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AUDE announces new chair

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) has announced the appointment of Craig Nowell as its 2019/20 Chair.

Nowell, is the immediate past Chair of AUDE in Wales having served for five years between 2012 – 2017, and is the Director of Campus Infrastructure & Operational Support Services at the University of Exeter, a role he took up in March 2018. His areas of accountability include sustainability, sport, residential, retail, catering, events, grounds, facilities management, capital development, IT and digital.

Nowell plays a pivotal role in developing the University’s physical and digital Estate, leading on investments including new student residences at East Park. He is responsible for the award-winning grounds team and leads the University’s built, IT & digital environment and investment portfolio to deliver new and enhanced physical and technology-based services in support of the University’s Sovereign Strategies.

Prior to joining Exeter University, Nowell was based at Swansea University, where as Director of Estates and Facilities Management he led the development, implementation and operationalisation of a new £450 million, 65-acre Science and Innovation Campus. He has previously held roles at the University of Reading and within the nuclear power, nuclear defence, as well as the steel manufacturing and process sectors.

Speaking about his appointment, Nowell said: “AUDE’s role is to ensure the facilities and services we are responsible for continue to be world class. Our mandate, to attract and retain the finest students and staff from across the UK and internationally, is more important now than ever before in increasingly changeable political times.

“I am keen to continue to build upon the organisation’s many strengths, cultivated over 25+ years. We have been planning some changes to the AUDE constitution with the specific aim of increasing membership and the relevance of AUDE to its members.  I am also looking forward to strengthening our engagement with members and solidifying our role as ‘the voice’ of estate and facilities management professionals in higher education within the UK and elsewhere.”

Nowell replaces Keith Lilley, outgoing Chair of AUDE and Director of Infrastructure, Estates, Facilities Management and IT at the University of Sheffield.

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