Environmental steering group


Working to make the University of Derby a greener place

 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 
Vincent Ryan Environmental Assistant
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
Richard Foster Head of Procurement, Finance
Joel Fagg Assistant Director (Operations) FE Division, Buxton and Leek
Heather Turley Production Editor, Marketing
Chris Meynell Manager of Blends and the SU Bar, UDSU
David Lochtie Student Voice and Development Manager
Student Member Due to Data Protection, we do not issue the name and email address 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, Estate Management legal compliance, ISO 14001 implimentation, waste management and aspects of quality within the Estate Management department.
  • Vincent Ryan is the Environmental Assistant, and works on environmental engagement and awareness projects, communication and waste management.  
  • James Brown is the Transport Manager, is responsible for implementing the University's Travel Plan.

Student and staff engagement 

Students and staff participate in the Students' Union's green committee and the University's Environmental Steering Group. 

In September 2016, we ran our second annual Nature Connections Festival. The Festival provided a forum for sharing and learning from the latest research and practice in nature connection and also helped people to develop a common understanding of the role of nature connection, for example in well-being and pro-environmental behavior. 

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre 

The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) provides students, academics, government agencies, industry and business with exciting opportunities to contribute to urgent global challenges in climate change and sustainable development.

Community Fund

The University of Derby runs a Community Fund, which provides one-off grants to projects that bring social or environmental benefit to local people.

Recent projects supported include:

  • Friends of Markeaton Park - community walled garden
  • Food & Education Enterprise - providing support for food and clothing banks in Derby
  • Earl of Harrington Angling Club - installation of accessible fishing platforms as part of a wider project to clean up public waterways

More information about the Community Fund can be found here.

On-campus Student Growing Space

Rooted is an on-campus student outdoor study space and biodiversity area designed to give staff and students new opportunities to engage with gardening. The project is accessible and open to all, and aims to provide opportunities to get outdoors and improve physical and mental health.

Rooted is a partnership project involving the University's Student Wellbeing team, the Chaplaincy and the Students' Union. It is on University-owned land.

More information can be found here.

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