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The UHR office is in Loughborough, but some of the staff are based all over the country.

Helen Scott – Executive Director

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Helen has worked in higher education since 1991, and moving from Oxford to be HR Director at Sussex. She has been working for UHR since 2004, and works with the Executive Committee to lead the organisation. So if you want to get involved, have an idea, or are a new HR Director, then be sure to get in touch.

 

Martin Higgs - Communications Officer 

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Martin joined UHR in 2018 and works as communications officer across the full range of marketing and communications channels from social media and design to press and e-marketing. An English graduate from Reading University, he has worked in private sector and charity sector roles for organisations including Waterstone’s, the learning disability/mental health specialist Turning Point, and the UK’s national deafblind charity Sense. Contact Martin via email.

Naomi Holloway - CPD Manager

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Naomi joined UHR in the summer of 2018 after having been an HR Director in the sector since 2002. She is passionate about the value and support that UHR and CPD can bring to the HR community. She has also served on the UHR Executive and is a fellow of the CIPD. Naomi works part time, so she may not respond immediately, but please get in touch here

 

PHES

UHR is a special interest organisation of Professional HE Services Ltd. PHES is an umbrella company for membership organisations in higher education including BUFDGAUDE and HESPA. The PHES section of the website explains the reasons for joining PHES and how the relationship works. Being part of PHES means that UHR can call on the skills and expertise of the following members of the central services team: 

Dominic Fryer - Managing Director

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Dominic's job covers a multitude of tasks. A Modern Languages graduate of the University of Southampton, Dominic keeps us all on the straight and narrow and makes sure that PHES and the member associations are 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 and took over the UHR events when we became part of PHES.

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 UHR 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.

 

Jemma Ladkin - Membership Officer

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Jemma joined Professional HE Services (PHES) as Membership Officer in February 2018. She had previously worked for ten years as Events Organiser for Loughborough University. In this role she planned and organised events of various kinds, from industry exhibitions and academic conferences to business seminars. Her role as Membership Officer for PHES includes events support, database management, approving new members, web content updates, advertising sector jobs and a host of other things, all for each of the PHES Special Interest Organisations (SIOs): AUDE, BUFDG, HESPA, HEPA and UHR. Get in touch with Jemma.

 

Ruth Turner - Membership Officer

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Ruth joined Professional HE Services (PHES) as Membership Officer in November 2018. She previously worked for four years as Finance Assistant at Imago Venues, part of Loughborough University. She has also worked in customer service and finance roles. Her role as Membership Officer for PHES includes events support, database management, approving new members, web content updates, advertising sector jobs and a host of other things, all for each of the PHES Special Interest Organisations (SIOs): AUDE, BUFDG, HESPA, HEPA and UHR. Contact Ruth by email.

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