About - Our People

Our Sustainability Team acts across the University and externally, to co-ordinate and lead our sustainability programme and deliver the Sustainability Strategy 2017-2022. The department was established in 2008 and reports to the Dean of Academic Development who holds executive responsibility for sustainability.

Sustainability Team


Director of Sustainability
Email 01242 715416

Alex leads the University’s sustainability programme across corporate and academic portfolios, to enhance student experiences and institutional performance in sustainability.

 She is a member of the senior management team, responsible for delivery of the Sustainability Strategy and institutional KPIs, as well as maintenance of performance against externally validated accreditations. She is also Director of RCE Severn, our Regional Centre of Expertise in Sustainability Education acknowledged by the United Nations University.

 Alex has a multi-disciplinary academic background and was awarded National Teaching Fellowship in 2017 for her contribution to learning innovation for sustainability in Higher Education. She has led commissioned sector development projects and funded research initiatives, working with a range of university partners as well as the Quality Assurance Agency, Advance HE and Universities Scotland.

Miriam Webb

Sustainability Engagement Manager
Email 01242 715394

Miriam leads on the student experience and activities to enhance graduate prospects in sustainability, working with student and staff groups across the university such as the student-led Live Smart programme. She is also Co-ordinator of the RCE Severn, our Regional Centre of Expertise acknowledged by the United Nations University, and its Youth representative for Europe. Miriam leads on communications and collaboration for sustainability across all aspects of university life and with external partners across our region.

Dr Jon Furley

Sustainability Operations Manager
Email 01242 714107 

Jon is responsible for improving sustainability practice and environmental management across the University and its core operations at all sites. In his role as the University’s carbon manager, Jon is driving emissions reductions and energy efficiency through development and delivery of our Carbon Management Plan. Jon is also our EMS manager, responsible for maintaining ISO 14001: 2015 accreditation and ensuring effective policy and performance improvement in areas such as technology use, waste management, cross-campus travel and biodiversity planning.

Alice Lowe

Sustainability Co-ordinator
Email 01242 715395 

Alice provides a range of communication and co-ordination activities across the sustainability programme internally and externally, to involve students, staff and the wider public. She supports key sustainability projects and events, including the student-led Live Smart programme and our UN partnership platform RCE Severn. She is the first point of contact for the Sustainability Team, managing the office, financial administration and providing support to the director.

Nikki Rimmel

Sustainability Communications Officer (paid student role)

Nikki writes and co-ordinates content for our Live Smart student blog, as well as writing and scheduling engaging content across our sustainability social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). She provides support for sustainability events and works closely with our Live Smart Co-ordinator to deliver student-facing activities in sustainability.

Will Weaving - Live Smart Co-ordinator
Will Weaving

Live Smart Co-ordinator (paid student role)

Will leads our student-facing Live Smart programme and facilitates student engagement in the Live Smart Community Challenge by working with partners in our RCE Severn network to connect students and community to work for shared change

Key Staff Responsibilities

Karen Morgan, OBE, DL

Vice-Chair of University Council
Email 01242 715395

Karen is responsible for sustainability on the University Council and ensures it is reflected in governance and strategic decision-making. She was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to the protection of the water environment and Doctor of Education (honoris causa) by UWE in 2004. She is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Bristol, was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2007, and founder member of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire. Karen has wide experience of the chemical industry, education, scientific research, international development, and financial services. She has a wide range of charitable and community interests in Gloucestershire and Bristol, including extensive governance experience in the university sector and environmental protection.

Professor David James

Dean of Academic Development

Executive lead responsible for sustainability in the University Executive Committee and Chair of the Annual Sustainability Performance Review. Leads policy and delivery across the academic development portfolio covering research, teaching, digital strategy and learning technology. David’s research expertise is in exercise science, physical activity, public health and wellbeing.

Dr Nigel Wichall, FCIOB

Director of Estates

Senior manager with formal responsibility for the University’s Estate Strategy and delivery on targets for Carbon Net Zero Strategy to 2030. Overall strategic responsibility for sustainability performance and policy in cross-campus building and infrastructure developments, space and facilities management, including the new Gloucester City Campus project’s environmental standards

Robin Hare, MCIPS

Contracts & Procurement Manager

Senior manager responsible for delivery of the Procurement Strategy and delivering governance across the University’s purchasing function and contract management framework. Responsible for sustainability objectives related to supply chain emissions and delivery on sustainability standards in policy and practice, with the major suppliers and expenditure categories of the organisation.

Andy Simpson

Head of Facilities

University lead on soft services for internal teams and outsourced resources, ensuring good practice and staff training in environmental management across services and facilities with focus on waste, grounds and catering operations.

Jonathan Wye, CMIOSH

Health & Safety Manager

Responsible for the institutional health and safety function and relevant audits and accreditations, as well as business continuity and resilience, lead on transition to the ISO 14001: 2015 standard with lead auditor status for ISO 14001.

Kevin Farmer, C.Eng MCIBSE

Head of Maintenance

University lead hard services and capital programme, delivering on carbon reduction initiatives across the estate, to provide buildings and spaces which are energy efficient as well as enjoyable and comfortable to work and learn in.

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