Steve Gilley joined the University as Director of Infrastructure in July 2022.
A Chartered Surveyor, Steve has over thirty years’ experience in property, gained in the public and private sectors. He is joining us from the University of Leeds, where he has worked for the past fifteen years, most recently as Director of Estates and Facilities. In this role, he oversaw two major campus transformation programmes, with capital investment resulting in the construction of over twenty new buildings and extensive refurbishment of the existing Estate. He oversaw the acquisition of new land and property to widen the opportunities for additional commercial and research activity.
Committed to sustainability, Steve most recently led the Estates response to the University of Leeds’s ambition to becoming a Net Zero organisation by 2030 and will oversee the strategy for Bradford to fulfil its own de-carbonisation strategy.
Steve is passionate about placemaking and the impact of landscape and public realm to support a positive sense of wellbeing at work. Whilst at Leeds, he also directed strategic change within the Estates function, developing a programme office to support project delivery, led reviews to improve and develop the services, and introduced significant structural change to modernise the service to harness the benefits of Digital Transformation.
Prior to his time in Higher Education, Steve worked for HBOS Group Property managing the delivery of new retail banking facilities, major office developments and data centre projects in the UK and Europe for over five years. Steve initially trained as a Quantity Surveyor working in a large UK consultancy for over a decade, moving through the organisation and diversifying into project and programme management for a wide range of blue chip companies, property developers and leisure developments.
When he is not working, Steve is a passionate landscape photographer and is often to be found happily snapping away somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales.
Steve is the Executive Board champion for Disability matters.
Jackie Hall, Executive Assistant to Director of Infastructure