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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.
Amanda joined the BUFDG team in 2014, first as our Tax Specialist, becoming Head of Operations and Engagement in September 2021. She held various roles during her 22 years of tax work and joined the H E sector in 2006 as VAT Manager for the University of Oxford. Her tax career also included a decade as a member of the First-tier tax tribunal while working in other tax roles. Amanda now deals with internal BUFDG management and our engagement with members, so send her any feedback or suggestions on what BUFDG delivers to members or how we deliver it.
Matt has been part of the BUFDG furniture since 2007 and has worked on many aspects of our member services over the years. He has a degree in Politics from Loughborough University and is a published author. His wide-ranging remit sees him organising our big annual conference, undertaking sector surveys and analysis, working closely with our sector supporters, dealing with membership matters, publishing the BUFDG Digest and Chair’s Quarterly, and taking on various projects as and when they arise. If you'd like to get in touch with him then drop him an email.
Julia has worked in employment tax for 20 years, having worked for Deloitte and Grant Thornton, as well as running her own company providing technical, yet practical, advice to her clients. If you have any questions that fit her remit, drop Julia an email.
BUFDG’s Tax Specialist, Andrea, joined BUFDG in March 2020. Andrea has worked in tax for 30 years including time as a VAT Officer at HM Customs & Excise, and with a couple of Big-Four firms, before several years as the Tax & Insurance Manager at the University of Worcester. She has specialised in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years, and in Higher Education since 2013. For anything tax related, contact Andrea.
Ashley joined BUFDG/HEPA in June 2019 with a wealth of procurement experience from the H E sector, having worked at the University of Kent; Government, where he worked for Crown Commercial Services; and the private sector. He is our guru for all things procurement and counter-fraud, as well as working on various other projects as and when they arise, so, if you have any questions, do drop him an email.
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 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.
Joni joined the BUFDG team as our External Projects Manager in September 2022 from the University of Portsmouth, where she spent five years supporting the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries as a research and innovation officer. Prior to her H E experience, Joni acquired a wide range of skills including event planning, media production and involvement in sustainability projects. Joni helps deliver projects, courses, and content, particularly in conjunction with other H E bodies and external partners, that further increase value for our members. If you’d like to get involved in one of our projects, get in touch with Joni.
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.
BUFDG is a special interest organisation of Professional HE Services Ltd. PHES is an umbrella company for membership organisations in higher education. Being part of PHES means that we can call on the skills and expertise of the following members of the central services team:
Dominic joined PHES in 2014 and since then has worked closely with the HESPA, AUDE, UHR and CHEIA executive committees and staff to welcome them to the Company. As Managing Director his priorities are to develop PHES to support the SIOs in the best way possible, to motivate and develop our people and ensure we operate first-class company governance.
Alex joined the PHES team in August 2019 as our first dedicated IT post. His role of ICT Manager is partly to deliver the IT strategy within PHES, to provide day to day support for staff, but also to help each association with their digital plans – such as new website developments, making the most out of the database and data analytics. He is based in the main office in Loughborough and will be a valuable asset to the team.
Scott joined PHES in 2023 to support all our associations with the delivery of online conferences and events. His primary focus will be virtual events, but he will also provide website and technical support to our staff when the conferences and events are not happening.
Jemma joined Professional H E 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
Ruth joined Professional H E 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.
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