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Marketing, Sales and Communications

Marketing, Sales and Communications

Our core purpose as a team is to support the vision, mission and objectives of the Facilities Directorate through effective marketing, sales and communications.

We work closely with colleagues across the Facilities Directorate to understand our products and services. Using this knowledge we then assign resources to the best activities that can inform and attract our target audiences to use or purchase our services, change their behaviour or to manage our reputation. This is necessary to generate income in commercial areas, ensure high levels of student satisfaction, produce behavioural change campaigns and to help improve the University’s reputation.

  • Understand your audience

  • Generate more income

  • Get more engagement

  • Get your message across

  • Raise your profile

  • Change perceptions

  • Change behaviour

  • Ensure you are on brand

Who’s in the team?

Head of Marketing, Sales and Communications

The team is led by Sue Pimblett, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager.


The Digital team is led by Matt Hamnett, Digital Marketing Manager.


The Creative team is led by Leigh Marklew, Creative Brand Manager.


FD Communications are delivered by Sima Alavi, Communications Manager.


The team work closely with different departments across the Facilities Directorate, with members of the team managing the relationships with several of the services.

  • Thomas Pickering, Sales, Marketing and Retention Manager – Sport and Physical Activity
  • Kathryn Rutherford, Sales and Marketing Manager – Catering Services
  • Nick Holden, Marketing and Communications Officer –  Residential Services and Campus Support Services
  • Prue Griffiths, Communications Manager – Estates and Facilities

Key contacts

Sue PimblettSenior Marketing, Sales and Communications (0)113 34 37899
Matt HamnettFD Digital Marketing (0)113 34 39007
Leigh MarklewFD Creative Brand Manager (0)113 34 30957
Sima AlaviFD Communications (0)113 34 32772
Nick HoldenMarketing & Communications (0)113 34 32767
Kathryn RutherfordSales and Marketing Executive, Great Food at Leeds+44 (0)113 34 32767 / 34868
Thomas PickeringSales, Marketing and Retention Manager, (0)113 34 37404 / 31389
Emily HalsallMarketing & Communication Executive, Sport (0)113 34 37525
Becky KnightDigital Marketing (0)113 34 30056
Kirstin ThorntonDigital Marketing
Olivia Brooks-WilkinsGraphic Design Assistant