The BUFDG Office can be contacted at:
Phone: 08452 415449
The FM Building
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.
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 – Web and Information 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 sport to philosophy and gardening. He handles the website, user database, the news, weekly digest, and a whole host of other things. If you'd like to get in touch with him then drop him an email.
Dan Wake – Executive 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. Daniel works with Matt on the website management and also with Karel on the delivery of the BUFDG Procurement Academy and general procurement issues. He is hoping to gain experience in finance, communications and networking with a view to finding a career in this field. Click to email him.