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University alumni awarded major accolade

Sean MacEnri emerging talent

AN ALUMNI and now employee of the University of Chichester been given a major award for his exceptional contribution to the estates and facilities industry.

Commissioning and Project Officer Sean MacEnri from the department of Estates Management was given the Emerging Talent accolade from the Association of University Directors of Estates’ (AUDE).  The award celebrates a member of staff working in estates or facilities who is making an exceptional contribution and demonstrates great potential for the future.

The awards took place in early April at the annual AUDE conference. Each year the ceremony celebrates and highlights the achievements of universities and best practice in the industry, including those who lead the way in estate and facilities management.

David Wratten, Deputy Director of Estate Management at the University, has mentored less experienced members of staff for many years, and is clear that Sean’s impact in a short time is immense. He said that at 27 years old, and with little prior knowledge of the construction industry or of the complex decision-making involved in managing the facilities for a major organisation over several sites, Sean has shown a real aptitude for project management.

“Sean just gets it and picks things up amazingly quickly,” David added. “He can find clarity in cloudy situations. I can trust him to work with contractors, and with senior members of the University team, and even though he had a standing start in terms of his understanding of the field, his energy and drive have taken him an amazingly long way already. At his current level of commitment and career trajectory Sean has the potential to continue his career to the highest level. Emerging talent? He really is.”

Engineering and Digital Technology Park cutaway

Chichester graduate Sean, who is also a former vice-president of its Students’ Union, has been working on major projects for the University including a new £35million Engineering and Digital Technology Park (TechPark) located at its Bognor Regis campus. Here he is responsible for sourcing more than half-a-million pounds worth of furniture and fittings, dealing with specialist suppliers in negotiations “from scratch”.

The TechPark will specialise in STEM subjects to drive a regeneration of the coastal region, providing educational opportunities for a broad range of students and jobs in sectors identified as a priority in the government’s recent Industrial Strategy. “The TechPark will help the University contribute within the wider south-east region,” said David. “I think it is fantastic that Sean is playing his part in getting high tech business interested in Bognor Regis.”

Sean said: “It’s all about the detail for me. Students and commercial partners need to know we are equipping our new buildings with the best. The TechPark will include specialised media and film production spaces, and for editing, green screen, and animation. It needs to be state-of-the-art so the University can increase its capacity, introduce cutting edge courses, attract the brightest students and really have the impact on the town and the university that we are aiming for. I’m really looking forward to launch in September 2018.”

On winning the award Sean said: “When I was first told that I had been nominated for the Emerging Talent award, I couldn’t believe it, I was extremely grateful even to have been nominated. To now know I am a winner makes me very happy and excited for the future. I am very grateful to the AUDE award committee for recognising my achievements and hard work over the past 18 months and I look forward to showing what more I can bring to the Estate Management department at the University of Chichester.”

Speaking on behalf of AUDE, Jane White (Executive Director) said: “Our judges were really impressed with Sean’s commitment to his career in Estates Management, and his personal drive in coming to terms with projects of real scale and complexity. We’re very proud that Sean is an AUDE Award winner for 2018.”

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Sean MacEnri Emerging Talent l-r Jon Kingdon, David Wratten, Sean McEnri