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Sustainability Staff at Kingston University

Kingston University is committed to building the capacity of our students, our staff, our contractors and suppliers, and our 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.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) describes systemic, responsible business practice which is resilient and ethical and takes into account the social, environmental, long-term and global impacts of decision-making. Kingston University intends that all our actions and involvements contribute to a peaceful, healthy and just society living within environmental limits, as embodied in the United Nations Global Goals (2015).

The Sustainability Hub is based within the Vice-Chancellor's Office and has a remit to provide expert support and advice services to enable all our staff to embed sustainability and ethics in their daily roles in:

  • Education - empowering our students to develop sustainability literacy and graduate attributes to contribute to a thriving society;
  • Research - encouraging our students and staff to undertake research which has societal impact
  • Operations - supporting key managers to provide assurance on environmental compliance and innovate beyond legislation. For the latter, we work closely with key staff in Estates who specialise in energy management and biodiversity.

Find out more about the sustainability staff at Kingston University:

 

Dr Victoria Hands

Dr Victoria Hands

Director of Sustainability, Sustainability Hub, Vice-Chancellor's Office

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

Victoria has worked in sustainability since 1998 at London South Bank University, Southwark Council and Elephant Jobs (an NGO), where she conducted European-funded research (FP7), taught sustainability (undergraduate and postgraduate) and managed government-funded projects in urban sustainability. From 2005 to 2012 she spearheaded the introduction of an Environmental Management System at the London School of Economics and Political Science and established their Sustainability in Practice lecture series.

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 peer group; a London Leader with the Mayor of London since 2010, demonstrating how sustainability can be a reality. 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 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.

Dr Richard Anderson

Dr Richard Anderson

Operations sustainability manager, Sustainability Hub, Vice-Chancellor's Office

Richard's role is to collaborate with colleagues to reduce environmental impacts and develop and deliver the university's Environmental Management System. He works closely with operational colleagues to plan, agree, communicate, undertake and monitor activities to deliver strategic environmental objectives relating to waste, procurement, travel, food and fairtrade. Richard is also responsible for updating and disseminating the University's Environmental Legal Register and updating the Sustainability Dashboard.

Richard has worked in the field of sustainability since 1993 focusing on the innovative design, development and delivery of collaborative partnership 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.

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

Tom Parrott

Tom Parrott

Energy manager, Estates

Tom's role encompasses both operational and strategic water and energy management and is focused 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.

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.

William Begg

William Begg

Energy assistant, Estates

William joined Kingston University in 2016 and helps support the Energy Manager in ensuring that the University meets its ambitious 2020 CO2 reduction and reducing water use and promoting water efficiency. His role encompasses 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 the Local Enterprise Partnership between Derby and Nottingham (D2N2). 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 coordinated the diverse range of low carbon businesses in the D2N2 area.

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

Sivakhami Sivanesan

Sivakhami Sivanesan

Biodiversity and landscape Manager, Estates

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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