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Kingston University is committed to building the capacity of our staff, students, suppliers, partners and community to create an institutional culture which collectively works to continually improve our ethical, environmental, social, global and long-term impacts as responsible global citizens and contribute to the implementation of the Global Goals.

The Sustainability Hub is based within the Vice Chancellor's Advisory and Support Directorate, and our work is sponsored by the director of finance in the Senior Management Team. We work closely with key staff in Estates

Find out more about the team:

Dr Victoria Hands

Dr Victoria Hands

Director of Sustainability

Victoria has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on embedding sustainability into policy and practice, an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from Lancaster University and a BA(Hons) in French and Public Administration from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is an Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) accredited environmental auditor.

As director of the Sustainability Hub, Victoria has established a Sustainability Dashboard and reports to the Board of Governors on progress. She provides training, support and advice to colleagues across the institution to embed corporate social responsibility, sustainability and ethics in their roles.

Victoria has worked in sustainability since 1998 at London South Bank University, Southwark Council and Elephant Jobs, where she conducted research, taught sustainability and managed government-funded projects; from 2005 to 2012 she spearheaded the introduction of an environmental management system at the LSE. She has instigated and led collaborative partnerships in reduction, reuse and recycling which have won the National Recycling Awards twice and an International Green Award.

Victoria is one of 18 Inaugural Fellows of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC), chair of the London Universities Environment Group (LUEG), a collaborative, dynamic peer group; a London leader with the Mayor of London since 2010, demonstrating how sustainability can be a reality; and is also part of the Embercombe and Women on Fire communities.

Dr Richard Anderson

Dr Richard Anderson

Operations sustainability manager (maternity cover)

Richard has a PhD and a Dip (Arch) from Oxford Brookes University, and first class BA (hons) from Newcastle University, and is an external supervisor at the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) at Imperial College London.

His role at Kingston University is to collaborate with colleagues to reduce environmental impacts and develop and deliver the university's Environmental Management System and sustainability Action Plans. He works closely with operational colleagues to plan, agree, monitor, communicate and undertake changes to policies and processes, to meet strategic sustainability objectives.

Richard has worked in the field of sustainability since 1993 focusing on the innovative design, development and delivery of collaborative partnerships projects which are environmentally, economically, socially and ethically robust. He has conducted research and taught in design and sustainable development, and has designed and lead a number of award-winning public and private sector funded projects, involving the commercial, local government, community and university sectors.

Rhiannon Ford

Rhiannon Ford

Operations sustainability manager

Rhiannon has a degree in geography, business and the environment from the University of Nottingham, and more than 10 years experience working in sustainable development.

Her role at Kingston is to help the University reduce its environmental impacts through developing and implementing an environmental management system that is compliant with ISO14001. She has a particular interest in behaviour change and responsible procurement.

Previously, Rhiannon has worked at Upstream Sustainability Services (Jones Lang La Salle) where she supported a range of clients in the property sector, the Greater London Authority (GLA), where she developed a sustainability management system for the GLA's Olympic events in 2012, and London Fire Brigade, where she produced the Brigade's 2013–16 Sustainability Strategy.

Tom Parrott

Tom Parrott

Energy manager

Tom has a degree in environmental science from the University of Plymouth, Advanced Energy Managers Qualification from the Energy Institute and NEBOSH General Certificate in Health & Safety Management. He has almost 10 years' experience working in environmental and energy management roles across a range of public and private sector companies.

At Kingston University Tom's role encompasses both operational and strategic energy management and is focussed on ensuring that the University meets its ambitious CO2 reduction targets. His role includes the procurement of energy, development and delivery of low to zero carbon projects, policy and strategy development, data analysis, statutory compliance and communication. The role also requires the co-ordination of building services and project management teams in order to deliver the University's low carbon ambitions.

Tom began his career at a large food manufacturing company in Cornwall where he engaged the senior team in the low carbon journey, delivered demonstrable cost/CO2 savings and built a successful environmental management system culminating in the business winning the 'Best Managed Large Business' at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. In 2011 he moved to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to focus on Energy Management. Here, he successfully delivered a range of technical projects including combined heat and power, solar photovoltaic, BMS, LED lighting as well as re-writing the business energy strategy, culminating in significant CO2 reductions.

William Begg

William Begg

Energy assistant, Estates

William has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham and a Level one Energy Managers Qualification from the Energy Institute.

William joined Kingston University in 2016 and helps support the Energy Manager in ensuring that the University meets its ambitious 2020 CO2 reduction.

His role encompasses operational and strategic energy management and includes scoping, developing and delivering low to zero carbon projects, statutory compliance, communication, data analysis and reporting.

Before Kingston University, William interned at Derby City Council in the Environment and Planning department, where he focused on the low carbon sector of D2N2, the local enterprise partnership between Derby and Nottingham.

Here William provided advice and expertise to SMEs looking to invest in low carbon building technologies and helped to develop the ‘low carbon hub' which co-ordinated the diverse range of low carbon businesses in the D2N2 area.

Sivakhami Sivanesan

Sivakhami Sivanesan

Biodiversity and landscape coordinator

Sivakhami Sivanesan joined Kingston University's in April 2014. As the biodiversity and landscape manager, she leads work to implement Kingston University's Biodiversity Policy and Biodiversity Action Plan (KUBAP) which lay out the University's aims and commitments for local biodiversity. Sivi has more than 15 years experience working and volunteering in the wildlife and conservation sector. She particularly enjoys working with the students, staff and the local community to maintain and increase the biodiversity at the University and beyond.

Contact us

Sustainability Hub

Third Floor
Hind Court
106–114 London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT2 6TN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

Contact us

Sustainability Hub

Third Floor
Hind Court
106–114 London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT2 6TN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

Contact us

Sustainability Hub

Third Floor
Hind Court
106–114 London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT2 6TN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

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