Contact Us

The BUFDG Office can be contacted at:

Phone: 08452 415449




The FM Building

Ashby Road



LE11 3TU


Meet the Team

The BUFDG Team is based in Loughborough.

Karel Thomas – Executive Director 

Karel has worked in higher education since 1993, when she made a career change from banking and financial systems. She has been Executive Director of BUFDG since 2003, and knows a lot of people and, some say, useful information! So if you want to get involved, have an idea, or are a new Director of Finance, then be sure to get in touch.

Dominic Fryer - Operations Manager

Dominic's job covers a multitude of tasks. A Modern Languages graduate of the University of Southampton, Dominic joins us with valuable experience gained in the not-for-profit sector where he ran operations and IT projects. One of Dominic’s tasks will be to analyse the website and usage with a view to improving the site. Click here to send him an email.

Gill Birch – Event Coordinator

If an event is happening, then Gill is probably organising it. If you need any information about schedules or venues, or have any ideas about suitable training, then let her know.

Jessica Kennedy- Project Manager

Jessica has an eclectic background – she’s an Oxford graduate, a Chartered Accountant, a PwC alumnus, and a part-time acupuncturist – and she runs an eclectic range of projects for BUFDG.  She’s good at getting stuff done.  She helps to organise BUFDG’s Deputy Finance Director regional meetings and the Treasury Management Network and she’s also working on building up BUFDG’s range of Training & Development offerings.  Do get in touch if you have any bright ideas about how BUFDG can help take you and your team to the next level.

Matt Sisson – Membership and Communications Manager

Matt has worked at BUFDG since 2007. He has a degree in Politics from Loughborough University but has a broad range of interests in areas from technology and cycling to philosophy and gardening. He works on the website, the weekly digest, member meetings, the user database, and a whole host of other things. If you'd like to get in touch with him then drop him an email.

Dan Wake – Research Officer

Dan is a Loughborough graduate with a degree in Politics with Management and an MA with distinction in Media and Cultural Analysis. He completed 6 months of his undergraduate studies at Lund University in Sweden. Click to email him.