AUDE Summer School Host and Speaker Profiles 

17 - 20 June 2024
University of Manchester


AUDE Summer School 2024

Host and Speakers

AUDE Summer School Host and Speaker Profiles 

Please click to expand each speaker profile to read their biography. This page will be updated regularly. 

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Monday 17 June
Tuesday 18 June
Wednesday 19 June
Thursday 20 June 

Your Summer School Host 

Mark has worked in the Higher Education Sector at a senior leadership level since 1988 with a strong focus on the development of commercial, estates and facilities management services. He has chaired four different UK national sector bodies bringing together higher education professionals from a wide range of disciplines to share best practice and improve performance.  He was appointed by UUK and GuildHE in 2022 as Chair of the UUK/GuildHE Governance Board for the sectors Accommodation Code of Practice. He is a member of the Committee of Management for the National Accommodation Codes of Practice operated by Unipol Student Housing. Mark has previously chaired international and national sector events and presented at leadership development programmes.

Mark has a master’s degree and is a graduate of the sector’s Entrepreneurial Leaders Programme delivered in partnership with Oxford University’s Siad Business School.  He is also a graduate of the Work Foundation’s Oxford Balliol College Runge Effective Leadership Development Programme and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership.

He was Chief Estates and Facilities Officer for Sheffield Hallam University between 2010 and 2020, one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the United Kingdom where he was responsible for its estates, facilities, commercial and academic timetabling functions. He delivered multi-million-pound campus developments including the RIBA award winning Heart of the Campus Social Sciences Building. In driving the sustainability agenda Mark lead the project which saw Sheffield Hallam gain the ISO for Environmental and Energy Management, a first for the sector.

He has throughout his career held a strong interest in education and training. His Directorate was the first in a UK University to be awarded Investors In People Gold and Recognised for Excellence from the British Quality Foundation.  He opened the very first NVQ Centre for front line support staff in a UK HEI at Keele University in the 1980’s.

Mark is Vice Chair of DNColleges Group which is a dynamic education provider in South Yorkshire, Greater Lincolnshire, and the Humber Region, focused on transforming its communities through learning.  The Group is the largest provider of Higher Education in Further Education and the largest provider of apprenticeships in the UK.  He is a Trustee of Sheffield Town Trust the oldest non educational charity in the UK being established in 1297 and he is an active Associate of the Sheffield Mindfulness Centre.

He is a keen walker, mountain biker, runner, and ballroom dancer as well as spending time with his family and grandchildren.


Monday 17 June 

Session 1: Creating a world-class campus

Diana has lead the Estates and Facilities function during which time the Directorate has delivered wide ranging changes and remodelling of the estate, including the merger with UMIST in 2004, and the successful delivery of more than £3billion capital programmes following on from the preparation and oversight of the University masterplan and two Estates Strategies.

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, and holds non-executive appointments with Onward Housing Association and Mid Cheshire NHS Trust.

Steve Jordan joined the University of Manchester in July 2012 and is Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities.  Steve has worked in the Higher Education sector for over 30 years on projects at Lancaster University, the University of Salford, the University of Liverpool and UCLan and has worked both Client side and in consultancy roles.

Since 2012, Steve has had overall responsibility and leadership for strategy and delivery of the University’s £1.5bn 10 year Masterplan.  This included the £400m Manchester Engineering Campus Development, the largest single project in the sector which facilitated the move from the University’s north campus to the central campus.

As well as being responsible for all project delivery, Steve has responsibility for the Directorate’s Facilities Maintenance & Compliance Unit and the Sustainability Team.  Steve led on the development of the University Zero Carbon Strategy with an ambition to become absolute zero carbon by 2038 and the first two zero carbon refit projects have recently been completed.

Session 2: Directors of Infrastructure - A new world order?

Prior to joining the University of York, Harvey spent five years as Director of Estates at the University of Lincoln which followed a similar period of time as Deputy Director at Durham University.

After studying Mediaeval Archaeology at University College London as an undergraduate, Harvey went on to complete an MPhil in Land Management at the University of Reading. She has spent her career working in the public, private and charity sectors working both in asset management and capital development.  She gained useful experience of working in an HEI in the first instance as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader at the University of Northumbria.

She is both a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. From 2018 to 2022 she sat on the Executive Committee of the Association of University Directors of Estates and is a Trustee of the University Design Quality Forum.

As a volunteer, she has sat on committees overseeing the management of Durham Cathedral and currently holds the position of Lay Canon and Lay Master of the Fabric at Lincoln Cathedral.

Monday's Evening Speaker

John's career is characterized by his extensive experience and leadership in the analytical industry, particularly in electron microscopy and analysis applications. John is a chartered engineer (CEng) with 30 years of experience. He has held various roles in service and engineering management capacities. His expertise lies in working on specialized projects for electron microscopy and analysis in semiconductor, nuclear, and biological facilities.

Currently, John leads an industrial team of applied materials specialists. The team's focus areas includes; materials characterization, energy storage, materials deposition, coatings, and composites technologies. John initially worked in the chemical industry before transitioning to the analytical sector. He managed multi-talented teams of engineering and application specialists, eventually progressing into engineering and project management roles.

In 2014, John joined The University of Manchester as the Technical Services head for Graphene@Manchester. He played a crucial role in developing and implementing cleanrooms and laboratory facilities for the National Graphene Institute (NGI). Currently, John serves as the Engineering Director for the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC). His responsibilities include overseeing all engineering matters for the centre, with a focus on expansion and project delivery with industry and SMEs.Facilities at the University. The university hosts the £61m National Graphene Institute and the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).

John has been a member of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Professional Services Leadership Team and a member of the Technical Apprenticeship Board and collaborating with the Health & Safety Executive on Nano-materials safety. John is a strong advocate of risk and compliance management, as evidenced by his NEBOSH certifications.

In summary, John's career showcases a blend of technical expertise, leadership in specialized projects, and a significant contribution to the development and success of graphene research facilities at The University of Manchester. His commitment to safety, compliance, and project delivery underscores his strategic role in the field.

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Tuesday 18 June 2024 

Session 3: The Sustainable Campus

Andy Nolan - Andy has 20+ years’ experience working in both the private and public sector. He is Director of Property, Space and Development at the University of Nottingham and has worked for 3 other universities (Bradford, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield and now Nottingham). He has responsibility for portfolio management (the programme office), space and property management, estate strategy and capital development and sustainability. Prior to that, Andy was the Director of Sustainable Development at Sheffield City Council and has worked in multi-authority partnerships locally and nationally.

Andy Chairs the Sustainability Advisory Group for the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and is a long-standing member and Fellow of the EAUC. Andy has particular interests in coaching and mentoring – outside work he is Chairman of one of the oldest junior football clubs in Sheffield, where he lives. He coaches an under-18 girls football club. All of the above explains the grey hair. 

Session 4: A Space Exploration: Unlocking Inclusive and Sustainable Estate Development

With over 10 years of experience leading Space Management and Timetabling at Warwick University, I have played a pivotal role in overseeing space reconfiguration and capital development planning as the Secretary to the senior committee. Additionally, I lead the Teaching and Learning Spaces Development Group, where I manage the budget for investments in teaching rooms. My expertise lies in strategic planning, supported by forecasting, and strong analytical skills.

Prior to my tenure at Warwick University, I spent 11 years at the RSPCA, where I contributed to their business planning processes and spearheaded various strategic change programs. My diverse background in both academia and the non-profit sector has equipped me with a unique perspective on organizational development and strategic management.

Charlotte is an energetic and engaging facilitator, and former AUDE executive Co chair of AUSM (AUDE Space Management special interest group).

She has worked across the HE sector supporting Universities from Oxford to Gloucestershire, and until recently was Head of Strategic Programmes and Governance at Warwick. Work included master-planning, facilitating organisational decision-making, strategic project briefing and navigating University committees.

Following voluntary severance, Charlotte now leads strategic planning consultants, Integrit HE. Areas of specialism are integrated strategic planning and estate strategy, governance, collaborative organisational decision making and space management. She also teaches entrepreneurship and leadership at Oxford Brookes.


Session 5: Key Challenges facing FM’s

Daniel joined the accommodation team as a Residence Assistant for Southampton Solent University for 2 years before moving to the team’s central office as the International Accommodation Officer leading on the digitisation project to move accommodation online.

Following this was the Students’ Union President for Solent for two terms before moving to the National Union of Students as Non-Executive Director between 2010 and 2012. Chairing their Purchasing Scrutiny Committee and Finance & Resources Committee directing the organisation through a period change following the Browne Review (2010).

After a period of time in the private sector in events and licensed trade, Daniel joined The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama a small and specialist institution managing the Facilities portfolio before overseeing the campus as Deputy Head of Estates and Facilities leading the capital development, space management, cleaning and catering contracts and in house maintenance teams.

In recent years, Daniel was responsible the Covid response both on campus and for London institutions Covid response for a number of universities during the pandemic as well as contributing to University expert panels and acting a reference point on asymptomatic testing and return to campus.

In 2024 Daniel took up his current role as Assistant Director of Facilities overseeing Soft & Hard FM alongside commercial reprographics and sports grounds at the London School of Economics.

Daniel is a MIWFW, FBII and also a member for the AUDE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee. 

Session 6: The Other Side of Being a Director of Estates

Rose Jenkins is the Director of Estates & Campus Services at the University of Dundee and also the Regional Chair for the Scottish chapter of the Association of University Director of Estates (SAUDE). Rose has over 22 years’ experience in the property sector, starting her career as a designer. Rose has worked across a wide range of areas but predominantly for the Public Sector. She has a firm belief that good design can be transformative and can influence behaviour.

She has a wide ranging experience of developing estate strategy and delivering major capital projects having worked on projects as a designer, as part of the contractors team, and as the client throughout her career. Rose is currently delivering the University of Dundee Estate Strategy and is overseeing £125m of investment. In addition, she is leading on the institute’s Net Zero Strategy, and identifying the emerging issues and solutions to digitalise the estate assets. 

Session 7: Influencing the board 

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Certified Member of the Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management, Member of the Energy Institute and an Incorporated Engineer. Paul has held Director positions at three Universities over the past 18 years, with a background in local government and consulting engineering.

Paul leads the Capital Development and Estate Operations Teams at Lancaster University, delivering significant capital investment in recent years and overseeing a wide range of complex projects. He has a passion to drive efficiency and effectiveness through asset management, partnership delivery, master-planning and property based solutions with an ever increasing sustainability focus.

Tuesday's Evening Speakers - Headline Sponsors Browne Jacobson 

Dominic is a member of the Real Estate Board and the Education Senior Leadership Group. Recognised for his expertise in property development and regeneration in the public sector, he brings expertise in advising on procurement in the context of land transactions. Dominic leads on major complex property projects for our education and public sector clients with his skills extending beyond the application of his legal knowledge into the field of project management.
His experience, first as a governor of a maintained school and latterly as a chair of a multi-academy trust, has given him a genuine insight into the challenges faced in the education sector and what good legal advice really looks like.
Dominic spent time on secondment with Kings College London and has seen life from both sides of the fence appreciating the pressures that in-house teams are under and the expectation they have of their external advisors.
Dominic regularly presents on issues impacting on universities, colleges, schools and academies most recently speaking on regeneration at ASCL’s annual conference and organising and participating in a series of presentations on topics ranging from health and safety to student accommodation for the Association of University Directors of Estate.

Ben specialises in public, planning and environmental law for public bodies, corporate sector bodies and affordable housing providers. He is recognised in both the Legal 500 and Chambers as an expert in planning and environmental law. Key areas of work include large infrastructure projects, section 106 agreements and marine matters.
He has been at Browne Jacobson for over 10 years. A key part of Ben’s practice is advising on large mixed-use developments, this includes for public bodies as local planning authority, public bodies as landowner and private developers. In addition, Ben advises on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and Developments of National Significance (Wales). This includes solar farms, wind farms (on- and offshore) and tidal energy.
Ben’s marine experience includes 18 months on secondment to the Marine Management Organisation. Ben’s experienced with Harbour Orders, Byelaws, Several and Regulatory Orders, Marine Licensing, the Habitats Regulations and judicial review challenges.
Ben also advises on a broad range of other issues, including rights-of-way, community infrastructure levy, environmental impact assessments and use class, contaminated land, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, governance issues, local authority constitutions and vires.
Ben has had articles published in the Times and the Planner and works closely with bodies such as Lawyers in Local Government and the UK Environmental Law Association. He is based in our Birmingham office.

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Wednesday 19 June 2024 

Session 8: People, culture and building an inclusive Directorate

Ann is the Director of Innovation and Campus Development at the University of Leeds. Ann’s professional background is in asset management and construction and has worked for over 35 years across a diverse number of organisations including central government, banking, and retail as well as working in Higher Education.

Ann is Chair of Architecture Design Scotland. She is a Board member of Scottish Future Trust, Crown Estate Scotland and Water Industry Commission for Scotland. She is a strong advocate for diversity in property and construction and was until recently Chair of the Scottish Board of Women in Property.

Session 9: Working with other teams and stakeholders in a university landscape

Lars Wiegand is Director of Estates and Campus Services at Bangor University in Wales. Lars is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects with a degree in Architecture. Prior to working in HE sector Lars worked in similar roles in the NHS and also worked in private practice. He has over 10 year's experience working and playing a key role in developing diverse and complex organisations in the public sector enabling them to achieve their vision for the organisation and wider community.

A creative and strategic thinker with advanced knowledge of estates strategy development and capital programme delivery with extensive experience of stakeholder engagement at all levels. He is an Executive Board member of the Association of University of Directors of Estates (AUDE) and also a Trustee of the University Design Forum.

Session 10: When No Means Grow - Navigating Estate Management during Financially Challenging Periods

Syd is the Chair of AUDE, NW Regional Chair and member of the AUDE EDI and Professional Development Groups. He is in his ninth year at the University of Liverpool following on from six years within the NHS and prior to that at Edge Hill University for over eleven years.

Syds honours degree is in Building Surveying. Now, with over 30 years in the construction, estates and facilities sector, Syds breadth and depth of experience is demonstrated by the range of professional qualifications he holds: Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Builder and Certified member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management along with project management, H&S and business continuity qualifications.

Whilst in the NHS Syd was active within the Health Estates & Facilities Management Association and was also NW Regional Chair for  the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

Session 11: How to hold a room

Louisa Clarke is a consultant, facilitator, mentor and speaker specialising in verbal communication and interpersonal dynamics.She began her career as a voice, speech and text coach with actors and broadcasters before moving into the psychology and social science side of communication.

Louisa now supports teams and leaders in values-led organisations to communicate with impact in those higher stakes settings; powerfully kind leadership, communicating change effectively, boundary and expectation setting without relying on dominance, and holding a room with impact and integrity.

She holds an MFA in Voice and Verbal Communication, is certified as an Advanced Restorative Facilitator, and is currently a Transactional Analyst in training.

Wednesday's Evening Speaker 

Jack Waverley is a marketing and consumer researcher in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester. He works to make consumer cultures more inclusive and equitable place for all kinds of diversity, including the artificial and animal nonhumans we share the marketplace with. 

His recent research has focused on bringing animals into the DEI agenda and the importance of asking ethical questions of AI. His teaching leverages this knowledge across BSc, MSc, and PhD education across the Fashion, Business, and Technology (FBT) group to enhance student engagement with, comprehension of, and interest in these complex subjects.

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Thursday 20 June 2024 

Session 12: How to be a better ally in an estate setting

Pip joined University College London in April 2019 as their inaugural Head of Inclusive Environments; working across the university providing in-house expertise on inclusive design and access, and embedding inclusive environments into their education programme. Pip sits on a number of industry led committees and panels, including the British Standards Institutions’ B559 committee which is responsible for BS8300 Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. Pip has over twenty years’ experience of working on access and inclusion in the public sector. Pip was National President of the Access Association and remains actively involved in their work. Pip identifies as a disabled person and sails with the Gemini Sailing Project as a volunteer helping to teach adults with learning differences to sail on the south coast.

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

Stephen holds a number of non-executive roles, external governor at PETROC, a further education provider in mid and north Devon and is also a co-opted member of the resources and employability committee at the University of Bedfordshire.  Stephen has also just finished his term as past Chair of the Association of University of Directors of Estates (AUDE); and continues to lead the special interest group for AUDE on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), AUDE is the representative body for higher education estates and facilities management (FM) in the UK.

Session 13: Digital transformation of the estate

Trevor manages a vast portfolio of heritage and modern buildings and over 700 acres of award-winning grounds and sports fields that support 40,000 students and 8000 staff. He led a £1BN capital programme and is delivering a ten-year estates strategy with a further £500M investment. His achievements include a new Dubai university campus and a Life Sciences Park in Edgbaston. With a 28-year career in the UK Health service, he has a strong network linking NHS and HE estates Directors. An author and speaker, Trevor is a recognized voice on Facilities, Estates Management, and Sustainability.

Matt is an innovative thinker, passionate about business, strategy, and people. He identifies emerging opportunities through research and analysis, supporting the University’s aspirations and strategic priorities for Estates. With six years as a Non-Executive Director at Sustainability West Midlands, his expertise lies in innovation, strategy, and business.

Matt was part of the winning group at the AUDE Summer School (2018/19), and he believes this experience really helped shape his understanding of the key challenges and opportunities impacting estates leadership at a strategic level. He is a big advocate for the AUDE Summer School and would highly recommend to aspiring directors.


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