New Director of Estates appointed at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Sep 18, 2012 12:42 PM |
Impact of physical landscape on staff and student experience is key to role
New Director of Estates appointed at University of Leicester

Trevor Humphreys, new Director of Estates.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 September 2012

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The University of Leicester has appointed a new Director of Estates to spearhead the next phase of the University’s £1 billion Development Framework Plan- one the most ambitious programmes of any university in the UK.

Trevor Humphreys arrives at Leicester from the University of Manchester, succeeding Paul Goffin who has moved to the University of Oxford as Director of Estates.

The University has already invested in excess of £63m since the plan was announced in 2008 and work is already underway on other major capital investment projects worth over £70m. 

These include:

• Development of the former College Hall into a residential management training centre

• Creation of a new Medical Building

• Development of two sports centres

• Completion of the Cardiovascular Research Centre

• Replacement of the roof to the grade 2* listed Engineering Building

Mr Humphreys, who was Deputy Director of Estates at Manchester and a Project Surveyor at Liverpool, said: “The Development Framework Plan outlined plans for physical investment in the campus over 20 years, aiming to create a campus that matches Leicester’s ambition and reputation as part of the academic elite.

“Key to Leicester’s plan is developing a campus that augments its strengths, provides scope for new ventures and developments and creates a ‘sense of place’ – a campus that provides a real sense of identity and that staff and students find memorable. I am keen to continue the work in developing a first-class estate befitting a first-class university.

“Recent developments like the David Wilson Library and the Percy Gee Students’ Union have been award-winning- contributing to the reputation for excellence that this University has.

“The University’s ambition is all the more remarkable in a period of financial uncertainty- but I am impressed with the University’s commitment to invest in order to maintain its position and increase its success, as well as continuing to contribute to regional and national prosperity.

“As the campus takes shape at Leicester, it will speak volumes for the kind of institution we are and our ambition to continue to be one of the best. Memorable public spaces and buildings will speak volumes for Leicester, contributing to the staff and student experiences of this ‘sense of place’.

Mr Humphreys will build on Leicester’s heritage of buildings that span three centuries in order to maximise the benefits of space for staff and students. His previous experience of working with listed buildings will stand him in good stead at Leicester.

He said: “I have been struck by a number of very interesting buildings on campus that undoubtedly present some real challenges in terms of functionality and cost to maintain. I have also been surprised with how tranquil certain areas of the campus feel.

“I am tremendously excited about the opportunity at Leicester and very much looking forward to the challenges this will bring. The University, like the sector, faces great uncertainty over the coming months and years and for me, it is the opportunity to make a very positive contribution to both the strategic direction of the University and to the continued improvement of the estate and how this positively influences the quality of teaching and learning, research, and of course the student experience." 


Biographical Note:

Trevor is a Chartered Building Surveyor who was employed for fourteen years at the University of Manchester in the Estates Directorate in various roles, the last being as Deputy Director for a period of seven years. Prior to his time at Manchester, Trevor served his “professional” time as a Project Surveyor at the University of Liverpool, overseeing the successful completion of many large refurbishment and new build projects including the extensive re-development of the former Liverpool Royal Infirmary site for the University of Liverpool.

As Deputy Director of Estates at Manchester, his role incorporated the leadership, management and implementation of long-term planning and direction of all major service areas of the Directorate, with a workforce of over 800 and annual budget of £60m. Trevor was instrumental in a major restructure of the Directorate of Estates in 2006/7 following the merger of the two former institutions (UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester) in 2004. The restructure achieved a £1.5m reduction in pay budget with no deterioration to service. He also sat on several University committees including University Health and Safety Committee and Risk and Emergency Planning Group.

Since 2008, his primary role has been the oversight of the delivery of the University's capital programme, ensuring that the £600m programme from 2004 - 2008 following the merger of the two former institutions in 2004 was brought in on time and budget. Since 2009, he has overseen the delivery of the next phase of capital projects. 

Trevor was also appointed Head of Environmental Sustainability for the University of Manchester in 2010, a University wide leadership role aimed at embedding environmental sustainability across the institution. In this role, he worked closely with a senior academic colleague (Associate Vice President for Sustainability) to work across both the professional support services areas and the academic community. This has been very successful and personally very rewarding for Trevor in seeing the environmental sustainability agenda given greater prominence in strategic planning and in operational decision making.

Trevor’s earlier project management experience is extensively biased towards the refurbishment of redundant listed buildings, a position which he enjoyed tremendously, seeing new life breathed into what were essentially redundant buildings. At Manchester, working with the Director, prominence was given to ensuring that the University recognises the value and quality of the built estate and therefore ensures that the cost of servicing and maintaining this estate is funded. He is a strong advocate of a sustainable long term maintenance budget that reflects the size and ambition of the institution and the condition of the building stock.

Trevor has lived all his life in Liverpool with his wife Julia and two children Abigail and Nicholas. As a family, they spent many weekends in north Wales walking and cycling. Trevor is also a keen golfer. From September, they start a new life in Leicester and are currently looking for a permanent residence in the region.

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