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Changes to University Parks team structure

Dan Holden, the leader of the University Parks team of arborists, has been promoted to Arboricultural Technical Officer in recognition of the work he has been doing for some time. His previous position as Arboricultural Technician will be back-filled, so he will now lead a team of three other arborists. The arboricultural team has been facing a growing workload, and the reshuffle will give it more capacity to keep on top of maintaining Oxford’s trees while also allowing Dan more time to deal with longer-term strategy and planning.

Matt Currie, meanwhile, has also been promoted from Area Supervisor to Technical Officer (Operations); he and Dan now report to Parks Superintendent Dan Winter alongside existing Technical Officer Ian Sherwood. Matt has been acting up in the role for more than a year and is now responsible for overseeing routine operations, with a specific remit of managing the University Parks on a daily basis; Ian remains responsible for the various projects around Oxford that the team is involved with. Matt’s previous post will also be backfilled.

New staff join Asset & Space ManagementShelley McDermott

Shelley McDermott has joined the Asset & Space Management team as Capital Planning & Housing Project Manager.

He has so far been focusing on the production of the new Minor Capital Plan.

This is intended to bring greater rigour and objectivity to the process of planning smaller capital projects (that is, those worth less than £15m).

Thomas Conisbee Thomas Conisbee is the newest member of the Space Management team, meanwhile, having joined in late 2018 as a Space Management Officer.

Christopher Hawkins

In this role he focuses on assisting departments and divisions in identifying appropriate space and supporting them through the space allocation process.

Finally, Christopher Hawkins has joined the Residential Accommodation team.

An experienced agricultural surveyor, he focuses primarily on the University’s portfolio of farmland around Wytham village. He brings vital in-house technical expertise to the team. 

DLO apprentices now in place

Three new apprentices have joined the Direct Labour Association – Bradley Lewis and Joe Ryan have joined the mechanical maintenance team as apprentices, while Sarah-Louise Fagan is now part of the plumbing team. DLO management are now planning to recruit more apprentices, including a building maintenance specialist to replace Lewis Aprea, who finished his apprenticeship and became a permanent team member recently, and another apprentice to work on team administration

Matt Grainger joins FM as Contracts ManagerMatt Grainger

Matt Grainger has joined the Facilities Management team as Contracts Manager.

He reports to Lindsay Ryan, Head of FM Contracts; initially he is focusing on managing the central catering contract with Compass to ensure the University receives the best possible service and value for money, but in the longer term is expected to play a part in managing other external contracts as well.

Messenger Service deliver Christmas presents to refugee children

The University Mail Service team once again gave up their time before Christmas to help out with a charitable project aimed at making the festive season special for refugee children who have only recently arrived in the area.
They gave their support to an initiative organised by the Student Registry team, in which members of staff filled shoeboxes with toys, sweets and other suitable gifts for small children. Mail Service staff then collected some 94 of the boxes before delivering them to Rose Hill Community Centre for distribution to refugee families. This is the second time the Mail Service has done this; at Christmas 2017, they delivered just over 70 gift boxes.

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