Speaker: Kevin Forth

Company: University of Lincoln

Position: Head of Maintenance

Trained as a Quantity Surveyor in my early career with a professional practice before moving on to construction project management in a local authority direct labour organisation. Moved into maintenance management with a local area health authority managing their DLO carrying out reactive, planned and small projects. Operated the Health Service WIMS system where I first became interested in developing asset management systems. In 1990 I moved to Hull College of Higher Education as a maintenance surveyor and started a career in higher education. In the following five years we changed name on an annual basis, Humberside College of Higher Education, Humberside Polytechnic and University of Humberside were all part of the journey. In 1995 I was seconded to the Project for a University for Lincolnshire who had commenced the designs for the first phase of academic development in Lincoln, once complete it was back to Hull looking for roof leaks and commuting to Lincoln as we constructed further academic and residential buildings. The name changed again to The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. In 2001, the University of Lincoln moved all operations to Lincoln and relinquished all properties in Hull and the final name change was ratified to allow us to use The University of Lincoln designation. I became the Maintenance Manager for all properties in the portfolio managing 128,000 square metres of space in Lincoln and Lincolnshire, 50% of which was either derelict or in need of major overhaul. Through refurbishment, acquisitions and disposals we now have 119,000 of which 17% is in need of major overhaul.

Kevin Forth is speaking during the following sessions: