At Sheffield, we recognise that sustainable development cannot be adequately addressed by a single individual or team working in isolation. These complex problems span many areas of our operations and require a holistic approach to overcome.

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Sustainability at Sheffield brings together our strengths as an institution. Our academics are researching the solutions to our social and environmental challenges, our professional services staff are delivering sustainability projects across campus and our dedicated and passionate students ensure student priorities are represented. Our sustainability governance structures reflect these strengths to make sure that our work is informed by the latest research and students are involved in shaping our agenda.   

The University’s sustainability work is managed and implemented by two groups.  

Sustainability Steering Group

The Sustainability Steering Group is our highest dedicated sustainability group and reports directly to the University Executive Board (UEB). Its membership includes the Vice-Presidents for Research and Education, the Executive Director of Corporate Services, as well as the University's Chief Financial Officer, allowing it to make decisions and assign budgets to sustainability projects when required. The Steering Group is responsible for delivering the University Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan. Throughout Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan delivery, Steering Group representatives will report to UEB on a quarterly basis. This will include reporting carbon emissions reductions and other central key performance indicators.    

Membership of the Sustainability Steering Group

Chair and University Executive Board Sponsor for Sustainability
Professor Susan Hartley, Vice-President for Research

University Executive Board Member
Joanne Jones, Chief Financial Officer 

Education for Sustainable Development Lead
Professor Matt Marshall, Deputy Vice-President for Education

Faculty Representative
Professor Neil Sims, Faculty Director of One University - Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Group Representative
Steve Foxley, Chief Executive Officer

Professional Services Lead for Sustainability
Tracy Wray, Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations

Academic Lead for Sustainability
Dr Rachael Rothman, Co-Director of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Student Lead for Sustainability
Sam Timson, Students' Union Welfare and Sustainability Officer

Estates and Facilities Management Representative
Keith Lilley, Director of Infrastructure

Sustainability Delivery Group

The Sustainability Delivery Group brings together staff and student representatives from across the University. Each member of the group is responsible for organising, resourcing and delivering cross-cutting sustainability projects and embedding sustainable values throughout the institution. It is co-chaired by the academic and professional services members of the Sustainability Steering Group. The breadth of departments represented in the Delivery Group allows us to ensure that we have a joined-up approach to embedding good sustainable practice across the University. This group meets on a bi-monthly basis on alternate months to the Steering Group.

Membership of the Sustainability Delivery Group


Tracy Wray, Professional Services Lead for Sustainability 

Dr Rachael Rothman, Academic Lead for Sustainability 

Academic Members

Professor Lenny Koh, Head, Energy Institute

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Culture

Dr Matt Watson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography

Professor Gareth K Phoenix, School of Biosciences

Student Representatives

Jo Campling, Sheffield Students' Union Welfare and Sustainability Officer

Chair of Student Sustainability Committee

Professional Services Staff

Caryn Masters, Director of Accommodation and Commercial Services

Peter Anstess, General Manager Retail Operations

Andrew Massey, Principal Engineer (Energy)

Phil Riley, Energy Manager

Charlotte Winnert, Environment and IMS Manager

Natalie Blake, Sustainability Projects Assistant

Deborah Beck, Grantham Centre Manager

Dr Sarah Want, Director of Partnerships and Regional Engagement

James Merryclough, Sustainability and Communications Manager

Madeleine Ruse, Sustainability Communications Assistant (Secretary)

Elizabeth Tidswell, Head of Procurement

Rosalind Farrow, Carbon Data Manager

Dr Andy Bell, Design and Prototyping Group, AMRC

Paul Bunting, EHSQ Manager, Nuclear AMRC

Our sustainability strategy

We have set the principles and direction for our sustainability strategy