAB Awards.

His recently completed projects include several major laboratories for Imperial College London, most recently the Molecular Sciences Research Hub. Other notable projects include: The Life Sciences Building at the University of Bristol and Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine, with the latter referred to as “a powerhouse of biomedical research” by the client. Eugene has written about numerous industry issues relating to scientific discovery and design, including how a thriving science community is vital to the construction industry and how knowledge clusters are shaping flexible office development. Eugene is also a member of Designers for Science.

Business session Block A2

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates, University of Birmingham

Trevor is driving forward the UoB Intelligent Campus initiative and is also leading a flagship, strategic partnership set to manage the routemap to Net Zero Carbon and to transform the Edgbaston campus into a Living Lab.
He also leads an estates project team working on the delivery of a new 4,500 student Dubai university campus set to open in Dubai in Sept 2021.

Daniel Lawrence, Director of IT Services, University of Birmingham

Dan is the Director of IT Services at the University of Birmingham, leading the teams responsible for the university's IT infrastructure and applications, amongst others. He leads an Intelligent Campus working group of colleagues from IT and Estates, and is a member of the Steering Group for the newly formed Intelligent Campus subgroup of RUGIT (Russell Group IT Directors).

Matt Beveridge, Innovation Manager, University of Birmingham

Providing support to Estates Leadership, Matt is responsible for developing the strategy, vision and ongoing direction of Estates Innovation at the University of Birmingham. Matt is currently assisting Leadership with a flagship, strategic partnership set to manage the routemap to Net Zero Carbon and to transform the Edgbaston campus into a Living Lab. Matt is also member of the University’s Sustainability Task Group, a network responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of sustainability initiatives and he holds a position on the Board of Directors at Sustainability West Midlands – an organisation providing sustainability advice to leaders in the region.

Sam Harrow, IT Business Relationship Manager, University of Birmingham

Sam is the IT Business Partner for Estates and Campus Services at the University of Birmingham. His role involves developing a shared roadmap of future IT initiatives, and ensuring technology-related services align to strategy. As an initiative spanning both IT and Estates, Intelligent Campus is a key focus for Sam; he has worked with colleagues to develop the university's Intelligent Campus ambitions, and has sought to understand IT's role in the implementation and ongoing support for Intelligent Campus initiatives.

Mark Perrett, Head of Public Sector, PTS

Mark Perrett is PTS’s Higher Education and Wider Public Sector lead. Mark’s role involves understanding the latest ambitions and challenges within the University landscape, and working with PTS’s subject matter experts to chart how technology can be a key enabler and solution.

Kevin Brownell, Smart Campus Lead, PTS

Kevin Brownell leads the Smart division of PTS. Kevin works with some of the most progressive universities, businesses and developers helping them to define what Smart really means for them and their users. In Kevin’s words, “this means seeing smart not so much as a technology solution as a mechanism by which to improve the lives of users as far as possible without them realising”.

Business session Block A3

Ian Aldous, UK Account Director for Universities & Science, Arcadis

Ian is a Senior Director at Arcadis and leads the Universities & Science accounts for the business. He has personally helped deliver complex, highly engineered facilities such as the National Graphene Institute and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre for The University of Manchester, and is currently delivering the Manchester Engineering Campus Development.

Helen Cutts, Environmental Sustainability Officer, The University of Manchester

Helen is an Environmental Sustainability Officer and part of the award winning Environmental Sustainability team at the University. She has been in her role for nearly 8 years and helped to establish and drive the broader strategy over that time.

Business session Block A4

Peter Masonbrook, Social Value Lead, Associate Director, Faithful+Gould

Peter is an industry leading advisory expert in Social Value, economic benefit sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He is an experienced supply chain and procurement senior advisor and plays an integral part of an overall delivery team with the ability to undertake optimising social value within significant UK projects. Peter has been responsible for defining and developing the strategies which underpin both the internal Faithful+Gould social value objectives embodied within our social value policy, as well as at project and corporate level with Higher Education clients including the University of Wolverhampton, Liverpool John Moores University and most recently Oxford Brookes.

Peter has recently featured in Building Magazine speaking about how we need to do much more to embed social value.

Marcus Lyon, National Head of Education, Director, Faithful+Gould

Marcus has over 25 years’ experience of working with more than 20 Higher Education Institutions across the UK. He has considerable knowledge of all aspects of the campus estate and capital development having worked direct for client, consulting and contractor organisations. Together with his knowledge of Local Authorities and his passion to drive improved social value this will provide unique insight in how to bring the two communities together.

Plenary 2

Dr Gavan Conlon, Partner and co-head of the Education and Labour Markets Team, London Economics

Dr Gavan Conlon is a Partner at London Economics, and co-head of the Education and Labour Markets Team. Over the last 20 years, he has delivered a wide range of higher education analyses for all types of clients across the sector including UK central government departments, Devolved Administrations, the European Commission and European Parliament, mission groups, unions, charities, think-tanks and individual higher education institutions. Given this experience, Gavan was appointed on the Expert Panel for the Diamond Review of Higher Education Fees and Funding in Wales.

Ms Maike Halterbeck, Divisional Director, London Economics

Ms Maike Halterbeck is a Divisional Director at London Economics, and co-head of the Education and Labour Markets Team. Maike has directed, managed, and delivered more than 65 education related research projects over the last 8 years, and has been the lead analyst on London Economics’ higher education fees and funding analyses. She has also written several benchmark reports on the impact of Covid-19 on university finances, the impact of international students on the UK economy, as well the impact of Brexit on the international demand for UK higher education. 

Business session Block B1

Alice Ashpitel, Sustainability Manager, Mace

Alice studied Earth Sciences at Oxford University, focussing her Masters research on planetary climate reconstruction. Realising that she wanted to apply her knowledge to tackling the climate challenges facing the world today she joined the Mace sustainability graduate scheme in 2016.

Alice now leads on the delivery of Mace’s responsible business and net zero carbon strategy across all public sector construction projects, as well as developing low carbon solutions for a range of clients for both construction and consultancy.

She worked on delivering some of the most sustainable higher education projects including the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ UCL New Student Centre and the Innovation Building for Oxford University. At the UCL New Student Centre Alice collaborated with the supply chain and design team to reduce embodied carbon in the cement by 49%. She currently works with the LSE sustainability team to develop a pathway to net zero carbon across their estate to achieve net zero carbon by 2030

Alice champions academic partnerships within Mace seeking to help close the gap between research into sustainability in the built environment and the implementation of sustainable construction delivery. She is currently working with researchers at UCL to look at how real-time construction data and BIM integration can improve whole life cycle carbon assessments.

Conor Storkey, Head of Sustainability for Construction, Mace

Conor heads up Mace’s Sustainability Construction team and since joining in 2015 has worked on some of the industry’s most sustainable higher education projects including the award winning UCL New Student Centre and the LSE Centre Building.

Conor has been spearheading Mace’s transformation into a Net Zero Carbon business in January 2021. He was instrumental in developing Mace’s corporate NZC strategy and the roll out of sustainable initiatives across the UK and global offices leading the corporate commitment to use 100% Renewable Energy by 2022.

Conor currently heads up pioneering research to develop prototypes for 100% cement free concrete products in partnership with UCL and Innovate UK.

His earlier work included the development of the sustainability measurement software ‘Optimise’ to help streamline sustainability data collection across the entire business.

Charles Joly, Head Of Sustainability, London School of Economics and Political Science

Charles is a sustainability practitioner with over ten years’ experience improving the social and environmental impacts of diverse high-profile organisations. He started his career as an environmental consultant in Scotland, advising public and private sector clients.

He worked with the University of Portsmouth, the National Health Service and the Bank of England, delivering a number of award-winning sustainability initiatives and programmes.

Charles joined the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2019, leading LSE’s sustainability team and helping LSE achieve its ambition of maximising its impact in shaping a sustainable future.

Charles is driven by a desire to embed sustainability at the core of business, working in partnerships with others to drive positive change.

Terry Spraggett, Managing Director, Mace

Terry’s career in construction spans over 30 years. 16 of these have been in public sector, research, education, arts and culture, and health, where he delivered a range of ground-breaking higher education buildings for world class institutions including the LSE, UCL, UCLH and the University of Oxford.
Recent projects include the Centre Building for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the largest building commissioned in LSE's history and the first on the campus to be awarded BREEAM Outstanding.

Following the success of the Centre Building, the team has been appointed by LSE to deliver the Marshall Building, which will provide a mixture of office, state of the art teaching spaces and sports facilities, linking the building with the wider campus.

For University College London (UCL) Bloomsbury campus, Terry led the delivery of the award winning new Student Centre. The pioneering learning and teaching facility has set the benchmark for sustainable construction and design for all future UCL development projects.
The building has won 11 awards since it opened, including the Civic Trust 2020 award, the Higher Education Project prize at the 2019 Architects' Journal Architecture Awards, the Building Performance prize in the 2019 Building Awards and the Judges' Inspiration prize at the 2019 Institute of Civil Engineering Awards.
Terry and his team are currently working on UCL Marshgate, which will house over 34,000sqm of academic space – the size of nearly five Wembley football pitches.
Opening in 2023, Marshgate has been designed to provide new spaces for collaborative thinking and forms an integral part of UCL East, a new world-class UCL campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

For the University of Oxford Terry and his team delivered £500m worth of work across the university’s estate programme, including the New Bodleian Library refurbishment, the Old Road Cancer Research facility, the Kennedy Institute and Nuffield Department of Medicine buildings and the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute.
With just 63 weeks between breaking ground and handing over the keys, the Old Road Cancer Research facility was one of the fastest research laboratory projects ever completed for the University.

Business session Block B2

Garry J Metcalfe, CEO, Invida

Garry's early years (influenced by his father) were spent training as an Accountant, his father was an Electrical Engineer, and in his view, accounting was the future. Whilst he had a point, Garry spent the rest of his working life in engineering.

First in the heavy power sector, when coal-fired power plants were being constructed around the globe, this took Garry from the UK to Africa, the USA, India and China. Whilst his engineering knowledge improved, his understanding of a global business was transformed, but at some point, one had to re-establish roots.

He returned to the UK for a period of full time study at the London Business School (as a mature student) following which he spent some time away from engineering, only to return to it a few years later.

Garry led a management buyout of an ABB subsidiary, becoming the principal shareholder and CEO of technical services provider Inviron (a national Hard FM business with over 1,200 direct employees) for ten years before the company was approached and ultimately sold.

Following a short (welcome) sabbatical, Garry took on his current role at Invida.

Business session Block B3

Peter Dudley, Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects 

Peter Dudley leads STW in the design of advanced international science and technology facilities. Peter believes the most productive and successful workplaces are intensely social, with coworkers familiar with both the substance and style of each other's work. Good architecture facilitates this interaction through the flexible use of space and sharing of resources. He has applied this philosophy to education and institutional research facilities. Peter has worked with the Luxembourg National Aid Agency to deliver Nicaragua’s blood bank network. He is an award-winning architect who has also served as a juror on several international construction awards.

Kevin Bates, Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Kevin Bates is co-lead director of our London studio. He plays a prominent role in expanding STW’s international portfolio in Europe and the Middle East. His work has delivered considered, engaging and dynamic environments, creating intimate residential spaces and giving international institutions heightened recognition through large-scale projects. Kevin has steered some of STW’s most complex projects, with large teams of consultants on International University, Healthcare, Science & Research, Laboratory building projects. Kevin has won the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal for excellence in architecture. He has been a visiting tutor in the Schools of Architecture at University College Cork and King Saud University.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 1

Emma Deraze, Senior Data Scientist, Times Higher Education

Emma is a senior data scientist at Times Higher Education (THE) where she works on the Teaching Rankings, which account for measures of universities’ quality beyond research. She also works on the THE Impact rankings, in particular developing tools for use by participants to better understand their and other universities' performance.
She is involved in the analysis and processing of the data used in those rankings as well as development of the various methodologies, ensuring the various measures developed are fair and representative of the many missions of universities across the world.

Chair: Andrew Nolan, Development & Sustainability Director, University of Nottingham and Chair of AUDE Sustainability Advisory Group

Andy Nolan is Director of Development and Sustainability at The University of Nottingham having joined the university in late 2013. Andy’s portfolio includes the university’s estate development framework and capital programme, the sustainability strategy, and operations (including energy and carbon management, space management, and the university’s farm). He leads the on cross-cutting initiatives including staff engagement and equality, diversity, and inclusion work.

He previously worked for Sheffield City Council as Director of Sustainability for 9 years and, prior, at the universities of Sheffield, Leeds Metropolitan and Bradford. He is Chair of the Association of University Directors of Estate Sustainability Advisory Group, and a Fellow of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges and of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. 

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 2

Rupert Cook, Miltiadou Cook Mitzman architects, HEDQF Trustee and Co-Chair Research Group

Rupert has worked in the University sector for more than 25 years. He was at his previous practice for more than 20 years, joining Socrates Miltiadou to form Miltiadou Cook Mitzman architects in the autumn of 2020. Rupert and Socrates studied together in the early 1990s, subsequently working at the same practice on several Universities projects.

Rupert is trustee of the charity, Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) and is Co-Chair of the Research Group, he joined in 2003. In 2016 Rupert co-wrote the masterplan chapter of the RIBA/ HEDQF book ‘Future Campus’ and has also led Masterplans for a number of Universities. Recent projects include specialist university faculties – both new build and refurbished – social learning spaces, laboratories and residential accommodation.

He is passionate about sustainable developments having completed new build Passivhaus and refurbishment EnerPHit projects.

Alex Grigull, Associate Grimshaw Architects, Interim Co-Chair Research Group

Alexander is an Associate at Grimshaw with a specific interest in the integration of architecture into complex environments to create inclusive, human-centric yet efficient and vibrant spaces that enable people to accelerate their professional pursuits.

Alex has most recently been involved with redefining London’s largest master plan, to become a lively, active new Knowledge Quarter spanning across the multi-modal Euston transport interchange.

Prior to this, he played an integral role in all phases of the multi-award-winning redevelopment of the University of Southampton’s Boldrewood Campus Master Plan since the project’s first inception in 2007.

Alexander’s particular focus is on tertiary education, laboratory and research facilities, that raise awareness of the importance of learning, innovation and scientific exploration.

Alongside his project work Alex is part of developing Grimshaw’s Net Zero Carbon Urban Design guide. Alexander has recently taken on the interim co-chair of the HEDQF Research Group and led the research on the Sustainable Campuses Study.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 3

Naomi Ashenden, Head of Estates Planning and Compliance, Keele University

Naomi is an Incorporated Engineer and has been working in the Facilities Management sector since 2006, working with both private and public sector organisations. Naomi has previously led project delivery teams within the Ministry of Defence and BT and mobilised facilities contracts for the Army and RAF. Joining Keele University in January 2019, alongside her responsibilities as Head of Estates Planning and Compliance she is supporting the plan to respond to the University’s aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

Steve Jordan, Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities, University of Manchester

Steve joined the University of Manchester in 2012 where he leads their Capital Projects Team and has responsibility for managing the planning and delivery of their £1 billion Campus Masterplan. He also is responsible for the Environmental Sustainability Team. Steve has over 25 years experience in the Higher Education Sector working for numerous Universities whilst in private consultancy. He has also worked for Manchester City Council and the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee managing the delivery of a number of the venues for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Currently Steve is leading on developing the University of Manchester’s new 2030 Campus Masterplan and Estates Strategy.

Barry Morton, Director – Facilities Services, University of Glasgow

Barry is responsible for leading the newly formed Facilities Services Division within the Estates and Commercial Services Directorate at Glasgow. He is currently heading up a service review to ensure the team of circa 650 staff has the right skills, training and systems in place to support the operation of the expanding campus. A keen advocate of Soft Landings, working closely with colleagues in the Construction and Development teams to ensure successful project delivery. Barry started working for the Estates Directorate at Glasgow in July 2013 and was appointed to the current role in January 2020. With over 25 years’ experience in the University sector – he has worked previously in a variety of Estates roles at the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University. He is currently Deputy Chair of SAUDE and represents the Scottish region on the AUDE Professional Development group.

Jonathan Craner, Senior Project Manager, University of Portsmouth

Speaker biography coming soon 

Anna Cockman, Head of Estate Development (Project Delivery), Lancaster University 

After graduating from Bradford University in 1996 Anna took her first job at BBC Radio 5 Live as a Marketing Assistant. Anna progressed into television production and by 1998 had become a Production Manager. A holiday to Australia in 2000 re-ignited her appetite for travelling and she subsequently decided to take a career break to return down under. She travelled the country and when the money ran out, found a job working for a construction company; her first experience of working in the sector. 

On her return to the UK Anna returned to her roots in the North West and in 2003 took a job at Lancaster University Management School, working on a new £10m build. She was subsequently appointed to the Estates Development Team where she has delivered a diverse portfolio of capital projects and following three promotions, now holds the position of Head of Estate Development (Project Delivery). Anna has been a member of the Association of Project Management (APM) for 7 years.

She is an active member of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and in 2020 was a member of the winning team for the AUDE Summer School Award.

Ian Millar, Assistant Director of the Built Environment, University of Exeter 

Speaker biography coming soon 

Richard Jenden, Director of Property and Space Strategy, London School of Economics and Political Science

A Chartered Surveyor, Registered Valuer with an MBA is an accomplished professional with over 28 years’ experience in the corporate, public and higher education arenas.

Well-versed in all manner of multi-site operations; recent exciting projects include the acquisitions of the ‘Old Curiosity Shop’, £50m of redevelopment property and advising on a 6,000 bed residential portfolio. Some of the interesting properties Richard has dealt with include; The Royal Courts of Justice, Scotland Yard, Bow Street Police Station and Magistrates’ Court. The development of the first BREEAM Outstanding building for Defra, veterinary and aquatic science laboratories. Richard is commercially focused and results orientated and is stimulated by change and challenge, he is currently working on personal and corporate resilience and branding.

Jack Hunter, Head of Improvements, Newcastle University

Jack is Head of Improvements within the Estate Support Service at Newcastle University. Responsible for a team of Building Surveyors and Building Services Engineers that oversee a wide variety of capital investment, long term maintenance and general improvements projects campus wide. Having recently made the switch from a Project Manager within the Capital team Jack is now looking to introduce new ways of working to the Improvements team such as improving overall efficiency, service level standards and has a longer term goal of modernising and digitising the Estates development teams as a whole.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 4

Diana Hampson MBE - Director of Estates & Facilities, The University of Manchester

Diana Hampson is a chartered surveyor and has been Director of Estates and Facilities at The University of Manchester since 1997, responsible for all strategic and operational matters relating to the University’s property portfolio.
During this time Diana has steered the Directorate through the merger with UMIST in 2004 and has successfully delivered the most ambitious capital build programme in the history of UK Higher Education, creating new high quality facilities worth £750 million. Diana is now leading the delivery of a £1 billion Campus Masterplan which was announced by The University of Manchester in October 2012.
The estate for which Diana is responsible comprises over 887,000 square metres of academic, administrative, commercial, and residential accommodation on 667 acres of land, mainly in the City of Manchester but also some locations further afield. 
Diana is Chair of the Corridor Manchester Executive, the Corridor Manchester Cross City Bus Working Group and the Corridor Manchester Transport and Estates Group.

Diana has been awarded an MBE for services to higher education and the community in Greater Manchester.

Trevor Wills, Director of Estates, Nottingham Trent University

Trevor is Director of Estates at Nottingham Trent University. Before joining NTU, he held the same position at the universities of Westminster and Plymouth, having previously worked in the NHS, private practice and the charity sector. Trevor is a chartered surveyor who believes that the key to success is building high-performing teams. With a passion for design, he is Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF). As a lifelong learner himself, he maintains a keen interest in the development of people, particularly those who work in the many disciplines related to estates and facilities in higher education. Trevor is chair of AUDE’s Professional Development Group.

Tuesday 13th April 



Plenary 3

Professor Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean for Social Responsibility, University of Manchester

Andy Westwood is Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. He is a Visiting Professor of Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton  and a Governor at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.  He has also acted as an expert adviser to the EU, the OECD and the IMF.

He is a specialist adviser to the House of Lords Committee on Economic Affairs and has also advised the Digital Skills Committee. He has also been a special adviser to ministers on education, skills and science policy at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and a senior adviser at HM Treasury and in the Departments for Education and Communities and Local Government. He writes regularly for Wonkhe, the Times Education Supplement, the Times Higher Education magazine and The Guardian.

Business session Block C1

Charles Dokk-Olsen, Director at Shepheard Epstein Hunter

As a qualified architect, Charles has been responsible for masterplan projects for universities and urban design, many concerning listed buildings and /or conservation areas, for new buildings and imaginative transformation projects including university buildings, libraries and schools.

Charles is keenly interested in the way people use space and has explored how people can improve the quality of their work and learning/teaching relationships through reconfigured space, furniture and services, in academic offices and university research laboratories, primary schools and academies,

Charles graduated from De Montfort University Leicester in 1995, and worked for several architectural practices before completing his B.Architecture at the University of Liverpool, for which he was awarded a distinction. He received the Charles Reilly award for a project based on site analysis research into historical/cultural context, and was Liverpool University’s nominee for the RIBA Silver Medal. He joined Shepheard Epstein Hunter in 1999, becoming a Director in 2014.

Bryan Thomas Managing Director of CPB Projects

Bryan served in a variety of senior roles in the HE and Private Sectors, before forming CPB Projects to focus exclusively on developing integrated professional services for university clients.

He is an accomplished Higher Education Manager and Consultant with vast hands-on experience in both Corporate and Faculty roles. His extensive work in University space management is increasingly recognised as both innovative and highly effective. The leader of extensive research and good practice in resource management, he has authored conceptual and practical models to identify and evaluate future resource requirements.

Bryan has an enviable track record of solving seemingly intractable problems for his clients, including facilitating change in the most complex and challenging of contexts and working in partnership with other third-party Public and Private Sector organisations.

Business session Block C2

Nick Tonge, Planon System Manager, UPP

Nick Tonge has worked with FM system implementation and improvement for over 15 years, at Lancaster University and now at UPP.  Nick’s extensive experience and leadership with Planon led to him being appointed to the role of Chair of the Planon UK User Group, a role he held for 8 years. Still an active member, Nick is passionate about using Planon to improve organisational processes and regularly shares his knowledge and experience with other users.

Nick lives in the North West of England not too far from the Lake District National Park, where he likes to spend his spare time either walking or kayaking.

Rob Williams, Global Presales Manager, Planon

Rob Williams has worked in the software industry for over 15 years, gaining experience in core aspects of the development, sales and implementation processes. As a Global Presales Manager at Planon, he helps our clients solve their real estate and facilities management challenges with a focus on technology.

Rob lives just outside Brighton, where he spends most of his time trying to keep his 4 young boys quiet for sessions like these.

Business session Block C3

Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner, Cundall

Alan Fogarty heads up Cundall’s specialist sustainability team, which he started in 1999. The team specialises in low-energy and sustainable design.

A building services engineer by training, Alan has gained extensive knowledge of natural ventilation design, passive design techniques and assessment of natural lighting and energy. He is a BREEAM Assessor/AP, SKA Assessor and BREEAM Communities Assessor. He introduced the WELL Building Standards to Cundall’s London fitout which became the first certified project in Europe. He introduced the Design for Performance methodology for one of the first pilots in the UK.

Alan was Chair of the 2020 Non-Domestic Review of Building Regulations (Part L), and is currently environmental engineering lead on DfE’s GenZero programme. He also contributes to a number of CIBSE’s working groups focused on healthy internal environments including the revised TM40- Health & Wellbeing in Building Services. He helped develop the Education Funding Agency’s baseline designs for schools and used this as the starting point for Welsh Governments latest specification to deliver the next round of schools.

Talking points: Achieving net zero carbon in buildings, WELL, Design for Performance, Non-domestic Building Regulations (part L), net zero carbon schools. 

Business session Block C4

Magda Mostafa, Associate Professor Architecture, Co-Director UNESCO-UIA Education Commission, American University in Cairo

Magda Mostafa is currently the Co-Director of the UNESCO-UIA Education Commission and Co-Reporter of its Validation Council as well as an Associate Professor of Design at the American University in Cairo.

Through her Cairo-based practice, Progressive Architects she specializes in autism inclusive design and is the author of the Autism ASPECTSS™ design guidelines, the world’s first research-based design framework for autism worldwide. ASPECTSS™ has been presented at the United Nations as a framework for international autism design policy, as well as showcased in lectures and keynotes at Harvard’s GSD, the National Autistic Society in the UK, Ireland’s AsIAM and the World Autism Organization. It was awarded the UIA International Research Award in 2014 and was the subject of her well-received TedxTalk in 2015. Through various consultancies ASPECTSS™ has been used to design projects spanning five continents and ranging in scale from interior classroom retrofits to urban-scale neighbourhoods in Europe, the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Ireland and the UAE. Information about her work can be found at

She has recently joined the New York-based think-tank and inclusive practice MIXDesign as a co-director of their MIX Neurodiverse Studio and as part of their team as an autism expert (, where she brings the lens of autism and neurodiversity to their intersectional practices.

Her other field of research looks at another form of marginalization through the study of informal settlements, and in 2015 she published the Juxtopolis© Pedagogy, a studio-based research / design methodology. The Juxtopolis© Pedagogy's resultant work has been presented and exhibited worldwide, including at Columbia University's GSAPP; Durban, South Africa; the 2016 and 2018 Venice Biennales as well as a recent publication titled “The Informal City and the Future of our Cities: Towards a Manifesto” which outlines the product of her 2017 RIBA Masterclass on the subject. She is co-author of the book "Learning from Cairo" and her Juxtopolis Pedagogy was featured in Columbia University's book series on Architecture and the City "The Arab City: Architecture and Representation".

Shirley Dugdale AIA, Principal, Dugdale Strategy

Shirley is a space strategy consultant for learning environments and libraries. She works with institutions to explore how space planning can support transformation to a future vision in response to trends in scholarship, pedagogy and technology.

In 2020 Shirley collaborated with Hassell to develop a Learning Spaces Strategic Plan for the American University in Cairo. Her “Learning Landscape” approach since 2001 has guided her work, viewing campuses as networks of formal and informal learning and collaborative hubs.  She has led planning projects for many leading academic institutions, such as Johns Hopkins, Univ. of Washington, Univ. of Chicago, Stanford, and Univ. of Virginia.

Her current work explores the implications of distributed learning, emerging data-intensive modes of learning, and scenario planning to develop strategies for future resiliency.

She is a founding co-creator of the Learning Space Rating System with Educause (v3 just released). Based in Chicago, she recently presented to the Assoc. of Research Libraries on Library as Place in a Post-Covid Future, and workshops at Educause on developing learning space strategic plans. Her framework for “Crafting an Innovation Landscape” was a featured article in both Educause Review and SCUP’s journal.

Rory Sheppard, Architect, Hassell

Rory completed his Masters of Architecture at Monash University in 2016 following a career in the financial services sector. He brings expert knowledge to projects of the economics and funding systems in real estate and the built environment which brings significant added value to clients.

Rory has worked on a wide range of projects from both small scale through to large scale commercial architecture and higher education projects. Most recently Rory has been focussing on higher educational projects, including the Brighton Business School and The American University in Cairo.

Through close consultation with faculty and stakeholders, both projects focussed on how design can enable and enhance pedagogy and provide resilient future campus design. Rory believes that a collaborative design process leads to the best outcome for all stakeholders. Clear and consistent communication along with regular, formal reporting are tools Rory uses to help every project reach its potential.

Plenary 4

Ron Yanosky, Director, Research, EAB

Ron Yanosky is a director in EAB’s Research and Advisory Services organization, where he frequently gives presentations and conducts workshops for campus partners both online and in person. His areas of expertise include information technology, business affairs, and facilities management. He is actively involved in EAB’s best practices research, and recently led a project investigating the emerging role of remote work in higher education workforce strategies.

Business session Block D1

Sue Emms, Architect Principal, BDP

Sue is an Architect Principal at BDP and is Chair of the northern studios and one of seven executive board members running the global company.

She has worked for the practice since graduating from Sheffield University and is now its education sector champion and is a recognised figure in the industry. She has designed many innovative and award winning projects and leads complex engagement programmes with project stakeholders to ensure maximum user input into the design process. She acts as framework director/client care director for many university projects including Coventry University, Keele University and the University of Warwick and she specialises in university masterplans.

In addition to her work at BDP, Sue is a Visiting Practice Professor at the University of Sheffield, an external examiner at Manchester School of Architecture and also a visiting tutor at University of Central Lancashire. She has recently led the Trailblazer group of practices that have stablished the new level 6 and 7 degree apprenticeships programmes in architecture.  This scheme offers gender diversity in the architecture industry.

Sinead O’Toole, Senior Future Spaces Manager, Sheffield Hallam University

Sinead spent 20 years in financial services, with a career that has included roles in project and change management.  Sinead joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 as part of the Estates team, quickly becoming a central figure in the university's work on learning spaces.  Having completed her MBA in 2016 with a dissertation topic of academic workspace, Sinead's motivation and passion has centred on changing work and learning places for the better, with a particular focus on people and engagement.  Sinead was awarded AUDE’s “Emerging Talent” award in 2018 and is currently leading on Hallam’s thinking on workplace and learning spaces.  Sinead is heavily involved in the work to reimagine and revitalise the university campus post-Covid, with an emphasis on creating human-centric, experiential places for all.  Sinead has previously spoken at events such as Workplace Summit (Dublin, 2020) and will be speaking at Workplace Trends Research Summit in April. 

Daniel Ladbury, Director of Estates, Sheffield Hallam University

Daniel has worked at Sheffield Hallam University since February 2016 and is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of the university's estate which comprises 90 buildings of around 180,000m2 over three key sites together with responsibility for cleaning and multi-skilled services. Daniel is currently leading on the development of a new campus masterplan for the university which will set out the organisation's development plans for the next 20 years and the implementation of a new operating model for the team.  

Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam University, Daniel worked for five years at Sheffield City Council as Head of Capital Delivery where he was responsible for the management of a £4m traded service delivering the Council’s £150M per annum capital works portfolio and lead on a significant programme of change and service improvement during this time, turning the service from a £1m loss making function to delivering over 10% surplus in the space of just two years together with a 40% improvement in delivery performance.   This followed a period of 10 years working for Mott MacDonald as a Project Manager, Technical Advisor and then Associate Director.

One of Daniel's proudest work achievements  is successfully completing the £350m Sheffield Building Schools for the Future programme a year ahead of programme and £80m below budget, despite the funding bodies seeking to cancel the remaining projects.

Daniel is a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and an experienced change, programme and project manager with a strong track record of delivery and leadership particularly in the areas of major programme improvement and organisational change.  

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Helen Groves, Head of Education - Architecture, Atkins

Helen is a highly experienced architect who leads the Atkins education team nationally. She is passionate about the importance of well-designed education buildings and works with our clients from pre-concept data & briefing to post delivery, to create exciting and engaging learning spaces.

John Ridgett, Head of Higher Education London & SE - Architecture, Atkins

John heads-up the Higher and Further Education sector in London and the South East. John has worked extensively in the HE sector and projects include the John Henry Brookes, John Payne and Abercrombie buildings for Oxford Brookes University as well as masterplan studies for London Metropolitan University, Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University.  Having recently led a research study looking at recent graduate experience in the workplace and reflecting on spaces most valued from their time at University. John has supported Universities in post COVID planning including the development of a bespoke digital solution and is currently working with Atkins HE and Research + Innovation teams to drive thought leadership on future teaching and learning spaces as well as the journey to Net Zero.  

Business session Block D3

Oliver Milton, Partner, Hawkins\Brown

Oliver is a Partner of Hawkins\Brown and one of the leading architects working in the UK Education and Research sectors. His experience ranges from student accommodation to state of the art research institutes, and he thrives on the variety and challenge that the sector offers. His buildings have received wide recognition - most notably six national RIBA awards for buildings at University of Oxford, Royal Veterinary College, UEA, University of Exeter, and City of London Freemen's School. Alongside his project work, Oliver leads the innovation group within the practice, looking at how architects can use new digital tools to improve processes and design.

Julia Roberts, Partner, Education & Research Sector Lead, Hawkins\Brown

Julia has experience in a wide range of higher education and research projects and is skilful at coordinating complex projects and large multi-disciplinary design teams. She is a Partner of Hawkins\Brown and is part of the practice’s Education and Research team. She has successfully managed a number of award-winning buildings for clients including Royal Veterinary College and Cardiff University.

Negar Mihanyar, Associate Director, Education & Research Sector Lead, Hawkins\Brown

Negar is an Associate Director at Hawkins\Brown and has gained extensive experience working in the Higher Education sector, including projects for the University of Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Westminster, and UCL. Negar is passionate about supporting ways to broaden access into the profession and champions Hawkins\Brown’s Apprenticeship scheme and outreach programmes. She is also a member of the RIBA Academic Validation Panel and an External Examiner.

Trevor Wills, Director of Estates, Nottingham Trent University

Trevor is Director of Estates at Nottingham Trent University. Before joining NTU, he held the same position at the universities of Westminster and Plymouth, having previously worked in the NHS, private practice and the charity sector. Trevor is a chartered surveyor who believes that the key to success is building high-performing teams. With a passion for design, he is Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF). As a lifelong learner himself, he maintains a keen interest in the development of people, particularly those who work in the many disciplines related to estates and facilities in higher education. Trevor is chair of AUDE’s Professional Development Group.

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Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value, Mitie

Simon King is Director of Sustainability and Social Value at Mitie, the UK’s leading facilities management company. Simon is responsible for leading Mitie’s industry-leading ‘Plan Zero’ commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025. This includes a pledge to switch its entire fleet of 7,200 cars and vans to ultra-low emission vehicles by the same date. Simon also leads on Mitie’s ambitious Social Value Framework and ESG agenda.

Prior to joining Mitie, Simon held many senior roles in procurement and fleet management, including Global CPO for Tata Global Beverages, Group Procurement Director for Dairy Crest and across multiple areas for Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Tracy Wilson, Sector Development Director, Mitie

Tracy Wilson, Sector Development Director, is responsible for developing Mitie’s presence within higher education sector. Tracy leads teams to develop bespoke and innovative tender propositions and presentations that add real value to clients and stakeholders, and which are aligned to their strategic objectives and ambitions. Particular focus is to ensure we deliver the fundamental FM requirements but also deliver inspiring solutions that offer social and added value initiatives that impact staff and student experience and also positively impact local communities. The role requires a detailed understanding of the challenges, market trends and how FM solutions can positively impact and differentiate our offer to university contracts. Prior to joining Mitie, Tracy held senior roles with Engie, Balfour Beatty and a Local Authority.

Daniel Guest, Managing Director, Technical services Business Performance and Transformation, Mitie


Wednesday 14th April 



Plenary 5

Linda Hausmanis, CEO, IWFM

Linda was appointed CEO in October 2016 where she embarked on a programme to create a modern professional body, the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management and to re-position workplace and facilities management as a value-creating profession. Linda joined the former British Institute of Facilities Management in April 2007 where she delivered an educational strategy that enabled the Institute to become a regulated Awarding Organisation. Working with the sector, she went on to lead the Institute’s work to develop professional vocational qualifications in facilities management, which are now accredited and delivered internationally. She spearheaded the development of Professional Standards for facilities management which are now embedded by employers in the recruitment, development and management of professionals in the UK and beyond.  IWFM provides value to a membership community of around 14,000 and to the sector more widely. Its vision is to be the trusted voice of a distinct profession recognised, beyond the built environment, for its ability to enable people to transform organisations and their performance.

Chair: Lucy Black MSc FIWFM, Head of Facilities & Student Accommodation, University of Plymouth and Chair of AUDE Strategic Facilities Management Group

Lucy is the University of Plymouth’s Head of Facilities and Student Accommodation and chair of AUDE’s Strategic FM group.

Lucy has previously held similar roles in university, local authority, NHS and charity sectors and has 30 years’ experience in facilities management, leading and developing teams and services. She is a fellow of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management, where she was a non-executive director for 6 years and was chair of a large leisure trust.

Business session Block E1

Matt Tarling, Board Director for Higher Education and Student Accommodation, Stride Treglown

Matt is the board director leading both the higher education and student living teams at Stride Treglown. During the last seventeen years Matt has worked with more than 20 HE institutions on a variety of buildings from teaching facilities to residential accommodation both nationally and internationally.

He has seen many changes in the higher education sector and has spoken at several events about the move towards blended living and learning environments that give students a range of environments to study and socialise. Matt has a particular expertise in managing complex groups of stakeholders delivering award winning academic and residential facilities.

Business session Block E2

Phil Woodhead MCIPS, CIWFM, Category Manager, Fusion21

Phil Woodhead MCIPS, CIWFM is a Category Manager at Fusion21 with 15 years’ experience in consultancy, procurement, and facilities management. Phil’s career has involved aligning business and maintenance activities to organisational objectives. Phil’s Category covers a supply chain of some 200 suppliers relating to the Facilities Management, Building Safety and Consultancy needs of Fusion21 Members.

Valerie Miller, Group Sales and Marketing Director, Bellrock Property & Facilities Management Ltd

An expert in workplace consultancy for the education sector:

Valerie has over 20 years’ experience working facilities management, seven of which have been spent working with the education sector. Valerie takes a strategic view, helping clients think about their long-term goals, as well as the day to day property challenges. Valerie has significant experience in creating an estates solution specifically for education environments where there is careful consideration of how to reduce spend without impacting on the quality of service.

By leveraging the estate any organisation has opportunities to innovate and improve the environment for educators and students, directly impacting learning outcomes.

Business session Block E3

David Evans, Education Segment Lead, Schneider Electric

David has a lifetime of experience in the Education sector and has spent the past 5 years as Education Segment Leader at Schneider Electric. He has a passion for the environment and technology, both personally and professionally, working closely with universities across the UK&I to develop their smart campus strategies.

Scott Smith C.Eng, Head of Sustainability for UK&E, DAR

Scott Smith is the Head of Sustainability for Dar UK&E, and a principal member of the Sustainability Team for the Dar Group. Scott has gained broad global experience in office, residential, retail, laboratory and government sustainable building services design in his 30 plus years as a Mechanical Engineer. He has learned to apply building physics and environmental design principals to create low carbon and sustainable Engineering, Architecture, and Urban Design solutions throughout the world.

Scott also manages the Dar UK BREEAM Business in providing sustainable certification for projects in London and throughout the UK. Scott is a BREEAM AP and LEED AP, and uses his knowledge of worldwide sustainable certifications systems (BREEAM, LEED, GSAS, Estidama, etc.), to help and advise Clients create sustainable projects.

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Robert Hutton, Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services, Estates and Facilities Management, University of Sussex

Robert has worked in the Estates and Facilities world for 21 years, mostly with US companies. His experience in Real Estate and Integrated Facilities Management includes spells with major corporations in the UK and the Asia Pacific region.

Robert joined the University of Sussex from the multinational engineering firm AECOM, where he was Vice President for Management Services for the Asia Pacific region based in Hong Kong. This followed a six-year post with commercial Real Estate Services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as the Head of Integrated Facilities Management North Asia (Greater China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and South Korea). In JLL Robert revised a strategic plan to invest in Education and Life Sciences, working with clients that included leading academic institutions across the Asia Pacific region.

A key highlight of Robert’s career was his 13 years in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management at the Pharmaceutical firm Pfizer Inc. Robert has extensive experience in the research field with a key appointment as the Site Operations Lead for Pfizer, Sandwich Laboratories, whose pharmaceutical laboratories in Kent make up the largest dedicated research campus in Europe. Following the role at Pfizer Sandwich Robert moved to Hong Kong to establish Pfizer’s Corporate Real Estate organisation for Asia Pacific region.

Prior to his career in Estates, Robert had a highly successful 19 years career in the British Army. Robert offers a unique perspective, having worked on both the client side and as a professional service provider across multiple business sectors.

Stephen Holmes, Technical Services Director, Major Projects and Highways, Balfour Beatty

Stephen is an experienced and versatile senior manager with a proven track record in leadership in the construction industry. He has successfully translated his hands-on expertise as a Project Director into the pre-construction environment, where he has led both large-scale integrated work winning teams, technical services departments and numerous major bids for clients such as EDF, Crossrail, Highways England, Network Rail and latterly, HS2.
Working with Cabinet Office and construction representatives from across the industry, Stephen contributed to the development of the Construction Playbook and was responsible for drafting specific sections of the document.

Jerome Kearns, Development Director, Balfour Beatty

Jerome has been with Balfour Beatty Investments 17 years as a Development Director leading PPP, development and on campus student accommodation projects. He has over 30 years’ experience of major projects in the defence, courts and education sectors in both the UK and Australia.

Grant Ferguson, Interim Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh

A Chartered Engineer, Grant has enjoyed a career in Estate’s related disciplines spanning almost 30 years split between the NHS and Higher Education sectors. Grant has been at the University of Edinburgh for 5 years and has been Interim Director of Estates since August 2020, his substantive role being Director of Estates Operations. His highlight in the past year has been the Estate’s Team being awarded the University’s Principal’s Medal for its response and outstanding contribution during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Plenary 6

Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive, Willmott Dixon

Rick Willmott is Group Chief Executive and represents the fifth generation of the Willmott family to lead the company since 1852.
Rick's leadership drives family values and a partnering ethos throughout the business, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and a 'purpose beyond profit' to leave a positive and lasting legacy in the communities we serve.

Tim Carey, Chief Product Director, Willmott Dixon

Tim Carey is Willmott Dixon's Chief Product Director and overall business lead for Collida. An influential voice in the industry, Tim is passionate about rethinking the built environment. He is a member of the Construction Leadership Council's Manufacturing Group, a contributor to key government and industry reports and until recently was the chairman of Buildoffsite - a not for profit industry organisation promoting the use of offsite and pre-manufactured solutions.

Business session Block F1

Jonathan Conway, Project Manager, BAM Construct UK

Jonathan has worked at BAM for 16 years and is based in North Yorkshire.  He led the site team who delivered the Sir William Henry Bragg building for the University of Leeds and took pride in seeing this outstanding building grow from plans and drawings into a flagship development.

Jonathan will be presenting on how BAM challenged all aspects of the project to achieve the best outcomes. He will also discuss how we worked with the university to clarify the needs of the specialist equipment and services and used the BIM model to demonstrate how the building design was developing and ensure all their requirements were being met.

Jon Roylance, Director, Higher Education Director, ADP

Jon leads our higher education and science and research sectors.

He has advised 30+ university clients, delivering sector-leading facilities. His projects have won awards including the Guardian Higher Education “Facility of the Year”, the CUBO “Student Project of the Year”, S-Lab, SCONUL University Library of the Year, the Higher Education Academy, and several RIBA awards.

Jon promotes knowledge share amongst universities, science and research institutions, and our own technical teams. Jon’s role involves chairing best practice groups, and offering new ideas in space optimisation, project social values, teaching and learning environments, sustainability and wellbeing, student experience, and the smart campus of the future.

David Oldroyd, Senior Project Manager, University of Leeds

In his six-year career at the University, he has led the project management for several multi-million pound investment schemes including the Sir William Henry Bragg Building,  Social Sciences refurbishment, School of Mathematics, and the Faculty of Engineering refurbishment,  all of which form the University's 10 -year masterplan to create a world leading campus at Leeds. 

David’s career span in the Higher Education sector includes twenty years as a consultant as Project Director at Stace LLP and Co-Director at Aspect 4.  

Chaired by Stephanie Whittaker, BAM Construct UK 

Speaker biography coming soon 

Business session Block F2

James Tiernan, Head of Energy and Environment, Unite Students

James Tiernan has led the Energy and Environment Team at Unite since 2012, and in 2019 received the EDIE Energy Management Leader of the Year award.  Building on a 25% reduction in electricity use since 2014, and a 39% reduction in absolute scope 1 + 2 carbon emissions, Unite recently set ambitious new sustainability targets including net zero carbon operations and developments.  Before joining Unite James worked as an energy and sustainability consultant in the construction and real estate sectors, following 7 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Engineers.  He is a qualified Mountain Leader and was once electrocuted by a previously undiscovered species of electric fish on expedition down the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.  When not in Lockdown, James enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters in the great outdoors.   

Business session Block F3

Suzanne Carey, Business Development Director, HOST RHM

An expert in sales and marketing, Suzanne sits on the HOST leadership team, developing and delivering HOST’s growth strategy. Suzanne brings strategic, big picture thinking as well as energy and enthusiasm to drive HOST’s success. Suzanne leads our business development team, PR and marketing consultants, and reports to the board on progress. Suzanne is passionate about what we do at HOST – we are reinventing hospitality management and, in doing so, addressing the accommodation needs of key groups in society, from students to NHS workers to the military, to clean energy project construction teams. Currently, Suzanne is focused on HOST's core markets of education, healthcare, construction and energy. Suzanne is exploring new opportunities and identifying ways in which the unique HOST model can support these sectors.

Matt Bennion, Chairman, Reds10

Matt’s role is to lead Reds10’s strategic development. Matt is a champion for collaboration and change in the property and construction industry. With Reds10, Matt has spearheaded the use of new approaches and technologies to improve delivery, building performance and end user experience. Prior to joining Reds10, Matt’s previous responsibilities included Chief Executive at Arcadis based in Hong Kong and Global Chief Operating Officer at E.C. Harris LLP. Matt is a Fellow of the RICS and holds a BSc from the University of Greenwich.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 5

Gordon Parker, Managing Director, Coretex International

Gordon is the Managing Director of Coretex International Limited. He is a chartered engineer with experience as a designer, procurement manager, senior project manager and coach. Gordon specialises in organisation and performance review, solution design, change management planning and performance improvement. He works with client teams to achieve sustainable organisational change.

He experienced Estate Management and Facilities outsourcing in the public sector starting in the early 1990’s, managing a portfolio of 118 properties for a large government agency. 

His experience includes setting up a number of global and country specific organisations for private sector organisations, including creating and monitoring Estates management and Facilities operations in over 100 countries. He has worked with the BBC, British Airways, Central and local Government.  Since 2007 he has worked extensively with Universities across the UK from Brighton to Durham, Ulster to East Anglia. In 2019 he programme managed the Kings College London insourcing of 600 security and cleaning staff.   

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 6

Simon Burgess, Project Developer, Siemens

Simon joined Siemens in 2014 and has extensive experience in the energy industry both in the public and private sector. In his current role he helps large organisations to transition their estates and operations to net zero. Prior to this he led a team of engineers within Siemens consulting business, delivering a range of complex projects on behalf of clients including the UK government and EU.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 7

Jo Hardman, Director of Commercial Services, Lancaster University, and CUBO Chair

I have worked at Lancaster University for 30 years in a wide range of commercial, research and marketing roles and this has helped me to get under the skin of the widest possible elements of HE life - during the pandemic this has really helped to understand the range of challenges and solutions that we need to address to make our campus flourish.

I value the ability to beg, borrow and steal ideas from others via CUBO, but also to meet people who can challenge my view of the world.

I got involved in the Board as I could see an organisation that wanted to lead and help set the agenda for commercial services in the University sector. CUBO wants to make sure that staff across the range of activities are acknowledged for the important work they do to make Universities great places to live, work and study, and I wanted to help develop this.

Kirsty Woodward, Director of Campus Services, University of Leicester, and CUBO Chair Elect

Kirsty joined the University of Leicester in 2010 and has been Director of Campus Services since September 2016. She was previously Deputy Director of Residential and Commercial Services.

At the University of Leicester, Kirsty is the strategic lead for Accommodation; Print Services; Leicester Conferences; Campus Operations, including Portering and Cleaning, Grounds and Gardens, Post, Fleet; and Security. Kirsty is also a Board Director of College Court Conference Centre and Leicester Services Partnership, (the Student Union and University catering partnership) and the University lead on Prevent.

Kirsty joined CUBO Executive Board in March 2019, initially picking up the conference portfolio. Kirsty is now Chair Elect and has represented CUBO on the Board of the Universities UK Accommodation Code of Practice since October 2018.

Prior to joining Leicester, Kirsty was a Senior Project Manager at the Russell Partnership. In this role, Kirsty worked with well-known organisations such as the BBC and Goldman Sachs to improve their catering offer. She also worked with a number of universities, including Leicester. It was while working for Leicester as a consultant that Kirsty began the journey of transforming the University’s catering service, which led to her being offered a permanent role at the institution.

Her early career was spent in hotels including a spell as a Hotel Manager working for Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries. She also spent ten years at the University of Warwick, firstly as Catering Manager and then as Head of Catering Services.

Kirsty is a former winner of a Caterer and Hotelkeeper Acorn Award and was named Cost Sector Caterer of the Year in 2001. She received her MBA from the University of Leicester in January 2017, having combined her studies with a very busy job.

Jan Capper, CEO, CUBO

As the CEO of CUBO, Jan works with the Board and staff to develop and implement CUBO's strategy and ensure that CUBO offers increasing value to its members, partners and the higher education sector. Since Jan joined CUBO in 2017, the association for campus and commercial services professionals has seen an increase in engagement and reputation.

Before joining CUBO, Jan was executive director of the International Association of Languages Centres (IALC), an award-winning, global association of independent language centres. Key achievements were the rolling out of a respected global accreditation, growth in membership and successfully delivering the organisation's annual event for members and study travel agencies in all corners of the globe.

After a degree in languages and economics, Jan started her career in travel operations for Global Holidays and American Express Travel, before moving into marketing with Malaysia's number one travel company, Reliance Tours, based at their London office. She then worked for several years as director of marketing for Pitman Central College, followed by a late "gap year" as marketing and sales director for GLS, a successful German study travel company in Berlin.

Jan has also worked as a freelance journalist, copywriter and commercial and sports translator.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 8

Hadeel Safaa Saadoon, Building Information Manager, Coventry University 

Chartered Architectural Technologist and BIM specialist promoting the use of Digital Technologies in the construction and operations industry. Working as a BIM for Coventry University Estates Digital Services team leading the implementation of BIM in buildings maintenance, refurbishment projects, construction of new campus buildings and student accommodation projects. Manages the creation of the CU digital campus and the retrospective modelling of existing buildings and also the establishment of the Common Data Environment for the university group.

Brett Plant, Information Manager, Coventry University 

Brett has gained a wealth of experience from working over 10 years within HE Estates. He currently manages the Estates Digital Services team at Coventry University, with responsibility for the strategic leadership of all Estates systems.

Brett is passionate about tackling the challenges surrounding data, information and systems, and is driven by improving service delivery and strategic insight. He is currently working on aligning all data sets and systems in line with wider University requirements, performing data and application architecture analysis, to showcase how these should be structured within Estates.

Brett is enthusiastic about ensuring systems are fit for purpose, focusing on the end users, as well as making sure that information is shared with key stakeholders in a consistent and accurate manner, enabling potential for big data to be unlocked. He is active contributor to Coventry University’s Analytics Community of Excellence, sharing his knowledge and expertise across the university group.

Thursday 15th April 



Plenary 7

Jim Tudor, Founder, Future Index

Jim created the Future Index© trends consultancy ( in 2013 to absorb and share the very best global marketing trends, and help clients to develop and shape their own successful strategies. Specialising in working with universities and business schools, Jim has taken the Future Index© to over 30 European institutions through presentations, hacks and workshops, as well as via strategic and creative consultancy. A hands-on practitioner with over 20 years’ experience, Jim has helped develop everything from university visions and plans through to student-led communications platforms; from award winning social media campaigns to alumni engagement initiatives.

Jim is a Top Voice for Education on LinkedIn with a following of over 145,000 and has delivered keynote presentations at CASE, CIM HE, UCAS and numerous other conferences across the world. He’s passionate about the future of Higher Education and looking forward to the challenges and opportunities we’re facing. Jim’s work has also extended into campuses, having run sessions for UEA and Loughborough on campus development and leading on insight collection for the new Patterson Institute cancer research building in Manchester.

Business session Block G1

Russell Day, Education Sector Head, Sir Robert McAlpine

Following early years in consultancy and Local Authority design offices Russell's career has spanned over 30 years with a main contractor. Specialising in education for the last 15 years, as Education Sector Head, he leads a national approach that brings expertise from across a broad education portfolio as well as other specialist fields. Associated with in excess of 130 education projects, he has been instrumental in helping Sir Robert McAlpine build an education portfolio in excess of £1bn. He is renowned as an enthusiastic player, motivator and problem solver at strategic and operational levels. Passionate about excellence in design and construction and with a keen interest and involvement in learning environment study and research, Russell has chosen to extend his studies at The Bartlett, UCL.

Emma-Louise Hannigan, Associate/ Education Lead Ireland, HLM Architects

Emma-Louise has recently been appointed to lead HLM’s Education Team in NI & RoI. She brings to this role over 10 years’ experience in leading both the Education Sector and Education Projects in Australia for a global design practice. She has worked on multiple projects which have been recognised with national and international awards. She is a professional, dedicated and highly motivated Project Leader with wide-ranging experience in all aspects and stages of project delivery from Strategic Master planning through to on-site delivery.

Dr Jos Boys, Senior Lecturer in Environments for Learning, UCL

Dr. Jos Boys is Course Director for the MSc in Learning Environments at UCL and has a research focus on creative and inclusive educational spaces both within and beyond the academy. She has worked for over 15 years as a consultant and researcher in Learning Spaces in higher education, both in the UK and internationally, and have published extensively. She has also been an educator in architecture and related disciplines across many institutions; has worked as an academic developer and instructional designer; and is involved in community-based design practice and activism.

Rupert Goddard, Partner, Sheppard Robinson

Rupert leads a diverse portfolio of education and commercial projects from the practice’s Manchester office. He is also part of Sheppard Robson’s Design Review Group, shaping the design direction of the practice.
Whether designing higher education facilities, student living projects or residential developments, Rupert’s work has a reputation for creating buildings in which communities thrive. An example of this approach is the carefully composed social spaces that enliven Greenbank Student Village, encouraging interaction and boosting mental health. Rupert’s interest in community-building can also be seen in urban centres, with projects such as Echo Street bringing together co-living alongside student living in Central Manchester. Other recent projects that balance the latest pedagogical thinking, strong architectural forms and low-carbon design principles include: the Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle University; the Brooks Building for Manchester Metropolitan University, and a range of student living projects.
Rupert is a regular commentator on issues ranging from the future of co-living to how student living can boost wellness and the student experience.

Stafford Critchlow, Director, WilkinsonEyre

Stafford Critchlow is a director at WilkinsonEyre with 30 years experience in award-winning international architectural practice. He joined WilkinsonEyre in 1991, becoming a director in 2005 and has led significant projects for a number of universities in the UK and internationally, including the Forum at the University of Exeter, the University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences building and several projects for Queen Mary, University of London at the Mile End Road campus.
Recent work includes Eddington eco post-grad housing in Cambridge, remodelling projects for the listed Bristol University Fry Building and the new City Law School for City, University of London as well as master-planning work for Warwick & Southampton Universities and at the Dyson Campus in Malmesbury. The first of two projects for London South Bank University will complete later this year
He is a founding trustee of HEDQF, a member of Design: South East & Islington Design Review panels and sits on the UK Council of the Creative Industries Federation

Ian Taylor, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Ian has extensive experience in arts and culture, healthcare, low-energy masterplanning, universities, schools, workplaces, and innovative housing projects, including the repair and renewal of Southbank Centre, masterplanning for the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the LSE, and schools in the UK and Bangladesh.

Ian leads the practice’s higher education sector, and since 2008 he has been a prominent member of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF). In 2016 he edited an HEDQF-sponsored book, ‘Future Campus – Design Quality in University Buildings and wrote the HE chapter in the 2021 RIBA RETHINK guide to post pandemic design.

Beyond his role on projects, Ian leads FCBStudios’ Research and Innovation group and has been involved in the development of sustainable design guidance, the Carbon Calculator tool FCBS Carbon as well as post-occupancy evaluation methodologies. Ian is a visiting professor at UCL IEDE.


Lucy Plumridge, Associate Director (Education), HLM Architects


Lucy is an Associate Director at HLM, with a focus on education projects. In this role she interprets briefs and develops well considered, high quality, design responses the reflect changing educational pedagogies. She has been as a technical advisor for the Education Funding Agency, developing the new standard designs for primary education and advising on design quality across school batches, and has worked with a number of universities to develop new approaches to learning spaces.


Business session Block G2

Kevin Couling, Sustainability Project Director, Hoare Lea

Kevin has worked in environmental sustainability consultancy for the last 16 years.  He has fulfilled many roles on projects; from the construction of new buildings and creation of sustainable design philosophies, to supervising doctorate level research and embedding sustainability into governance processes.  Kevin brings a unique, broad, and flexible approach to everything he works on. 

Kevin has a deep understanding of the complexities of delivering highly sustainable projects in both the public and private sectors and in particular he can provide valuable insight into the challenges the higher education sector is facing in providing net zero carbon, sustainable buildings and campus portfolios.

Nick Lawrence, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Hoare Lea

Nick is an exceptional engineer and has worked on some world leading higher education buildings within the UK for over 15 years.  As a lead engineer he balances day to day design programme challenges with integrity and skill ensuring that the design team are all moving forward together.  

One of Nick’s most recent projects was the Beecroft Building for the University of Oxford, Department of Physics.  This highly complex, exacting building will be home to the development of quantum computers and combines close environmental control laser labs alongside ultra-low vibration high resolution scanning rooms. 

Business session Block G3

Andy Macfarlane, Director, Curtins

Andy Macfarlane BEng IEng AMIStructE, is a significant contributor to Curtins’ Innovation and Best Practice approach, and manages Curtins’ Liverpool office as technical director. He leads on the adoption of Smart Construction techniques and is highly knowledgeable in the development of engineering solutions that maximise the benefits of offsite construction. 

Dan Evans, Executive Director, Curtins

Dan Evans is a Group Director for Curtins, leading the London and South East regions and amassing over 35 years’ experience. His portfolio of educational projects across new build and refurbishment includes a Student Centre at UCL, the Imperial College for Transitional and Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London and the striking library extension at City, University of London, as well as the role of Lead Director on frameworks for the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London. 

Plenary 8

Gary Jebb, Director of Place, The University of Edinburgh

Gary has been Director of Estates for The University of Edinburgh since 2014. Currently leading on a £1.5bn capital investment, Gary and his Estates team are integral to bringing the University's academic vision into reality. One of the largest and most diverse university estates in the UK, the University of Edinburgh’s estate comprises of more than 550 academic, administrative and residential buildings throughout the city of Edinburgh across five campuses. Many buildings have listed status and are integral to the unique characteristics of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Edinburgh.

New projects currently underway include a large scale redevelopment of the Science & Engineering Campus at King’s Buildings, and working in partnership with NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and City of Edinburgh Council to deliver a range of projects at Edinburgh’s BioQuarter as part of Edinburgh’s City & Regional Deal.

Gary has considerable experience in estates projects and facilities management having worked in the private sector as a Chartered Surveyor and previously was the Director of Estates at Queen’s University Belfast.  

Professor John Cole, Independent Consultant 

John Cole is an architect by profession, currently acting as an independent consultant, primarily in the role of strategic client adviser on the planning and implementation of a range of major national and international public and private sector infrastructure projects.

In 2016, he was appointed to chair an Independent Inquiry into major construction failures in a series of school buildings in Scotland and wrote the ‘Report into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools’ which was published in February 2017. This report received national and international attention and its recommendations have already led to significant changes in the UK in the approach to safeguarding quality by client groups, professional bodies and the wider construction industry’

Dawson Stelfox, Consultant Conservation Architect, Consarc Design Group

Over the years Dawson has worked on some of the most important historic buildings in Ireland including Parliament Buildings, St George’s Markets, The Albert Clock, various projects at Queen’s University, Christchurch, Belfast, Castle Leslie, County Monaghan, The Ulster Hall, Belfast City Hall, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Ashford Castle and Adare Manor hotel in Co Limerick. Recent and current work in Great Britain includes a number of projects for the University of Edinburgh and English Heritage.

Business session Block H1

Willmott Dixon

Speaker biography coming soon 

Business session Block H2

Mat Oakley, Head of Savills UK and European Property Research Team

Mat will provide insights into how the commercial sector, including both landlords and tenants, is approaching the question of what to do with their office estates in a post-Covid world. He will explore the pace at which the commercial sector is approaching making decisions in this difficult area (and why) as organisations contemplate various versions of a 'return to the office'. He will provide examples of what is being done in practice and seek to draw out whether there are learnings for universities in the approach the commercial sector is taking to their office estates.

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates, University of Birmingham

Trevor is driving forward the UoB Intelligent Campus initiative and is also leading a flagship, strategic partnership set to manage the routemap to Net Zero Carbon and to transform the Edgbaston campus into a Living Lab.

He also leads an estates project team working on the delivery of a new 4,500 student Dubai university campus set to open in Dubai in Sept 2021.

Business session Block H3

Sean Gleeson, Director, CBRE Local FM

Sean is a Divisional Director with CBRE GWS leading on integrated FM and engineering solutions. With over 20 years’ experience in FM operations across public and private sectors, he has advises both clients and operational teams around the opportunities to optimise the size and shape of services to ensure value, manage risk and enhance the user experience.

Andy Higgs, Director, CBRE Project Management & Building Consultancy

Andy heads up the CBRE Education Advisory team, having worked with FE Colleges and universities for most of his career. He is a chartered building surveyor and project manager by training. He typically provides strategic estates advice and assisting with the drafting of business cases for institutions. He has been working closely with George Griffith to develop an understanding of the AUDE estates management report and helps universities use this data to develop key performance indicators.

Kay Green MBA, Head of Strategic Space Management, University of Sheffield

Kay has worked within a Facilities Management environment for nearly 30 years, focussing specifically on space management for over 20 years. Kay's role is to advise the University on how it can best manage its space in order to be space effective and efficient. She oversees the use of c.500,000sqm of space along with her small team of professionals.

George Griffith, Director, G2G Consulting

George has worked with university estates for many years. He typically provides strategic estates advice to institutions. He has been involved with the AUDE estates management report for 7 years and helps universities use this data to develop key performance indicators. At CBRE he helps to understand the problems universities have and how we can help to provide the right solutions.

Kirsten Dyer, Director, CBRE Valuation & Advisory

Kirsten is a Director in the Student Accommodation Valuation and Advisory Team at CBRE specialising in and leading the analytics and insight function. Kirsten specialises in deriving analytical insight to support strategic decision making. She has provided specialist analytical insight on the student accommodation sector to a varied group of market participants including universities, banks, private operators and developers.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 9

David Patterson, Partner, Make Architects

David is Make’s lead for education design, and has more than 20 years’ experience as an architect, with an extensive portfolio of masterplanning and built schemes in the education and research sector. He’s led a range of major projects for the practice, including the design and delivery of six buildings for University of Nottingham. David is an active member of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF), teaches at Central Saint Martins and is chair of the RIBA London Council.

Ziona Strelitz, Founder Director, ZZA Responsive User Environments

Design anthropologist and chartered planner, Ziona is a reputed researcher and strategist, specialising in user experience of work, education and mixed-use settings, including diverse university buildings and campuses.  Founder/director of ZZA Responsive User Environments, she applies her rich empirical knowledge of social, cultural, design and management perspectives to harness built capacity for productive, beneficial use. Ziona has contributed to game-changing projects in multiple sectors, including HE. Highly experienced as an expert panellist, judge of building awards, presenter, lecturer, author, Ziona is also an active member of HEDQF.

Phil Armitage, Senior Partner, Max Fordham

Phil is a senior partner at Max Fordham, and has 30 years’ experience of building services engineering design, working on a wide variety of projects that champion passive design, energy efficiency and architectural sensitivity.  He gains immense personal satisfaction from collaborating to produce beautiful and functional buildings, many of which have been recognised by industry awards. He sees the creation of a zero carbon society as the essential task of this generation. Phil has tutored at the University of Cambridge, is a member of the Haringey and Havering Quality Review Panels and a committee member of the BCO.

John Treble, Founder and Client Services Director, The Green Consultancy

John is founder and Client Services Director of The Green Consultancy which has provided energy, carbon, and sustainability consultancy to the Education Sector, including two thirds of UK universities, for nearly thirty years.  Services include the full spectrum from strategy to extremely technical and specialised implementation – for example, Decarbonisation Plans to the optimisation of Building Management and District Heating Systems.  John has been a Council Member of Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) and a Member of its Independent Energy Consultants Group.  (The Green Consultancy is now part of JRP Solutions Ltd.)

George Georgiou, Director, Elliott Wood

George is a Director at Elliott Wood leading 30 structural and civil engineers across two offices. He has 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors and all scales of work including small-scale interventions on school buildings to large masterplan work. He teaches at the University of East Anglia.

George has a focus on design innovation and maximising the value of works to the client. He has strong communication skills, which allow him to translate complex engineering issues into clear messages for client team decisions.

Donncha O Shea, Partner, Gustafson Porter + Bowman

I would characterise my professional career as broad and encompassing, with a particular focus on the importance of design in our everyday lives. I originally trained as an architect, working in the field for 6 years before moving sideways into landscape architecture and urbanism. For the past 12 years, I have been working at Gustafson Porter + Bowman, managing a diverse range of projects from town centre regeneration to national memorials. The practice has a holistic design philosophy that enhances the experience of a person moving through an external space. Our projects are united by the common themes of inclusivity, innovation, sustainability and biodiversity.

Alongside my professional work, I have maintained a strong interest in research, completing an MsC in Sustainable Building Design, as well as being a member of EDU which focuses on multi-disciplinary design of educational spaces. As a partner at Gustafson Porter + Bowman, I encourage the team to develop their own interests and specialisms through mentoring programmes and dedicated training time and allowances. I find it equally refreshing and rewarding giving lectures and partaking in reviews at University of Greenwich, and the Bartlett.

James Redman, Project Architect, Make Architects

James is Make’s lead for urban design and has 10 years’ experience as an architect. He has worked across a range of sectors, from workplace and retail to high-end residential and higher education. He has significant experience with international projects, and with strategic masterplanning, having led the development of a major new framework for the University of York.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 10

Professor Jim Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England Bristol and Climate Commissioner

Jim Longhurst is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol.  He leads the university’s sustainability agenda ensuring that sustainability considerations are present in the university’s teaching, research, campus operations and civic engagement work. His 35 year research career has focussed on air and carbon management and urban sustainability.   He has produced over 225 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and edited 24 books.  His career research and consultancy income exceed £14 million. Since 2000 he has been the co-chair of the Annual Air Pollution Monitoring, Modelling and Management Conference. He has advised national and international government departments, private companies and third sector bodies on air and carbon management.  His national roles include Vice President of the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences, Honorary Vice President of Environmental Protection UK, chair of the Board of Directors and Trustees for the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and Director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC.  

He co-chairs Bristol’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, chairs the University Advisory Group supporting South Gloucestershire Council’s climate action programme and on behalf of the EAUC serves on the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education. In 2020 he co-chaired the expert advisory group preparing the new higher education guidance on Education for Sustainable Development.

Manveer Gill, Project Officer, CDP

Manveer is a Project Officer at CDP – a charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities and states to manage their environmental impacts – motivated by the need to integrate ESG issues across mainstream investment processes. A Student Honorary Fellow at the EAUC, he graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and continues his work within the sector of education as a Commissioner on the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education, aiming to catalyse a sector-wide response to the Climate Emergency.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 11

Kenneth Kinsella, Director of Capital Development, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Kenneth Kinsella works at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences as the Director of Capital Develop within the Estates Division. Ken initially started his career in 1989 with Lewis & Hickey Architects and subsequently with two other Universities. Queen Mary University (QMUL) from 1993 to 2005 and more recently as the Head of Projects at the University of East London (UEL) from 2005 to 2008.  The construction project background varies from developing Student Villages at both QMUL and UEL, a new Business School and Library Building, various Academic Buildings, teaching room conversions, new 400 seat lecture theatres, nursery building to name a few. Notable achievements are the completion of a 1000 bed student village with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios at QMUL which won several awards, completing the New Academic Building from Grimshaws at LSE and more recently completing the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre which was shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Sterling prize. Current schemes are a new academic building with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners £125m and a scheme Grafton Architects at £145m.

In 2016 Ken became the inaugural Chair of the Capital Group within AUDE (Association of University Directors of Estates) covering the whole of the UK. Ken is also an executive member of AUDE.

Following an invitation in 2014 by the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects in (RIBA), Ken was asked to participate in a RIBA ‘Competition Task Force’, which would work with  well-informed clients to help the RIBA  arrive at new recommendations for  running  more effective design competitions. The work was completed in June 2014 and was presented by the task force Chair and the LSE’s Kenneth Kinsella to the RIBA Council. The recommendations have now been rolled out to help clients.

Ken is active with the RIBA and sits on the selection RIBA Fellowship panel and the RIBA Queens Honours selection panels.

Steven Jenkins, Director, Tertiary Education Sector Lead, UK & Ireland, AECOM

Steven is responsible for the delivery of the national capital cost database for AUDE, working closely with the AUDE Executive and Steering Committee.

He leads AECOM’s Higher Education Sector across the UK and Ireland, drawing on his 30 years’ experience in construction and from having successfully delivered major projects including complex laboratories, teaching and learning facilities, new and refurbished student residential accommodation and historical buildings.  Steven is currently leading AECOM’s cost and project management teams, appointed as lead consultant to deliver the University of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Steven is a trustee and company secretary of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum, the independent organisation which exists to promote high quality design in university campuses, buildings and facilities. He is an active member of the Board which undertakes research across the sector on issues facing the sector including the impact of net zero carbon. 

Andrew Edwards, Digital Lead, UK & Ireland, AECOM

Andy was AECOM’s technical lead in the development of the AUDE Capital Cost Database tool and is the main technical support and development lead for the software going forwards. 

With over 18 years’ experience of cost management and analysis with AECOM, Andy has overall responsibility for the production, management, storage and flow of digital data within the UK & Ireland cost management teams, together with the ongoing development and improvement of AECOM’s cost and benchmarking tools.  

He was instrumental in the development of Global Unite, AECOM’s global analysis and benchmarking tool, for internal use to ensure clients benefitted from effective and reliable benchmarking and subsequently has helped further develop the tool to offer it as a software solution to clients with a specific need for benchmarking and cost analysis. 

Alison Wring, Director, Program, Cost Consultancy, UK & Ireland, AECOM

With 30 years’ experience, Alison is AECOM’s UK & Ireland Commercial Science/Tech Sector lead. She is passionate about delivering vibrant places for people to work, play, learn and live for Higher Education clients and scientific communities. She has a significant  track record of delivering major projects for universities including University of Cambridge, Imperial College, UCL, and University of East Anglia amongst others.

Alison is a Board Trustee for the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Life Science and Healthcare Product Council. She was invited to be a member of the Steering Group responsible for delivering the ULI’s recent report ‘Understanding the Life Sciences Sector – The Case for Real Estate Investment’. 

Her expertise is often recognised through commissions to write thought leadership articles and cost models for leading national construction publications and she is also an experienced conference speaker.

Friday 16th April 



Plenary 9

Julie Hickton, Head of Executive Coaching and Development, Natures Coaching 

Combining her own experiences as a HRD, NED and that of a coach, Julie brings with her a wealth of practical understanding and realism to the issues that teams and individuals face. She has the ability to see beyond the immediate issues and gets the people she works with to change the aspects that really make a difference to their performance and overall wellbeing.

Working with organisations such as: Nestle,, Mieninger Hotels, a variety of NHS Organisations, Manchester College Group, NCC Group, Trak Global group, East Midlands Councils, Ethical Healthcare. Delivering 1:1 coaching, team coaching and facilitation, leadership development, resilience and wellbeing development.

As an author, Julie has written about resilience and wellbeing in her book "The Tree of Resilience". She uses the art of storytelling to make connections that inspire others who are experiencing difficulties.

"I had been struggling to read at all for some time when I started reading this on New Year's Eve .... and couldn't put it down. I was pulled immediately into the stories. Through them, I discovered new resources I had forgotten. It helped me to re-frame the health challenge of extreme stress I was facing and gave me a new optimism and sense of hope for the New Year. Thank you Julie" Review on Amazon

Currently electronic versions of the book are available on Amazon for a paperback version please contact Julie direct.

Twitter @naturescoaching


Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 12

Stephen Wells, Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services, University of Surrey and AUDE Chair 

Stephen Wells has worked in the Higher Education (HE) sector for over twelve years in a variety of different Universities.  Currently Stephen is the Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services at the University of Surrey. Stephen is a chartered member of the Institute of Building, with a degree in Project Management and an MBA.  Prior to working in the HE Stephen held similar roles within the NHS.

Stephen is Chair of the Association of University of Directors of Estates (AUDE); AUDE is the representative body for higher education estates and facilities management (FM) in the UK.

Umesh Desai, Director of Estates and Facilities, De Montfort University and AUDE Chair-Elect 

Qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor, I have worked at De Montfort University in the Higher Education sector for over 30 years, working in the estates and property field. I am an experienced professional working at Director level on strategic and operational matters with a track record of managing large complex campus development programmes and a directorate of over 300 staff. I have experience in managing multi- site campuses, all aspects of estates matters from major capital development, maintenance, facilities management through to student accommodation, leisure, security and energy & sustainability. At DMU I am a member of a number of strategic boards that cut across all aspects of university business and held a position on the Board of Governors for a local Sixth Form College for 6 years. I am currently Chair of ProCon Leicestershire being a Board member since October 2018, whereby we connect professionals in property and construction in the Leicestershire area.

In addition since July 2020, I have been elected to the role of Chair-Elect for the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE), the Higher Educations lead on all matters relating to estates and facilities. Born in Leicester, I have lived, studied and worked here all my life, I am very proud of the City and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to directly influence major changes to the landscape at the University’s City Centre Campus.

Informal Topical Presentations & Discussions

AUDE Socially Distanced Club Workshop 13

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-founder and Partner, Diversity by Design

Simon Fanshawe OBE is a co-founder of Diversity by Design and author of the report “Diversity – the new prescription for the NHS”

Diversity by Design is currently running a significant trial of Recruiting for Difference (RfD) with 20 NHS Trusts to present to NHSE in the autumn. And we are partnering with Nottingham University Faculty of Engineering on an EPSRC funded project on diversity in engineering (HE and private sector) which will trial and produce software to support RfD. 

He was Chairman of Sussex University 2007-13, a non-exec director of Housing & Care 21, and a Governor of the Museum of London. He was a co-founder of Stonewall and of the Kaleidoscope Trust, supporting lgb&t activists abroad. He is currently on the Boards of Powerful Women and Brighton Dome & Festival.

He is also a broadcaster and writer. He was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity. 

Plenary 10 

Thimon de Jong, Founder, WHETSTON

He is an experienced keynote presenter and leadership trainer and worked for clients like Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, Adecco and EY. Thimon also lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University where he teaches master students how academic research can be practically applied to improve business strategy. He has a master’s degree in Cultural Studies with a minor in International Business Studies. He is also a former insights & strategy director at TrendsActive, researcher at FreedomLab Future Studies and editor-in-chief of RELOAD Magazine.

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