Ashley Wheaton BA (Hons)

Ashley is Principal at University College of Estate Management (UCEM). 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 Executive within UCEM to ensure that the university college delivers against its vision to be the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education. 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 spent six years as a Non-Executive Director of BRE, and is currently a Member of the GuildHE Executive, Vice-Chair and Trustee of JISC and Chairman of Building People CIC. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of London.



Jane Fawkes BA (Hons) PGDip AHEA - Deputy Principal and University College Secretary

Jane has over 25 years’ experience working in Higher Education, including leading Professional Services Teams, and Academic Quality. In her current role as Deputy Principal Jane has oversight of the institutions strategy and planning, performance monitoring and regulatory compliance with the Office for Students. Jane’s remit also includes oversight of all HR matters including the employee engagement and wellbeing survey strategy and she led the institutions response to the Pandemic with a specific focus on Staff Wellbeing throughout.

Jane is the University 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, ensuring the Boards and sub-committees fulfil their governance requirements, and the recruitment and induction of trustees. As University College Secretary Jane is responsible for the updating of UCEM’s Charter, Bye-Laws and Regulations and management of UCEM’s policies on risks and public benefit.

Jane Deputises for the Principal when required.

Stephen Bartle – Executive Director Business Development and Apprenticeships
Stephen Bartle

Stephen has responsibility for all aspects of business development, including marketing and admissions, employer engagement, international development and corporate training. He also leads on new product development, identifying opportunities for UCEM to expand its range of programmes to meet demand from the built environment industry. His role was recently expanded to cover the delivery of apprenticeship programmes, which have been the largest driver of growth for the institution over the last five years.

Stephen joined UCEM in 2011 and has twelve years’ experience of further education from previous roles. He is also a trustee of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Propertymark Qualifications.

Stephen studied Modern Languages at Oxford University and completed an MBA by distance learning with the Open University.

Lynne Downey BSc (Hons) MA (ODE) (Open) MBPsS – Vice Principal Digital Education and Professional Services

Lynne joined UCEM in January 2014 to develop our academic programmes into a fully online offer and has had responsibility for a number of key areas since including Digital Education. She is now Vice Principal Technology and Academic Services and leads the strategic approach and delivery of technology including learning technology. Lynne also leads our Academic Services departments, including Academic Quality, Academic Registry and Student Services.

Lynne has nearly 20 years’ experience of working in digital education. She has worked in Higher Education, commercial training and IT throughout her career and 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.

Wendy Finlay – Vice Principal Learning and Teaching

Wendy has held responsibility for a number of key areas since joining UCEM as Vice-Principal in 2016, including Professional Services, Apprenticeships and the project team for UCEM’s flagship Project Transform: the Student Success Project, which launched in 2020.  She is currently responsible for the leadership and management of the School of the Built Environment, Apprenticeships Compliance and Academic Resource Management.

Wendy has nearly twenty years’ experience of working in higher education following the achievement of her PhD in 2002.  She started her career as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at a Russell Group University, which incorporated the teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.  She then held positions that focussed 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 held these positions at a range of providers delivering higher education, including a second Russell Group university, a small and specialist HE provider, and an Ofsted Outstanding Further Education College delivering higher education in partnership with a university.

Wendy has also held the role of Independent Director/Trustee of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) since April 2017 and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE) in September 2021.

Tim Mills – Executive Director Finance

Tim Mills joined UCEM in February 2019 as a contractor and took up a permanent position in July 2019 as the Finance Director. Tim is responsible for statutory/management accounting, financial operations, business partnering, investments, planning and forecasting, audit, financial controls and facility management. Tim is part of the Finance sub-committee, that is made up of employees and members of the Board of Trustees.

Tim has held senior finance roles in oil and gas, assurance and management consultancy firms. He holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA).

Aled Williams – Executive Director Innovation and Partnerships
Aled Williams

Aled’s role focuses on developing UCEM research capacity, output and excellence, as well as commitment to working through partnerships, aligning and coordinating education for sustainability across the institution.  He is developing deeper and more substantial partnerships to have a wider impact on education, industry and society.

Aled has contributed to the development of Built Environment education with enthusiasm and effectiveness and has over 20 years’ experience in the sector including LJMU, University of Salford and being seconded to the Higher Education Academy as Discipline Lead (Built Environment).

Aled’s external roles include: CIC Champion, Education and Co-ordinator, CIC Climate Change Action Plan (Education & Qualification Workstream); Chair, Council of the Heads of Built Environment (CHOBE); Member of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), People & Skills Network which has led to him Chairing the CLC Education Sprint Group; Member of the Construction Skills Delivery Group which contributes to the government’s ‘Project Speed’ initiative.

Andy Youell – Executive Director Regulation

Andy Youell has three decades experience working in Higher Education including spells with the Higher Education Funding Council and the Higher Education Statistics Agency. He has worked with government departments and bodies across the UK and was previously a member of the DfE Information Standards Board. He has also worked as a consultant advising HE providers, systems suppliers and governments across the world.


Heads of School

Tim Bennett BSc MA FRICS - Dean of School (International)

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.

Alan Hill BSc (Hons) PhD SFHEA - Dean of School (Academic)

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.

Cathy Higgs MSc MRICS SFHEA - Associate Dean of School

Cathy joined UCEM  in 2018 from the University of the West of England, Bristol where she was previously Associate Head of Department for Construction.  As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor she has a strong pedagogic interest and extensive experience in the teaching of measurement, cost modelling and collaborative practice.

She is currently external examiner at both University of Derby and University of Wales Trinity St David She was a member of the Review panel member for QAA Construction, Surveying and Property Benchmarks   and a member of the TEF Subject Panel.  She has also been accepted as a QAA External Expert and is looking forward to undertaking this role.

She is a co-author of the classic Quantity Surveying text book “ ‘Willis’s Practice & Procedure for the Quantity Surveying’ 13th edition“ and is currently busy authoring the 14th edition  due to be published in 2022.


Helen Edwards BA (Hons) MA PgCert AAUA - Director of Academic Quality

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.


Jane Ballantyne BSc (Hons) PGDip SFHEA FRICS - Programme Leader Building Surveying

Jane is a chartered building surveyor and fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Prior to working in higher education, Jane worked in private practice in London. She was a Partner of Hollis for a number of years, has run her own practice and consulted for some of the larger companies. She moved into higher education around 2015, starting at UCEM and moving to University of Westminster where she became the Assistant Head of the School of Applied Management. She has since returned to UCEM, and has a great interest in the development of online teaching and learning, particularly in the area of building pathology. Jane has a postgraduate diploma in higher education from the University of Surrey and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also an RICS APC assessor and panel chair.

Christine Gausden RD FCIOB - Programme Leader Construction Management and Academic Delivery Manager Level 7

Christine is an experienced practitioner across several decades, with experience in project, construction and facilities management within the public and private sectors and she has been responsible for the delivery of a variety of modules and programmes.

She is a senior trustee of the CIOB, past chair of London and Dubai hubs, and chair and member of a mix of CIOB boards, committees and working groups, alongside being chair of the UKBIM Alliance, BIM4FM Community Hub and a member of the Communities Leadership Team.

Christine is an experienced CIOB mentor seeking to support members in the attainment of chartered membership and is also a regular STEM ambassador for HE, FE and educational providers, who has received recognition and awards as a university and industry role model.

She is a UCEM alumni, undertaking distance learning when studying for the RICS building surveying professional exams.

David Hourihan MSc Prop Invest FSCSI FRICS FHEA - Programme Leader Real Estate and Academic Delivery Manager Level 6

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 BSc (Hons) PgCert (Research) ACIAT - Academic Delivery Manager Projects

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 BSc (Hons) PGDip MLitt MRICS Programme Leader Access and Academic Delivery Manager Foundation

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.

Dr Graeme Larsen FCIOB FHEA Programme Leader Construction Management
Dr Graeme Larsen

Dr Graeme Larsen is an award winning academic and the Director of the Property and Construction Research Centre at the University College of Estate Management (UCEM), UK. Graeme holds the position of Visiting Professor of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RIMT) University, Melbourne, Australia. Graeme has a PhD in innovation diffusion in the construction sector, is a chartered construction manager, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Graeme’s career path has followed four distinct phases.

Initially working for large international contracting companies as site and then project manager, mainly in London and the southeast of England. Thereafter, Graeme returned to academia undertaking a PhD in innovation diffusion in the construction sector. A research fellowship followed on the EPSRC Big Ideas project looking into sustained competitiveness of firms, a £1.5 million collaborative research project between Loughborough, Reading and Salford Universities. The third phase saw independent research, leadership and teaching culminating in Graeme becoming Associate Professor. During this phase Graeme held key roles including the Director of the PhD programme for 8 years. As Director of the PhD programme, Graeme oversaw a significant expansion in terms of numbers but also quality of provision and procedures for students. Graeme then became Research Group lead for 38 academics before finally taking on the role of Director of MSc programmes. Graeme developed his academic citizenship through 50 + research publications (returned to the last 3 REFs), research funding and international roles in the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), as coordinator for ‘Working Group 65 – Organization and Management in Construction’ (CIB), CIRIA (process and technology panel) and the CIOB.  In September 2021 Graeme moved to UCEM, becoming part of the team to fulfil their vision of becoming the ‘centre of excellence for the built environment’. Organisationally, Graeme’s focus is on the balance between relevance and rigour within teaching and research, developing strategic and operational capabilities for research at UCEM and programme creation around research degrees. Graeme’s research interests currently reside in wellbeing, SMEs, exoskeleton technologies, project management, innovation uptake, and multilevel sustainability.

Hazel Lobo FInst 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. A former distance learning student herself, Hazel is passionate about ensuring students are supported to reach their potential.

Amanda Milambo BSc MSc PGCAP FHEA Programme Leader Quantity Surveying and Academic Delivery Manager Level 6

Amanda joined UCEM in April 2012 as a tutor in quantity surveying and programme leader for the BSc Quantity Surveying. She is now an academic delivery manager. 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. In August 2020, she became UCEM’s second staff trustee.

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.

James Ritson BSc (Hons) Grad Dip Arch MA FRGS Programme Leader Building Surveying and Academic Delivery Manager Level 5

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.

Matthew Smith - BSC MRICS CERT ED MED FHEA Programme Leader Real Estate Management
Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is a chartered surveyor with 12 years of professional practice with commercial, residential development and healthcare property. He has experience of valuation, agency, development and investment appraisal as well as compulsory purchase and insolvency. He also has a keen interest in building technology and proptech.

Matthew moved into education in 1997 and has both a Certificate and Master’s in Education. He has won awards for his teaching and learning and in 2012 was shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award.

He is as passionate about real estate as he is about learning, and his commitment to supporting students in their studies is evident in his winning the Birmingham City University Extra Mile Award.

Matthew has been an Associate Tutor at UCEM since 2005 but became a full-time tutor in 2021. He also delivers module content at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.



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 actively involved in setting up the Gateway Partnership which is a successful consultancy and surveying practice. Karl continues to work in the built environment today as consultant.

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

Lesley Callander BSc MSc MRICS

Lesley has worked for many years for UCEM 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 Quantity Surveying from Abertay University and an MSc 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 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.

Natasha Collins BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS PCTHE FHEA

Natasha is a chartered surveyor who 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.

Michele Eze BSc

A certified project manager and qualified quantity surveyor with over 12 years’ experience having worked in both the construction industry and IT industry, Michelle’s academic training as a quantity surveyor and years of experience working as a project manager has prepared her to be an effective tutor and researcher.

Michelle’s objective as a tutor is to motivate her students to develop their own learning interest, supporting them in their online journey in the built environment.

David Fagan LLB MSc MBA PGCE

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 20 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 BSc (Hons) MBA MRICS

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 led 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 MSc CEng MICE FCIArb FHEA

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 BSc (Econ) PCGE RSA (Cert) TEFL FCIB

Janet Hontoir joined UCEM in 2005 as an associate tutor in economics and she became a full-time tutor in September 2016. She is the 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 a 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.

Amanda Lewis

Amanda qualified as an architect and worked in practice for 12 years, managing a range of retail and residential construction projects, in and around London.

In 1994 having gained a distinction for her masters’ in Real Estate, she became an academic in the School of Surveying and Planning at Kington University.  She taught at all levels and on all courses within the school, co-designed the BSc Building Surveying course and as Director of Postgraduate Studies oversaw the growth of provision from one to six, differing masters’ programmes.  During her 20 years in the school, she also ran a pedagogic centre promoting sustainability in the education of built environment professionals, as its director of teaching and learning.

Amanda started working for UCEM as an associate tutor in 2016, teaching on various courses and is currently a module tutor teaching planning and conservation (BSc) and analysis and adaptation (MSc) on the building surveying programmes.  This compliments her continuing work at Kingston, where she teaches research and urban regeneration within historic building conservation degrees.

Sukhi Lidher BSc (Hons) MBA PGCE FHEA

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 12 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.

Priti Lodhia BSc (Hons) MRICS PGCAP FHEA

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.

Lewis Morden PgDip

Lewis joined UCEM in January 2018 and has spent time both supporting and teaching apprentices before becoming the programme leader for the Surveying Technician Diploma in August 2020. Having started teaching in 2013, Lewis has taught and managed GCSE courses and taught vocational courses in both the south of England and North Wales. Lewis completed his PGDip in Education last year and is keen to develop his skills and knowledge of teaching pedagogy while in his new role. Lewis has a passion for new and emerging technologies and incorporating them within his teaching.

Dr Renuka Thakore PhD MSc BSc (Hons) PIEMA AFHEA

Renuka started working for UCEM in 2017 as an associate tutor, a year after completing her PhD with the University of Central Lancashire. In 2018, she started working for UCEM as a research assistant in education and sustainability. She spent 20 years working for family business, mainly in real estate development and management and successfully completed eight housing complexes.

Renuka is now an academic, combining her interests in research, teaching, and consultancy in education, environment management and sustainability in built environment. She is affiliated with a number of UK and international universities and research institutions to advocate the synergies between built environment and sustainable and resilient development, runs her own small environmental consultancy business, is a champion for training early career researchers in the Global South, and is a member of the advisory panel of the Waste Collection and H&S for Chartered Institution of Waste Management.

She is professional member of IEMA, research committee member at UCEM, and special interest group member of Climate Change at IEMA. She has produced more than 50 publications in various format.

Mike Whitson BSc MSc DipArb DipPropInv FRICS FCIArb

Michael is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in private practice, and for some 20 years has run his own consultancy based in central London. Clients range from landlords and tenants to developers and investors.

As a former CEM (now UCEM) student, he understands the problems of self-motivation for distance learners.  In fact, Michael successfully completed three courses, a Postgraduate Diploma in Property Investment, a Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and finally an MSc in Real Estate. Michael well remembers his first course, when the university was still a traditional correspondence institution.

Michael became an associate tutor in 2016, and from 2018 has been a tutor.  He is an assessor and chair for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and a member of the Investment Property Forum. In addition, he is a past chair of the Property People’s Network which has now been taken over by the university.

Currently, Michael is studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education at Oxford Brookes.


Jan started working for UCEM in 1998 as an associate tutor, a year after completing her MBA with the college. She spent 20 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.


Amanda Clack - Chair

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 and Chair of the Strategy Board. She is a Past President for the RICS becoming the longest serving in the institution’s history.  Amanda established and chairs the RICS Infrastructure and Construction Market Forum.  Amanda is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Countryside Partnerships. 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, and also an Honorary Doctor of Professional Practice from The University of Wolverhampton

Amanda was appointed to the UCEM Board of Trustees in December 2018 for an initial three-year term and is now Chair.

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 responsibility 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. He is also Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations & Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Jat Brainch - Independent Trustee

Jat is a finance and commercial professional with a proven track record of delivering sustainable growth. She is currently chief commercial and product officer at Inmarsat and 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 Finance Committee, having been appointed Chair of Finance Committee and Chair of Remuneration Committee in November 2018.

Professor Nick Braisby - Independent Trustee

Nick Braisby is an experienced senior university leader with a proven track record of successful delivery of strategic and organisational change combined with sector leading educational outcomes. Nick has been Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University since December 2018. He joined Bucks as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in September 2017 from the University of West London where he had held the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor since 2013. Nick  is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has held posts at London South Bank University, the University of Winchester, the Open University and London Guildhall University. Nick studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge and then read for a PhD in cognitive science at the University of Edinburgh. He obtained a British Academy postdoctoral research fellowship held at the London School of Economics. Nick was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2020 and also sits on the Finance Committee.

Christopher Costigan - Independent Trustee

Christopher has over 15 years’ experience in higher education and is currently University Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Ravensbourne University London. In this role Christopher leads on matters of governance,  quality assurance and legal compliance. Prior to joining Ravensbourne, Christopher worked at BPP University where he started as a law lecturer and ended as Dean of Academic Quality, where he also held responsibility for quality assurance and governance. Outside of work, Christopher sits on the Board of the University College of Osteopathy and is a co-opted member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Audit and Risk Committee. In addition to his NED work, Christopher is also an External Observer for the Council of the Inns of Court and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group (Governance) at AdvanceHE.  Christopher read law at University and was called to the Bar of the 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) and the Association of University Administrators (FAUA). He was Deputy Chair of the University of Salford’s Students’ Union from 2017-2018 and 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. He is also the board lead for safeguarding.

Helen Edwards - Staff Trustee

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 documentation, validation and accreditation events and UCEM’s quality enhancement programme. She is now Director of Academic Quality. Helen became a staff representative on the Board of Trustees in December 2016. Helen has a BA (Hons) Geography and MA Space, Place and Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth; Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership and is an accredited member of the Association of University Administrators.

Harps Kaur - Staff Trustee

Harps has a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham, a Postgraduate Diploma in Antenatal Education and is an accredited member of the Association of University Administrators. She has worked in various education settings in both the UK and USA. Harps chaired the Maternity Services Liaison Committee at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Harps is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. Having joined UCEM in July 2021, her current role is Student Lifecycle Officer, which focuses on continuous improvement of the Student Experience. Harps was appointed as UCEM Staff Trustee in July 2022 and is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Alastair Martin - Independent Trustee

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. He sits on the Finance and Audit Committees and is Chairman of the Property Working Group.

Laura Bell McMillan – Board Apprentice

Laura Bell is a chartered surveyor who graduated with an MSc in Real Estate from UCEM in 2018, winning the Chase & Partners Prize for Best Overall Performance and being nominated for the Academic Excellence Award at the UCEM Property Awards 2019. She currently works for Legat Owen in Chester as a commercial surveyor, primarily acting for Tesco in their acquisition of new Tesco Express stores in the north-west of England and North Wales, while also undertaking a range of professional work for a variety of other clients. She also works part time for a family property investment business where she sits on the Board as a Director. Laura Bell was appointed onto the new UCEM Board Apprentice Scheme in November 2021, having always been interested in the higher education sector and passionate about supporting others to find their way into and achieve their goals within the property industry, whatever their background.

Professor Kenneth Miller - Independent Trustee

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 Committee between 2006-2010 and, given his employment law background, was formerly Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee. Kenny is Chair of the UCEM Academic Review Committee.

Joe Orrell - Student Trustee

Joe is UCEM’s Lead Student Representative and a UCEM Student Trustee since July 2022. He is also an Apprentice Building Surveyor at Workman LLP. Workman LLP specialises in commercial property and provides both property management and building surveying services. Joe recently started the APC Pathway and is aiming to become a Chartered Surveyor in Summer 2024. Joe is a member of the Academic Review Committee.




Dominic O'Rourke - Independent Trustee

Dominic is the Group Property Director of Next Plc. Previously he was a Director of Land Securities Plc. He is a member of the RICS and has held Trustee positions in the Charitable and Education sectors. Dominic was appointed as a UCEM Trustee in November 2021 and is a member of the UCEM Finance Committee and Property Working Group.




Rebekah Powley - Board Apprentice

Becky is currently the Senior Estates Manager at Entain where she undertakes the general surveying matters affecting the company’s global office estate. She studied with UCEM from 2016-2018, graduating with a MSc in Real Estate, and is also a member of the RICS. Becky has had a varied experience working in house for large corporate occupiers since starting her surveying career in 2014, working for Lidl, Boots and Capita prior to joining Entain in April 2021. Becky also holds a BSc in Architectural Studies from Cardiff University.

Becky was appointed as one of the first two UCEM Board Apprentice in November 2021 for a one year term.

Gareth Ralphs - Independent Trustee

Gareth is a member of the Senior Management Team at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce where he is Head of Policy and Inward Investment. Through a contract with the Department for International Trade (DIT), Gareth also has a role as Partnership Manager acting as the in-region representative for DIT supporting foreign direct investment. He is a development planning, project management, policy and inward investment specialist who holds dual qualifications to the RICS (P&D) and RTPI. Gareth is a member of the RTPI International Committee and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Planning Expert Panel.

Previously, experience has included working on a wide range of international projects.  He was resident in-country as Director of Planning & technical lead, overseeing all planning content into the programme management of a comprehensive $50bn+; 180,000 major housing units & 383 infrastructure project in North Africa;  economic feasibility studies for Enterprise Zone schemes in Egypt and Kazakhstan; preparation of a Provincial Structure Plan in Iraq, as well a securing an additional three commissions. Earlier work includes a range a projects for the world aid agencies funded projects.

Gareth holds qualifications from Oxford Brookes, University of Wales, College Cardiff and completed his DipSurv at the University of Reading/RICS.  He also holds a Certificate in Green Buildings from the University of Tennessee, USA and has previously acted as an qualified NVQ Assessor, supporting RICS candidates seeking membership to the RTPI.

Gareth is one our newest recruits having been appointed to the UCEM Board of Trustees in July 2022 for an initial three-year term.

Misa von Tunzelman - Independent Trustee

Misa von Tunzelman is Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing for LendLease in Europe. She has over 25 years Marketing experience and has worked in the Property sector since 2004.

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 Freehold CIC, a Property Industry network for LGBT+ professionals 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 has also chairs the judging committee for the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors’ charity fundraising annual Property Marketing Awards.

Misa is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds a degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex and PostGraduate Diploma in Marketing. Prior to joining Lendlease, she worked in Marketing and Communications roles at BNP Paribas Real Estate, 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.  She is also the Lead UCEM Trustee for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Chris Turley - Independent Trustee

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.


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 the following 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

2013 Mr Jim Carter FRICS IRRV

2019 Mr Graham Chase FRICS FCIArb C.Arb FRSA

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


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

2019 Ms Helen Gordon BSc MRICS

1978 Mr David Green FRICS FCIArb FEWI

2011 Mr Michael Green



2020 Mr Graham Hough MSc MCIOB CertEd

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

1988 Mr Roger Lucas FRICS MRTPI

2011 Mr Roger Madelin CBE

1988 Mr Julian Markham CBE FRICS FRSA

2019 Mr Adam Marks LLB(Hons)

2020 Peter McCrea FRICS FCIArb

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 Mike Slade FRICS

2017 Mr D Nigel A Smith FRICS FHKIS MBA

2021 Dr. Professor Sr. SO Chun-hin Albert

2005 Mr Tim Stapleton BSc MPhil FRICS

1987 Mr Nick Strathon MA FRICS

2013 Dr Thomas Tang

1991 Mr Dennis Tucker MA

1996 Mr Dennis Vine FRICS

1982 Mr Roger Warren Evans BA FCIOB Barrister


1990 Mr Philip Watkins 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 the following associate fellows:

Jessica Austen BSc (Hons) MRICS

Claire Brown MSc BEng (Hons) MRICS

Joe Siu Kai Chan PgDipSurv, BBA (Hons), MRICS, RICS Registered Valuer, BEAM Affiliate, Estate Agent’s Licence (Individual)

Laura Collins BSc (Hons) MRICS

Elias Crang MSc

Nicola Dixon-Brown MSc.(Oxon) MRICS

Judi Greenwood PG Dip CHE (Conservation of the Historic Environment)

Jane Henshaw BSc (Hons) MBA

Jack Ung Sio Hong MscSurv, MCIH

Nathan Jarman BA(Hons) PGDipSurv

Professor Ling Kar-kan – SBS, FHKIP, RPP, MHKIUD, PRC Registered Urban Planner Qualification

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)

Stanley Kong Wing-Kin BSc (Hons), PD OSH, ASc FM, ICIOB, RSO,

Laura Wilson BSc (Hons)

Lucy Winzer BSc (Hons) MRICS