Dixon Walter make another key appointment to drive forward Estates and Facilities within HE.

Dixon Walter have recently completed a national search which saw David Hounslea appointed as Director of Estates, Facilities & Commercial Services at Lancaster University. Our sector specialists have been active across a number of key appointments recently which have included Lancaster, Leicester, Liverpool, Durham, UCLAN and most recently Exeter. Our extensive networks across Estates professionals both inside and outside of the HE sector have ensured dynamic and diverse candidate pools and utlimately successful appointments.

David has been Director of Estates & Facilities at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in Preston since 2017, and is currently responsible for all estates, facilities, property management and capital development services across two large hospital sites and a number of other premises.

He previously held the same role at University Hospital of South Manchester. He has 20 years’ experience at senior management level across the NHS, the Department of Health and in the private sector with a major consulting firm.

David says: “I’m delighted to be joining Lancaster and I’m very much looking forward to working with the team and with people from across the University. Among its many strengths, Lancaster has a great campus and I feel privileged to be part of its future development.”

From everyone at Dixon Walter, we wish David and Lancaster the very best of luck!


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Jim Allcroft

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