Estates and Facilities

Development Team

Andy NolanAndy Nolan

Director of Development and Sustainability

An experienced director-level professional with expertise in sustainable development, estate management, cities, universities, governance, policy and strategy. 20 years of experience working in both the private and public sector. Andy has worked within a local authority, in multi-authority partnerships locally and nationally. Experience in higher education across four universities in the UK plus representative bodies.

"As Director of Development & Sustainability I am responsible for the development of the University Masterplan, the university’s capital programme, the university’s sustainability strategy, utilities management and carbon reduction targets."

Richard WiggintonRichard Wigginton

Head of Capital Projects

Richard has worked in construction for over 35 years; that time has been spent working entirely in the public sector either in local government or at the University of Nottingham. He has dealt with many types of construction and construction related projects, working to deliver or provide research, sport, teaching, health, and office facilities.

Richard, who hails from Nottingham, has been a member of the RICS since 1993. He joined the HE sector in 2000 and is now Head of Capital Projects at the University. Richard leads a team of eight project managers – all construction or property professionals that work to deliver the Estates capital programme.

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Senior Capital Projects Manager

James has worked in construction for over 20 years, that time has been spent working in consultancy at Carter Walker, Davis Langdon & Everest and EC Harris and now at the University of Nottingham. He has dealt with many types of construction and construction related projects, including social housing, academic buildings, offices, laboratories and many others.

James, who is from Nottingham, has been a member of the RICS since 2005. He joined the university in 2009 and is now Senior Capital Projects Manager. The projects that James has had full responsibility for include the George Green Library, Teaching & Learning Building, Orchard Hotel and Centre for Biomolecular Sciences Expansion.



Debbie SmithDebbie Smith

Capital Projects Manager

Debbie joined the university in April 2019 having previously worked for Pulse Associates as a Cost Consultant. In her role she worked on various projects including community hubs and sports grounds, conference centre refurbishments, new build, conversion and refurbishment of student accommodation and teaching space fit-out. Clients included the University of Warwick, Aston, Leicester, Lincoln and NTU. Debbie also worked with private developers such as Kaplan, Redoak and YMCA.

Debbie is currently working on various projects across the university estate. These include the Chemistry laboratory space, Cripps Health Centre, Southwell Hall, Occupational Health, Human Performance Lab and the Cripps Dental Centre.  

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Capital Projects Manager

Stavros studied at the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment. He worked as an architect for 10 years before returning as a member of staff. He has varied experience on all stages of the building industry, from feasibility and sketch design to full detail and project management to completion.

Stavros joined the Capital Projects in 2014 and is now Capital Projects Manager. The projects he has delivered for the university include the Ingenuity Centre at Jubilee Campus, the Student Service Centres on various campus locations, Hipps Café at Medical School as well as more recent projects such as the Rights Beacon and Precision Imaging Beacon.

Brendan SextonBrendan Sexton

Capital Projects Manager

Brendan has worked in the construction industry for 15 years, working in Ireland, Australia and the UK. He is a qualified Architect, with design experience in large scale residential, archival, research and Higher Education Sectors ranging in values from £2m to £80m. He is an experienced Project Lead Designer and Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager.

Brendan joined the University in 2019 as a Capital Projects Manager and looks after a portfolio of new build and refurbishments across the campuses 



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Capital Projects Manager

"I've worked in construction for over 35 years. Over that time I've gained qualifications covering bricklaying, general construction, site management, building surveying and project management.  

Prior to joining the university I worked within local authorities, building consultancies, contractor side, architectural and private practices. My roles have been as varied – ranging from minor works surveyor, special projects officer, space projects officer and currently within the Capital -rojects team.  

Projects I've overseen are varied and diverse, ranging from small works to major refurbishments, services upgrades and new builds from installing radioactive waste tanks to large scale glass houses, window replacements and labs (cat 2 and 3)/office upgrades, installed wind tunnels, driving simulators, feasibilities, sound recording studios."

 Dan Rowlands_web_200Dan Rowlands

Capital Projects Manager

Dan has worked in the built environment for over 20 years, previously working for WSP Group and prior to joining the university he worked as a project manager at Gleeds. In his role at Gleeds he worked on a various projects across the education sector, including the construction of the new City Hub Campus for Nottingham College with a project value of £58M. 

Dan is a fully accredited NEC4 ECC Project Manager and joined the university as a Capital Projects Manager in 2021 and currently looks after a wide range of refurbishment projects across the campuses. These projects include the David Ross Sports Village Swimming Pool, Castle Meadow Campus and various Capital Backlog Replacement Programme schemes. 

Wil Kent_web_200Wil Kent

Capital Projects Manager

Wil has worked as a Landscape Architect for over 15 years and became a charter member of the Landscape Institute in 2009.  Wil has previous design, project management and contract administration experience of working in the private, charitable and public sectors.  Wil is a keen advocate of sustainable, inclusive developments that places people and community at its heart.  As a Landscape Architect Wil has experience of working on a wide range of projects from small scale residential schemes to larger parks and open space developments to town centre master planning and large-scale public realm projects.  Wil has been a judge for the prestigious Green Flag Awards, which are given to the very best public green spaces throughout the UK, since 2012. 

Wil joined the University as a Capital Projects Manager in 2021 and currently looks after a wide range of refurbishment projects across the University’s campuses.


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Capital Projects Manager

Becky, originally from Nottingham, has over 10 years' experience working in the built environment. With a degree in Building Surveying, Becky went to work in the NHS and spent the last 7 years working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, in the capital development team managing a variety of projects.  

Becky returned to Nottingham and joined the university as a Capital Projects Manager in 2021 and currently manages a wide range of projects across the campuses. These projects include Florence Boot Hall Refurbishment, Halls Cyclical Maintenance Programme, developing the Professional Services Hub at Jubilee Campus and expanding the MRI Centre for the Ultra High Field 11.7T scanner. 


Estates and Facilities

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD