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Sussex appoints new Estates Director

The University of Sussex has appointed a new Director of Estates to oversee a major £500-million redevelopment

Posted by Alice Savage | May 25, 2017 | People

The role is currently filled by Charles Dudley, who has been with the University for over 40 years and is due to retire in September this year. Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Charles Dudley for his outstanding contribution to the life of the University and for successfully seeing Sussex reach this crucial point and handing the baton over to Simon Neale.’

Simon Neale will join Sussex in mid-July from the National University of Singapore where he is Associate Vice President of Campus Infrastructure. Mr Neale is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and holds an MBA from Henley Business School, a Postgraduate Diploma in Building Conservation from the RICS and a BSc in Building Surveying from the University of Reading. He has also previously held leadership roles in various large organisations including the University of Essex, Queen Mary University of London, Westminster City Council, The British Museum and The National Trust.  

I’m thrilled to be joining Sussex as it enjoys one of the most successful periods in its history, while still remaining true to many of the wonderful values on which it was founded in the 1960s

Simon will now be responsible for overseeing the University’s relationship with Sussex Estates and Facilities, the University’s facilities management partners. He will lead the implementation of the University’s Campus Masterplan, which was approved in 2016 and will guide the investment of around £500-million to upgrade and transform the University’s site at Falmer. 

 The University’s Masterplan provides a framework for the future development of campus and includes:

●      New state-of-the-art academic and research facilities
●      2,117 new student rooms on campus and facilities to support this expansion
●      Respectful conservation of architect Sir Basil Spence’s famous listed buildings and surrounding landscape
●      The creation of an estimated 2,400 new jobs in the local community.

 Mr Neale said “I’m thrilled to be joining Sussex as it enjoys one of the most successful periods in its history, while still remaining true to many of the wonderful values on which it was founded in the 1960s, including the conservation of its unique architecture and landscape’.

Adam Tickell commends Simon for his “exemplary track record of leading complex and diverse teams of skilled individuals and of expertly co-ordinating large-scale infrastructure and capital development programmes” and said that he believes Simon will be “an excellent addition to our leadership team as we embark on this very exciting phase for our beautiful campus”.

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