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 Pro-Vice Chancellor for Governance and Student Affairs who holds executive responsibility for sustainability.

Sustainability Team

Dr Alex Ryan NTF, SFHEA, FRSA

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.

Key Staff Responsibilities

Nicola De Iongh

Chair of University Council
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As Chair of Council, Nicola ensures sustainability is reflected in senior governance and decision-making. A long-standing champion of sustainability and positive change, Nicola’s career spans various sectors, focused on strategic alignment, organisational change and people development. She is Chair of the Committee of Reference for Premier Responsible UK Equity Fund, monitoring its ethical investment policy and sustainability goals.

Dr Matthew Andrews

Pro-Vice Chancellor Governance and Student Affairs

Matthew is the Executive lead responsible for sustainability in the University Executive Committee. In his broad role, he also leads Student Services, Academic Registry, Human Resources, and University governance. Find out more about Matthew.

Dr Nigel Wichall, FCIOB

Director of Estates

Nigel takes responsibility for the University’s Estates Strategy and delivery on targets for our Carbon Net Zero Strategy. He has overall strategic responsibility for sustainability performance and policy in cross-campus building and infrastructure developments, space and facilities management.

Camille Stallard

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of the University, Camille has oversight of ethical investment objectives and responsible financial decision-making, including the allocation of capital funds for decarbonisation and our Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) financing arrangements.

Robin Hare, MCIPS

Procurement and Insurance Manager

Robin takes responsibility for the Procurement Strategy and delivering governance across our purchasing function and contract management. He is responsible for sustainability objectives related to supply chain emissions and delivery on sustainability standards in policy and practice.

Rob Blagden

Rob Blagden

Director of Libraries, Technology and Information

Responsible for technical systems and library resources, continually reducing environmental impact through intelligent procurement, supplier management and active system lifecycle management. Passionate about sustainability action, Rob even charges his EV from solar at home!

Sam Williams

Space Manager

Sam is responsible for the efficient planning and use of space across the University estate. Working with staff and students, he develops new teaching and learning spaces, supports agile working and optimises our space footprint to maximise efficiency of resource use.

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.