Key roles and responsibilities
One of the key challenges for me is that things are changing so rapidly here. It is a fast expanding department meaning lots of new staff and requirements for new facilities. It’s up to me and my team to make sure there is space that works for everyone and everything. WMG is very outward looking so it’s also important that we can show ourselves to best effect all the time.
My early career
I originally trained as a Civil/Structural Engineer and then moved into property project management with the BBC, taking on responsibility for all the UK property projects outside London.
More recently I joined Severn Trent where I lead the property projects team working across the company’s vast portfolio of buildings from offices and call centres, to water treatment plants and sewage works.
The WMG job advert initially caught my eye because it was part of the University of Warwick. Looking into the breadth of research at WMG convinced me that it would be a fascinating challenge.
Working at WMG
I am surrounded by really intelligent people who do research that will affect the way we live and work in the near future.
Early impressions for me are good. Staff are really well looked after and colleagues, at every level, really care and want you to succeed.
It’s a great campus with plenty of greenery, a buzz of people and it seems to be changing all the time with new buildings going up everywhere.
Name: Richard Seago
Position: Facilities Development and Services Director (since October 2017)
Overall responsibility for the facilities team. Management of all WMG buildings, and new up and coming projects including the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), the Materials Engineering Centre (MEC) and the Degree Apprenticeship Centre (DAC).