Strategic Director, Office of Financial Strategy


I was on the Graduate Management Training Scheme between 2008 and 2011, undertaking placements in the Education Office, the International Office, Campus Services, Finance, the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Materials. It was a great opportunity to experience the diverse range of activities undertaken by the College across both academic and support service departments. The chance to build an in-depth knowledge of the College’s many functions has been really useful in my subsequent career. 

Since leaving the scheme, I have headed a number of new commercial ventures developed by the Office of Financial Strategy. The objective of the Office is to support the development of new sources of income to Imperial, outside the core areas of research, education and translation. I initially managed the development of the GradPad postgraduate accommodation business; this included the outsourcing of the lettings and facilities management for the portfolio, coordinating the contractual agreements for the first buildings to be delivered at the White City Campus and purchasing and refurbishing a new building at Imperial Wharf.

Once the GradPad business was up and running I moved to head up the Endowment’s property portfolio, which manages investment property of c.£185m. The Endowment has a key role in the College’s long-term strategy to secure financial stability and independence by maximising the return from investment assets. In the last few years my role has expanded to also include responsibility for the asset management of the Related Ventures Group’s residential property businesses. This is an incredibly diverse role as I am privileged to oversee the whole asset lifecycle: from acquisition, through planning and development, to either delivering an operational building or securing a successful disposal. It varies from many College jobs as it is primarily outward-facing but it is fantastic to represent Imperial externally and contribute to the long term needs of the College in a very tangible way.

I would definitely encourage anyone interested in higher education or, more generally, the operations of a highly complex public organisation, to apply to the Graduate Management Training Scheme. It is a unique opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects and receive mentoring and exposure to senior members of staff. College is a friendly and welcoming place to work and takes inclusivity seriously, something I have appreciated first hand; we are also located in some of the most beautiful parts of the capital!