Tuesday 5 April


  In-Person Event : Tuesday 5 April 

Conference Hosted by Simon Fanshawe OBE 

08:00 - 11:15  Plenary 4, exhibition and networking 

TimeSession informationSpeakers/Location 
07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast   1900 Restaurant,  Edgbaston Park Hotel
09:00 - 09:25

Exhibition open - visit our conference supporters  

 Exhibition Marquee 
09:30 - 10:30

Plenary 4: People first approach to digital. Has the reason for the creation of digital estates been lost? How can digital practices drive better collaboration, create ownership and deliver valued outcomes?

Synopsis: Effective persona mapping driving impactful digital outcomes. We believe that maintaining a core focus on the people involved with the specification of assets and services, the delivery and operation of assets and their interaction with a facility is key to delivering facilities and services that work. Articulating what ‘works’ means is key. Providing accurate asset data to support the initiation and ongoing management of FM, the planning and delivery of ‘net zero’ outcomes, maximising the user experience and service outcomes is critical in delivering optimised, people centric estates and services. In this presentation we will be joined by Clive Anderson the Director of Capital Projects of the Government Property Agency. Clive is leading the new approach to managing government property and creating a hub office estate. Together with Helen Groves and Terry Stocks of Atkins and Faithful+Gould we will explore how deploying digital through a people centric approach will drive better outcomes.

Session kindly supported by Atkins and Faithful+Gould

Helen Groves, Architect Director, Education, Sector Lead, Atkins 

Terry Stocks
, Head of Public Sector, Director for BIM/Digital Initiatives, Faithful+Gould

Clive Anderson, Director of Capital Projects, Government Property Agency
10:35 - 11:15

Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition

 Exhibition Marquee 

11:20 - 13:10  Workshop sessions (block A) and lunch 

TimeSession informationSpeakers
11:20 - 12:05
Session A1:  Summer School Winners Presentation

Synopsis: Hear from our winning summer school group as they discuss in detail the findings of their project work ‘on the sectors learning from COVID-19 and how this will shape future refurbishments, new developments and/or operational estates and facilities services for the workplace, learning, teaching and research spaces.

Summer School Winners 2021/2022 Cohort 

Brett Plant, Systems and Digital Information Manager, University of Warwick

Nicola Duffy, Head of Business Services Support, Lancaster University

Wayne Jones, Head of Estates Management, Bangor University

11:20 - 12:05
Session A2: International case studies: Listen to our colleagues in South Africa and Australia about their ambitious campus plans, challenges and opportunities as they navigate the next chapter of Higher Education Estates at their respective

Synopsis: A South African outlook covering:
1. The funding system to support infrastructure development and students funding: it is common knowledge that the South African education system spends billions in students funding (especially students coming poor backgrounds).
2. A brief focus would be done on HEFMA, an association which has links with AUDE, APPA and TEFMA. The presentation will show how the association handled its affairs during the pandemic.
3. The last part of the presentation is focussed on the University of Johannesburg in the context of the pandemic; and its agility to succeed during the pandemic and be able to complete the two successive years with ease. This part shows how the institution responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to learn for the future.

An Australian outlook covering:
1. A short introduction to the University of Canberra (UC), including our history and place of education in Australia’s Capital Territory;
2. COVID-19 related impacts to Australian operations and the current education environment; and
3. UC’s ambitious 20 year master plan – a peek into our future

Doctor Johannes Manyaka, Senior Director, Facilities Management, University of Johannesburg

Glenn Mowbray,
Deputy Director, Major University Initiatives – University of Canberra, President – TEFMA
11:20 - 12:05
Session A3:  AUDE EMR report – getting more value for members

Synopsis: AUDE have commissioned Effect Digital to create a digital dashboard of the AUDE report. This enables members to essentially ‘build their own’ EMR and manipulate the graphs, benchmarking groups and much more to meet your strategic and operational needs. In this session we are going to show you our development to date, let you test it and feedback to us your suggestions as we bring this project closer to its launch.

James Riley, MD & Founder, Effect Digital

Sean Woulfe, Director of Estates and Sustainability, Kingston University

Paul Morris, Director of Capital Developments and Estate Operations, Lancaster University
12:10 - 13:10 Lunch and Exhibition  

13:15 - 15:10 Workshop sessions (block B), networking and exhibition 

TimeSession informationSpeakers
13:15 - 14:00

Session B1: Embedding a strategic approach to managing HE estates and the future of space utilisation and the role of space management in the climate emergency debate

Synopsis: HE estates issues: Guidance for leveraging more and better

A joint panel discussion, chaired by AUDE’s Space Management Group, with EDU and Gardiner & Theobald (G&T) both sharing insights from their complementary work in progress as AUDE delivery partners.

AUDE members share key drivers and ambitions - optimising existing infrastructure, planning space usage strategically, improving space utilisation, acting on the climate emergency, and leveraging a flexible approach to space, and AUDE has commissioned Education Design Unit (EDU) to produce a strategic guide that addresses these, and G&T to research the strategic approach to estate planning taken by a range of different Higher Education institutions.

EDU approaches these as interlinked challenges. As a consortium of widely experienced specialist firms, we use our respective expertise to inform and deliver better HE spaces and better use of resources. We see success in meeting HE estates challenges as pivoting on campus quality and connected thinking, and we see our role in giving estates teams instructive propositions and examples to enlist buy-in from members’ organisations.

G&T is interviewing estates directors and managers of space from a range of HE Institutions to identify their approaches to strategic estate planning, aiming to understand links between governance, strategic planning, engagement with the market, partners and local authorities, and other influences on strategic planning, and seeking to link estate management to types of institution. G&T expects this research to provide a useful resource for university estates planners to check their approaches against the practice of other institutions. 

EDU and G&T have already heard from many AUDE members, and this panel session will give further scope to test our work in progress with you. We recognise that every HE institution and all estates are distinct, and EDU and G&T can support members with their specific issues when AUDE disseminate their completed work, or as part of the preparation of this work.

Miles Delap Partner, Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Phil ArmitageSenior Partner, Max Fordham LLP

David Patterson, Education Lead, Make 

Donncha O Shea, Partner, Gustafson Porter + Bowman

George Georgiou, Director, ElliotWood

Ziona Strelitz, Founder Director, ZZA Responsive User Environments 

Facilitated by:

Charlotte Livingston Lewis, Head of Strategic Programmes and Governance, University of Warwick

Helen Wallace, Head of Strategic Space, University of Exeter
13:15 - 14:00

Session B2: Navigating the Next Chapter Dealing in Greys

Synopsis: Everyone is anxious to “Get Back to Normal” pre-Covid when they knew what their Estates expected; what they needed to do; and they had the tools, resources and staff to handle those tasks (or at least knew what the limits would be). In effect when the questions and answers were Black and White.
Unfortunately, that world no longer exists. The Next Chapter will be entirely a World of Greys. It’s a World requiring different approaches, different talents, different answers, even different questions. And none of these will be an easy Black and White. Much like what was dealt with during Covid, they will all be a range of Greys where the best path is unclear. In fact, there may be many paths forcing us to navigate the Next Chapter Dealing in Greys. This session will discuss Dealing in Greys - tools needed, talents required and how teams lead Universities through this Fog of Greys.

Dave Irvin, Associate Vice President for Facilities, Florida State University & APPA National Board Chair
13:15 - 14:00

Session B3: The Power of Difference

Synopsis: We tend to recruit people like us (‘PLU’ as my mother used to call it), we promote PLU, we value PLU… The results of this is to cut off swathes of talent. AUDE members are deeply involved in the relationship between space and learning & research, student satisfaction, staff development, the effect of campuses and buildings on those who live and work in them. The key to understanding the breadth of those needs and uses, the need to discover imaginative and innovative solutions to construction, reaching carbon net zero and all the challenges we face in the sector is to build teams where difference is valued and combined. SIMON FANSHAWE (your recidivist Conference host) will lead a discussion on how to create this diversity and space within those teams that is safe for disagreement not from it.

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-Founder and Partner, Diversity by Design
14:05 - 15:00

Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition

 Exhibition Marquee 
15:00 - 15:10 At 15:00, the passport prize draw along with the charity raffle prize draw will take place in the exhibition space

AUDE are proudly supporting Maggie's Cancer Charity

 Exhibition Marquee 

15:15 - 00:00 Plenary, conference close, awards ceremony and gala dinner

TimeSession informationSpeakers / Location
15:15 - 16:15
Plenary 5: Great Call - Risk Taking and Decision Making in an Uncertain World


It seems that in the last 20 years the world has become a less certain place with the financial crisis and Covid making decision making increasingly difficult. Caspar Berry went to Cambridge to study economics before travelling to Las Vegas to put what he had learned about resource allocation into practise in a world where the uncertainty was overt and deniable. He joins us to share what he learned and what he has subsequently shared in over 200 speeches to more than 500 companies including Google, Visa, IBM, Microsoft, McDonalds, HSBC, Redbull and Shell. 

Caspar Berry, Motivational Speaker and Trainer
16:15 - 16:20 Closing Address from University of Birmingham and Thanks Trevor PayneDirector of Estates, University of Birmingham
16:20 - 16:25 Call to AUDE 2023 Syd Cottle, Director of Estates Management, University of Liverpool
16:25 - 16:30 Closing Remarks Simon Fanshawe OBE, Co-Founder and Partner, Diversity by Design
18:50 & 19:00
Transfers to Gala Dinner
There will be two trips - one at 18:50, and the other at 19:00.

The Aston Webb Great Hall is also within walking distance.
Please note, this transfer can not accommodate all delegates.
Meet at: Reception, Edgbaston Park Hotel
19:00 - 20:00 Gala Dinner Drinks Reception

Drinks reception kindly sponsored by Overbury
Aston Webb Foyer & Rotunda
20:00 - 00:00 Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner 

AUDE Awards kindly sponsored by John Sisk & Son Limited 

Gala dinner kindly sponsored by Overbury
Aston Webb Great Hall
23:00 & 00:00
Transfers to Edgbaston Park Hotel
There will be two trips - one at 23:00, and the other at 00:00.
The Edgbaston Park Hotel is also within walking distance.
Please note, this transfer can not accommodate all delegates
 Meet at: Aston Webb Foyer

Please note that the session titles and speakers are subject to change.

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