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How we are organised

How we are organised

Environmental Sustainability is everybody’s responsibility at Royal Holloway

As such, we include Environmental Sustainability in our staff inductions, as well as a guided tour of our Living Campus – helping all colleagues to realise how they can get involved in our work.

Our governance

Supported by our central Sustainability Programme Team, the majority of our Environmental Sustainability Strategy is delivered by operational teams across Royal Holloway’s Professional Services and Academic Schools.

Our Environmental Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) is made up of representation from these teams and provides strategic coordination for this work and monitors and reports our progress.

In turn, the Environmental Sustainability Working Group reports to the Senior Leadership Team and College Council through the chair (also the University’s Executive Lead for Environmental Sustainability) and deputy chair.

The University’s Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Julie Sanders, and Independent Council Member, Sarah King, are also accountable for Environmental Sustainability at their respective tiers of governance.


About our Sustainability Programme Team

Based in the Estates Department and sharing resource with a number of other teams, our core Sustainability Programme Team supports colleagues across the entire University. The team is responsible for central planning, data management, communications and engagement, and also leads a number of energy, waste, water and biodiversity initiative.


About the Environmental Sustainability Working Group

Led by chair Professor Klaus Dodds, Executive Dean of the School of Life Sciences and the Environment and member of Royal Holloway’s Senior Leadership Team, and deputy chair Mark Berry, Head of Sustainability, the Environmental Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) is a strategic body that ensures consistent reporting and a cohesive approach to core activities like communications and data management.

The group meets quarterly, and as well as the secretariat, membership extends to environmental sustainability leads representing six delivery themes and five supporting activities:

  1. Estates – Mike Berry, Director of Estates
  2. Green travel – Piers Long, Deputy Director of Estates (Projects)
  3. Commercial Services – Darren Coventry, Head of Catering
  4. IT Services – Ben Hawkey, Technical Architect
  5. Research & education – Professor Dell Olsen, Professor of Poetry and Poetics
  6. Living Campus – Jonathan Howe, Head of External Spaces
  • Finance – Rachel Burgess, Head of Financial Control
  • Strategic Planning – Gill Beech, Head of Strategy implementation & Anastasia Holley, Data Analyst
  • Communications – Stephanie Irwin, Deputy Director of Marketing & Emma Kay, IT Communications and Digital Content Specialist
  • Students’ Union – Hannah Hockin, Students’ Union President
  • Procurement – Mayele Yambila, Operational Procurement Manager
  • Student Journey - Phil Simcock, Interim Head of Careers

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