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Changes to Asset & Space Management leadership after Carolyn Puddicombe departs

Carolyn Puddicombe has left the University after five years as Director of Asset & Space Management. Many thanks to Carolyn for her contributions during her time here.Colber Adamian-Thomas

Iain Critchlow is working as Acting Director of Asset & Space Management for an initial period of six months. Meanwhile Colber Adamian-Thomas has joined Estates Services as Interim Director for Planning & Housing. He will work to advance the University’s strategic plan of creating around 2,000 new homes for staff and graduates.

Colber is responsible for liaison with senior stakeholders and local authorities on housing and planning matters. He is Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the University’s Planning & Housing Steering Group programme of eight housing projects and two local plans. He chairs the Planning & Housing Steering Group and leads a team of SROs. Colber has wide-ranging experience as a principal adviser on property and housing projects and on infrastructure development and regeneration, working with government departments, public-sector bodies, private-sector funders and developers. He has led significant national and regional investment initiatives. These include key roles in housing for the Oxfordshire Growth Deal and Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Michael Gray is Acting Head of Conservation & Buildings

Michael Gray

Michael Gray has joined Estates Services on a temporary basis to provide maternity cover for Emilia McDonald, Head of Conservation & Buildings. He is an experienced architect who has been involved with numerous conservation and restoration projects on historic buildings in Oxford, Bath, London and the Home Counties.

Most recently he has been responsible for major renovation works at All Souls College, for which the scaffolding is still in place on the High Street. These have included cleaning and repairing stonework and temporarily taking down medieval stone chimneys in order to replace eroded carvings.

Stefanie Reiss takes on lab sustainability brief

Stefanie Reiss is the newest member of the Environmental Sustainability team, having joined in September as a Sustainability Projects Manager focusing on Lab Optimisation. She will work to reduce the energy usage and carbon emissions of the University’s scientific laboratories, continuing with initiatives such as the replacement of aging glass driers and ultra-low-temperature freezers with efficient modern versions as well as launching new projects. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Change Institute within the School of Geography. If you want to discuss any aspect of lab sustainability, please contact her on Stefanie can also offer lab users support with engagement initiatives and networking. 

Lindsay Ryan arrives as Head of FM Contracts

Lindsay Ryan

Lindsay Ryan has joined the University as Head of FM Contracts. Her role is to manage a number of substantial University-wide commercial contracts to ensure they offer value for money and meet the University’s needs. She will initially focus on managing the contract with central catering provider Compass but will also deal with other contracts in due course. 

Six new patrol staff join Security Services

The University’s Security Services team took on six new members in late September after an extremely successful job advert that attracted a remarkable 211 applicants – the most people ever to respond to a Security Services recruitment exercise. The new recruits are now moving through the successful induction procedure that the Security Services team have developed, including intensive training and in-depth mentoring from experienced colleagues. 

Victoria Dimelow joins FM Event Venues team

Vickie Dimelow - Facilities Management

The Facilities Management team recently welcomed Victoria Dimelow as Senior Venue Sales & Marketing Manager. She will be responsible for raising the profile of the team’s event venues, which include the Sheldonian Theatre and Examination Schools, in order to generate income for the University. The Examination Schools recently passed a landmark in this respect, exceeding £1m in annual revenue for the first time.

Graham Read moves to Conservation & Buildings

Graham Read, Plumbing Trade Supervisor at the DLO, has moved to the Conservation & Buildings team, where he is now a Building Inspector with special responsibility for matters of drainage.

Harriet Waters becomes Chartered Environmentalist

Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, has qualified as a Chartered Environmentalist with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), joining a worldwide network of environmental professionals who are leading efforts to improve sustainability in organisations ranging from local and national governments to NGOs and multinational companies.

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) also recently named her as a 2018 EAUC Fellow – one of eight members who are ‘going above and beyond’ in embedding sustainability in higher education. The fellows serve as advocates for EAUC and lead its efforts to address environmental issues. The two achievements emphasise the professional esteem in which Harriet is held, and the University’s leading role in making UK higher education more sustainable.

New apprentices join Estates Services

Apprentices group

Several teams within Estates Services have taken on new apprentices, underscoring the University’s commitment to developing talented young people who will form a vital part of our skilled workforce.

Facilities Management has appointed six young people as its latest cohort of apprentices. They follow in the footsteps of the eight who joined in late 2016 with the launch of the team’s award-winning apprentice scheme in partnership with Abingdon & Witney College. Most of this first group have since moved into permanent positions with the University.

The Graduate Accommodation team has also hired an apprentice caretaker, while an apprentice gardener joined the University Parks team not long after that team’s previous apprentice moved into a permanent Administrative Assistant role. Finally, the DLO recently appointed two new apprentices to join its mechanical and plumbing teams, with another scheduled to arrive soon.

Andrew Dier joins Asset Management

Andrew Dier - Asset Management

Andrew Dier has joined the Asset Management team as a Surveyor. He joins from Oxford City Council, where he was Senior Estates Surveyor, and is already involved in numerous projects across the estate.

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