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James Breckon
Director of Estates

James joined Warwick as Director of Estates in October 2014. He serves as a member of the University’s senior officer team, reporting directly to the Group Finance Director.

He's an experienced engineer with a significant track record in the design and construction of facilities for academic, research and development organisations. His experience also includes the delivery of major projects in the charitable, private and public sectors.

James's previous role was Director at Balfour Beatty Heathrow Airport, responsible for the design and delivery of the £300M development programme across terminals 1, 2 and 4. Before this, he worked as Business Unit Director at design and project management organisation Parsons Brinckerhoff, and as Operations Director at AMEC and Morgan Ashurst.

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Kevin Edwards
Chief Finance Officer

Kevin's role in Estates is to lead the Finance and Procurement teams, the IT section, the control of the utilities procurement and its taxation compliance, the customer services team and the administrative function of the department. He has currently also taken responsibility for the site management of the Wellesbourne Campus as we move into a strategic development of the site.

He's a qualified accountant and has worked in the building industry since he was 18. Having trained as an accountant in a major PLC construction and contracting business he progressed through the ranks until his move to a regional housebuilder where he took up the role of Finance Director at the age of 31.

Since then he has also worked as a consultant to a European Cement and Aggregates business, where he was team leader in projects, including implementation of an ERP system and a change management programme for a move to a shared services set up. As a registered social landlord he acted as a consultant in setting up the financial reporting of a new self build construction arm, and then worked as Operational Finance Director for 2 registered social landlords within a Group structure.

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Parvez Islam
Director of Transport and Future Mobility

Parvez is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan for sustainable travel at the University, which has emerged from the recent Masterplan activities. This includes the long-term strategic infrastructure opportunities of road and rail improvements as well as the more immediate transport improvements required at the campus.

Parvez joins the University having been responsible for transport and parking at London Luton Airport. He developed and implemented innovative sustainable transport solutions which improved the customer journey whilst catering for the growth of the airport and ensuring it remained commercially viable.

The current Keep Campus Moving team report to Parvez and he will oversee the campus logistics planning, wayfinding, cycling, public transport and car park policy and planning in conjunction with other functions within Estates and other University departments, particularly WMG, Security, Communications and Commercial.

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David Hammond
Capital Programme Director

David is responsible for the realisation of the Capital Development Programme at the University, working with a multidisciplinary team of Project Managers, Surveyors and Designers to transform our campus.

He has extensive experience of leading multidisciplinary teams on a diverse range of complex projects, and has been responsible for the creative direction, technical and commercial performance of integrated design businesses, and delivery teams through all work stages, from concept to completion.

David has experience in a variety of market sectors, including education, commercial office, residential, pharmachem, research, industrial, manufacturing, healthcare, transport and defence, and has worked both in the UK and internationally.

David is a passionate believer in the benefits of multidisciplinary design and integrated project delivery, with a keen interests in the use of technology and “offsite” manufacture. He aims to ensure the consistent safe delivery of coordinated solutions to procurement and construction teams, in order to maximise programme, cost and quality benefits.

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Wendy Roberts
Director of Staff and Student Accommodation

Wendy currently manages a team responsible for income of £45m with operating costs of £34.2m with a team of 675 staff. Her teams manage 10,000 on and off-campus rooms and clean the vast majority of the University buildings. She's been integral in the project teams developing an additional 1,300 student bedrooms on the campus.

She is an experienced Commercial Manager with a successful history of working in the higher education industry, skilled in customer service, project management, business planning, coaching and strategic planning.

Wendy has managed large scale facilities teams in complex operations across the country, including facilities management of Cleaning, Porters, Switchboard, Car Parking, Conference Reception and Student Reception.

Before joining Warwick, Wendy was the Site Manager for ISS a leading global provider of facility services where she managed the contracted out services of Cleaning, Portering, Switchboard and Car Parking for Singleton Hospital. Wendy also completed her MBA at Warwick.

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Joel Cardinal
Head of Energy and Sustainability

Joel leads the University's sustainability strategy to promote efficient use of energy, water and resources as well as promoting well-being and supporting sustainable education and research.

The strategy has three main pillars: Energy efficiency and consumptions reduction; Behaviour change of all stakeholders to support adaptation to a low carbon society, and developing campus low carbon infrastructure through plants efficiency improvements and low carbon energy generation.

Joel works with academics, staff, students and businesses to promote sustainability in the curriculum and in research to embed sustainability in what we do. He seeks development and research opportunities to use the campus as a "living laboratory".

Before working at Warwick Joel held a number of management positions in the automotive industry in Quality management, engineering and manufacturing functions. Joel has worked in the UK and France, and coached quality operations in 15 countries worldwide.

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Charlotte Lewis
Head of Strategic Programmes and Governance

Charlotte Lewis joined the University of Warwick Estates Team in 2018, having previously held positions at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton Solent, Gloucestershire and Oxford Brookes.

She has degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Operations Management and started her career in the manufacturing industry. She has been making a difference in Higher Education for over 15 years, joining the sector by initially teaching Business, then both operationally and as a consultant, in Estates strategic planning roles.

At Warwick she is interested in delivering change through detailed analysis, creative thinking and collaborative decision making and enjoys using visual thinking to solve problems. Charlotte is an advocate for the empowerment of individuals and continuous improvement to deliver on strategic objectives.

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Duncan Stiles
Head of Compliance and Assurance

Duncan works alongside the Estates Management Team to systematically make significant improvements to support operational and projects health, safety and compliance practices. He and his team of specialist Health and Safety professionals conduct regular audits and reviews for reassurance of compliance across the Estates Office activities.

He has over twenty years of experience working and managing public sector buildings and property portfolios, having variety of roles including Building Surveyor, Property Manager and Facilities Manager. His experience has stood him well to fulfil his current role at Warwick.

Duncan has been responsible for setting up and implementing the Estates Strategic and Operational Health and Safety Committee, University Water Hygiene and Asbestos Management Groups to provide the framework to ensure compliance for the coordination of activities related to the management, procurement, development, maintenance, training requirements and safe use of systems.

At National level, Duncan is the Chair of the Association of Universities Directors of Estates (AUDE) Estates Management Group and is a member of the Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) Compliance Sub-group. These positions have enabled him to network with colleagues from other universities to share best practice within the university sector.

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Steve Twynholm
Operations Director

Steve is responsible for Estates Operations which includes maintenance, waste management, customer service desk, information management, furniture, post and grounds and gardens.

Having spent the last ten years at Coventry University in a variety of senior leadership roles within Estates he has a deep understanding of the challenges facing Higher Education and what is required to lead an effective Estates function in a large complex organisation.

Prior to this Steve worked for a variety of public sector organisations in the North-West of England including the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) working on emergency planning and public consultations.

Steve brings experience and expertise in customer service, process and performance improvement at a time when customer expectations are increasing and the need to provide value for money has never been greater.

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Alan Warwood
Head of Facilities

Alan manages a team responsible for post, the Student Post Room, transport, portering, waste & recycling across campus, grounds, gardens & sports fields, facilities projects, furniture & equipment and the Estates Service Desk. Alan also manages the Building & Facilities Managers.

Alan has over 25 years of experience in Operational Management, spanning across a variety of sectors, in both the UK and overseas. He joined Warwick in 2014 and has been instrumental in driving operational improvement across the University on behalf of the Estates Office.

Previously, Alan worked for AXA UK as their Operations Manager with responsibility for multiple sites in UK and India, before moving into the public sector.

He has extensive relationship management experience, and has developed and implemented the Estates Office stakeholder management strategy with significant success, as well as being responsible for the successful delivery of several large University-wide projects during his time at Warwick.

Please visit here for more information on the Facilities team.

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Paul Shead
Head of Maintenance

Paul is responsible for all operational building and infrastructure maintenance on behalf of the Estates team, both the in-house team and via sub-contract.

Paul leads an in-house multi-disciplined team of circa 150 staff in five functional streams; Building Fabric, Electrical Services, Mechanical Services, Low Voltage Services and Operational Contract Management, with apprentices forming an active part of the team. The team supports the wider University and provides 24-hour coverage, seven days a week.

Paul is a time served apprentice with a 1st Class Honours degree and over 30 years of operational experience in high paced, high customer service environments, working with some of the world’s most demanding commercial companies. Paul has operated at many levels from hands on technical delivery, through to Senior Management, roles covering diverse areas such as Aerospace Research and Development in both Civil Service and commercial environments, through to over 7 years in the University sector covering a myriad of aspects in the built environment as well as technical solutions.

Please visit here for more information on the Operational Maintenance team.