Welcome to Our Newest Board Member


At NEUPC we are delighted to announce the appointment of Iain Garfield as the newest NEUPC board member.


Iain joined Newcastle University as Head of Estate Planning and Development in January 2016. In this role he managed the Capital Projects and Estate Planning teams, responsible for the major capital developments of the University estate. He has recently been appointed Director of Estates and Facilities.

Having undertaken a first degree and research in Mining Engineering at Newcastle University Iain embarked on a career with British Coal working as an engineer and Colliery Undermanager at various mines throughout the North East.


In 1994 Iain moved into the Higher Education sector taking up a role at the University of Sunderland, firstly in the School of the Environment and then the Business School before moving into the Estates department in 2004.


Iain had a key role in the strategic development of the estate and implementation of the estate capital investment programme. He held the role of Head of Estate Services from 2010 before leaving to join Newcastle.


He has been instrumental in introducing numerous estate innovations and adaptations of novel estate planning processes including the now widely accepted Soft Landings process. He has also presented nationally in several fora on a variety of collaborative projects.


We welcome Iain to the NEUPC board and are looking forward to working with him.


 “It is privilege to be appointed as a director of NEUPC to continue the excellent work carried out by Mark Swales over recent years, I only hope I can do him justice and fill his shoes.”


-          Iain Garfield



We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mark Swales for his contributions to the board over the years, as he steps down.

Please find below a short note from Mark Swales;


“I have enjoyed being part of the NEUPC Board as the AUDE representative.  It’s been a great experience and I hope my contribution both to the Board and in creating the Estates Category Group has made a difference.  I’d like to thank the Board for their support in resourcing this important development for the NEUPC.  I believe my fellow Directors of Estates and Facilities have a more positive view of the work on the NEUPC and the contribution it can make to procurement.  I’d also like to thank Robert Allan who has acted as my deputy on the Estates Category Group for his support.

I am delighted that Iain Garfield is now stepping in to continue AUDE’s contribution going forward and I wish him every success.

My best wishes to the Board and the amazing team at the NEUPC.”

-          Mark Swales