Our people

At UCEM our staff work hard to support your success. You can find out more about tutors and senior staff, including their qualifications and experience, in the following sections.

Ashley Wheaton

Ashley Wheaton

Principal, University College of Estate Management (UCEM)
BA (Hons)

Ashley joined UCEM in 2013 as Principal. Ashley is responsible for all aspects of the university college’s academic and business operations.

As Principal he works directly with the Chairman, the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leaders within UCEM to ensure that the university college delivers against the key objectives of its strategic plan – ensuring both the highest quality of education and the best student experience.

Ashley has previously held senior roles as Director of Global Learning Services for Microsoft, and Chief Executive Officer of InfoBasis Ltd, a global talent management software company. He is currently also a Non-Executive Director of the BRE Group Board, a Trustee of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, a Trustee of Jisc, a Member of the Executive of GuildHE and a Director of Building People CIC.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of London.

Jane Fawkes Jane Fawkes +

Deputy Principal and University College Secretary
BA (Hons) PgDip AHEA

Jane is responsible for a number of key areas within UCEM: regulatory compliance and data reporting, graduation ceremonies, student surveys, corporate and social responsibility, student retention strategies and the ongoing relationship with external stakeholders. She is also the College Secretary to the Board of Trustees and its sub-committees, which involves providing guidance to Trustees on best practice in Corporate and Charity Governance, updating of UCEM’s Charter, Bye-Laws and Regulations and management of UCEM’s policies on risks and public benefit.

In addition, Jane’s role covers enhancing UCEM internal business planning and review processes, as well as continuing to update and progress the strategic plan.

Jane has been with UCEM in excess of 15 years, and during this time she has provided leadership in Student Services including Matrix accreditation, the implementation of Student Central and a focus on the student experience. Jane deputises for the Principal when necessary.

Wendy Finlay Wendy Finlay +

Vice Principal
Student Experience

BSc (Hons) PhD

Wendy took up her role as Vice Principal – Student Experience at University College of Estate Management in June 2016, where she is responsible for a wide range of teams that support student success and the student experience. These include Student and Registry Services, Apprenticeships and the project team for Project Transform: the Student Success Project.

Wendy has fifteen years’ experience in higher education management, where her career has had a particular focus on the leadership and management of the professional services that support the student lifecycle from admission to graduation, as well as quality assurance and enhancement services and the provision of external data returns. Wendy has worked at a range of providers delivering Higher Education, including another small and specialist HE provider, universities and an outstanding Further Education College delivering Higher Education in partnership with a university.

Wendy was appointed as a Trustee of CSTT in March 2017 with the aim of furthering the partnership between UCEM and CSTT for apprenticeships delivery for the Built Environment sector. Wendy is also an Independent Director of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), a role she has held since April 2017.

Lynne Downey Lynne Downey +

Vice Principal Online Education
BSc (Hons)

Lynne joined us in January 2014 to develop our academic programmes into a fully online offer. She is now Vice Principal Online Education and leads the strategic approach to online learning and delivery of our learning technology and environments. Her team of learning designers, media producers, editors, learning technologists and digital resources staff work closely with the academic staff to provide engaging learning material for our students.

Lynne has over 12 years’ experience in online education. She has worked in Higher Education and commercial training. Lynne has also taught at the OU as an associate lecturer in Psychology. She has degrees in Information Technology and Psychology and a MA in Online and Distance Education.

Education Heads


Tim Bennett Tim Bennett +

Dean of School

Tim joined UCEM from Kingston University where he was previously Principal Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, and most recently Associate Professor and Acting Head of School. He is currently external examiner at both Sheffield Hallam University and Dublin Institute of Technology. Tim has extensive experience in surveying practice as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and was for 7 years a member of the RICS Quantity Surveying and IT Committee. He has been a HEFCE/QAA Specialist Assessor (Property & Construction).

Tim holds a Masters’ degree in Professional Education and Training and a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying.

Peter Escreet Peter Escreet +

Head of Subject - Real Estate and Management

Peter joined CEM (now UCEM) originally in March 2008 as an Associate Tutor in the Management & Vocational Faculty but has since worked across different disciplines in Foundation, BSc and MSc degree modules.

The range of subjects covered include Building Pathology, Construction Management, Communication, Real Estate Practice, Professional & Statutory Regulation, Financial Management, Economics, Quantity Surveying and most recently Strategic Management.

As Programme Leader, MBA Construction & Real Estate, the key focus underlying his work is on helping students, by mutual constructive engagement, achieve their potential with their studies in our supported on-line learning environment.

He has roles as a member of various Boards, Deliberative Committees and Award Boards: some examples, are noted below:

  • Member of the UCEM Academic Board
  • Member of the UCEM Academic Audit Committee
  • Steering Committee
  • Postgraduate Board of Studies
  • Professional Engagement Forum
  • Higher Education Review 2016 panel member
  • Award and Progression Boards (Postgraduate and Undergraduate)

Prior to joining us, Peter has worked as a wine merchant and in the telecommunications’ industry initially as a Network Project Planner, Marketing & Communications Consultant, Regulatory Affairs Manager and finally as a Corporate Governance Executive. He also worked for a number of local authorities in a consultancy role.

He is a Chartered Surveyor with general practice surveying and building construction experience and practical knowledge within the surveying industry.

The range of skills and experience gained has given him a wide understanding of a number of different industries.

He initially graduated from Loughborough University in Economics & Sociology, then completed an MBA with the Open University and later an MSc in Surveying with Reading University.

He is also a Fellow of the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

Dr Alan Hill Dr Alan Hill +

Associate Dean of Academic Studies
BSc (Hons) PhD SFHEA

I have worked for UCEM since 2016, initially joining as Academic Programmes Co-ordinator managing the run out of the legacy programmes validated by the University of Reading. Since becoming Associate Dean of Academic Studies,  I work alongside the academic staff across the new school of the Built Environment to achieve operational and academic excellence by enhancing and sharing sound academic practice across all module delivery.

I chair the Module Boards as well as the Mitigating Circumstances and Academic Misconduct Committees. I also sit on Academic Board and QSEC. I have previously been an external examiner at University of South Wales.

Amanda Milambo Amanda Milambo +

Head of Subject - Construction

Amanda joined CEM (now UCEM) in April 2012 as Tutor in Quantity Surveying and Programme Leader for the BSc Quantity Surveying. In 2000, she graduated from the Copperbelt University in Zambia with a BSc in Quantity Surveying. Amanda also holds an MSc in Construction Project Management from Birmingham City University.

Prior to joining the College, Amanda gained extensive experience working as a quantity surveyor, mainly in the private sector. She has worked on housing, education and health care projects. She also has international experience, working on projects in both Zambia and Botswana.



Helen Edwards Helen Edwards +

Director of Academic Quality
BA (Hons) MA PGCert AAUA

Helen joined UCEM in 2003 and worked in student support until 2011 when she took up the role of liaison with professional statutory and regulatory bodies and student representatives. Helen then moved into academic quality in March 2012 with responsibility for overseeing the UCEM Code of Practice and other UCEM academic infrastructure documentation, validation and accreditation events and UCEM’s quality enhancement programme.

Helen has a BA (Hons) Geography and MA Space, Place and Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Helen is the UCEM staff representative on the Board of Trustees.


Programme Leaders


Dean Bieganek Dean Bieganek +

Programme Leader BSc Building Surveying
MCIAT HEA Teaching Fellow

Dean is a Chartered Architectural Technologist with almost 30 years of experience in the Built Environment and joined UCEM in May 2019. His background includes 15 years of practical experience in architectural practice in Canada with a portfolio of work that includes a wide variety of building types from light commercial and industrial buildings to larger healthcare and public education projects.   After transitioning to academia in 2005, Dean first served as an Instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton Canada, prior to relocating to the U.K. in 2007.

Upon arriving in Britain Dean has worked continually as a Senior Lecturer Northumbria university in Newcastle UK, and the University of the West of England, Bristol. Primary subject areas include construction technology and integrated technical design with extensive teaching experience across multiple programmes including Architectural Technology, Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying.

Dean brings an acute understanding of the relationship between technological choice and building performance, and has a passion for effective, sustainable and efficient building design and refurbishment.

Karl Bunting Karl Bunting +

Programme Leader BSc Access Module

Karl joined UCEM in 2014 as a Foundation Degree Programme Leader from the University of Greenwich where he was Senior Lecturer in Project and Construction Management. Karl’s career has progressed from being an apprentice electrician to a consultant and lecturer. He has worked in facilities management for Marks and Spencer and as a building surveying for Atkins Asset Management. Karl was instrumental in setting up the Gateway Partnership which is a successful consultancy and surveying practice. Karl continues to advise in the Built Environment today as a director of a property management charity.

His research interests include: building maintenance, sustainable methods of construction and energy use within buildings. Karl is a member of the CIOB and a fellow of the HEA. During his time at UCEM Karl has been very much involved with entry level programmes and apprenticeship delivery.

Dr Afolabi Dania Dr Afolabi Dania +

Programme Leader MSc Construction Management
BSc (Hons) MSc PhD

Afolabi Dania joined the UCEM as a tutor for Construction Project Management from the University of Reading where he was a doctoral student.

Afolabi graduated with a BSc in Building in 2002 and specialised in Construction Management at the Masters Level. He lectured at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria for 5 years before proceeding to undertake a Doctoral research at the University of Reading. His research focussed on Corporate Sustainability from the perspectives of Construction firms operating in Developing Countries. His broader research interests include sustainability, environmental management and strategic management in the construction sector. Afolabi also has practical, on-site experience stemming from Freelance Construction Management and Consultancy roles.

Andy Dodson Andy Dodson +

Programme Leader Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship

Andy Dodson joined UCEM in April 2017 after 20 years in the Royal Engineers and is the Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager. Initially a plant operator mechanic and combat engineer, he joined the technical side of the Royal Engineers in 2007. Over the next 10 years, he carried out building and infrastructure design, construction project management, facilities management, and commercial management roles globally.

A former UCEM student, Andy graduated with a first class honours degree in construction management in 2011. Andy is a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB). Outside work, Andy enjoys archery, sailing and skiing. Andy also runs his own company, A Dodson Verification Services, providing external verification and quality enhancement services to the CIOB for their professional review process.

Graham Hough Graham Hough +

Programme Leader BSc Construction Management

Graham joined in January 2001 as Tutor in Construction. He is a former student studying for his CIOB part II professional examinations in 1991. From 1985 to starting at CEM (now UCEM), Graham was with Reading College, where he was programme leader for the Built Environment section. Coming from a contracting background in site management before moving into education. Graham is the former Chair of the CIOB Thames Valley Centre.

Whilst with UCEM Graham has had the privilege of delivering lectures in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, India and Poland.

As well as being the Programme Leader for the BSc Construction Management, and tutoring on several modules Graham developed and has successfully run the Integrated Management Project a group based module taken on the final year of the BSc which involves students working as part of a team that operate exclusively online.

David Hourihan David Hourihan +

Programme Leader MSc Real Estate
MSc Prop Invest FRICS FHEA

David Hourihan qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1994 while working in Ireland. There he specialised in the sales, lettings and acquisitions of commercial property in Dublin.

In 2002 David moved to England and worked for a number of nationwide and international property companies on the asset management of a variety of properties including shopping centres, retail and leisure parks, industrial estates and offices across the United Kingdom.

He is a former student of CEM (now UCEM) having achieved his Post-Graduate Diploma in Property Investment in 2002 and then the MSc Property Investment in 2008.

In 2009 David joined as an associate tutor, became a full time tutor in 2011 and is now the Programme Leader for MSc Real Estate.

He also chairs APC interviews for the RICS.

Jonathan Hubert Jonathan Hubert +

Programme Leader BSc Building Control
BSc (Hons) PG Cert (Research) ACIAT

Jon is the archetypal career-changer, having worked in the private sector for over 25 years prior to reading for a degree. Presently learning and teaching as a Programme Leader in the Construction faculty, Jon is a graduate in Architectural Technology from the University of West London (UWL) and has started a PhD programme at the University of Portsmouth on the evaluation of building performance. The topic is based around predicting building performance in a changing climate, using Dynamic Simulation Modelling to create and test environmental scenarios in a virtual environment.

In a career that spans eight employers over 34 years and two continents, from provision of IT services and training to lecturing in the Built Environment at UWL and now UCEM, Jon understands that very often it seems the only constant is change. Leading one of the programmes at UCEM means being aware of students’ hopes and fears when studying and working at the same time, with the synergies and conflicts that often arise. Jon has first-hand experience of this, and will do his best to help and encourage at every turn!

David Hunt David Hunt +

Programme Leader Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Surveying Practice
BSc (Hons) PGDip MLitt MRICS

David has over 10 years of commercial real estate experience mostly gained in Central and Eastern Europe specialising in valuations.

He qualified as a chartered surveyor while working with the UK’s Valuation Office Agency before moving to DTZ’s Ukraine office. He later worked in Romania and Poland for a total of 3 years with Cushman & Wakefield where he undertook instructions across Central and Eastern Europe.

David is a former student of UCEM gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Property Investment. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in Russian Language from Glasgow University and an MLitt in Viking Studies from the University of the Highlands and Islands. His Career in higher education started when he joined UCEM in September 2015, principally as a tutor on various valuation modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He now leads UCEM’s foundation programmes and in 2017 he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Malcolm Kirkpatrick Malcolm Kirkpatrick +

Programme Leader MSc Quantity Surveying

Malcolm joined us in June 2013 as a tutor and module leader for the BSc (hons) Building Services Quantity Surveying programme and in 2014 also became Programme Leader for the new MSc Quantity Surveying programme.

Prior to joining CEM (now UCEM), Malcolm gained almost 40 years of experience as a Professional Quantity Surveyor working in the UK, Libya and Kuwait for various organisations, including consulting engineers, the UK Electricity Transmission Group (now National Grid) and a UK local authority.

Following his overseas projects, Malcolm has worked in Private QS Practices, both large and small, as an M&E specialist and has worked with MDA Consulting Ltd, a large, London Professional Quantity Surveying Practice, as an associate for the past 19 years, on landmark projects such as the National Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick, near Southampton, the BT national fibre-optic programme (Infinity) and the complete services refurbishment for the BT headquarters building in London.

Malcolm has also been involved with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) training and in-house training for young surveyors.

John Mansfield John Mansfield +

Programme Leader BSc Real Estate Management
BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS

John joined UCEM in September 2015 and specialises in property valuation and development appraisal. Following his graduation from Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1988, he gained extensive experience in valuation and appraisal in private practice and a housing association. He gained full Membership to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1992 and was awarded a MSc from University of Greenwich in 1995.

He lectured at a Further Education college for 9 years before joining Nottingham Trent University where he spent 14 years. John’s research has been published widely and has been on the Editorial Review panels for leading UK built environment journals and for the RICS Research Foundation. He served as an RICS APC Assessor for 8 years and has been an Examiner on the RICS Diploma in Valuation.

Sam Ricketts Sam Ricketts +

Programme Leader Surveying Technician Diploma
BSc (Hons) PGCE

Sam joined UCEM in January 2016 after teaching BTEC Nationals and Higher Nationals at a further education college in Berkshire. Sam is the Programme leader for the level 3 Surveying Technician Diploma.

Prior to teaching, she worked as a construction project manager for a large main contractor working on various infrastructure projects, such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and commercial projects such as One Hyde Park Corner. Outside work, Sam is busy planning to build her own self-build home, using a variety of pre-fabrication techniques. In addition to this, Sam enjoys travelling with her family and walking her dog, Ted.

James Ritson James Ritson +

Programme Leader MSc Building Surveying
BA (Hons). Grad. Dip. ARCH. MA. FRGS

An architecturally trained building conservator specialising in sustainability and recording of the historic built environment. He is currently the programme leader for MSc Building Surveying at University College of Estate Management. James was previously a senior lecturer in sustainability of the existing built environment at Kingston University, teaching on the Building Surveying and historic building conservation courses.

James previously worked at MBP Architects and Carden and Godfrey Architects, on a variety of projects, including the Palace of Westminster, Beverly Minster and many smaller commercial and residential schemes.

James is a member two ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Scientific committees the UK National Scientific Committee on Digital Heritage and the International Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability.

James was made a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in 2010 for his work on sustainability of the built environment. He has published widely on sustainability, health and conservation issues and his main research interests are sustainability of the existing built environment and the recording of existing buildings.

Marios Konstantinidis Marios Konstantinidis +

Programme Leader MBA Construction and Real Estate

Marios is a graduate in Economics from Towson State University of Maryland and he also holds a Masters of Finance from the University of Baltimore and an MBA from the Imperial College in London.

He has worked for a period of 20 years in various finance related positions specializing in emerging market economies. He started out as an Equities Trader with Capital Securities and ABN Amro Bank SA, and then as a Fund Manager with New Millenium SA. In 2005, he moved into commercial banking and joined Marfin Bank SA as a Senior Relationship Officer specializing in Balance Sheet, Project, and Real Estate financing.

Since 2015, Marios has joined a number of Universities around Europe, teaching Corporate Finance and Strategy, including the Riga Graduate School of Law, Queen’s University (Canada), and the University of Pittsburgh satellite campus in London. In addition, he also serves as a strategic and financial management consultant undertaking project work with firms operating in emerging economy environments.



Gordon Browne Gordon Browne +


Gordon worked as a construction manager and contracts manager with a number of SMEs and large building contractors prior to entering a career in education. When the Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief (now known as RedR) was formed, he became a member and has since conducted several assignments, seconded to various aid agencies. He has provided both project management and technical support for the setting up and construction of the infrastructure for refugee camps, and has worked on building development projects in some interesting places in the world.

Gordon has conducted research into transitional shelter for refugees and displaced people. His use of, and subsequent research into, stabilised compressed earth blocks, led to him becoming chairman of the Good Earth Trust (now operating as in-country, social enterprises). He continues to provide training courses for less experienced people who are about to embark on overseas assignments.

He joined CEM (now UCEM) in 2013, following many years as an associate tutor, focusing on construction technology and management for undergraduate and postgraduate degree progammes.

Lesley Callander Lesley Callander +


Lesley worked for many years for UCEM (formerly CEM) as an Associate Tutor delivering modules in quantity surveying.  In 2015 she became Module Leader delivering quantity surveying and building surveying modules at the Foundation, BSc and MSc degree levels.

Lesley is a Chartered Surveyor and holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying from Abertay University and an MSc in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University.

Prior to joining UCEM, Lesley gained extensive experience working as a quantity surveyor and project manager in the private sector.  She has worked on a variety of commercial, retail, health care and education projects.

Rosemary Chetwood Rosemary Chetwood +

BA (Hons)

Rosemary completed her law degree in 1977, after which she went on to study at the College of Law in Guildford and London. Following two years articled to a small firm in London’s Inner Temple, she was admitted as a solicitor in 1980.

Rosemary has over 30 years’ experience as a practicing solicitor specialising in residential  property, leasehold enfranchisement and statutory lease extensions.

Rosemary combines her work as a solicitor with her role as a Tutor for UCEM. She joined as a permanent member of staff in 2013 having being an associate tutor for approximately 20 years.

John Clarke John Clarke +

BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PhD

I am Deputy Module Leader for Sustainable and Innovative Construction and Building, Environment, Technology and Framed Structures. I have worked as a public and private sector Building Surveyor and on several low environmental impact buildings in the UK and overseas, utilising strawbale, adobe, rammed earth and timber framed structures and other sustainable materials and have taught a broad range of built environment topics in schools, colleges and universities to a wide variety of learners. My teaching and research interests are in developing and promoting economic, social and environmental sustainability related to the built environment.

I have an Honours Degree in Building Surveying, a Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy & Architecture and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. I completed my PhD entitled ‘Sustainable Buildings: Sustainable Behaviour?’ in 2013. This focused on how sustainable buildings, throughout their design, construction, operation and use, impact on sustainable construction practices and the behaviours of key stakeholders.

I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher developing retrofit and low carbon technology solutions to mitigate climate change and as a home energy consultant for a major housing association, identifying energy efficiency opportunities to alleviate fuel poverty. At UCEM I am also involved in developing interactive teaching and learning resources related to sustainability and the built environment, particularly related to the sustainability of construction materials throughout their lifecycles.

Natasha Collins Natasha Collins +


Natasha is a Chartered Surveyor. She graduated with a MSc in Surveying from the University of Reading and UCEM in 2015. Natasha is the Module Leader for the Property Management modules and has specialised in property management since 2010.

Natasha also runs her own surveying firm, NC Real Estate, which specialises in asset management and property investment strategies. One of her firms pioneering movements is its Members Club which brings together a global community of landlords and investors to discuss, learn and commit to building a sustainable future for property.

Natasha is also an Ambassador for LionHeart, the benevolent fund for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and their families and works in partnership with them on mental health and wellbeing campaigns to provide help and support to professionals in the industry with these tough subjects.

Michelle Eze Michelle Eze +


A Certified project manager and qualified quantity surveyor with over 12 years’ experience having worked in both the construction industry and IT industry.

My academic training as a quantity surveyor and years of experience working as a project manager has prepared me to be an effective tutor and researcher.

My objective as a tutor is to motivate my students to develop their own learning interest, supporting them in their online journey in the built environment.

David Fagan David Fagan +


David joined UCEM in February 2017 to work as a Module Leader on the MBA programme.

He has worked in further and higher education for over twenty years. Most recently, teaching leadership, finance and entrepreneurship at several overseas universities. He has worked for the Open University Business School since 2001. David created and tutored leadership and management programmes at undergraduate, and master’s level, for middle managers in the UK financial services sector.

David worked, in senior management roles, in the City of London for two international trading companies where he travelled extensively in the Far East and Europe.

The majority of my own learning has been done whilst working full time, so I can empathise with many of the UCEM students in exactly the same boat”.

David has a LLB Law Degree from University of London, a MSc in International Business Management from Birkbeck College (Univ of London), an MBA from the Open University and a PGCE from University of Greenwich.

Sarah Finnegan Sarah Finnegan +


Sarah is a Chartered Building Surveyor who graduated with a MBA in Construction and Real Estate from the University of Reading and CEM (UCEM) in 2007. Sarah is a Module Tutor on a number of Building Pathology and Technology Modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has worked at UCEM, initially as an associate tutor, since 2008.

Sarah has worked across a range of sectors in a variety of senior surveying roles and has over 20 years of experience in surveying and inspecting buildings. An initial introduction to guest lecturing and associate tutoring lead to Sarah’s move into education and she now combines her roles for UCEM with practical freelance surveying whenever possible. Sarah is also an RICS assessor.

Paul Fitchett Paul Fitchett +


Paul is a graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds. After 12 years’ work in construction, on sites and in the design office, in the north east of England, he returned to the University of Leeds to complete an MSc in Construction Engineering.

Paul then worked for a period of 19 years with Thames Water, carrying out procurement and commercial work on the company’s large, capital projects. This period was interspersed with a three-year secondment to work on a large, private finance initiative (PFI) water supply scheme in Turkey.

In 2007, Paul became the programme leader for the Built Environment at Thames Valley University (now the University of West London), where he developed new degree and foundation degree courses. Following a period as an associate tutor for CEM (now UCEM), Paul became a tutor in April 2013; his responsibilities include the development of the building technology modules, on the undergraduate courses, and the Sustainable Procurement and Tendering module on the postgraduate course.

Janet Hontoir Janet Hontoir +

UCEM Tutor

Janet Hontoir joined UCEM in 2005 as an Associate Tutor in Economics and she became a full-time Tutor in September 2016. She is Module Leader for several modules on the Foundation Degree programme. She is a member of the Academic Board and of the Sustainability Working Group.

Janet was previously Senior Lecturer at ifs University College – now the London Institute of Banking and Finance – and had been at that institution for 20 years, specialising in financial markets and risk.

Janet has a degree in Economics from London University, a PGCE from Brunel University and an RSA Certificate in teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Brian Kemp Brian Kemp +


Brian graduated in Production Engineering and Management from Nottingham University. He then worked for the Ministry of Defence and went on to work in insurance. While working in insurance, he studied by distance learning and qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Brian was then headhunted by the Woolwich Building Society and became a manager of a small branch office. While working for the Woolwich, he again studied by distance learning to pass the exams for Associate Membership of the Chartered Building Societies Institute. After qualifying, he began teaching part-time at a local college, which led to a full-time post as a lecturer. He then lectured on management subjects at HND, undergraduate, professional and postgraduate degree levels for over 10 years.

While working as a lecturer, Brian designed and ran training courses in a variety of management and interpersonal skills topics for a wide range of private and public sector organisations. He also tutored many revision courses in both Management and Housing for the Chartered Building Societies Institute.

In 1994, he researched the distance learning market for postgraduate management courses for bankers in the UK. Later, together with a partner, Brian established and expanded the Financial Services College, offering distance learning courses leading to the Associateship of the Chartered Building Societies Institute. For several years he was the managing director of the College.

In 2004, Brian joined CEM (now UCEM) as a part-time tutor in management. In 2006, he was promoted to Course Director for the MBA degree. He subsequently played a leading role in developing and running the new MBA in Real Estate and Construction, in conjunction with the UK Open University.

In 2011, Brian retired but was rehired in 2013 as a part-time tutor, responsible for developing and teaching management topics at postgraduate level. Having gained his own professional qualifications by distance learning, Brian is committed to higher education online and is currently researching and developing PowerPoint provision to support distance learners.

He also has many years’ experience in purchasing, refurbishing, maintaining, letting and selling property in a private property organisation that he still manages.

Steven Latta Steven Latta +


Steven is a visiting lecturer on UCEM’s MSc Real Estate.

He holds undergraduate degrees in land economics and law as well as post graduate qualifications in local economic development, legal practice, and oil and gas law.

He is also an experienced academic and chartered surveyor and is one of only a handful of dual qualified solicitor/ chartered surveyors in the UK.

Steven has a particular interest in property development, land economics and the regulation of land use. He has contributed to two academic text books around the subject of land use in the context of the oil and gas industry in the UK and is a frequent speaker at RICS events.

Sukhi Lidher Sukhi Lidher +


Sukhi Lidher joined UCEM in September 2017 as an Associate Tutor and took up a permanent post in August 2018 and is joint module leader for Strategic Management of Change. She has enjoyed a 25 year career in education and business. She has run a very successful education consultancy and training business for twelve years offering training, conferences and consultancy to schools and colleges across the UK.

Currently she is teaching part time at a number of universities. She is teaching at King’s College London on their pre-masters courses for international students. She has also worked for the Open University Business School since 2008. A range of other teaching posts currently include teaching Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at Birkbeck and dissertation supervisor for final year students at the London School of Fashion.

She completed her MBA and undergraduate business degree at University of East London as well as a PGCE at University of Greenwich. She has recently gained fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Hazel Lobo Hazel Lobo +

F.Inst.Pa LLM

Hazel joined UCEM in September 2017 as an Associate Tutor and took up a permanent post within the Real Estate section of the School of the Built Environment in February 2019. She previously ran a specialist environmental law consultancy and has nearly twenty years’ experience advising and training companies on how environmental law impacts their business. Her practice focused on Environmental Permitting, Planning applications, Waste Management laws, Producer Responsibility requirements, and REACH Regulations. A Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals, Hazel supports and promotes the recognition of paralegals as the fourth professional arm of the legal sector.

In addition to her role at UCEM, Hazel is a part-time lecturer with De Montfort University, teaching on the LLM in Environmental Law and Practice. She is also researching for a PhD in environmental law, specifically devolved implementation of the waste framework directive in the UK, at the University of Reading.  A former distance learning student herself, Hazel is passionate about ensuring students are supported to reach their potential.

Priti Lodhia Priti Lodhia +


Priti graduated from Staffordshire University in 2002, having achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying. She qualified as a member of RICS in 2005. Priti has a PQS background, having worked with a number of the larger PQS firms in both London and Reading, prior to joining us as a Tutor in Quantity Surveying in 2008. Priti is involved in the delivery of various QS subject areas at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Dr Jan Wilcox Dr Jan Wilcox +


Jan started working for UCEM in 1998 as an Associate tutor, a year after completing her MBA with the college. She spent twenty years working, mainly in asset management, for a wide variety of organisations including Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Hammerson, The Crown Estate, Transport for London and a local private practice.

Jan is now a portfolio worker, combining her interests in property and education. She teaches for a number of universities, both in property and general management subjects, runs her own small property and educational consultancy business, is an examiner for the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM), and is a member of the regulatory panel of the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA). She is also co-author of the 4th Edition of Property Asset Management.

Jan is a Fellow of the RICS and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Essex.

John Gellatly John Gellatly +


John joined UCEM as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees in January 2015. He was very drawn to the role for a variety of reasons, not least the excitement of helping promote and build on UCEM’s strong reputation across the property and construction industries at a time when the provision of additional, cost-effective, higher education is facing fundamental and structurally driven greater demand for the type of courses and learning that UCEM provides. As such, he is committed to UCEM’s vision to become the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education.

For the last decade, John’s day job has been as an institutional fund manager investing into unlisted real estate on a global basis. In January 2018, he relocated to Abu Dhabi to become CIO Global Real Estate for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) and prior to that he was Head of EMEA, Global Real Estate Multi Manager Group at Aviva Investors. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, he was a Managing Director at BlackRock running their global real estate fund of funds platform. However, he has not always been a fund manager. His career also spans a period as a real estate investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and also as a real estate sell side securities analyst with ABN AMRO and CSFB.

In the earlier part of his career he worked at Savills Fund Management and DTZ Debenham Thorpe and actually started as Head of Research at Knight Frank & Rutley. In addition to his role with UCEM, John has held a number of industry related appointments, including being past Chairman of the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and currently also Co-Chairs the Property Industry Alliance Debt Group.

Dr Stephen Jackson Dr Stephen Jackson +

Vice Chair

Dr Stephen Jackson became a UCEM Trustee in 2016. He retired from the Quality Assurance Agency on 31st August 2016 where he had been Associate Director (International) and previously the Director of Quality Assurance, with overall responsibility for the management and delivery of review activity. This included universities and other higher education providers, the review of higher education in further education colleges and the review of private higher education colleges.

He joined QAA in October 2002 from Liverpool John Moores University, where he was Director for Partnerships and Widening Participation.

Previously, Stephen held the post of Assistant Provost with responsibilty for learning and teaching. He taught Human Geography for many years at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education and at Liverpool Polytechnic. Before joining QAA, Stephen worked for both the Higher Education Quality Council and QAA as an auditor and review coordinator. Stephen was appointed as UCEM’s first ever Vice Chair in March 2019.

Amanda Clack Amanda Clack +

Amanda is Head of Strategic Advisory at CBRE and is Managing Director for Advisory across EMEA, supporting clients on their strategic real estate agenda. She is a Member of the UK Board.

She is a Past President for the RICS becoming the longest serving in the institution’s history.

Amanda is on the Development Board for the London Symphony Orchestra and a Trustee on the Board of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT).

Previously she was a Partner in EY LLP and PwC LLP. Amanda is a Fellow of RICS, APM, Institute of Consulting and the RSA. She is a Certified Management Consultant and Companion of the Institute of Management. She is listed in Who’s Who and has won various awards.

Amanda is a published author and speaker on areas such as strategy, digital, cities, placemaking, real estate and the war of talent. She is a strong voice on diversity and inclusion in the sector and is also a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.

Finally Amanda received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Westminster in November 2019 for her outstanding contribution to building safety and diversity and inclusion in the Built Environment.

Amanda was appointed to the UCEM Board of Trustees in December 2018 for an initial three-year term. It is anticipated that Amanda will become the next UCEM Chairman of the Board upon the retirement of the current Chair in December 2020.

Christopher Costigan Christopher Costigan +

Christopher Costigan is Dean of Academic Quality at BPP University, which he joined in 2005. Christopher has over 10 years’ experience in higher education and is currently responsible for all aspects of academic quality assurance and compliance across the BPP Education Group.

Prior to becoming Dean, Christopher was a Senior Lecturer in public law, and held various module and programme management roles before becoming Associate Dean in 2017 and Dean in 2019. Christopher graduated with an LLB (Hons) and was called to the Bar of Middle Temple in 2005. He gained a PGCert in the Management of International HE in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the Association of University Administrators (FAUA) and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He has sat on (and was for one year Chair of) an Independent Advisory Group to the Metropolitain Police and was Deputy Chair of the University of Salford’s Students’ Union from 2017-2018. Christopher was part of the writing group for the advice and guidance on the new QAA Quality Code.

Christopher joined the Board of UCEM in December 2017 and sits on the Audit and Nominations & Governance Committees.

Jat Brainch Jat Brainch +

Jat is a Finance professional with a proven track record of delivering sustainable growth. She is currently Managing Director of Cathedral Consultancy. Prior to this, Jat held senior finance roles in telecoms and technology brands, including Logica Group PLC (now part of CGI), Telefonica Europe PLC and Head of Commercial Finance at T-Mobile (UK) Ltd. She was also the Chief Financial Officer at the Building Research Establishment and Group Commercial Finance Director at BMI Group.

Jat was first awarded a Directorship at age 34 and her proven commercial acumen has won her several key leadership roles in business transformation initiatives. Over the course of her career to date, Jat’s responsibilities have included leading international investment committees, leading M&A processes, optimising Group-wide financial processes and running initiatives to maximise shareholder value.

Jat was appointed as an Independent Trustee in March 2017 and sits on the UCEM Audit Committee. She was appointed Chair of Finance Committee and Remuneration Committee in November 2018.

Helen Edwards Helen Edwards +

Helen joined UCEM in 2004 and worked in student support until 2011 when she took up the role of liaison with professional statutory and regulatory bodies and student representatives. Helen then moved into academic quality in March 2012 with responsibility for overseeing the UCEM Code of Pratice and other UCEM academic infrastructure documentaton, validation and accreditation events and UCEM’s quality enhancement programme.

Helen became the staff representative on the board of Trustees in December 2016.

Helen has a BA (Hons) Geography and MA Space, Place and Politics from the Univesity of Wales, Aberystwyth; Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership and is an accredited member of the Association of University Administrators.

Phoebe Farrell Phoebe Farrell +

Phoebe is currently studying at UCEM for her BSc(Hons) in Real Estate Management, where she is in her fourth year and on track to achieve the necessary qualifications to become a Chartered Surveyor. She works at JLL as a Graduate in the Industrial and Logistics department specialising in the Thames Valley region.

Phoebe is a member of a number of networks where she has undertaken voluntary work. At JLL Charity Network she helps run an event for Starlight Children’s Foundation using experience she gained working as a voluntary Administrator at the BBC Children in Need funded Theatre Pascal Group in London, and has regularly contributed to Women in Property events. Currently, she is on the Committee at JLL’s Race4Change promoting diversity in the property industry.

She is committed to encouraging people from non-traditional backgrounds to join and enhance their careers in the Commercial Real Estate Sector, having coached five individuals to study at UCEM thus far.

Phoebe was appointed Lead Student Representative and Student Trustee on the Board in summer 2018.

Andrew Hynard Andrew Hynard +

Andrew Hynard is Chief Executive of The Howard de Walden Estate, which he joined in October 2016. The Estate comprises 92 acres of principally residential, medical, office and retail property in Marylebone. It includes Harley Street and Marylebone High Street.

Prior to that he spent the majority of his career at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) where he was UK Deputy Chairman.

He is a former Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, and currently chairs the RICS Commercial Property Forum. He is on the advisory board of Clipstone and the Tim Henman Foundation and a Trustee of The Story of Christmas and of Tenterden and District Day Centre. Andrew was appointed as a UCEM Trustee in early 2016 and sits on the Finance Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Alastair Martin Alastair Martin +

Alastair joined the Duchy of Cornwall in May 2013. As Secretary, he is responsible to His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall and the Prince’s Council for the running of the Duchy.

Alastair was previously a partner with Carter Jonas where he specialised in the management of rural property portfolios across England and Wales with one of his most notable responsibilities being the portfolio belonging to The Society of Merchant Venturers. Alastair was, for some time, actively involved in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors having been President of the Rural Division, Chairman of the Faculties and Forums Board and then Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Board.

Alastair was appointed to the UCEM Board of Trustees in December 2017 for an initial three-year term and sits on the Finance and Audit Committees.

Professor Kenneth Miller Professor Kenneth Miller +

Kenny became a Trustee in 2015. He was formerly Vice Principal of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and is an Emeritus Professor of Law of the University. Kenny has worked in higher education for nearly 40 years having started his career as a Law Lecturer at Strathclyde in 1975 and then a Professor of Employment Law in 1992. During his time he undertook a range of management roles, including Head of Department, Vice Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor and has seen the University grow in size and status. He is currently a Special Adviser to the Strathclyde University Vice Chancellor.

Kenny has also held a number of external roles and for six years was a member of the QAA’s Advisory Committee for Degree Awarding Powers. He has also undertaken reviews of Universities and in June 2015 reviewed the Faculty of Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland. He chaired the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Comittee between 2006-2010 and, given his employment law background, is currently Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee. Kenny is Chair of the UCEM Academic Review Committee.

Misa von Tunzelman Misa von Tunzelman +

Misa von Tunzelman is Head of Marketing & Communications for BNP Paribas Real Estate and Strutt & Parker, the BNP Paribas group’s two Real Estate brands in the UK.  She has over 20 years’ Marketing experience gained primarily in Professional Services and has worked in the Property sector since 2004.  She is also in the process of being appointed as a Director of Building People CiC.

Misa is involved with several charities and causes. In addition to her role on the UCEM board of trustees, she holds a voluntary board position for Home Live Art, a not-for-profit live art and performance organisation and is a trustee of Eastside Young Leaders Academy, which seeks to increase opportunities and inclusion for young black and Asian people in London.  She was a founder member of the steering committee for Changing the Face of Property, a cross-industry initiative which aims to increase diversity and inclusion in Property and is an active member of the Freehold Property Industry LGBT network. She was named on the Financial Times’ Top 100 OUTstanding LGBT Leaders List in 2015 and 2016 and as one of the top 10 most inspiring LGBT leaders at the British LGBT Awards in 2017.

Misa is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds a degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex. Prior to joining BNP Paribas Real Estate, she worked in Marketing at JLL, EY and the Imperial War Museum. Misa was appointed as a Trustee of UCEM in June 2018 and sits on the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Chris Turley Chris Turley +

Chris qualified in law from The University of Sheffield in 1993 and has worked for Taylor Wessing since 1997. He is a partner in the Real Estate group and a member of Taylor Wessing’s Executive Board. He advises investors, developers, lenders and end users.

His experience includes forward funding, portfolio transactions and development agreements for lease. Chris was appointed as a UCEM Trustee in September 2018 and is also the Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Ella Campbell Ella Campbell +

Ella is currently studying for her MSc in Quantity Surveying at UCEM, on track to finish in the summer of 2020. Following completion, she aims to achieve chartership from the RICS. She is currently working for Amicus Property Consultants, where she is a Project Surveyor. She is also working to establish a branch of the young construction professional’s network, Generation 4 Change, in Scotland. Prior to studying with UCEM, Ella achieved an MA(Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh. There, she was highly involved with the University, as the Freshers’ Student Coordinator for the Edinburgh University Students’ Association, and with the Edinburgh Students’ Charity Appeal. Ella was appointed as the second Student Trustee on the Board in early 2020.

Honorary and Associate Fellows

All our Honorary Fellows are approved by UCEM’s Trustees for their eminence in their chosen field and typically have made a significant contribution to the world of property, real estate and construction.

An Honorary Fellow is someone who acts as an ambassador for UCEM, raising our profile by spreading the word about what we do and sharing networks where appropriate. Attending various UCEM events – such as our Honorary Fellows luncheon and Property Awards – an Honorary Fellow may also have specialist expertise and knowledge, which they use as part of their role.

From time to time, UCEM Principal Ashley Wheaton, will invite Honorary Fellows to special events – such as small scale networking dinners – to provide industry insight and support on their specialist subjects.

Our Honorary Fellows may also get involved in UCEM activities and promotions such as:

  • Speaking at lifelong learning sessions
  • Participating as part of an employer forum, on matters such as sector trends
  • Endowing a scholarship, bursary or prize
  • Promoting academic programmes to contacts
  • Sponsoring UCEM applied research
  • Extending the UCEM Alumni Network

We are delighted to have an association with each and every one of our Honorary Fellows, and to work alongside them in their role as ambassadors for UCEM.

  • 2007 Mr Peter Angel LLB
  • 2011 Sir Michael Bear BSc (Eng) MBA Alderman
  • 2009 Mr Chris Blythe BA (Hons) FCMA
  • 2019 Mr Ben Bolgar RIBA RIAS FRSA
  • 2009 Mr Roger Bright CB MA (Cantab)
  • 2006 Mr Robin Broadhurst CBE FRICS
  • 2002 Mr Nick Brooke JP BSc BBS FRICS FHKIS RPS
  • 2000 Mr Stephen Burman Hon MPhil FRICS FAAV MCIArb
  • 2002 Professor David Cadman BSc MA (Cantab) FRICS
  • 2013 Mr Jim Carter FRICS IRRV
  • 2019 Mr Graham Chase FRICS FCIArb C.Arb FRSA
  • 1986 Dr John Clayton MSc FRICS FAAV
  • 2017 Dr Philip Y M Chen AKC PhD MRICS MICE MHKIE
  • 2017 Dr Cheng Shing Kwong, Eric EdD LLM BA (AS) FRICS FHKIS FHKIPD
  • 2002 Mr Alan Collett BSc FRICS
  • 2000 Mr Richard Courtenay Lord FNAEA (Hon) (Retd)
  • 2007 Lord Cunliffe MA DUniv AADipl RIBA MCMI
  • 1985 Dr Barry Denyer-Green LLM FRICS FRSA
  • 2004 Mr David Doubble OBE MA FRICS
  • 2000 Mr John Earl FSA MRICS FRSA IHBC
  • 2005 Mr John Edgcumbe BSc FRICS
  • 2008 Mr Gordon Gabbani LLB
  • 1985 Professor Alan Gillett OBE DSc MA FRICS
  • 1992 Mr Alfred Goldstein CBE BSc(Eng) FCGI DIC FEng
  • 2007 Mr Peter Goodacre RD DL MSc FRICS FCIOB
  • 2019 Ms Helen Gordon BSc MRICS
  • 1978 Mr David Green FRICS FCIArb FEWI
  • 2011 Mr Michael Green
  • 1981 Mr George Grover BSc FRICS
  • 2016 Dr Ann Heywood FRICS FCIOB FRGS MCMI
  • 2009 Mr Bill Hughes MA MSc ASIP
  • 1992 Mr Peter Huntsman BSc FRICS FAAV
  • 2007 Mr Paul Hutton OBE FRICS FAAV
  • 2019 Mr Simon Kolesar FRICS
  • 1996 Mr Keith Knowles MBE FRICS
  • 2013 Sr Stephen Lai
  • 2019 Mr David Larkin FRICS
  • 2000 Mr Hanslip Long BA FRICS
  • 1988 Mr Roger Lucas FRICS MRTPI
  • 2011 Mr Roger Madelin CBE
  • 1988 Mr Julian Markham CBE FRICS FRSA
  • 2019 Mr Adam Marks LLB(Hons)
  • 2013 Mr Michael Moir FRICS, MICE
  • 2017 Mr Marco Wu Moon-hoi GBS SBS
  • 2010 Mr Paul Morrell OBE FRICS HonFRIBA
  • 2013 Ms Alison Nimmo CBE
  • 2002 Mr James Offen MA FRICS
  • 2011 Sr See Lian Ong BSc (Hons) PPISM FISM FRICS ICECA CIDB Accredited Mediator
  • 1983 Mr Paul Orchard-Lisle CBE TD DL MA LLD FRICS
  • 2004 Mr Lawrence Parnell DipProjMan FRICS
  • 2015 Ms Delva Patman FRICS ACIArb FRSA
  • 2008 Mrs Liz Peace CBE
  • 1987 Sir Idris Pearce CBE TD DL FRICS
  • 2017 Dr Poon Wing Cheung Lawrence JP
  • 2012 Mr Gerald Ronson CBE Hon. DCL
  • 2008 Mr Clive Ross BSc FRICS
  • 2009 Mr Francis Salway MA FRICS
  • 2009 Mr Mike Slade FRICS
  • 2017 Mr D Nigel A Smith FRICS FHKIS MBA
  • 2005 Mr Tim Stapleton BSc MPhil FRICS
  • 1987 Mr Nick Strathon MA FRICS
  • 2013 Dr Thomas Tang
  • 1991 Mr Dennis Tucker MA
  • 2006 Mr Chris Vickers CBE FRICS ACIArb
  • 1996 Mr Dennis Vine FRICS
  • 1982 Mr Roger Warren Evans BA FCIOB Barrister
  • 1990 Mr Philip Watkins FRICS
  • 1977 Mr Philip White MSc FRICS
  • 2012 Mr Barry Woodman FRICS

UCEM launched the Associate Fellowship scheme in March 2019, appointing the first twelve Associate Fellows in its Centenary Year. Associate Fellows are appointed by the Board of Trustees and are people who have meaningful involvement with UCEM, typically UCEM alumni or those at earlier stages of their careers.

Associate Fellows play an ambassadorial role for UCEM and make an active contribution to the work of UCEM, including, but not limited to:

  • Speaking at CPD events or providing online guest lectures
  • Participating in Employer Forums
  • Hosting events in support of UCEM
  • Providing mentoring opportunities
  • Promoting UCEM programmes
  • Contributing to research projects and papers
  • Extending the UCEM Alumni network

We are delighted to be working alongside our new Associate Fellows:

  • Claire Brown MSc BEng (Hons) MRICS
  • Laura Collins BSc (Hons) MRICS
  • Elias Crang MSc
  • Nicola Dixon-Brown MSc.(Oxon) MRICS
  • Jane Henshaw BSc (Hons) MBA
  • Sara Kelleher BSc (Hons)
  • Deborah McGhee AssocRICs, DipSurvPract, MScCHE
  • David Mason MSc MAPM
  • Jonah Mastin MScCM
  • Jesse Meek MCIOB BSc (Hons) MBA
  • Dritan Uka BSc (Hons)
  • Lucy Winzer BSc (Hons) MRICS