I lead the Information Technology, Estates and Facilities functions, supporting the effective operation of the University through creating the right physical and virtual environments. The services I oversee are diverse and include the University’s experts in the technology, estates and facilities functions; a large committed workforce that keeps our infrastructure fit for purpose and well looked after; and commercial services that generate income from providing services to internal and external customers.
Before coming to York in November 2016, as Director of Estates and Campus Services, I held a similar executive board level role in the University of Salford for three and half years, latterly as Director of Estates, Facilities and IT. My background before that was in leading very large investment programmes for government sponsored regeneration companies and as a general manager for British Waterways. Over the last 25 years’, I have delivered numerous complex projects - in all sectors of the built environment, in IT infrastructure and systems, and in managing change.
Originally earning both a 1st Class Honours Degree and MSc with Distinction in civil engineering, I qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer in 1998. Further distance learning studies for a Diploma in Planning and Development surveying, led in turn to qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 2006. I am also a member of the Institute of Directors, member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, member of the Association for Project Management and have held a number of Trustee and Non-Executive Director positions connected to my roles and my community focused ethos.