Date of release: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Michael FlanaganThe University of Greenwich has appointed Michael Flanagan as Director of Estates & Facilities, with effect from 23 February 2015. Currently a director at the commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton, Michael has been working with key government agencies across the UK.

In his new role, Michael will lead the strategic management of the university’s estates and facilities on three campuses. Based within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Greenwich campus is centred on Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College.  A newly-commissioned contemporary building, the £80 million Stockwell Street development, is nearby. The Medway campus offers hi-tech facilities within a splendid Edwardian fabric, with plans for a new student hub underway. Avery Hill is the home of the university’s sporting facilities, boosted by a recent strategic partnership with Charlton Athletic FC.

A graduate of the University of Exeter, Michael has held a number of senior positions in estates management, including Director of Park Operations at the Olympic Park for the London Legacy Development Corporation. Prior to that, he was the director responsible for the strategic asset management of the £3bn property portfolios of the London Borough of Newham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, delivering key regeneration and place-making projects.

Michael says: “This is a truly exceptional opportunity to join a strong and ambitious senior management team. The University of Greenwich offers an unrivalled estate in terms of history and first class facilities situated in the heart of the capital and the Medway towns. I’m looking forward to sharing my public and private sector experiences of delivering first class customer services and creating a new estate strategy that enhances the student experience, where people can excel and feel a sense of pride in their built environment.”

Professor David Maguire, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, adds:  "I am delighted to have made such a strong appointment to our senior team. Michael has an exceptional track record of achievement, combined with outstanding leadership skills. I look forward to working with him as the university continues to develop our estates and facilities. The services are at the heart of the university’s activities, and help us towards excellence in everything that we do: research and enterprise, learning and teaching, and the wider student experience."

Out of hours, Michael says that his passions include “problem solving whilst running through the mountains and trails of Britain and Europe”. This year he placed 38th in the men’s British Trail Running Championships, running and climbing over 50 miles. In 2015, he will be hoping to cover 100 miles in one day around the Lake District.

Michael Flanagan succeeds Chris Powner who has retired from the university after many years of service as a senior manager.

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