Your Sustainability Contacts

Gaynor Delaney (MSc. DipFM MIWFM)

Head of Compliance and Sustainability 

Gaynor joined the university in July 2020 having spent the previous 20 years in senior leadership roles within the Facilities Management sector. Gaynor is fully committed to working in partnership with colleagues, students and external partners to minimise the environmental impact of the university, increase biodiversity and drive forward the net carbon zero agenda across its estate. 

Liz Thompson (MSc. BSc. PIEMA)

Environment and Sustainability Manager

Liz joined the team in March 2020 and is responsible for the coordination of the University's Environmental Management System, which is certified to ISO 14001. This includes carrying out regular internal audits, delivering training and setting the University's environmental objectives and targets each year.

Liz is responsible for engaging with staff and students across the University on environmental and sustainability issues. These can include aspects such as waste, carbon, biodiversity and procurement. 

Dr Chris Bussell

Pro-Vice Chancellor / Dean, College of Science and Engineering, and Executive Lead for Environmental Sustainability 

On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor's Executive, Chris Bussell has cross-University responsibility for leading the development, implementation and advancement of the University’s work in environmental sustainability.  This includes our environmental management system and carbon management plan, as well as the University’s biodiversity plan and inclusion of Responsible Futures within the curriculum. 

Chris also oversees the coordination of the University’s research allied to environmental sustainability through the work of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the DE-carbonise project and support to businesses across the D2N2 LEP to reduce their carbon emissions.  Chris is the Principal Investigator on the DUST Project – Derby’s Urban Sustainable Transition – which aims to reimagine Derby for a sustainable future and will create an augmented reality representation of the city capitalising on its blueways and greenways to increase the vibrancy and prosperity of Derby for all. 

Justine Males

Support Officer – Compliance and Sustainability 

Justine provides support to the Compliance and Sustainability Team working on projects such as the creation of campus nature trail signs, supporting Green Week activities and updating recycling signage. 

Jessica Gordon-Calvert

Project Officer - Student Engagement

As a member of the Student Engagement Department at the University, Jessica works to co-create green initiatives with students, promoting these to the wider student community. These activities include: facilitating the Derby Goes Green Group, which has a membership of both students and staff; working to promote sustainability and environment events and information; and providing opportunities for student voice around the topics to implement change at the University.

Jessica is an advocate for sustainability and the environment and works across teams and departments to champion these causes. 

Tony Walkington

Logistics Manager

Tony works on the development and implementation of the University’s Sustainable Travel Plan. 

Ciaron Walsh

Engineering Manager 

Ciaron’s role includes implementing energy savings through the management of the Building Management System. He is also heavily involved in the University's carbon management planning. 

Dr Chris Ribchester (BA, PhD, SFHEA, FRGS)

Associate Professor: Learning and Teaching 

Chris Ribchester is the Pedagogic Lead for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Derby. He works closely with colleagues across all academic disciplines exploring ways in which sustainability topics and debates can be embedded into the student learning experience. He co-chairs the Responsible Futures Steering Group and co-convenes the ESD Network, which is an important mechanism for bringing together staff from across the University to share practice and ideas. 

Kay Walker (BSc MSc CEnv)

Business Development Manager College of Science and Engineering 

Kay has been a Chartered Environmentalist since 2015 and joined the University in 2017, after 15 years in the private sector undertaking Environmental Assessments for infrastructure and development projects. On joining the University she was responsible for co-ordinating the start up of the Low Carbon Project. This was followed by a move to the College of Science and Engineering to undertake a business development role. Currently, Kay’s role includes Project Co-ordination for the DUST project- Derby’s Urban Sustainable Transition, alongside supporting Dr Chris Bussell, Executive Lead for Environmental Sustainability work across the institution. 

Dr Fred Paterson

Associate Professor, Sustainable Business and Clean Growth

Fred leads on Sustainable Business and the Green Economy for the Business Improvement Research Cluster. He is also Project Lead for the DE-Carbonise Business project which is an ERDF funded project that works with SMEs to decarbonise their operations and develop sustainable supply chains. Alongside this, Fred leads the Low Carbon Business Network that supports the interests of 150 pro-environmental SMEs across the region.

Dr Bruno Gallotta

Project Researcher

Bruno is a Researcher on the ERDF DE-Carbonise project, which is an ERDF funded project that works with SMEs to decarbonise their operations and develop sustainable supply chains. He is the lead researcher for the Sustainable Supply Chain cohort, providing pro-environmental consultancy and support for SMEs in the D2N2 region. Bruno's research topics include Sustainability Operations, Circular Economy applied to supply chains and innovation applied to SMEs.