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.
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.
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.
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.
Education for Sustainability Co-ordinator
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Bea is a PhD student working in the Sustainability Team on Education for Sustainability, as the lead student team member on the QAA-funded project empowering student voices in sustainability learning and engaging students as assessors of EfS in courses.
Vacancy awaiting recruitment
The Sustainability Co-ordinator is responsible for a broad range of co-ordination, communications and engagement functions. These include the creation of multi-channel content, delivery of student experience initiatives, external profile development, and support to internal and external activities, including collaboration with the Student’s Union.
The role is also responsible for financial administration, co-ordination of team activities and office management.
Key Staff Responsibilities
Nicola De Iongh
Chair of University Council
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.
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.
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.
Head of IT
Responsible for technical systems continually reducing environmental impact through intelligent procurement, supplier management and active system lifecycle management.
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.
Smart Systems Energy Manager
Steve’s role has responsibility for energy efficiencies and carbon reduction actions across the university estate, working to support our Carbon Net Zero Strategy targets on scope 1 and 2 emissions and via Building Management Systems.
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.
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.
Health & Safety Manager
Responsible for the institutional health and safety function and relevant audits and accreditations, as well as business continuity and resilience, lead support for ISO 14001 audits.
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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