Meet the team

We work to enhance the sustainability of the university or within our wider communities, which filters across the Group with many people having responsibility for various aspects. Below are a few examples of key roles with direct responsibility and contribution to sustainability at Coventry University:

Senior Leadership

Governance and delivery of the Environmental Management policy and sustainability performance is the overall responsibility of:

  • Ian Marshall (Deputy-Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer)

In addition, senior leads for aspects of sustainable development include:

  • SDG Accord - Jo Dobson (Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Group Policy)
  • Sustainability in Teaching and Learning - Andrew Turner (Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning)
  • Sustainability within Estates, Facilities, and Catering – Michael Ricketts (Interim Director of Estates)

Catering

  • Michael Ricketts (Head of Estates Soft Services)
  • Ais Reynolds (Catering and Retail Manager)

Environment Team

Is responsible for managing and coordinating sustainable development across the University Group and reporting on progress. Our Environmental Management Policy defines how we control our impacts, and our Environmental Management System ensures we continuously perform and improve. The team also has a strategic role in planning for how University responds to climate change, changes to legislation and local and national policy.

Engagement and participation in our activities is critical to how we work. We work closely with curriculum and research teams to support activates and be able to view and report on our performance across the University. The team:

  • Selina Fletcher (Group Head of Sustainability)
  • Jo Sharman (Sustainability Advisor)
  • Michael Checkley (Energy Manager)
  • Ellie Rathbone (Energy and Data Administrator)
  • Paid Student posts equating to 0.5 FTE

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The CSR team are responsible for delivering the CSR framework. This supports community action which aligns to our role as a Civic University. Within the framework we focus on the provision of education opportunities for people from all backgrounds, improving accessibility and opportunities within our communities. Enterprise and innovation is embedded in the culture of the university and is key to creating a sustainable future, our social enterprise hub is a registered social enterprise and supports the community in nurturing new social start-ups. We also seek to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

CSR Team

  • Natalie Smith (CSR Manager)

Coventry University Social Enterprise

Find out more about social enterprise and the SDGs in the latest annual report.

The team:

  • Summayyah Hussain (Manager of The Enterprise Hub)
  • Mariama Njie (Social Enterprise Programme Manager)
  • Donna Preece (Enterprise Programme Manager)
  • Harriett Alice (EU Project Co-ordinator)

Our Fablab team bring social enterprise and sustainable ‘making’ into the community. Encouraging local residents to gain skills and develop products to support employment. These project are based around the circular economy with the Eco Furniture Factory bringing old furniture back to life.

  • Helen Lewis (Fablab Manager)
  • Kevin Taylor (Technical Skills Instructor)

Sustainable Curriculum

Sustainability is embedded within our curriculum framework, utilising the SDGs as a guide to deliver teaching and other opportunities that support sustainable development. This work is led by:

  • Andrew Turner (Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning)

The Curriculum 2025 team have a specific role in monitoring and developing sustainability impact within courses.

  • Alexandra-luliana Negoita (Academic Marketing Assistant)
  • Daisy Younger (VCO Curriculum 2025 Student Internship)

We also have dedicated academic staff within Faculties and professional services that work on sustainability integration in the curriculum.

Coventry University Students Union (CUSU)

The student's union actively work on sustainability initiatives and have a ‘community’ of students engaged in activities to support sustainability. Several members of Students' Union Staff sit on the working group and encourage sustainable practises.

  • Michael Lappin (SU Director of Enterprise)
  • Hannah Beck (SU Community & Inclusion Assistant Manager)
  • Rachel Nafzger (SU Campaigns and Community Coordinator)

Research Teams

One of the core focus themes of our research is Sustainability and Resilience. Four of our research institutes are wholly aligned to sustainability with research teams dedicated to developing solutions and practices that can generate sustainable change.

  • Research Institute for Clean Growth & Future Mobility (Led by Carl Perrin)
  • Research Institute for Sustainability, Equity & Resilience (Led by Michel Pimbert)
  • Research Institute for Peace, Security & Social Justice (Led by David McIlhatton)
  • Research Institute Research Institute for Responsible Business, Economies & Society (Led by Nigel Berkeley)

Dr David Bek and Dr Jill Timms were recently Highly Commended in the Green Gown Awards for their work in supporting the cut-flower industry to adopt sustainable practices.

Within the Institute for Sustainability, Equality and Resilience CAWR’s research focuses on developing new knowledge in social, agroecological, hydrological and environmental processes, as well supporting communities in developing resilience. The team has a wealth of expertise all focussed on sustainability and resilience within specialist subject matter.

  • Damian Lawler (Deputy Director) - Floods and climate drivers ; Urban hydrology and water quality ; Fluvial processes and bank erosion dynamics.
  • Julia Wright – Quantum Thinking for Agroecology, Cuban farming and food systems, Agriculture and human nutrition.
  • Moya Kneafsey – Culture economies, Participatory research methods, Short food chains, local and community food initiatives.

View the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience staff list.

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