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Simmone is a campaigner, geographer, writer and educator who has contributed to environmental, social and cultural work in Bristol, London and across the UK. Simmone has worked on air pollution, divestment and climate justice campaigns. Previously the campaigns and influencing consultant for Liberation campaigns at NUS, Simmone has worked on issues like sexual violence, anti-racism, decolonisation, climate justice, divestment and Prevent as it pertains to the Higher Education sector. She currently uses facilitated workshops to explore climate colonialism, and examples of climate resistance and movements from the past and present day.

Simmone Ahiaku
Climate Justice Campaigner, Writer and Educator

 
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Jo Allatt

Senior Environmental 

Sustainability Programme Manager

UK Research and Innovation

Jo’s main focus is working with the Research and Innovation (R&I) sector on the environmental sustainability of R&I practise and is currently leading the development of a sector-wide concordat. Jo also works closely with the UKRI Commercial team developing UKRI’s work on sustainable procurement. 

Jo joined the UKRI sustainability team (based within NERC) in September 2020, moving across from the Knowledge Exchange (KE) team in Research England (RE) where she helped develop the KE concordat and led the competitive call for the £100 million Connecting Capability Fund (CCF). Before working in RE (including 2 years working in HEFCE), Jo worked for ten years in Local Government, specialising in Environment, Energy, Fuel Poverty and Community Development roles. 

Jo has spent many years volunteering with local environmental action and conservation groups. She spends much time dabbling in range of crafting activities and tending to her allotment.

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Meg Baker

Co-Director of Inclusion & Climate Justice
SOS-UK

SOS-UK's inclusion and climate justice work, aims to transform the sustainability and environment sector, through recognising the role of education as a powerful tool for societal and systemic change. This work includes the newly launched RACE report and creating a progression pipeline to support people from under-represented groups to be part of the journey to climate justice. We know the climate crisis implicates those least responsible the most, therefore we are working to change that through this organisational aim of SOS-UK.

Meg is also currently seconded to University and College Union (UCU) for 1 day/week to progress UCU's work supporting members on the Green New Deal for Universities and Colleges, and to deliver on a Just Transition.

Prior to stepping into her current role, Meg was a key part of the SOS-UK education, taking on a maternity cover as Interim Director of Education for nearly 2 years and was previously Senior Project Manager for Education.

Previously, Meg worked at the University of Gloucestershire and their students' union leading on student, staff and community engagement for sustainability, this also involved the coordination of a Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainability Education. She found her passion for education transformation through her background in outdoor education and learning outside the classroom, working with young people out of mainstream education.

 
 
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Charlotte Bonner
National Head of Education and Sustainable Development
Education and Training Foundation

Charlotte has over fifteen years’ experience working in the sustainability and education sectors leading transformational engagement and development programmes.

She is the National Head of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the Education and Training Foundation where she is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of their ESD work as well as being the policy and advocacy lead for sustainability.

Prior to joining the ETF she was a keystone of NUS’ sustainability work, most notably project managing the UNESCO ESD prize winning Green Impact programme from its inception. She is one of the co-founders of Students Organizing for Sustainability International and led on their partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme. She’s previously held senior teaching associate positions at the University of Bristol and was a sustainability consultant prior to her tenure at NUS.

Charlotte has an MSc in energy and environmental technologies and is a member of both the Institution of Environmental Managers and Assessors and the Society of Education and Training. She’s part of the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s Green Apprenticeship Advisory Community and sits on the COP26 Education and Skills Committee.

 
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Andrew Charlton-Perez

Head of School of Mathematical, Computational and Physical Sciences and Professor of Meteorology
University of Reading

Andrew  has BSc and PhD degrees in Meteorology from the University. Following his PhD he spent two years working in the United States as a post-doctoral research at Columbia University and North West Research Associates. In 2006, he re-joined the University, first as a NERC Research Fellow, then moving to a lectureship in 2008, an associate professorship in 2013 and a professorship in 2018. From 2018 to 2021 he was joint Head of the Department of Meteorology. His research interests are primarily about the dynamics of the polar stratosphere and the sub-seasonal predictability arising from stratospheric variability. He won the 2007 L F Richardson prize of the Royal Meteorological Society for work completed during his PhD. From 2013 to 2020 he was co-chair of the Stratospheric Network for the Assessment of Predictability an international initiative sponsored by WCRP-SPARC and the S2S project to understand and characterise stratospheric predictability on sub-seasonal timescales. He also has strong interests in innovation in meteorological education. In 2016 he was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy linked to his work on flipped learning modes for meteorology. He is a former council member of the Royal Meteorological Society and a current member of the education committee. He was the co-lead of the recent University of Reading climate-education summit. He is the Chair of Governors of Radstock Primary School.

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Meg Cox
PR Officer
Loughborough University

As well as her PR work at Loughborough, Meg is an aspiring biologist, having returned to university three years ago as a part-time student to pursue her love of science.

 She has a passion for science communication and ensuring research is accessible to members of the public as she believes the key to achieving change is working together as a society.

 Meg is the host of the multi-award-winning Cuppa with a Scientist podcast, a show that aims to dispel the myth that all scientists wear white lab coats and show young people how vast the world of science really is by interviewing academics from different fields – including climate science.

She also co-led the University’s Environment campaign, which saw climate scientists engage with the likes of the BBC and Sky News – as well as in Physics World, National Geographic and the Conversation – to promote research in this area. 

 
 
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Paulo leads on strategy, operational sustainability, environmental management and reporting. He is an EAUC Fellow and Chairs EAUC’s HE emissions alignment project and co-convenes EAUC Scotland’s Waste TSN. 

Paulo has experience in a variety of consultancy roles in environmental and waste management sectors. He is a Chartered Waste Manager and has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences with Biology from the University of Stirling and a MSc in Wastes Management from University of Bedfordshire.

Paulo Cruz
Sustainabiility Officer
Glasgow Caledonian University

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Natalie Day 

Head of Policy and Strategy
Sheffield Hallam University

Natalie has over 20 years of experience in government, think tanks, national academies and universities. She has worked in policy roles at the universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Sussex, Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam.

 

She was formerly the Head of Strategy and Communications at SPRU, University of Sussex. Before taking up this post she worked as Head of Policy at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, where she was responsible for establishing the School as a leading source of policy-relevant research on global challenges and opportunities. 

 

Through enabling stronger connections between academics and policy makers, Natalie worked to promote evidence based decision making globally and foster networks for robust exchange and advice.

 
 
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Rachel is also a certified Carbon Literacy Consultant. Rachel’s teaching and research interests encompass the science and policy of carbon, energy and waste management, and she has extensive experience of carbon management training and advisory services across the public, private and third sectors. Most recently, Rachel has led the development of a Carbon Literacy toolkit for the Higher and Further Education sectors within a project funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop Carbon Literacy toolkits for the public sector. 

Dr Rachel Dunk

Principal Lecturer in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 

Manchester Metropolitan University 

 
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Dr Louise Ellis
Founder and Director
Think EJ

Louise  is currently working with organisations both in HE and the private sector, helping drive forward purposeful and sustainable change.  Louise has over 26 years of international experience developing strategy and solutions in the sustainability, social responsibility and E.S.G. field. Her focus is on leading organisational and culture change driven by realising organisational purpose and environmental and social equity.  Louise has worked in the HE sector for 18 years, initially in an academic role at the University of Leeds and then subsequently as Director of Sustainability.  Through this role Louise lead transformation change embedding sustainability into the curriculum, research and operations, taking Leeds to be a leader in this area.  During the pandemic Louise has been part of the senior leadership Covid response team.  Prior to moving into the HE sector Louise worked at Deloitte in business risk and sustainability and within the International Energy Division of Mott MacDonald.

 
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Emma is a career environmentalist, a trained teacher and an inspirational leader and having worked in public, private, voluntary and HE sectors over the last 20 years is the Director of small but mighty business, Future We Want. Her specialisms along with sustainability are awareness-raising, facilitation, behaviour change, engagement, bespoke training and learning, sustainable construction and strategy development. She began to pivot her consultancy in 2021 to work fulltime on climate change games and engagement and has learnt more than her brain can remember about entrepreneurship and growing a small business in the last 12 months!  She coaches on growing good businesses, personal development and sustainability of our planet. 

Dr Emma Fieldhouse

Director

Future We Want

 
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Steve Frampton MBE
FE/HE Climate Commissioner and
Chair of AoC Services Board

Steve began teaching at Prices College, Fareham, where he also became a published author, with 14 geology and geography textbooks and numerous articles to his name, alongside leading a number of expeditions to Iceland and the Massif Central.  He then moved to Peter Symonds College, Winchester, before becoming Vice Principal of St Vincent College in his home town of Gosport. Steve was Principal of Portsmouth College for 13 years as well as the director of several local community charities.

Awarded his MBE for Services in Education and the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2017 saw him recognised at the highest level.

After retiring from Portsmouth College Steve was appointed President of Association of Colleges. He is now FE/HE Climate Commissioner and Chair of AoC Services Board, and on the  AoC Sport Board and AoC Charitable Trust Board. Steve is patron of the mental health charity Off the  Record  and works internationally as an  educational  consultant in Shanghai , Japan,  Europe , and in  the USA. 

Steve spends the majority of his time working with the governing bodies and senior leadership teams of FE colleges helping them with their climate emergency strategies, and embedding sustainability and biodiversity into their strategic planning. 

 
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Laurence Frewin

Principal & CEO
South Devon College

Laurence joined South Devon College as Vice Principal Corporate Services in February 2010, bringing a strong background of strategic leadership and management in the private sector and in education. Beginning his career in Banking & Finance, Laurence gained significant experience during 17 years in that sector, including as an underwriter of corporate lending to a range of large SMEs and mid-corporates, as an Area Retail Manager he left the world of banking in 2002 to begin his new career in education.

 

In 2015 he became Deputy CEO for the College and until 2019 he successfully led professional services at the College, including Business Development, Employer Engagement, Estates & Facilities, Sustainability & Carbon Management, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Data & Systems, Commercial Services and Catering & Retail. Laurence has also been instrumental in growing and diversifying College income including successful partnership working and project development to secure bids which have also included in excess of £30m of new capital grants. 

 

Laurence was appointed Principal & CEO at South Devon College in September 2019 and also holds positions as a Governor, Director or Member of other Boards including, EAUC, the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education. South West Business Council, Torbay Economic Development Company, Torbay Place Leadership Board, Bay Education Trust and Riviera Education Trust, together with a number of national Association of Colleges Policy Groups.

 
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Alyssa’s role connects relevant research across the university with policy-makers and businesses.  She is the interim Director of the Center for climate change Innovation, helping to support the development and scale up of innovative climate solutions. Alyssa is also the  co-Chair of the UK Universities climate network, which brought together academic expertise on climate change ahead of the international negotiations in November 2021. Prior to joining the university, she worked at a specialist energy and climate consultancy for nearly 12 years on a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation topics. Alyssa has worked with the UK and many other national governments and at the international level. She has also been a member of the Natural Environment Council’s Advisory Network. 

Alyssa Gilbert
Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute - Climate change and the Environment
Imperial College London 

 
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Fiona Goodwin
CEO (Interim)

EAUC

Fiona is CEO (Interim) at EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education. Fiona has over 16 years’ experience of working in sustainability in the further and higher education sector. Fiona leads on many key initiatives supporting the education sector, both in the UK & Ireland and globally, including the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges, the Green Gown Awards, the SDG Accord, the Carbon Coalition and the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard. Fiona is a member of the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) and a member of the UNEP Youth Education Alliance (YEA). Fiona is also a member of the UK Universities Climate Network (formerly COP26 Universities Network). EAUC have Observer status with UNFCCC and Consultative status with UN ECOSOC which Fiona is the lead for both. Fiona has gained wide experience working in a variety of charities, both regional and national, as well as working at a university.

 
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Dr. Toby Green
Co-founder and Director
MyCarbon

Toby completed his PhD at the EPSRC Central for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy at the University of Leeds. During this time he co-founded MyCarbon.

MyCarbon is the sustainability consultancy delivering clarity in carbon, working with clients committed to becoming sustainability leaders in their industry, providing the necessary support and expertise to achieve this.  

Toby’s academic background ensures a transparent scientific approach to GHG quantification and reporting. With a true passion for climate action he ensures an economic and pragmatic approach to Net Zero to ensure all businesses can achieve Net Zero.  

Through MyCarbon, Toby has had the pleasure of supporting multiple UK universities, BrewDog, THG, Ratheon Technologies, E.ON, N-Power and many other large corporates / SMEs on climate action.

 
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Michael Greenhough
Co-founder and Director
MyCarbon

Following completion of a masters in materials engineering at Loughborough University and five years in the aerospace industry progressing from R&D engineer to operations, supply chain and planning management, Michael Co-Founded MyCarbon in response to the growing global climate crisis. 

The passion that drove Michael to found MyCarbon came from the belief that supporting businesses to reduce their environmental impact is the most effective way to limit global warming in line with the Paris Climate agreement. By supporting businesses to understand their carbon footprint and identify the most efficient ways to reduce their impact, they don’t only affect their own business operations but also incentive the rest of the market to follow in their footsteps.  

By allowing businesses, who are committed to doing their part in the battle against climate change, become sustainable leaders in their industry, they can build a competitive edge that forces their peers to engage in climate action as well. 

 
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Dr Kay Hack (PFHEA) 

Principal Adviser (Learning and Teaching)
Advance-HE. 

Following completion of a masters in materials engineering at Loughborough University and five years in the aerospace industry progressing from R&D engineer to operations, supply chain and planning management, Michael Co-Founded MyCarbon in response to the growing global climate crisis. 

The passion that drove Michael to found MyCarbon came from the belief that supporting businesses to reduce their environmental impact is the most effective way to limit global warming in line with the Paris Climate agreement. By supporting businesses to understand their carbon footprint and identify the most efficient ways to reduce their impact, they don’t only affect their own business operations but also incentive the rest of the market to follow in their footsteps.  

By allowing businesses, who are committed to doing their part in the battle against climate change, become sustainable leaders in their industry, they can build a competitive edge that forces their peers to engage in climate action as well. 

 
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Caroline Hickman
Lecturer Social Work and Climate Psychology
University of Bath

Caroline is  a practicing ‘climate-aware ’psychotherapist, and a researcher focused on eco anxiety and distress about the climate and ecological crisis in children and young people globally.

She has worked in social work since 1983 and as an Integrative Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist with children, couples and adults for 25 years. She qualified as a psychotherapist with Revision and studied archetypal and cultural psychology for three years with Thiasos in London.

She works with individuals, schools, parent groups and youth activist groups, offering talks and workshops about the climate and ecological crises and their intersection with mental health.

She is also a PADI diving instructor and have spent many therapeutic hours hanging out with fish working underwater in the Sinai, Egypt.

 
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Dr Richard Hodgkins
Programme Lead, Postgraduate Climate Change programmes
University of Loughborough

Richard has been teaching and supporting teaching in higher education for just short of 25 years, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His early research career took him to many of the world’s coldest places, where the panoply of retreating and decaying glaciers he encountered made it immediately apparent that climate change was the inescapable context in which all environmental research should be framed, and which all environmental learning should address. He is particularly interested in how we bridge between global projections of climate change, and their probable consequences in the near future, but also how we can make that an easy task for non-experts, and how it can be communicated in a meaningful way to a general audience. Richard is currently the taught postgraduate programmes lead in physical geography, and recently developed Loughborough’s first programmes in climate change, the MA Climate Change Politics and Policy and the MSc Climate Change Science and Management.

 
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Richard has over 30 years experience within the sustainability field, from early work as a conservation volunteer through to his current role as Director, Sustainability for UCL. In this time, he has been involved in many aspects of sustainability – strategy development, operational management, policy and lobbying and research.

Richard has been in my current role for 10 years, during which time he has led UCL’s work on embedding sustainability into all our activities. This includes the development of their ambitious new Strategy, Change Possible. 

Prior to UCL, Richard worked for 7 years leading the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) sustainability work, with a primary focus on developing and implementing the ODA’s Sustainable Development Strategy. 

Richard Jackson

Director, Sustainability

University College London

 
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Lindsey Johnson
Principal and CEO
Craven College

Craven College is based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Lindsay has over 27 years of experience in the Further Education setting, of which 16 years are as a senior manager. Lindsey brings a unique insight from a range of FE colleges having worked in land-based, rural, town and city colleges. Lindsey brings knowledge and skills from Further Education, including delivery of undergraduate education, apprenticeships, adult education, commercial training, bids and projects and strategic alignment and operational practice from across this provision.

Lindsey is the Vice Chair of the Association of Colleges Special Interest Group for Environmental and Sustainable Development (the ‘Green Thread’), Chair of the Sustainability Group for the York, East and North Yorkshire Colleges, and co-author of the Yorkshire Learning Providers ‘Green Ambition’. Future orientated, with an ability to make things happen, Lindsey led the production of the Craven College Sustainability Pledge which is recognised as an exemplar of good practice for the sector. Lindsey has contributed to several sustainability conferences for the Association of Colleges, and currently serves as a trustee of two charities. Lindsey spends too much time on Twitter @LindseyWSC and loves selfies – are you game for one?

 
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Rob is an experienced purchasing professional with over 35 years’ insight gained in executive and consultancy roles throughout the manufacturing, service, finance and aviation arenas, and across the private, public, third and higher education sectors. 

Rob specialises in the development and deployment of procurement best practice, the creation of robust category strategies and the creation of a value-adding procurement ethos.  Rob is responsible for procurement service delivery for SUPC and supports the deployment of good practice for the benefit of members and the national HE sector.  He represents SUPC on the UK HE Joint Contracting Group, which manages and reports on sector collaborative agreements. 

Rob Johnson
Head of Procurement Services
Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium

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Lexie has been CEO at Change Agents UK, a sustainability education and employment charity and non-profit, since 2018. She has overseen the research and delivery of education programmes focused on graduate and youth skills for the future, and has vocally supported the urgent need to make all careers green. She has led growth in the sustainability recruitment and employment business at Change Agents to support many more partners to create outstanding and well-supported career opportunities with sustainability at their heart. She believes that the "sustainability sector" isn't a thing; we must design sustainability and longevity into everything. Her first career was in corporate change management, where she learned a lot about organising change and leading teams to success. She holds a degree in Management Sciences from Warwick.

Lexie Jones

 CEO

Change Agents UK

 
 
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Phil Korbel

Director of Advocacy

Carbon Literacy Project

Cooler co-founder. Phil is a long-standing social entrepreneur, broadcaster and community activist based in Manchester. He wants to leave his children ‘a future, not an apology’. 

Phil has been a long-time activist for sustainable development, moving from local work with Friends of the Earth in the 1980s to riding a tandem back from Sydney raising awareness of rainforest conservation in 1990.

In 1999 he was the moving force behind setting up the leading community media charity Radio Regen (www.radioregen.org) working in community engagement and creating community solutions from the ground up. This work led to a place on the Board of the Manchester Local Strategic Partnership where he sits as an independent member, ensuring a high profile for sustainable development in the City’s overarching strategies. 

In 2007 Phil was one of the founders of the high-level climate change advocacy network The 100 Months Club, which in turn led to involvement in the drafting of the city’s climate change action plan: Manchester: A Certain Future, (www.manchesterclimate.com) as part of which he led the ‘Buildings’ writing group. He still contributes to the MACF Steering Group and is also a member of the Board of Manchester’s Local Strategic Partnership.

 
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Melanie Lenehan
Principal and CEO
Fircroft College of Adult Education

Fircroft is one of only two adult residential colleges currently operating in England, and one of the Institutes of Adult Learning (previously Specially Designated Institutions). Fircroft College was the first college is England to declare a climate and ecological emergency. 

Previous to this role, she worked in various leadership roles in the WEA (Workers Educational Association) for seventeen years. Mel was a patron of the Centenary Commission on Adult Education in 2019. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education with a focus on adult educator’s agency in climate and social justice action education. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Nottingham. Mel has recently joined the board of Birmingham Friends of the Earth and sits on a variety of FE sector policy groups. She is Chair of the Colleges West Midland’s recently formed Towards Net Zero group.   She was a founding member of the #AdultConversations campaign in 2021 and the resulting grass roots Adult Educators Alliance. 

 
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Professor Christopher Linton

Provost and Deputy

Vice-Chancellor

Loughborough University

Professor Linton has been Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Loughborough since 2011 and prior to that he served as Head of the Mathematics Department and Dean of the Faculty of Science.

He studied as an undergraduate at Jesus College, Oxford and obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol in 1988.

In 2015, Professor Linton became a Trustee of the Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics. This journal is published by Oxford University Press.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and was President between January 2016 and December 2017.

In 2019, Professor Linton became a Trustee of the independent charity, National Numeracy, which is committed to building the nation’s confidence and competence with numbers and data.

 
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Prof. Jim Longhurst

Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability
UWE, Bristol

Jim leads the university's sustainability agenda ensuring that sustainability considerations are present in the university's teaching, research, campus operations and civic engagement work. His 35 year research career has focussed on air and carbon management and urban sustainability.    

He has held senior roles including HoD, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, AD External Engagement and AD Research. He has served on most major committees of the university and led major reviews and initiatives including the Green Capital Strategy, the UWE Grand Challenge and a review and enhancement of the experience of disabled students. He chaired the HEA Education for Sustainable Development Advisory Group and the HEA /QAA Development Group which produced the UK reference point on education for sustainable development (ESD).  

His current national roles include Vice President of the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences, President of Environmental Protection UK, chair of the Board of Directors and Trustees for the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC), co-chair of the QAA and Advance HE Advisory Group preparing the updated guidance on ESD for the HE sector and Director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC.  He co-chairs Bristol's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, chairs the University Advisory Group supporting South Gloucestershire Council's climate action programme and on behalf of the EAUC serves on the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education.  

 
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Jane is a certified Carbon Literacy consultant with over 15 years’ experience of studying and working within the field of social and environmental sustainability. Her main area of interest is to encourage and support individuals and organisations in their transition towards a low carbon culture.

She is a key member of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Carbon Literacy team, where she is responsible for developing and delivering Carbon Literacy training and accompanying train-the-trainer programmes to internal and external audiences. 

Over the past decade she has been privileged to engage in climate conversations with over 1000 individuals from over 30 organisations within the UK and beyond.

Jane Mörk

Carbon Literacy Tutor

 Manchester Metropolitan University

 
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Emily Morrison

Head 

Institute of Community Studies,powered by The Young Foundation.

Emily joined the ICS from the British Council where she developed the global research portfolio, spanning internationally comparative research into youth voice and policy, education, civil society, and culture. Emily has led and conducted research in the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Latin America, South Africa and Europe and previously held professional and academic positions at University College London and King’s College London. She began working in research as a creative practitioner researcher with NGOs in the UK and overseas.

Outside of The Young Foundation, Emily is currently funded by the Leverhulme Trust, undertaking research at Queen Mary, University of London into the effect of lengthy political instability on the lived experience of citizenship and social organisation. She has a long standing interest in the power of participatory and creative research approaches. Prior to working in academia she was a playwright and director, running her own theatre company in the UK.

 
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Kirsti blends her experience facilitating transformative group work with her 22 years as a sustainability practitioner in corporate and FHE sectors to offer workshops so needed at this time of climatic and ecological emergency.  How do we, as sustainability practitioners, remain inspired and effective whilst truly acknowledging what we know about the state of the world?  Kirsti is currently Energy Manager at UWE, leading a team of passionate energy and sustainability professionals on a mission to reduce the university’s carbon emissions.  Alongside this role, she runs Action for Sustainability Ltd, offering large group facilitation, as well as offering empowerment workshops to organisations and individuals, and training others to do this on the nine-month training programme, the Facilitator Development Adventure.

Kirsti Norris

Energy Manager

University of the West of England

 
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Lucy discovered the importance of embedding sustainability in teaching as a secondary science teacher and has since been supporting the higher and further education sector to do so as sustainability in the curriculum project officer at EAUC. Here she leads the Education for Sustainable development topic support network; sharing best practice across the sector, and works with stakeholders to ensure ESD is a priority across institutions; so all students are given the opportunity to learn about sustainability in the context of their course. 

Lucy Patterson
Sustainability in Curriculum Project Officer
EAUC Scotland

 
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Professor Judith Petts
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Plymouth

Judith joined Plymouth from the University of Southampton where she had been Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise and previously the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (2010-13). Prior to this, she had spent 12 years at the University of Birmingham completing as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer (2007-10). 

Over some 30 years, her research has particularly examined the interface between science and policy-making, and the effective use of evidence in decision-making. Currently she is a Director of the Heart of the South-West LEP and a Trustee of the Marine Biological Association.  She Chairs the UUK Climate Action Steering Group. . Previous appointments have included as a member of the Council of BBSRC (2014-18); NERC's Innovation Board (2011-16); the Science Advisory Council of Defra (2011-16); Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2006-11); the Council of NERC (2000-6); of EPSRC’s Societal Issues Panel and Strategic Advisory Network; the Royal Society’s Science in Society Consultative Committee; and the Advisory Board of Veolia Environmental Services. 

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours, 2012, for services to Scientific Research.

 
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Luke Rake
Principal and CEO
Kingston Maurward

Luke Rake is currently Principal and Chief Executive of Kingston Maurward College, a specialist Agriculture and Horticulture College in Dorset. After growing up in the Dartmoor National Park, he has been a senior education leader focused on Biological, Environmental and Outdoor Education for over 20 years, which has been recognised by election to Fellowship of the Linnean Society. His current role includes not only the leadership of education for young people and adults, but also oversight of the listed estate and grade II* listed formal gardens of national importance. The College recently received a prestigious Silver Gilt award for a Sanctuary Garden at RHS Chelsea, the only college to have done so. Engagement with the environment and the way in which it supports human health and well-being is a core part of both the College’s and Luke’s vision, alongside biodiversity recovery and sustainable food production. 

Luke’s wider roles within Dorset include acting as Chair of Dorset’s Local Nature Partnership, Chair of the County Strategic Careers Group, and as Chair of both the Rural Group and Skills Boards for Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

 
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Prof Emily Shuckburg

Director

Cambridge Zero

University of Cambridge

Cambridge Zero is the University’'s major climate change initiative. She is also Professor of Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology

She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

At the University of Cambridge she is Director of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER), Academic Director of the Institute of Computing for Climate Science, and co-Director of the Centre for Landscape Regeneration. She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where her work included leading a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate. Prior to that she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT.  She has also acted as an advisor on climate to the UK Government in various capacities.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

She is Honorary President of the Aldersgate Group.

 
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Richard leads on the University of Manchester’s plans to achieve its target of zero carbon (Scope 1&2) by 2038.   Other areas of responsibility include enhancing on-campus biodiversity, waste reduction, developing a target for Scope 3 emissions and liaising with other areas of University activity including teaching and learning, research and public engagement.   Prior to joining UoM, Richard lead the Sustainability team at the BBC and created the original version of “albert”, a carbon calculator to measure the impact of TV and film production which is now used around the world.  

Richard Smith
Head of Environmental Sustainability
University of Manchester

 
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John is an environmentalist employed at Glasgow School of Art, engaging students and staff on environmental and social justice across the curriculum and on the GSA estate. 

He believes art can emotionally connect us to ourselves, each other, and wider nature to help us identify and welcome the changes needed to address crises like climate change. And that better design and architecture can deliver a healthier, cleaner and safer World. 

John Thorne

Sustainability Coordinator

 Glasgow School of Art

 
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Tamara Ullyart
Young Climate Activist and Speaker

Tamara is due to graduate from the University of York in 2023 with a BA in English Literature and Linguistics.

Her love for the natural world was cemented when she discovered David Attenborough at 6 years old. 

At 7, her family introduced her to the local Friends of the Earth group, involving her in a great many campaigns since then. 

At 16, Tamara was inspired to write her first speech after experiencing terrible air pollution during a visit to China. Therein she discovered a talent for public speaking, which quickly became her favourite form of activism. 

Last year, she was trained by the exciting political movement Green New Deal Rising, with whom she attended COP26.  

Now 21, Tamara has a growing portfolio of environmentally focused speeches, most notably for Extinction Rebellion’s ‘International Rebellion’ in London (2018). Recently, she was invited to be a Keynote Speaker at the Young Friends of the Earth Gathering, in July of this year. 

Tamara would like to find a vocation that uses her voice to inspire both climate action and hope, and that continues her desire to embrace the protection of the natural world and Climate Justice. 

 Her spare time is currently spent setting up a YouTube channel for her various speeches. She lives in the North East with her family and dogs.