Environmental steering group


Working to make the University of Derby a more sustainable university

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 on this group.

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

  • Rosemary Horry acts as corporate lead for environment and sustainability, reporting to Professor Antonopoulos and is responsible for the implementation of ISO14001 and staff/student engagement programmes. 
  • Anne Downes works as the Energy Officer and is responsible for the Carbon Management Plan implimentation and reporting 
  • Helen Rutherford works as the Quality and Compliance Manager who is responsible for a wide range of environmental projects, environmental engagement and awareness projects, Estate Management legal compliance, ISO 14001 implementation and maintaining the accreditation, waste management and aspects of quality within the Estate Management department.
  • James Brown is the Transport Manager, is responsible for implementing the University's Travel Plan.

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 from our Biodiversity Action Plan, and help promote our biodiversty to staff and students. Click Biodiversity Group Objectives to find more info on their objectives.
  • 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. Click Carbon Group Objectives to find out more info on their objectives.
  • 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 be then be the Communication Groups job to publicise this. Click Communication Group Objectives to find more info on their objectives.


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

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