Environmental Steering Group

The Environmental Steering Group (ESG) includes representatives from the Students' Union and staff from across the institution.

The steering group will advise the Executive and Governing Council on environmental issues.



Nick Antonopoulos Pro Vice-Chancellor Research 
Rosemary Horry Corporate Lead on Environment and Sustainability
Helen Rutherford Quality and Compliance Manager 
Anne Downes Energy Officer
Neil Williams Director of IT
Richard Walsh Chaplaincy
Steve Taylor Senior Technician CLaNS
Joel Klaff Lecturer, Derby Law School
Rob Fowler Team Co-coordinator Business and Student Services
Fred Paterson Lecturer, College of Business
Len Tildsley Principle of Buxton and Leek College
Anne Danby College Lead Quality Learning & Enhancement
Mark Travers Operations Director and Head DSRL and Commercial Services
Paul Lynch Head of Department of Natural Science CLaNS
Claire Banks Assistant Financial Accountant, Finance
Helen Beckett Business Accountant, Finance 
Heather Turley Production Editor, Marketing
Chris Meynell Manager of Blends and the SU Bar, UDSU
David Lochtie Student Voice and Development Manager
Student Member We do not issue the details of any student in this group.

A number of full-time staff members have environmental and sustainability responsibilities as part of their job role.

Working Groups

To more easily divide up tasks and work on our action and objectives we have split up the ESG into 4 working groups that will work on the overall environmental aims and report back to the ESG. The groups are as follows:

Biodiversity Group 

This group is tasked with working on the objectives of our Biodiversity Action Plan and help promote our biodiversity to staff and students. Their objectives are;

Carbon Management Group

This group is tasked with working on the objectives for our Carbon Management plan and helping draft our new Carbon Management Plan going forward.  Their objectives are;

Responsible Futures Group 

This group is tasked with working on the embedding sustainability into everything we do at the University, whether that be Sustainable Procurement or Education for Sustainable Development.

Communications Group 

This group is tasked with promoting the works and initiatives we do at the University and trying to improve student and staff engagement. All other groups will feed into this group with the works they are doing, where it will then be the Communication Groups job to publicise this. Their objectives are;


To find out more about our Research and the people involved please visit Research & Teaching.


To find out more about how we work with the wider community, and our staff and students please visit our How to get involved page.

Athens Ethical Principles

On 23 June 2016, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell committed the University to upholding the Athens Ethical Principles on modern slavery. The declaration, which was also witnessed and signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Derby, is a public declaration that we will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to human trafficking and modern slavery.

Signed Athens Pledge