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Conference chair: Harvey Dowdy, M.Phil. (Land Man), FRSA, FRICS, Director Estates, University of Lincoln

Harvey Dowdy

Harvey Dowdy is a Chartered Surveyor and Director of Estates at the University of Lincoln.  Originally trained as an archaeologist, she has subsequently gained 30 years’ experience of commercial property management and place-making in historic towns and cities. 

Harvey has worked in the private, public and charitable sectors for organisations as diverse as the Vigers, City of York Council, Yorkshire Forward, ONE NorthEast, and the North of England Civic Trust.  She also spent 5 years as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Northumbria University.  Immediately prior to joining the University of Lincoln, she worked at Durham University as Deputy Director - responsible for the development of the University’s Estate Strategy and Masterplan.

Whilst at Durham, Harvey was an RICS Regional Board Member, served on the judging panel for the RICS Renaissance Awards and as a Lay Member of the Chapter of Durham Cathedral where she held the portfolio for all matters relating to the Cathedral fabric.  


Dr. Addy Pope, Esri UK

Dr. Addy Pope

Addy works across the UK Higher Education sector to encourage, support and promote the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in both teaching and research.  Working with 130 higher education institutions across the UK and Ireland Addy is a familiar and respected face in the community.  The GIS site licenses each institution holds allow administrative and estate management to be undertaken at no extra cost.  Addy will be available to discuss how GIS is used across many industries to help manage estates and to enable BIM. highlighting how it can readily be applied in the university sector.

Beth Magovern, HESA

Beth McGovern

Beth is a dynamic trainer with 7 years’ experience of developing and delivering technical and non-technical training programmes. Her interest in training was gradually shaped throughout her life by all the different ways in which she has experienced learning: as a learner, and as a trainer. Among the various teaching qualifications that she has obtained she recently graduated from the University of Gloucestershire and she is fully committed to remain informed and up to date on the latest training and development resources through her professional membership with the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD).

In her current role at HESA she typically manages, develops and delivers training initiatives to support the development of higher education professionals. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and anything cosy, from open fires to spiced rum!

Caroline Glendenning-Platt, Loughborough University


Caroline Glendenning-Platt

Caroline has been with Loughborough University since 2013, primarily as a project-based Planning Officer. She was part of the HEFCE Capital Bid team that secured funding for STEMLab, and was involved in the planning and governance of the £40M West Park refurbishment of science and engineering facilities. She has thirteen years of HE experience in three countries.











Dr. Caroline Paradise, Atkins

Dr. Caroline Paradise





Caroline Paradise is a qualified architect with a PhD in Architecture. She is an Associate Director at Atkins and Head of Design Research within the Building Design practice. Her role supports a research driven design approach to provide innovative design solutions across a range of sectors with a current focus on the Education sector.  Her time is currently divided between developing and managing research initiatives and working with design teams on in-depth stakeholder engagement programmes to ensure the aspirations for a project are embedded at the outset.  She is currently working with a number of Higher Education institutions as well as Further Education Colleges across the UK.  Caroline is also a trustee of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF), a charity that aims to support quality environments for learning and teaching.  Caroline has been leading the Research Working Group for the charity who have been working closely with professional organisations such as SCHOMS, UCISA and AUDE to further develop the UK HE Learning Spaces Toolkit amongst other initiatives. 

Daniel Kidd, HESA
Daniel Kidd

Daniel worked at a number of higher education providers in information management environments before joining HESA in 2006. For over a decade at HESA, Daniel has been actively delivering training and consultancy to higher education providers and stakeholders on a variety of data issues including collection, quality assurance, and analysis.

Daniel heads up the Training & Consultancy department, which offers support to the sector on upskilling individuals in data roles, promoting advocacy, and reviewing processes that support data transfer and analysis.




David Powell, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 

David Powell

David joined the Alder Hey Board as Development Director in December 2012 and has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS. A main part of David’s current role is Project Director for the new Alder Hey in the Park as well as Executive lead for Alder Hey’s innovation programme. Prior to his role at Alder Hey, David held Development Director post in Bristol and London overseeing new hospital programmes. David’s main schemes include: 

  • The new Central Middlesex Hospital-£100m
  • The Bristol Laboratory/Research complex-£75m
  • Bristol Southmead Hospital-£430m
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital-£200m 

David has a history degree from Manchester University and is a qualified accountant.

Osama Khan, Southampton Solent University

Osama Khan

Osama is the Director of Learning and Teaching for Southampton Solent University. He is the founding lead of the new strategic unit – Solent Learning and Teaching Institute. He was also elected to the Board of Governors in November 2015 as a staff governor, and currently sits on the resources committee.

Osama is a passionate teacher with 20 years’ experience teaching corporate finance; real estate finance and investment; economics; mathematics for economics; derivative finance; and investment management. He has taught at renowned institutions including the University of Cambridge, University of Hong Kong, HEC Paris, and Copenhagen Business School. He is an avid advocate of technology enhanced learning, and has won multiple awards for his excellence and innovation in learning and teaching, including the University of Surrey Learning and Teaching Award 2010. More recently, he played a major lead academic role to inform the space design in the Spark project. 

Owen King, Unwork

Owen King



















Owen is a senior consultant at Unwork, where he works across their analytics, strategy and research practises. He has a commanding interest in the trends shaping the way we live and work, and advises clients on the drivers of change in the short and long term. Owen has worked with a wide range of clients, helping them to understand their working practises through the applications of advanced analytics, data models and employee surveys. He has directed analytics projects for clients including the BBC, Schroders, Marks and Spencer and many others, helping to identify potential real estate savings and build the business case for the new ways of working.

Owen is also responsible for Unwork’s diverse research programmes, looking at the impact of economic, demographic, urban and technology trends on work, workplace and real estate. His most recent research project was a major study into the impact of emerging technologies on workplace and real estate, sponsored by JLL. His is a frequent contributor to industry publications, and recently wrote an article for the Estates Gazette on applications of Big Data in commercial real estate.

Owen has provided strategic advice to a number of real estate developers on commercial and mixed used developments, including 22 Bishopsgate and White City Place. He frequently speaks at conferences about the impact of technology on ways of working and recently gave a presentation to senior retail property developers at Battersea Power Station on retail and consumer futures.

He holds a first class degree in History and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. While undertaking his degree, Owen specialised in quantitative methods, and graduated with a number of prestigious awards for the strength and originality of his statistical analysis.

Owen is also a Chinese speaker and has spent time living in both China and Hong Kong.


Wendy Sammels, 
Creative Director, Southerns Broadstock

Wendy Sammels

With a long-standing career in the furniture and interiors industry Wendy is proud to have worked with some of the UK's largest corporations, universities and colleges to satisfy their hunger for superior learning and workspace environments. With a large focus on research Wendy is always hard at work looking to create new learning and working environments to suit the modern world.

Wendy and her team have been working with many universities across the UK developing next generation teaching space pilot programmes. These programmes have been vital in building business cases for the roll out of forward thinking learning environments across campus and in new buildings. Wendy was also fortunate to develop the interiors scheme at The Spark (Southampton Solent University) the first building in the UK to dedicate 84% of classrooms to non traditional learning.





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