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

Dr Alex Ryan NTF, SFHEA, FRSA

Director of Sustainability
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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 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 was awarded National Teaching Fellowship in 2017 for her contribution to learning innovation for sustainability.

Miriam Webb

Sustainability Engagement Manager
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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.

This role is due to recruit – for details email us

Sustainability Operations Manager

This post is responsible for improving sustainability practice and environmental management across the University, working to develop and implement policy and to improve our performance in areas such as carbon management, technology use, waste management and cross-campus travel.

Barbara Rainbow

Sustainability Co-ordinator
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Barbara is responsible for office management, financial administration, as well as co-ordination of key projects and events in sustainability across the University. She also provides PA support to the Director and acts as the first point of contact for the Sustainability Team and general inquiries about the University’s sustainability programme. Barbara also co-ordinates activities for the Learning Innovation for Tomorrow programme and provides project management to externally funded initiatives.

Key Staff Responsibilities

Karen Morgan, OBE, DL

Vice-Chair of University Council
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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 on sustainability within the academic portfolio covering research, teaching and learning technology. David’s research expertise is in exercise science, physical activity, public health and wellbeing.

Dr Nigel Wichall, FCIOB

Director of Estates

Strategic responsibility for the University’s estate, delivery of the carbon management plan and for sustainability performance and policy in cross-campus building and infrastructure developments, space and facilities management.

Robin Hare, MCIPS

Contracts & Procurement Manager

Strategic and governance lead for the University’s devolved procurement function and Contract Management Framework, ensuring sustainability criteria in both policy and practice, across the supply chain 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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