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West Midlands Universities Development Plans 2014

Thursday, 27th March 2014 @ 1530hrs - 1900hrs

Council House, Birmingham, Victoria Square, B1 1BB

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THREE West Midlands University Estates Directors presenting their development plans for the next couple of years, all on the stage together!


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Event Format

  • 1400 – 1500; Sponsors Lunch (Invite ONLY)
  • 1530 – 1645; Networking with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1645 – 1815; Speaker Presentations
  • 1815 – 1900; Networking with Hot Food, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1900 – Late; After Event Drinks


Ian Barker; Director of Estates, University of BirminghamIan Barker

Ian is Director of Estates at the University of Birmingham, a role he took up in 2004. He is also Operations Director for an energy supply company, a member of the Birmingham Health Partners executive team, and has served as a director on the boards of Birmingham Research Park Ltd and Alta Innovations Ltd – two companies that are based at the University of Birmingham and operate to deliver knowledge-transfer and the commercialisation of intellectual property.

The University of Birmingham delivers world-leading research and education in a wide range of disciplines. Enhancing the quality of that work – and realising the academic, social and economic benefits that flow from it – requires substantial capital investment. Over the course of the last decade, the Estates team at Birmingham has successfully delivered approximately £500m of capital development and are now engaged in a new £300m programme that will revitalise the Edgbaston Campus.

From 1997 to 2004 Ian was Director of Estates at the University of Warwick, prior to which he worked in private practice building consultancy and project management. He qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 1990 and has wide experience of Higher Education, property development and the PFI.

Rob Thompson; Director of Estates, Coventry University Rob Thompson_0249

Rob Thompson started his career as a graduate Quantity Surveyor in 1988 with Birmingham City Council. He progressed through the ranks to become a Senior and then Principal Quantity Surveyor with his role expanding to encompass project management and organisational development responsibilities. Whilst at Birmingham Rob achieved chartered status in 1991 and completed a masters degree and MBA before leaving in 2000 to take up the role of Assistant Director of Estates (Contracts) at Coventry University.

Rob has been Director of Estates Development and Facilities Management at Coventry since 2008, responsible for leading the team that delivered high profile projects such as the Student Hub and the Engineering & Computing buildings as part of the £200m redevelopment of the campus that is currently underway. During that time he has also overseen considerable restructuring and development of facilities management at the University. Rob is proud of the contribution that his team have made to Coventry’s progress over recent years leading to it being named the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014, Modern University of the year.

Bob Wilson; Director of Estates, University of WarwickBob Wilson

Bob Wilson is a Chartered Architect by profession and has been involved with the design of Higher Education buildings for around twenty-five years. Bob studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and completed an MBA at Glasgow Business School. Before Warwick, he was Director of Estates at the University of Glasgow.

Bob has worked and studied in France, the US and Canada and has worked extensively for, amongst others, the Higher Education Funding Councils in Scotland and England, the Medical Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust. He was a member of the Scottish Funding Council Property Advisory Group responsible for assessing the development plans for both further and higher education institutions in Scotland and was appointed by the First Minister as an auditor on the Spencely Review of the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood.

The Estates Office is responsible for the effective management of the University’s land, buildings and holdings. This includes (amongst other things) management of the University’s capital building programme, planned major maintenance items, minor and other works projects, cleaning services and maintenance of grounds and gardens.

West Midlands Universities Development Plans 2014 | Details



Thursday, 27th March 2014
1530hrs - 1900hrs


Council House, Birmingham
Victoria Square, B1 1BB


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