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Trevor Humphreys

New Director of Estates joins the University

Trevor Humphreys has started at the University in the Estates and Facilities Management Division.

Trevor is a Chartered Building Surveyor who was employed for fourteen years at the University of Manchester in the Estates Directorate in various roles, the last being as Deputy Director. Prior to his time at Manchester, Trevor served his “professional” time as a Project Surveyor at the University of Liverpool, overseeing the successful completion of many large refurbishment and new build projects including the extensive re-development of the former Liverpool Royal Infirmary site for the University of Liverpool.

As Deputy Director of Estates at Manchester, his role incorporated the leadership, management and implementation of long-term planning and direction of all major service areas of the Directorate, with a workforce of over 800 and annual budget of £60m. Trevor was instrumental in a major restructure of the Directorate of Estates following the merger of the two former institutions (UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester) in 2004. The restructure achieved a £1.5m reduction in pay budget with no deterioration to service. He also sat on several University committees including University Health and Safety Committee and Risk and Emergency Planning Group.

Since 2008, his primary role has been the oversight of the delivery of the University's capital programme, ensuring that the £600m programme from 2004 - 2008 following the merger of the two former institutions in 2004 was brought in on time and budget. Since 2009, he has overseen the delivery of the next phase of capital projects.

Trevor was appointed Head of Environmental Sustainability for the University of Manchester in 2010, a University wide leadership role aimed at embedding environmental sustainability across the institution. In this role, he worked closely with a senior academic colleague to work across both the professional support services areas and the academic community. This has been very successful and personally very rewarding for Trevor in seeing the environmental sustainability agenda given greater prominence in strategic planning and in operational decision making.

Trevor’s earlier project management experience is extensively biased towards the refurbishment of redundant listed buildings, a position which he enjoyed tremendously, seeing new life breathed into buildings. At Manchester, prominence was given to ensuring that the University recognises the value and quality of the built estate and therefore ensures that the cost of servicing and maintaining this estate is funded. He is a strong advocate of a sustainable long term maintenance budget that reflects the size and ambition of the institution and the condition of the building stock.

Trevor has lived all his life in Liverpool with his wife Julia and two children Abigail and Nicolas. Julia has also recently secured a job at the University of Leicester in the College of Science and Engineering as Research Centre Manager. As a family, they spend many weekends up in north Wales walking and cycling. Trevor is also a keen golfer although finding the time to play is difficult.

Trevor has enjoyed immensely his time at the University of Manchester but felt the desire to step up to the role of Director. "When the post of Director of Estates was advertised at the University of Leicester, I must admit I did not know much about the institution but on researching it further, it became very apparent that it fitted the bill for my aspirations and ambition. I was very impressed with the synergy of teaching and research and clearly, the smaller scale of the University would enable me to successfully make the transition from Deputy to Director. The campus itself is very different to Manchester but it faces many similar challenges that I have been dealing with over several years. The decision to apply was therefore an easy one for me to make."

Trevor has made several visits to the Leicester campus and has been very impressed by how well the campus looked, recognising that inevitably budgets are always tight and spending on the physical estate requires prioritisation. "The first thing that struck me was the absence of major arterial roads through the campus as at Manchester! The campus felt much more peaceful. I have also been struck by a number of very interesting buildings on campus that undoubtedly present some real challenges in terms of functionality and cost to maintain."

Trevor's approach is relaxed but business like, believing that it is possible to get the best out of people by building trust and honesty. "I am tremendously excited about the opportunity at Leicester and very much looking forward to the challenges this will bring. The University, like the sector, faces great uncertainty over the coming months and years and for me, it is the opportunity to make a very positive contribution to both the strategic direction of the University and to the continued improvement of the estate and how this positively influences the quality of teaching and learning, research, and of course the student experience."

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