Trevor Humphreys, UWA’s new Director of Campus Management, has spent more than three decades in the higher education sector.
In that time, he’s led major capital programs, organisational change, campus masterplans and engineering infrastructure programs across four different UK universities.
The driving force behind all of this, he says, has been his passion to create campuses that meet the needs of students and staff.
“The primary focus of a university is teaching and research. Campus Management has an important role to play within a university and our aim should be to enable student success and world class research through incredible facilities,” Trevor says.
When the opportunity arose to lead the Campus Management team at UWA, Trevor couldn’t turn it down.
“I’ve hankered for a long time to come to Australia. I also love working in higher education; it energises me and I get a real thrill being part of the student experience,” he says.
“As a World Top 100 university and member of the Group of Eight, which is equivalent to the Russell Group in the UK, UWA’s strong global reputation was a real attraction. Plus, the weather is fantastic!”
Trevor started at UWA last week and is especially looking forward to strengthening how Campus Management works alongside University IT, the residential colleges, and other departments.
“I’m a simple and straightforward sort of guy who wants to achieve outcomes positively and collaboratively,” he says. “This is a great opportunity to make sure our physical assets will lead us into the next 10, 20, or 50 years,” Trevor says.
After 30 years in the sector Trevor is bringing invaluable experience to the role.
“The biggest lessons I’ve learnt from working in higher education are to be patient, and to be factual and present people with evidence-based solutions,” he says.
“It’s also important to try and have fun, and the environment at UWA is a great setting. The campus is just fabulous and we have to make sure it stays that way and that it evolves to meet our future needs.”
Trevor’s family will join him in May, and Jasper the border collie will arrive in July. In the meantime, he’s exploring Perth and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle; walking and golf are favourite pastimes, and he’s even aiming to become a more accomplished cyclist.