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 Director
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 BUFDG is giving the best value to our members. He also looks after our digital work. Click here to send him an email.
Amanda Darley - Tax Specialist
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
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
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.
Gill Birch – Events Manager
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.
Matt Sisson – Communications and Projects Manager
Matt has worked at BUFDG since 2007. He has a degree in Politics from Loughborough University. He works on the website, the weekly digest, member engagement, counter-fraud, and sector surveys, among other things. If you'd like to get in touch with him then drop him an email.
Hayley Overton – Membership Officer
Hayley joined the team in September 2015, as our Administrative Officer. Hayley will be working with all the members of the team, supporting various projects as well as spending some time helping HESPA and AUDE. If you'd like to get in touch with her then drop her an email.