Estates Management Board

The Estates Management Board is chaired by the Chief Operating Officer (COO). The group allocate space on behalf of the School and approve requests for additional space for approval. A central register of space data and space allocation is maintained by the Estates Division.

Committee Secretary

Davinder Ratra


Terms of Reference

1. Purpose   
The Estates Management Board’s (EMB) role is to provide coordinated leadership on matters concerning the School’s estate within the context and financial limits set by the School's latest Financial Plan and to report on their work to the School Management Committee.  

2. Status   
2.1 Sub-committee of the School Management Committee (SMC).  

3. Responsibilities  
3.1 To develop the School’s Estates Strategy and associated documents and manage its implementation.   
3.2 To consider and evaluate proposals for the acquisition, disposal and redevelopment of the School’s property, including student residences. Nominations agreements and similar residences issues should be referred to the Financial and Estates Committee (FEC). 

3.3 To monitor initiatives, priorities and progress in relation to space management and the development of the School-wide Accommodation Plan, in liaison with appropriate School committees.  
3.4 To ensure that all opportunities for increased efficiency and utilisation of space (including implementing Future Ways of Working) are taken up, incorporating the necessary standards for new and refurbished premises.  
3.5 To review estates recurrent and project expenditure and planning to demonstrate value for money for the School.   
3.6 To approve planned projects of up to £5M within agreed budgets. 
3.7 To recommend to FEC requests for new capital projects.  
3.8 To establish principles and norms for the operation of space planning, and ensure that these are utilised in administering space allocation and assessing requests for additional space, in order to achieve a balanced, equitable and affordable use of space across the portfolio.  
3.9 To oversee the planning of the accommodation for approved new staff within academic units and services through the work of the Planning Unit, resulting from typically Annual Monitoring (AMR), Academic Planning Resources Committee (APRC) and Major Academic Initiatives (MAI). To consider ad hoc accommodation requests to the School. 
3.10 To ensure that space utilisation data is collected (in accordance with HESA and EMR requirements).  
3.11 To oversee potential space charging processes with Finance Division.
3.12 To oversee the application of the School’s agreed Space Norms and to authorise and record any deviation from those.  

4. Authority delegated from the EMB: 
4.1 Reference is to be made to the general Financial Transaction Authorisation Thresholds 
4.2 Thresholds of expenditure within the authority of the Director of Estates (DoE)  
4.3 Thresholds of expenditure within the authority of the COO, beyond that of the DoE   

5. Arrangements for the Board to report on the exercise of its delegated authority:  
5.1 The Board shall report significant decisions to the FMB and SMC, and further committees as required (Finance and Estates Committee and/or Council). 
5.2 The EMB will submit a report on key activity on a termly basis to SMC and additionally as required with regard to any specific decision of significant impact. Where there are significant financial implications associated with activity reported, SMC may refer the report for consideration at the next FEC meeting.



The EMB is formed to decide strategic and tactical space allocation, alignment and priorities of the Academic, Research and Divisional accommodation throughout the School. 

Decisions relating to space allocation, development and the strategic plans of the School must be discussed and agreed by this group. 


 Name Status 
Dr Andrew Young Chief Operating Officer Ex officio (Chair)
Mike Ferguson Chief Financial Officer Ex officio
Joanne Hay Deputy Chief Operating Officer Ex officio
Helen Jones Global Director of Development Ex officio
Eric Neumayer Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning & Resources) Ex officio
Julian Robinson Director of Estates Ex officio 
David Skeen Head of Network Services Ex officio
Farnaz Ayrom-Walsh Centre Manager, LSE Health Centre Manager representative
Ricky Burdett Director, LSE Cities and Urban Studies Academic representative
Imran Iqbal Department Manager, Government Academic representative
Louisa Lawrence Department Manager, Sociology Academic representative
TIlly Mason SU General Secretary SU representative
Nicola Scally Director of LSE Library PSL representative
Ian Spencer Director of Residential Services PSL representative
Linda Taylor ARD: Timetables Manager PSL representative
Davinder Ratra Secretary (Estates Division)



Schedule of Meetings


May 2018

  • Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

June 2018

  • Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

July 2018

  • Wednesday 4 July 2018 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

September 2018

  • Wednesday 26 September 2018 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

October 2018

  • Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

December 2018

  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

January 2019

  • Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

March 2019

  • Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

April 2019

  • Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

May 2019

  • Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

June 2019

  • Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

July 2019

  • Wednesday 3 July 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

October 2019

  • Wednesday 2 October 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

November 2019

  • Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

December 2019

  • Wednesday 11 December 2019 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

January 2020

  • Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

March 2020

  • Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

April 2020

  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

May 2020

  • Wednesday 6 May 2020 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

June 2020

  • Wednesday 3 June 2020 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

July 2020

  • Wednesday 1 July 2020 at 09:30 in 1KW 3.01f

Minutes, agendas and other papers

Minutes, agendas and other papers are distributed on a regular basis to committee members. With effect from 1st August 2018, EMB minutes showing agreed decisions will be made available to all LSE Staff members.

Any requests falling outside of this can be made using a Freedom of Information request, contact the School's Records Manager,

General Terms and Conditions applying to the delegation of powers by the Council to all committees

  • The EMB shall comply with the terms of the delegated authority.
  • The Council may revoke or vary the delegation through SMC.
  • It is the duty of each committee to keep SMC informed of its work as appropriate, or on request from the Council. Committees will be responsible for determining whether issues of significance they are progressing should be reported to Council for information.
  • Committees may handle expenditure decisions within existing budgets, but all proposals from committees involving additional expenditure beyond approved budgets should be referred to the COO or FEC, as appropriate.
  • Committees may not change their ToRs without the approval of SMC.
  • The quorum for the Estates Management Board shall be 3 members, one of which must be the Chair.