The HEPA Team is based in Loughborough.

Emma Keenan - Procurement Specialist


Emma is the team's procurement specialist, and supports the work of HEPA - the university procurement professionals' network. Emma joined the team from the University of Cambridge, and has over 10 years’ experience of working as a procurement professional both in the public and private sector. For any procurement or HEPA-related questions, get in touch.


Dominic Fryer - Operations Director


Dominic's job covers a multitude of tasks. A Modern Languages graduate of the University of Southampton, Dominic keeps us all on the straight and narrow and makes sure that HEPA and BUFDG are giving the best value to our members. He also looks after our digital work. Click here to send him an email.


Rachel McLone - Learning and Development Manager


Rachel is our Learning and Development evangelist. She has a wealth of experience in communications, marketing and joined us 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 Birch – Events Manager


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.


Matt Sisson – Communications and Projects Manager


Matt has worked at BUFDG since 2007. He has a degree in Politics from Loughborough University. He works on the website, the weekly digest, member engagement, counter-fraud, and sector surveys, among other things. If you'd like to get in touch with him then drop him an email.