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Sustainability team

At Kingston University, the Sustainability Hub team embeds ethics and sustainability in the University's operations, curriculum and research. We are based within the Vice Chancellor's Office, and the Senior Management Team sponsor is the Director of Finance.

Find out more about the team:

Dr Victoria Hands

Dr Victoria Hands

Sustainability Hub director

Victoria has a PhD from the London School of Economics 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.

Victoria has worked in sustainability since 1998 at London South Bank University, Southwark Council and Elephant Jobs, where she conducted research, taught and managed government-funded projects; then since 2005 at the London School of Economics & Political Science where she spearheaded the introduction of an environmental management system. She has instigated and led award-winning collaborative partnerships in reduction, reuse and recycling. She is 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.

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.

Sivakhami Sivanesan

Sivakhami Sivanesan

Biodiversity and landscape coordinator

Sivakhami Sivanesan joined Kingston University's in April 2014. As the biodiversity and landscape coordinator, 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 10 years experience working and volunteering in the wildlife and conservation sector and comes to the University after working for Froglife – a charity dedicated to conserving the reptiles and amphibians of the UK. She particularly enjoys working with the students, staff and the local community to maintain and increase the biodiversity at the University and beyond.

Maria Xypaki

Maria Xypaki

Curriculum development assistant

Maria is an award-winning educationist and sustainability specialist with 7 years of experience in project management for the not-for-profit and higher education sector. She has a Sustainable Urbanism MSc from University College London and a Politics BSc(Hons) from the University of Panteion, Greece. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an internal environment auditor accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and a PRINCE2-accredited project manager.

Her role within the Sustainability Hub involves leading on Responsible Futures; a whole-institution change programme and accreditation mark. Maria also offers expert advice during the university's quality assurance and enhancement procedures for embedding sustainability in the curriculum and she builds institutional capacity and partnerships for embedding sustainability across the learning and teaching services.

Previously, Maria has worked at London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) and The Young Foundation where she supported a number of behaviour change, community development and CSR projects. Before joining Kingston, Maria was leading on an awarded sustainability leadership project for City University London and was conducting research on ESD for high-impact journals.

Tan Sapsaman

Tan Sapsaman

Environmental management system (EMS) administrator

Tharntharn (Tan for short) has a BSc (Hons) in Finance from the University of Westminster. His role within the Sustainability Hub at Kingston is to support the development and implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) that is ISO14001:2015 compliant.

Tan previously worked in the Estates and Facilities department at the University of Westminster, most recently focussing on its EMS and helping to achieve EcoCampus (Gold) accreditation in May 2016. He has also worked on sustainable travel, biodiversity and Green Impact.

Contact us

Sustainability Hub
River House
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

Contact us

Sustainability Hub
River House
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

Contact us

Sustainability Hub
River House
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
Email us

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