Ashley Wheaton BA (Hons) HonRICS

Vice Chancellor

Ashley joined UCEM as Principal in 2013 and has led the institution through some significant milestones during his ten-year tenure, including securing full independence and indefinite taught degree awarding powers. He became the institution’s first Vice Chancellor in December 2023. He is passionate about the transformative power of education and is proud to lead the University College of Estate Management – the University for the Built Environment – as it strives to become the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education and the world’s most sustainable university.

UCEM is the leading provider of supported, flexible and accessible online education and is the largest provider of built environment apprenticeships in the country, with some 2,000 apprentices currently studying with us. Ashley is particularly passionate about sustainability and has put this at the heart of UCEM’s core purpose and aims, setting out ambitious aspirations to embed its principles across the whole institution.

Ashley spent six years as a Non-Executive Director of BRE Group, and four years as a Trustee at Jisc, where he was also Deputy Chair. He is currently a Member of the GuildHE Executive and was appointed Chair of Young Citizens in 2023. He was awarded Honorary RICS membership in 2023.

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

The Executive

Jane Fawkes BA (Hons) PGDip - Deputy Vice Chancellor and University Secretary

Jane has over 25 years’ experience working in Senior roles within Higher Education, including leading the development of Professional Services Teams, and Academic Quality. In her current role as Deputy Vice Chancellor Jane is responsible for governance and has oversight of the institution’s strategy and planning, performance monitoring and regulatory compliance with the Office for Students. As part of this driving sustainability is a core part of the development of UCEM’s strategy, planning and governance.

Jane is the University 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 Vice Chancellor when required.

Stephen Bartle BA (Hons) MBA - Pro Vice Chancellor (Business Development and Apprenticeships)

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 GMBPsS - Pro Vice Chancellor (Student and Registry 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, Learning Technology and IT. She is now Pro Vice Chancellor (Student & Registry Services) and leads the professional services of Academic Registry, Academic Quality & Governance and Student Services.

Lynne has over 20 years’ experience of working in online 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.

Dr Wendy Finlay BSc (Hons) PGCert PhD - Pro Vice Chancellor (Education)

Wendy provides leadership for the Education team at UCEM, which includes managing the senior leaders responsible for UCEM’s School of the Built Environment, its academic community, research, sustainability education and the underpinning professional functions within digital education, media and library services, academic resourcing, academic planning and development.

Wendy has worked at UCEM since 2016 and will celebrate her 20th year of working in higher education leadership and management in 2024.  Wendy has worked in a range of higher education providers, therefore brings experience of higher education in universities, FE college settings and small and specialist providers to the table.  Wendy is passionate about vocational education and is deeply committed to advancing educational opportunities for students through her contributions.  At UCEM, Wendy ensures a strong focus on providing an inclusive, professional and enriching educational experience, which enables students to succeed in their careers and prepares them to drive forward a more sustainable built environment.

Wendy has also held a number of Trustee/Governor roles in the charity sector and the NHS.  She is currently Independent Director/Trustee of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA); an appointment she has held since 2017.  As Independent Director at the OIA, Wendy is afforded the opportunity to blend her professional and personal values of honesty, fairness, integrity and quality to shape educational practices that uphold the highest standards of fairness and accountability within higher education.

Lynn Hill - Chief Operating Officer

Lynn joined UCEM in 2024 as the interim Chief Operating Officer, reporting to the Vice Chancellor.

Lynn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and has extensive business leadership experience in the pharmaceuticals sector and also the educational and charity sectors.

Prior to joining UCEM, Lynn spent over 6 years as Chief Operating Officer at Merchant Taylors’ Schools based in Liverpool. Before that Lynn was employed at Liverpool John Moores University for over 6 years, in her last 3 years there she held the role of Head of Strategic Business Initiatives and prior to that she was the Deputy Director of Liverpool Business School for 3 years.

The first 14 years of Lynn’s career were spent within the pharmaceutical sector where she worked in a range of finance and commercial roles at AstraZeneca, GSK and latterly for a privately owned pharmaceutical called Cambridge Laboratories where she was shareholder.

Lynn holds an MSc Business Economics from the University of Strathclyde and an MA (Hons) Economics and Politics from the University of Glasgow.

Aled Williams – Executive Director Innovation and Partnerships

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 – Digital and 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.



Amanda Clack - Chair

Amanda is Partner at HKA where she is the CEO for the EMEA Region and is a member of the global ExCom. With over 35 years in the Built Environment sector, she is a senior business leader and is listed in Who’s Who as a senior property professional in real estate, infrastructure and construction.

Amanda is Chair of the UCEM Board of Trustees and is Chair of RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Forum. She is also a Senior Special Advisor to the Construction Leadership Council, and is a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel. In 2016, she was the Global President of RICS, becoming the longest serving President in 123 years.

Previously Amanda was an Executive Director at CBRE where she was on the Board and Chaired the Strategy Board. She was a Partner at EY LLP (Head of Infrastructure Advisory) and was a Partner at PwC LLP. She was also a Non-Executive Director of Countryside Partnerships LLP.

Amanda is a Fellow of RICS, ICE, APM, CMI, Institute of Consulting and the RSA. She is a Certified Management Consultant and Companion of the Institute of Management.

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 Liveryman 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, becoming Chair of the Board in December 2020.

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. He was the Chair of the Audit Committee from its inception in 2017 until summer 2023. He is a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and the remuneration Committee and is a member of and Chair Designate of the Academic Review Committee.

Chrystal Augustine – Board Apprentice

Chrystal has been in the real estate sector for over a decade and is currently the Estate Surveyor at David Lloyd Leisure looking after an international property portfolio in the UK and 8 other European countries. She previously worked on the Government Properties Agency contract at BNP Paribas managing flagship central London government offices. Chrystal studied at UCEM and in 2021 and 2022 was awarded a CertHE in Surveying Practice and a DipHE in Estate Management respectively. She has been committed to innovating the industry particularly from a Diversity, Equality & Inclusivity standpoint, and continues to help shape a dynamic landscape for a brighter, more inclusive future for Real Estate by taking part in various ethnic minority focused activities, most recently mentoring individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds starting their careers in Real Estate.

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 almost 20 years’ experience in higher education and is currently University Secretary and Director of Strategic Delivery at Ravensbourne University London. In this role Christopher leads a multi disciplinary team covering all matters of governance,  quality assurance and legal compliance; as well as leading the organisation’s project management office and data and insight teams. 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, where he is Chair of the Nominations 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). 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 chairs the Audit Committee, as well as sitting on the Nominations & Governance Committees and being the Board lead for safeguarding.

Adam Denton – Student Trustee

Adam is an apprentice at Colliers and is completing the Chartered Surveyor Programme with UCEM. Colliers is a real estate services and investment management company. Adam, as UCEM Student Trustee, is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Lucy Gaitskell – Board Apprentice

Lucy is currently a Director of several small property businesses ranging from holiday lets to commercial grade II listed buildings in Wiltshire. She studied at UCEM from 2018-2020, graduating with an MSc in Construction and Rea Estate and was nominated for a UCEM Alumni Award in 2021 for her career to date. In 2023 she was awarded an Associate Fellowship of the university. Lucy started her property career in 2016 with limited knowledge and now runs four of her own businesses and is keen to encourage others into the sector who might never have been in property before. Lucy was appointed as a UCEM Board Apprentice in November 2023.

Jon Hubert – Staff Trustee

Jon Hubert is a lifelong learner, via industry and academia, over four decades on two continents.

Jon left school with 2 ‘A’ Levels and worked in the private sector for 26 years, providing technical training and support services in the IT sector. He embarked on a career change in 2008, enrolling at the University of West London (UWL) to read for a degree in Architectural Technology. Graduating with a First, UWL invited Jon to learn and teach as a contract lecturer in the built environment; that induction led to a role at UCEM, beginning 2015.

Jon has held various teaching positions at UCEM, from Programme Leader for Building Surveying and now Building Control, to managing the delivery of student project modules at both UG and PG. Alongside these duties, Jon continues his pursuit of knowledge by means of a PhD programme at the University of Portsmouth on the evaluation of building performance.

Jon was appointed as UCEM Staff Trustee in January 2023 and also sits on the Academic Review Committee.

Peter McCrea – Independent Trustee

Peter is a Chartered Surveyor and a salaried full time Surveyor Member of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).  He has over 20 years’ experience in regulation, standards, and governance.  He was a Trustee of LionHeart, the surveyors’ benevolent charity, for seven years, and Chair of the Board for six years until summer 2024. Among other roles, he has served on RICS Governing Council, RICS Conduct and Appeals Committee, ICAEW Disciplinary Committee, Local Authority Standards Committees, and as a school governor for 15 years.   His connection with UCEM began 20 years ago with a Diploma in Arbitration, and he was made an Honorary Fellow in 2020 before being appointed as a Trustee in 2024.

Nick Hughes – Independent Trustee

Nick is a Brand and Marcoms specialist who spent the early part of his career at creative agencies, including co-founding and running Siren, a creative agency, for 11 years. Moving client-side, Nick was Global Head of Marketing and Communications at Knight Frank before moving to SEGRO where he was Director of Marketing and Communications for 10 years. He now consults as a Fractional CMO. He has an MBA from Bayes Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Patron of Real Estate Balance.

Professor Michelle Jones – Independent Trustee

Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in higher education and is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Plymouth Marjon University. In this role Michelle leads on academic strategy including teaching and learning and research and knowledge exchange.  Michelle has held posts at Solent University, York St John University, Edge Hill and the University of Liverpool. Michelle remains research active with an interest in young people’s well-being; she studied human movement science at the University of Liverpool and then completed a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University. Michelle engages in a range of networks and has successfully bid for grant funding. Michelle was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2022. She sits on the Audit Committee and will become Lead Trustee for EDI in 2024.

Ros Kerslake CBE – Independent Trustee

Ros is currently a member of the Community and Voluntary Services Honours Advisory Committee, on the Group Board of Sanctuary Housing Group and a Trustee of Re-Form Heritage (a heritage regeneration charity). She is Chair of the Architectural Heritage Fund and Leeds Castle Foundation. Her previous non-executive roles include Senior Independent Director at U+I PLC, NED at Quintain Estates and Development PLC, Black Country Housing Association, and Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation. Ros held a number of senior roles in property, regeneration and heritage during her executive career, including Director of Property at Network Rail, CEO of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and Regenco and most recently of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Ros is a qualified solicitor and holds an MBA. Ros was awarded an OBE in the 2016 and a CBE in 2020 for services to heritage, holds honorary degrees from Staffordshire and Keele Universities and was the 2016 UCEM Property Award winner. Ros sits on the Finance Committee and Property Working Group.

Ben McManus - Student Trustee

Ben is a Consultant at WSP where he provides Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveying services to a number of development clients across the North East of England. Day to day, Ben is a regular in the affordable housing space, acting as the key lead on several multi-million pound developments, passionate about ensuring mutually beneficial partnerships, whilst driving the much needed social change developments can bring about. Ben is also a great champion for making the most of lessons learnt, striving to demonstrate continuous improvement from project to project. With over 5 years in the field, Ben first began his career as an apprentice at WSP, and during his tenure has studied with UCEM towards various qualifications. Currently Ben holds ARICS chartership and is in his final year of a BSc (Hons) Degree in Quantity Surveying, with the view to achieve full MRICS chartership shortly after. As part of being a UCEM Student Trustee, Ben also sits on 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.




Gareth Ralphs - Independent Trustee

Gareth is a Head of Policy and Inward Investment at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) and a member of the senior management team.   Gareth also holds the role of Partnership Manager with the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and in this capacity acts as the in-region representative for DBT 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 also a member of the 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 feasbility studies for Enterprise Zone schemes in Egypt and Kazakhstan; preparation of a Provincial Structure Plan in Iraq, as well as 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 a qualified NVQ Assessor, supporting RICS candidates seeking membership to the RTPI.

Gareth was appointed to the UCEM Board of Trustees in July 2022 for an initial three-year term and serves on the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Graeme Scott - Independent Trustee

Graeme is a Chartered Accountant and has a portfolio of part time CFO, non-executive and board advisory roles. From 2010 to 2021, he was a full time CFO for four private equity backed companies including The Property Software Group, which Zoopla acquired in 2016 for £75m. Prior to that, he worked in senior finance roles with companies ranging from a start-up to FTSE 100 companies including 3i and Thomson Reuters.

Graeme qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and has a BSc (Hons) in Maths and Business Studies from the University of Warwick. He has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. He lives in London with his wife, two daughters and black labrador.

Graeme was appointed as an Independent Trustee of UCEM in March 2023 and chairs the Finance Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Charlotte Thackeray – Staff Trustee

Charlotte is UCEM’s Outreach and Inclusion Lead and is responsible for managing, delivering and evaluating all activities within UCEM’s Widening Participation Strategy. Charlotte started her career working as a political aid for members of the Houses of Commons and Lords before switching to Higher Education. Since her first role at Bournemouth University, she has also worked at Brunel University, Royal Holloway University of London, the Activite Learning FE college group  and the University of Oxford in a range of roles including peer learning, research, student transition and outreach. She joined UCEM in May 2022.

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 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.

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