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Jo has been leading the development of a new sector-wide concordat on the environmental sustainability of research practice. Jo also works closely with the UKRI Commercial team developing UKRI’s work on responsible procurement. 

Jo joined the UKRI sustainability team (based in NERC) in September 2020, moving across from the Knowledge Exchange (KE) team in Research England. Previously, 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.

Jo Allatt
Chartered Environmentalist and Senior Environmental Sustainability Programme Manager

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Charlotte Bonner


Charlotte joined the EAUC team in February 2023 as CEO and is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organisation. She has over fifteen years’ leadership experience across membership and tertiary education organisations where she’s focused on business development, transformational engagement and policy and advocacy.

Before joining us, most recently she was the Education and Training Foundation’s education for sustainable development (ESD) lead, and before that 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. She’s previously held senior teaching associate positions at the University of Bristol and was a sustainability consultant working with private and public sector clients prior to her tenure at NUS.

Charlotte has an MSc in energy and environmental technologies, is a Fellow of the RSA and a board member at Change Agents UK. She lives in Scarborough and is happiest when on her bike, traveling overland or cooking for friends.


Katy has led the development of wide-ranging sustainability initiatives at the University of Worcester. Her work focuses on the campus, working in the community and embedding sustainability in the curriculum. Overseeing the development of students as partners on major sustainability change programs and building sustainability skills with students and student volunteers Katy’s work has won several national and international awards.

Katy's research interests include frameworks for measuring sustainability culture in Higher Education, managing energy in student rented homes, an online magazine for students, academics and practitioners to engage students in sustainable development and developing bike share schemes. An EAUC fellow and part of the teaching team that devised the EAUC Emerging Leaders training for cross sector early career sustainability practitioners. Katy is a new Board member for Change Agents UK.

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Director of Sustainability
University of Worcester

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John has held senior positions across the international education sector for more than two decades, currently as Director, Partnerships UK at IESG - International Education Sustainability Group. His journey from marketing and international student recruitment through to operations, immigration and compliance has led him to take a keen interest in Sustainability and Net Zero in the #intled sector. 

As an Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA), Climate FRESK and Small99 CRAB facilitator, John is now focused on helping institutions use the IESG Climate Action Barometer to drive meaningful change in this critical area.

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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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Neil Glasser is Professor of Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University. He is
currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FELS),
a position he has held since 2018. He is a full member of the University Executive.
As well as the leadership of FELS, he is also responsible at Executive level for all
sustainability and environment issues across Aberystwyth University including the
Net Zero strategy. He is on the Board of EAUC and serves as both the Wales Branch
Convenor and EAUC Treasurer. His research and teaching interests are focused on
the relationship between climate, ice sheets and glaciers. He has published widely
on these topics in the Arctic, Antarctica, Andes and Himalayas.

Neil Glasser


Aberystwyth University

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Dr Victoria Hands empowers individuals and organisations to discover and adopt regenerative practices through collaborative strategy development and delivery, training, innovation and research. As Director of Sustainability at The Open University, Victoria coordinates a pan-institution matrix team to deliver sustainability, upskilling over 700 staff and students to become ‘carbon literacy’ certified. Victoria authored a 100-hour microcredential ‘Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for
Sustainability’ featuring five ways of working for sustainability and referred to as ‘game changing’ by learners. Victoria holds a PhD on implementing sustainability from the London School of Economics, where she also initiated the LSE sustainability team.

Victoria Hands

Director of Sustainability

Open University

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Michael is the longest-serving member of the sustainability service at the University of Leeds  and has developed and delivered a number of core projects in this time, but his passion has always been in the biodiversity field and he has led the University’s biodiversity programmes since 2010 and is the chair of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Biodiversity Community of Practice.
With a background in a variety of disciplines, from farming, landscaping, forestry, academic
research and practical conservation and events management, Michael has built up a wealth of experience in the strategic and practical delivery of biodiversity.

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Gavin became Chief Operating Officer at the University of Winchester in March
2020. Prior to this, he worked within the transport industry for 17 years, leading
him to become Managing Director of six bus companies across several counties
in Southern and Eastern England.
Gavin is originally from Troon in South Ayrshire, Scotland where he grew up, and
now lives in Bishops Waltham. He studied for an Honours Degree in Geography
and Urban Planning at Strathclyde University and then a Master of Science in
Business and Information Technology at Strathclyde Business School.
Gavin is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Diploma in Company
Direction. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and
Transport. Outside of work, Gavin is a keen walker and has completed the Three
Peaks Chellenge. He has also climbed the highest peak in North Africa – Mount
Within the University, Gavin is responsible for areas including Finance and
Planning, Registry, Estates and Facilities, Continuous Improvement Unit, ITS and
the Library.

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Nicola Kemp is a reader in Education for Sustainable Futures at Canterbury Christ Church
University. With an academic background in rural and environmental geography, her
research interests include children’s connection with nature, outdoor learning and
sustainability education.  She is co-editor of the Routledge book Good Education in a
Fragile World: The value of a Collaborative and Contextualised Approach to
Sustainability in Higher Education

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Simon is an award-winning academic recognised for his student-focused work in ESD and employability through the Times Higher Education ‘Most Innovative Teacher of Year’, a National Teaching Fellowship, and the Green Gowns ‘Sustainability Professional of the Year’ awards amongst others. He is the University Lead in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as part of the Southampton Sustainability Strategy where he is responsible for the embedding of sustainable development across the whole of the university curricula and student experience. He also set up and runs the ‘Meliora’ Student Sustainability Research Symposium and Journal programme.

Simon Kemp

University Lead, Education for Sustainable Development 

University of Southampton

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Briony is a climate change researcher whose work mainly focuses on communication and public engagement, the arts and culture sector, and social transformations across different sectors and scales. Her research has covered a range of areas such as co-designing climate resilient communities with older people, how arts and culture events can engage people with climate change, communicating climate justice with young adults, and sustainable travel. She is in the final stages of a PhD exploring universities’ responses to the climate crisis, specifically their climate emergency declarations and researchers’ engagement in climate action. Briony has a background in communications and the creative industry.

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Climate change researcher
Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), Cardiff University

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Melanie Lenehan is Principal and CEO of Fircroft College. She has been in post since 2016.
Previous to this role, Melanie has been in teacher in FE, HE and Adult Education. She has also worked in various leadership roles in a national adult education charity. She was a patron of the Centenary Commission on Adult Education in 2019. Melanie is passionate about adult education and
has lead work on education for sustainable development and social justice for many years and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education with a focus on adult educator’s agency in climate and social justice action. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Nottingham and is Chair of the Colleges West Midland’s Sustainable Futures Partnership. She is also Chair of the AoC’s Sustainability and Climate change reference group. Melanie is also a trustee of Birmingham Friends of the Earth.

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Colleges West Midlands Group

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Rufus Logan

Executive Lead, Sustainability & Environmental Management,
Estates Services

University of Strathclyde

Rufus’ career has been centred on supporting innovation across the built environment and enabling sustainable development at scale through the application of research outcomes, standards, and delivering demonstration projects, networks, and skills development.
Rufus joined the University of Strathclyde as Executive Lead Sustainability, providing leadership for the delivery of the University’s strategic priority for social and environmental sustainability. Rufus heads up the Sustainability and Environmental Management Team - Sustainable Strathclyde, which is part of the Estates Services Directorate. Prior to joining Strathclyde, Rufus worked for four years at the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) as Associate Director, Capital and Climate Change. SFC is Scottish Government’s non-departmental body responsible for the funding of Further and Higher education. Prior to SFC Rufus worked for
BRE (Building Research Establishment) for seventeen years in a variety of roles across the UK and internationally, notably nine years as Director, BRE Scotland. BRE is an independent research, standards and advisory business, wholly owned by a charity – the BRE Trust.

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Dr Lou Mycroft facilitates the Green Changemakers Programme at Fircroft College, which is a devolution project of the West Midlands and Warwickshire Combined Authority. 

After a career in community work, public health and social purpose FE, Lou now works with changemakers and policymakers, helping the sector move from good intentions to sustainable change. This takes graft, and there are still people looking for magic bullets, but change is in the air. She is a TEDx speaker (‘Ethics of Joy’), co-founder of the JoyFE Collective and a long-time Thinking Environment advocate. Momentum needs both potentia - joyful collective changemaking power - and pause.

Dr Lou Mycroft

Green Changemakers Programme

Fircroft College

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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.

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Heather is responsible for delivering the University's biodiversity net gain strategy, incorporating nature positive principles into the University’s operations and supply chain to achieve better outcomes for people and planet.

Heather Needham

Biodiversity Manger 

Oxford University

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Zoe Robinson is a Professor of Sustainability in Higher Education and Director of the
Institute for Sustainable Futures at Keele University. As Director of Education for
Sustainability at Keele for 10 years she had responsibility for embedding sustainability
across the curriculum and student experience. Zoe is a researcher, educator and practitioner in the field of sustainability science with a background in sustainability transformation, the energy transition, climate education, and glacial environments. In recognition of her work in education for sustainability, Zoe was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2012, is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and was shortlisted in the ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ category of the Times Higher Education Award in 2019. Zoe has worked in an advisory capacity on education for sustainability for a number of national organisations and is Co-Chair of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges.
Zoe also currently Co-Chairs the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Climate Commission,
bringing together leaders in organisations from different sectors across the region to
collaborate on accelerating and aligning action on climate and nature recovery

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Emma de Saram (she/her) is a 22 year old climate justice activist, Vice President for Liberation and Equality at the University of Exeter and trustee for SOS-UK. She has worked across several national climate campaign groups including Green New Deal Rising, Extinction Rebellion and Stop Rosebank, and has spoken about her activism at Chatham House, COP26 and the Global Progress Summit. At University, she led the successful ‘£2 meal deal campaign’ and is currently advocating with the student campaign Shell Out Exeter as part of the international Fossil Free Research coalition which aspires for educational institutions to disassociate from fossil fuel companies. In her home town, she started up a community volunteer led repair café alongside her mum. Emma has recently been elected as President of her Student Union.

Emma de Saram

Vice President for Liberation and Equality
University of Exeter

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Beth leads on the organisation and delivery of impactful programmes that aim to give all
students at the University of Cambridge access to the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to a net-zero carbon world. This includes the Green Careers Festival, a climate
entrepreneurship competition, summer internships, and a postgraduate climate research
network. She is also a key member of the ActNowFilm team, advocating for the integration of youth voices in climate change negotiations at COP. Before Cambridge Zero, she served as Vice President Community at Edinburgh University Students’ Association, where she was
elected to represent over 45,000 students on issues related to housing and sustainability.

Elizabeth Simpson
Student Engagement Coordinator
Cambridge Zero

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Candy Snelling is the Associate Director for Estates and Sustainability at the Natural Environmental Research Council. Her specialist interests are in carbon reduction, sustainability in project & programme management and good governance.
She lives in the Cotswolds and if she could, would spend every day running over the hills.

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I work within the Estates Division Environmental Sustainability Team as our
Environment Team Manager. We provide strategic direction, expert advice and operational support to help the University achieve its environmental sustainability commitments.
Among other work areas I currently lead on the delivery of the University's Biodiversity Action Plan, along with all other work strands relating to biodiversity including the role of secretariat of the University's Ecological Advisory Panel and support our strategic planning team to deliver Biodiversity Net Gain within our capital projects. I have a background in community engagement, outdoor learning and environmental education working for two of our largest Wildlife Trusts. Our new Biodiversity Manager started new in post with us yesterday and they may also come along to support this session once they are up to speed.

Rachel Steward

Environmental Team Manager

Estates Division

Envioronmental Sustainability Team

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Emily works closely with UNEP and UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to encourage universities to measure their net impacts on nature and set ambitious targets and actions to move towards “Nature Positive”. Emily is an anthropologist who has worked in sustainability for 10 years, in areas such as eco-housing, hemp textiles production, and developing a sustainability framework for One Planet Living using ecological footprinting. 

Emily Stott

Nature Positive Universities Coordinator

University of Oxford

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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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James is Managing Director of ECD Architects and author of ‘EnerPHit - A Step by Step Guide to Low-Energy Retrofit’. He is a Certified Passivhaus Designer with over 20 years’ experience in low-energy design. James obtained an MSc in Advanced Energy & Environmental Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology and is a graduate of the University of Liverpool school of Architecture. He has a particular interest in Post- Occupancy Evaluation as a means of improving building handover issues and addressing the gap between predicted and actual performance. In recent years James has been involved in a number of pioneering
projects which address the future of building refurbishment in the UK. He has created partnerships between industry and academia to improve wider learning and is passionately committed to creating attractive, affordable and sustainable environments that meet the long-term needs of the building user.

James Traynor

Managing Director at ECD Architects

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Harriet Wallace

Sustainability Strategy Director

Imperial College

Harriet Wallace is a scientist by training and a policy, strategy and change practitioner by
profession. She is currently Director Sustainability Strategy at Imperial College, London
where she is leading the programme to implement Imperial’s sustainability strategy. She has had a lifelong interest in how we can make the most of science’s potential: for understanding the world better; for solving real-world problems; and to inform and influence both policy- making and human behaviours. She previously worked in government for many years, most recently as Director International Research and Innovation at BEIS - leading on the government’s science and innovation relationship with the rest of Europe and the world and sponsoring several Public Sector Research Establishments including the National Physical Laboratory and the Met Office; and before that leading development of the government’s Clean Air Strategy at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs. Before joining government, she worked at Unilever on social and environmental responsibility and their corporate brand.

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Charlotte joined NTU in August 2022 as Sustainability Manager, overseeing the programme management of activity to meet NTUs ambitious Net Zero Carbon targets. She works closely with the Net Zero Carbon work streams of Travel & Transport, Supply Chain, Partner Accommodation and Energy & Water to help plan, implement and monitor Net Zero initiatives at NTU. She heads up a small team within the Sustainability Team that works on net zero initiatives, student engagement and NTUs Cycle Workshop . Charlotte has a wealth of experience including 10 years working in local government in energy management and carbon reduction, plus more recently held roles as a Climate Resilience Manager and a Sustainability Programme Manager for one of the largest civil service organisations in the UK. Charlotte’s passion is for climate resilience and adaptation, ensuring that NTU prepared for the current and projected impacts of climate change.

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Sustainability Manager  Nottingham Trent University


At Imperial Mark Wilkinson supports the university & directly managed operations on the journey to Net Zero. He has an interest in sustainable business management and is
currently studying for an apprenticeship MBA with a focus on Sustainability and Net
Zero. He is actively involved in promoting Sustainability at Imperial, within the sector
through the EAUC and the local community through South KenZen+.

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Jeremy Woods is a Professor of Sustainable Development at Imperial College London
working on the interplay between development, human and environmental health, land-use
and the sustainable use of natural resources. In the lead-up to the 2015 Paris Climate
Agreement, he coordinated the land/food/bioenergy and climate science components of the Global Calculator and led the development of the Financial Times COP21 Climate Calculator ( This work continues to be highly influential, supporting national and international climate negotiations and in 2020 we completed the European Calculator for the European Commission aimed at supporting Europe’s transitionto a low carbon economy. With over 40 national calculators having been built and more under construction, alongside city and regional calculators, an International 2050 Calculator Programme was initiated to help support national and global transitions to sustainable, just and climate resilient futures. He is now leading the development of an Imperial 2040 Net Zero Carbon Calculator to guide the low carbon development of HE institutions in the UK.

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