Buildings and Estates Subcommittee (BESC)

Buildings and Estates Subcommittte (BESC) is a subcommittee of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC). It is responsible for management and maintenance of the functional estate, except for matters which are the responsibility of divisions, the Capital Steering Group and other bodies. It considers and advises PRAC on the allocation of land and property and oversees repairs and maintenance programmes. 

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Membership as at TT 2021 will be as follows

Name Position Conditions of Appointment Until
Dr Nick Brown Principal of Linacre A Chair appointed by Council who shall also serve on the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council HT 2024
Dr David Prout The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) Ex officio
Professor Karen O'Brien Head of the Humanities Division A person appointed by the Humanities Divisional Board MT 2023
Professor Graham Taylor Associate Head (Estates and Capital Planning) A person appointed by the MPLS Divisional Board MT 2022
Dr Brid Cronin Head of Strategic Planning and Projects (MSD) A person appointed by the Medical Sciences Divisional Board MT 2022
Professor Sarah Whatmore Head of the Social Sciences Division A person nominated by the Social Sciences Divisional Board MT 2021
Mr Richard Ovenden Bodley's Librarian The Director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian or a person nominated by the Director Ex officio
Dr Alexander Sturgis Director of the Ashmolean Museum A person appointed by the Oxford University Museums Board from among the Directors of the University's museums MT 2022
Ms Laura How Chief Operating Officer (Bodleian) Two persons elected by Congregation MT 2021
Mr Anthony Sibthorp External Co-opted (the subcommittee may co-opt up to two additional members, who may be external) MT 2023
[vacancy] External  
Secretary: Planning and Council Secretariat (Ms Sarah Gardner)


 Officers in attendance:

  • Assessor 

Each meeting will commence at 10.00 a.m


Week Date of BESC meeting
Michaelmas Term 2021  
Week 1 14 October 2021
Week 5 11 November 2021
Week 9 9 December 2021
Hilary Term 2022  
Week 1 20 January 2022
Week 5 17 February 2022
Week 9 17 March 2022
Trinity Term 2021  
Week 1 28 April 2022
Week 5 26 May 2022
Week 9 23 June 2022


For advice about the deadlines for papers, please speak to the Secretary, Ms Sarah Gardner.


For the regulations of the Buildings and Estates Subcommittee please click here:




Elections for upcoming vacancies for this committee are to be held in Trinity Term 2021. For further details, please click here:


Contact us

Planning and Council Secretariat

Sarah Gardner

+44 01865 (2)70021

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