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The BUFDG Team is based in Loughborough.

Karel Thomas – Executive Director

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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.

Karel writes a weekly blog, which along with the Weekly Digest, is a must read.

 

Matt Sisson – Head of Membership

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Matt has worked at BUFDG since 2007. He has a degree in Politics from Loughborough University. He works on organisational strategy and communications, member engagement, counter-fraud, the Weekly Digest, and sector surveys, among other things. If you'd like to get in touch with him then drop him an email.

 

Amanda Darley - Tax Specialist

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Amanda Darley joined BUFDG as Tax Specialist in July 2014. She was previously VAT manager at the University of Oxford, and she has also worked for HMRC, the tax tribunal service, and a number of big accountancy firms. If you have queries about anything Tax related, email Amanda.

 

Emma Keenan - Procurement Specialist

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Emma is the team's procurement specialist, and supports the work of HEPA - the university procurement professionals' network. Emma joined the team from the University of Cambridge, and has over 10 years’ experience of working as a procurement professional both in the public and private sector. For any procurement or HEPA-related questions, get in touch.

  

Rachel McLone - Learning and Development Manager

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Rachel is our Learning and Development evangelist. She has a wealth of experience in communications, marketing and joined BUFDG from a well known supermarket chain where she led the learning and development for their clothing business. Rachel is always keen to talk to members about their L&D needs, so if you have any questions or ideas, please get in touch.

 

Mike Edwards - Employment Taxes Specialist

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Mike joined BUFDG last year on a temporary contract to assist Amanda with employment taxes related issues. He has had a long career in tax, including spells with HMRC and KPMG but, prior to joining us, he had spent 27 years with PwC, latterly with a focus on employment taxes in the public sector. Please do not hesitate to contact Mike by email (mike@bufdg.ac.uk), or call him on 07591 206723 should you have any employment taxes queries.

PHES

BUFDG is a special interest organisation of Professional HE Services Ltd. PHES is an umbrella company for membership organisations in higher education including AUDEHESPA and UHR. Being part of PHES means that we can call on the skills and expertise of the following members of the central services team: 

Dominic Fryer - Operations Director

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Dominic's job covers a multitude of tasks, working for AUDE, HESPA, UHR as well as BUFDG. A Modern Languages graduate of the University of Southampton, Dominic keeps us all on the straight and narrow and makes sure that BUFDG is giving the best value to our members. He also looks after our digital work. Click here to send him an email.

 

Gill Birch – Events Manager

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Gill has worked in the admin side of the HE sector for over 20 years, firstly at the University of Wolverhampton and then as PA to the Director of Finance at the University of Wales, Lampeter (now part of UWTSD). She has been working for BUFDG since 2001 helping to arrange training and events across the sector. On leaving school Gill trained and qualified as a Registered General Nurse.  She also holds a Certificate in Accounting from The Open University. If you need any information about schedules or venues, or have any suggestions for suitable training, then please let her know.

 

Karen Newcombe - Financial Operations Manager

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Karen joined the PHES team towards the end of 2017 and is doing a great job of keeping our finances in order. Karen worked in the finance team at Loughborough University for 13 years, so has a great understanding of how the sector works. She manages the finances for BUFDG alongside the other associations in PHES and as well as processing the day to day transactions, she also works with the respective treasurers to plan for the future. If you need to contact Karen, please drop her an email.

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