Your MAC representatives

We’re pleased to announce the following EAUC Members are appointed to the Member Advisory Council (MAC), following a Member vote.

We encourage you to get in contact as they exist to represent your views and your voice.

In alphabetical order:

Current MAC Representatives

Aled Jones

Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

I am the inaugural Director of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. Previously I was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Within our institute we aim to develop research across the breadth of sustainability with core strengths in climate change policy, ecosystems, education for sustainability and consumer behaviour change. I chair a working group for Greg Barker MP, Minister for Climate Change, looking at how to scale up investments into solutions to tackle climate change and have been recognised for my work in the field of international climate finance by the State of California. I have led several teams in the field of sustainability and also acted as the facilitator for the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, the P8 Group of pension funds and the ClimateWise group of insurers and have been the director for numerous sustainability and climate change education programmes.
Aled Jones

Andy Nolan

Director of Sustainability, University of Nottingham

I have 7 years experience of work in the FHE sector and became a Member of the EAUC in 1999 through my work with The University of Bradford, then Leeds Metropolitan University. I was a key figure in the early stages of the development of EcoCampus and the BitC Environment Index (Universities that Count developed from this) and worked closely with the HEEPI team. I took on the role of Convenor of the EAUC during my 3½ years as Environment Manager at The University of Sheffield leading the EAUC through a transformational phase. I bring 6 years experience of working in a strategic role in local government, shaping local policy and working closely with civil servants in Whitehall. I have experience of working in policy development with Ministers in both DfT, DECC and Defra having chaired the Core Cities Climate Change Working Group. I took up post as Director of Sustainability at The University of Nottingham in December 2013.
Andy Nolan

Bec Bennett

Environment & Sustainability Officer, University of Salford

In the last ten years I have had experience as an Environmental Consultant as well as sustainability management roles in a number of different HE institutions and for a short time at the EAUC itself. I am currently the Environment and Sustainability Officer at University of Salford where I am responsible for establishing and developing the Environmental Sustainability Strategy and leading the Carbon Management Plan, including leading on carbon management and reporting, EcoCampus, waste management, sustainable food policy, biodiversity management, sustainable procurement, sustainable construction policy and supporting education for sustainability. Previously I have worked as Environmental Officer at Birmingham City University and Head of the Cultural Change team in the Office of Environmental Sustainability at Monash University Melbourne, Australia. I have good experience of initiating environmental strategy at institutions and the challenges that are faced in doing so as well as experience in an institution with a more developed strategic sustainability plan.
Bec Bennett

Brid Conneely

International Eco-Schools Director - Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

Having lived in Copenhagen for 30 years, I joined the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) as the International Eco-Schools Director in September 2012 when FEE based their Head Office in Copenhagen.

I am an Irish citizen with a background in management, pedagogy and, in more recent years, environment. From 2006 – 2011, I worked for the British Council as Partnerships and Projects Manager, focusing on climate change and carbon footprint projects and was sustainability manager.

Previously, I have been employed as Director for Tourism Ireland in Copenhagen.  I am the co-founder of the climate campaign 10:10Denmark. I have had my own business working as translator, editor, teacher - teaching English and writing materials for beginners up to university level.

I have been a member of various boards – Copenhagen Beekeeping Association, Ravnsborg Residence Association.  Currently developing the FEE EcoCampus sector of our Eco-Schools programme. I am looking forward to working with other EAUC members on the Member Advisory Council.
Brid Conneely

Fraser Lovie

Policy Advisor, University of Aberdeen

Since joining the University in 2007, my role has included policy advice across a range of sustainability issues (including procurement, curriculum, food, fair trade and environment), being an advocate for a ‘whole-institution’ approach to sustainability, leading on sector benchmarking submissions (e.g. Universities that Count and the Green League) and supporting the efforts of Estates colleagues.  I’ve also been involved in policy development in areas as diverse as cultural engagement, internationalisation, and complaints & appeals handling. In 2009 I was invited to chair the EAUC’s Scotland Branch and am proud to have been part of the team that developed and launched the successful Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland.   As part of that Branch role I represented Scotland on the EAUC’s Board, and enjoyed four years contributing to a robust, healthy debate that saw the role of the Board transformed and the direction and ambition of the EAUC expanded.
Fraser Lovie

Gil Snook

Head of Estates, City College Plymouth

I am Head of Estates at a large FE College. We have been engaging with the sustainability agenda since the mid-1990s.  We are now actively involved with energy management; waste management; BREEAM and sustainable construction; transport strategies; Fairtrade and local purchasing; and growing interest in the area of biodiversity. I set up our cross college sustainability working group, which I continue to chair alongside our Sustainability officer. I was on the board of the EAUC for 5 years and continue to be active with the AOC/SW  estates and sustainability meetings. I attend the EAUC conferences which are a highlight of the year. I was the Colleges preventative in an EU funded, transnational project focusing in low energy technologies for construction (BRITA in PuBs). By training I am a Chartered Building Surveyor being a member of the RICS.
Gil Snook

Grant Anderson

Environmental Manager, Nottingham Trent University

I have worked as a HE sustainability professional for 6 years at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). I am currently responsible for heading up the sustainability programme at the University. During my time working at NTU and with support from my colleagues, I have delivered a range of sustainability projects. My knowledge and experience is broad. It predominately focuses upon estates and operations but I have also enjoyed working in other areas. For example, developing an Education of Sustainable Development programme, expanding environmental volunteering opportunities and lots of partnership work.
Grant Anderson

Ian Lane

Energy & Environmental Manager, University of the Arts London

I am sustainability professional with experience of energy management, carbon reduction and sustainable regeneration in the urban environment.  Having worked for over a decade in sustainability, I joined the University of the Arts London in late 2012. As Energy & Environmental Manager I am the strategic lead for the implementation of the University’s Carbon Management Plan, Environmental Management System and Energy Performance Contract. I have also previously represented the academic sector, (University of London) public sector (The Environment Agency, London Borough of Southwark, Redbridge Council and Barking and Dagenham Council) as well as the private sector (RPS Ltd). Before joining the University of London, I was closely involved with the delivery of the London Thames Gateway Heat Main project to  connect diverse sources of affordable low/zero carbon heat to existing and new developments helping to create sustainable communities by reducing fuel poverty. I am also a qualified BREEAM/Ska assessor and a (vocal) Director of the Energy Managers Association (2011 -).
Ian Lane

Ian Rowe

Head of Health, Safety & Sustainability, Coleg Gwent

I am currently Head of Health, Safety & Sustainability at Coleg Gwent with over 16 years’ experience of working in the Estates & Facilities department at one of the largest Further Education colleges in Wales. My main responsibility is to ensure that sustainability is a core principal of the college. In doing so I have successfully implemented ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 across all 5 campuses of the college, along with level 5 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standards. In addition to this  I am the college lead on the development and management of policies and plans regarding Waste Management, Carbon Management, Energy Management, Travel plans, Biodiversity, Wellbeing and all Health & Safety related issues.  I am an active member of the Welsh EAUC branch and Chair of the Colegau Cymru / Welsh Colleges Estates, Safety and Sustainability Network Group.
Ian Rowe

Jamie Agombar

Head of Sustainability, NUS

I am a senior manager at NUS and, working across the NUS Group, head up the successful Ethical and Environment Department. Over eight years in the role, I have overseen development of NUS’s award-winning national engagement programme; greening students, students’ unions, institutions, communities and suppliers.

In 2010/11, my team delivered Degrees Cooler – an engagement programme that led to swings in behaviours of up to 15% across 90,000 students and staff; Green Impact Universities and Colleges – a departmental accreditation scheme at 35 institutions covering 630 departments containing 36,000 staff; a major Defra-funded action based research project into the barriers and motivators of pro-environmental behaviours; the HEA/NUS survey into first-year students’ attitudes to, and skills in, sustainable development.

I sit on a total of nine sector sustainability committees and roundtables, and my specialist interests are behaviour change theory and delivery, student and staff engagement and education for sustainable development.
Jamie Agombar

Jo Shields

Sustainability Manager, Loughborough University

I have 17 years of experience working in environmental sustainability in the HE sector which includes a number of years on the EAUC board.  I have worked at an operational level as an Environmental & Energy Manager and have contributed to improvements in waste management delivery for the sector, best practise guides and delivery of policy through HEEPI.  I was involved with the EcoCampus pilot and Universities that Count ( BiTC)  index development.   My current role of Sustainability Manager is strategic and involves delivering sustainability across all aspects of my organisation with particular emphasis on teaching, research and operations.  I have specific experience in behaviour change, biodiversity, community projects and social engagement. I have an MSc in Environmental Pollution Control and am an Associate Member to the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.  I have been a member of the EAUC for 15 years and am a Senior Manager within Facilities Management.
Jo Shields

Jon Emmett

Sustainability Project Officer, London School of Economics

I have worked in the HE sustainability sector for over 3 years, initially at the University of East London, and now at the London School of Economics.  During that time I have:

  • Led a wide range of initiatives, including on energy, waste, water, biodiversity and transport, and EMS implementation.
  • Led staff and student engagement and training programmes.
  • Developed sustainability-related taught modules in collaboration with academics. 
  • Advised on the impact of government policy and legislation. 
  • I am currently developing a new Sustainability Strategy for LSE in collaboration with stakeholders across the School.

I sit on the Executive Committee of the London Universities Environment Group (LUEG) as the Members’ Representative, and I am a member of the People and Planet Green League Oversight Group. I previously worked at Forum for the Future, a sustainability NGO, where I worked on demonstrating the business case for sustainability in the private and public sectors.
Jon Emmett

Mark Durdin

Maintenance Officer (Energy & Sustainability), Cardiff University

I have spent 21 years working within the HE estate at two separate Universities in South Wales. I am currently responsible for energy and sustainability within the University estate, covering such diverse issues as Waste, Cleaning, Biodiversity, Carbon Emissions, EPCs and DECs, and awareness training. I have previously been responsible for Environmental Management Systems and Travel Planning.

Prior to working in the HE sector I worked for a Rural Local Authority as an electrical design engineer, designing the electrical infrastructure for buildings ranging from schools to a state of the art police station. In addition, I specialised in Fire and Security systems for all the buildings within the authority’s care.
Mark Durdin

Maureen Ellis

Associate Lecturer, Open University

Teacher Training, consultancies and publications in Applied Linguistics and Inter-cultural education in over 50 countries. Work experience in Eastern Europe, Middle East, SE Asia. Employed by UK universities, exam bodies, publishers, British Council, both in the UK and abroad. Have frequently submitted reports to Ministries of Education overseas. Expertise in Language and Communication for governance, science, international relations and business. Regularly present at international and national conferences; published textbooks for teachers and students; reviewed work in ELTJ; conducted research involving 400+ teachers at Institute of Education and other HEIs. I’m currently Coordinator of Global Issues SIG, one of 14 SIGs of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), which had its 45th annual conference at Brighton in April this year. At the Open University, elected positions on the Associate Lecturers Assembly, on Faculty Committee, and this year relinquish a role on Education and Professional Development.
Maureen Ellis

Pearl Costello

Environmental Officer - Royal Agricultural University

I am a passionate sustainability professional who has spent the past 3 years developing the environmental strategy and management system for the Royal Agricultural University. I feel that my innovative thinking, vision and communication skills have directly contributed to the successes in this area, including significant carbon, water and energy reductions, a Guardian University Award and ISO14001 certification. I think this background will help me represent smaller and more specialist institutions as I can understand the specific challenges they face, such as lower resources or a smaller pool of already engaged students.

I have also been committed to the EAUC since joining the sector, from being on the Conference Programme Panel in 2014 to recently becoming convener of the South West Regional Group; as well as regularly participating in jiscmail discussions.
Pearl Costello

Stephen Connor

Process and Best Practice Co-ordination Manager, APUC

I have worked in procurement for 12 years in both private and public sector. In my role as Process and Best Practice Manager at APUC I have a role of trying to embed best practice and sustainability has been a key focus for APUC and for me personally. Recently APUC has worked with EAUC-Scotland and Edinburgh University to run a series of Topic Support Network sessions. I also sit on the EAUC-Scotland Forum and have been a judge for the Green Gown awards. I have recently completed SAI8000 auditor training focussed on worker’s rights. I am also a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. I feel that with in depth knowledge public procurement along with a keen interest and understanding of sustainability issues I would be well placed to try and bring to different perspective to the MAC as well as promote the work of EAUC to the wider procurement community.
Stephen Connor

Trudy Cunningham

Environmental and Sustainability Officer, University of Dundee

I have been in my current position for nearly 4 years. I started working for the university as a campaigns assistant whilst studying for my degrees. I have qualifications in Environmental Science, Sustainable Development , Renewable Energy and environmental modelling. I am an active member of several topic support networks in Scotland and co-convene the transport TSN. I am also a member of the operations (climate change) consultation group for UTC. I am a committee member of various organisations; Dundee Fair Trade Forum, Dundee in Bloom, Dundee transition group, Dundee partnership for the environment, TACTRAN sustainable transport group, both directly and indirectly connected with my role at the university. I first ‘preached’ to my mother about CFCs and the ozone layer over 30 years ago after reading an article about CFCs in aerosols. I promptly banned my mother from buying any more spray cans and I haven’t stopped warning and informing people about climate change since.
Trudy Cunningham

Zoe Robinson

Director of Education for Sustainability

I am a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Physical Geography.  I started lecturing at Keele in 2004 following a period of time working as a Geologist/Hydrogeologist with an environmental consultancy, working primarily in the area of landfill site management, contaminated land remediation and human health risk assessment.

My current research interests are in hydrogeological systems in glacial environments, and sustainability-related work ranging from the use of knowledge networks in communities for energy reduction, strategies for fuel poverty mitigation, and sustainability education, with particular emphasis on the link between employability and sustainability and the role of sustainability in organisations.  This expertise in sustainability education has resulted in me leading Keele University’s strategy for embedding Sustainability in the Student Experience.  I also carry out significant sustainability outreach work, working closely with a range of organisations to deliver sustainability education to school children, school teachers and the wider public, through our award-winning environmental education group, Science for Sustainability
Zoe Robinson

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