Sue Holmes announced as Chair of the Association for Directors of Estate

Monday, 20 April 2015

Sue Holmes AUDE

AUDE (the Association for Directors of Estates) has appointed Sue Holmes as its new Chair.

Sue Holmes joined Oxford Brookes as ‎Director Of Estates and Facilities Management in September 2013 and at a time when the university has been investing significantly in its campuses.

Sue and AUDE will continue to guide, support and offer expert opinion in best practice.

Andrew Burgess, Outgoing Chair of AUDE and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Loughborough University

She is recognised as an expert on university space management, developing flexible and interesting areas for teaching and learning and has spoken nationally and internationally on best practice for campuses. 

Sue took up the Chair at AUDE’s AGM recently (30 March 2015) and her term of office is one year. She has served on the AUDE executive for seven years and has been involved in the trended reports from the estate management statistics data.

AUDE and its members are at the forefront of ensuring the high quality of UK university estates and facilities management is maintained.

On her appointment, Sue Holmes commented:  “I am thrilled to be joining as chair of AUDE and I am eager to build on the organisation’s many strengths.  I also look forward to ensuring AUDE is heard as it engages with Universities UK, funding councils and numerous other organisations and committees.”

Andrew Burgess, Outgoing Chair of AUDE and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Loughborough University, said: “I am delighted to be handing over the AUDE reins to Sue. She has been a very active member and wise influence in our sector for many years and she brings with her a wealth of leadership experience.  A flourishing, professional university estates sector is a key enabler of guaranteeing a high quality student experience and I am in no doubt that Sue and AUDE will continue to guide, support and offer expert opinion in best practice. I wish her the very best of luck.”

Sue is working with students and staff at Oxford Brookes to develop innovative spaces which create adaptable and fascinating areas in which to amplify teaching and learning.

Key to this is the John Henry Brookes Building which opened in 2014 and has won numerous awards for its architectural achievements and the improvements it has bought to the student experience. Earlier this year, Oxford Brookes announced its ten year estates plan which will see the University investing £13m per annum to further improve its campuses.

Read more about AUDE at www.aude.ac.uk/