Director of Estates and Facilities, The University of Manchester
Diana Hampson is a chartered surveyor and has been Director of Estates and Facilities at The University of Manchester since 1997, responsible for all strategic and operational matters relating to the University’s property portfolio.
During this time Diana has steered the Directorate through the merger with UMIST in 2004 and has successfully delivered the most ambitious capital build programme in the history of UK Higher Education, creating new high-quality facilities worth £750 million. Diana is now leading the delivery of a £1 billion Campus Masterplan which was announced by The University of Manchester in October 2012.
The estate for which Diana is responsible comprises over 887,000 square metres of academic, administrative, commercial, and residential accommodation on 667 acres of land, mainly in the City of Manchester but also some locations further afield.
Director of Public Affairs, Manchester Metropolitan University
Michael Stephenson is currently the Director of Public Affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University. He an experienced public affairs specialist who has worked at the highest levels of government, business, the third sector and higher education in the UK and overseas.
Formerly an adviser at 10 Downing Street, he has served as Senior Adviser to a member of the British Shadow Cabinet and General Secretary of the Co-operative Party, the third-largest group in the British Parliament.
Michael has also worked at the highest levels of the Australian government, having served as Chief of Staff to the Premier of the State of Queensland and held the same position for the Queensland Minister for Education.
In the private sector, he has run the UK office of an international public affairs firm and provided consultancy services on strategy, communications, campaigns and project management. In that time he worked with high profile clients in a wide range of industries and a number of countries.
He has also served as Executive Director of Corporate Communications at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Project Manager for the Co-operative Group (the UK’s largest consumer mutual organisation), Director of Campaigns for a high-profile animal welfare charity and Director of the Greater Manchester consortium of Citizens Advice.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland, has taught politics at two Universities and managed a graduate certificate programme at the Australian Centre for Public Sector Management for Griffith University.
Managing Director – Manchester Science Partnerships and Bruntwood SciTech – Manchester
Tom is Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships and Bruntwood SciTech in Manchester. Manchester Science Partnerships is a public, private, academic partnership, which includes Bruntwood SciTech – the UK’s largest property portfolio driving the growth of the science and technology sector, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), Manchester City Council, Cheshire East Council and Salford City Council. MSP’s campuses include Manchester Science Park, Citylabs, and Alderley Park.
Tom joined MSP in 2012 and with colleagues has grown the business through various streams. Physically, MSP has grown through the development and acquisition of its campuses, including the Bright Building, Alderley Park, and Citylabs 1.0. Equally as important, Tom has supported the growth of MSP’s business support offer such as the designation of Enterprise Zone funding status for each campus, and the expansion of the events programme.
Tom has also been integral in partnerships to create the MedTech Centre, Mi-IDEA (Cisco and MSP’s post accelerator centre) and Tech Incubator. Appointed as Associate Commercial Director in 2014, he became Managing Director of MSP in 2016 and Managing Director of Bruntwood SciTech – Manchester in 2018.
From building connections with international businesses to the strategic lead on a wide range of projects across Manchester and the region, Tom helps businesses build their connections both nationally and internationally.
Tom is also the strategic lead on the development of MSP’s campuses as they continue to expand, including the £95m development of the Citylabs campus with JV partner MFT to build Citylabs 2.0, 3.0 & 4.0, and the next phase of Manchester Science Park’s masterplan which will see the 91,000 sq ft redevelopment of Base become a purpose-built home for energy tech, engineering tech, light manufacturing and materials science companies. Tom also manages the creation of Manchester’s new city centre neighbourhood Circle Square, and the first phases, No.1 and No.2 Circle Square will open in September 2020.
Head of Work & Skills, Manchester City Council
Angela is Head of Work & Skills at Manchester City Council and provides leadership and coordination for the work that Manchester City Council does to support business and connect local residents to the employment opportunities created by the City’s growth. She is also responsible for MAES – Manchester’s Adult Education Service. Ensuring that local residents can contribute to and benefit from the growth of the City is a key priority for the City and our partners and critical if Manchester is to achieve its Our Manchester objectives of becoming a “highly skilled city” and a “fair and equitable city”. Previous to her current role, Angela was Head of Regeneration and held a number of regeneration positions at both area and citywide levels and prior to working with the City Council, Angela worked in a number of community regeneration, tenant participation and community economic development roles. Angela is a trustee on Young Manchester, a Director of One Education and a governor on the governing body of a local primary school which in their different ways improve the lives and education of young people.
Commercial Director at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)
Claire Robinson is a solicitor and has been Commercial Director at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) since 2009. She leads the negotiations for the Trust on its strategic partnerships and significant projects, alongside providing an in-house legal function. She manages the interface between the Trust and key local and national stakeholders on a range of commercial activities and led the discussions on the creation of the Citylabs campus. She sits on the Boards of the Citylabs portfolio and also represents MFT on the Board of Manchester Science Partnerships.