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The University’s governance structure for environmental issues are detailed below. The Boards and working groups ensure environmental issues are managed effectively and that the university continually improves its environmental performance.

We value feedback and suggestions that may help contribute towards the improvement of the University’s Environmental Management System. Please send us your suggestions.

Environmental Strategy Board

The purpose of this board is to provide the strategic direction for the Environmental Sustainability Strategy and its implementation.

Group aims include:

  • Ensure that the University remains compliant with Environmental Legislation and has an effective Environmental Management System.
  • Review the effectiveness and adequacy of resources required to implement and maintain the policy and strategy, and provide recommendations to the University Executive Group.
  • Ensure the effective integration, alignment and linkage of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy to relevant University Strategies.
  • Optimise efficiency and enhance the sustainability of the estate.
  • Provide senior leadership and champion environmental sustainability and education for sustainable development at the University.

Chair: Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services.

To get in touch with Paul Kingsmore, please contact:
Jane Holland
Phone: +44 (0)161 247 3397

Director of Finance
Deans of Faculties
Pro Vice Chancellor for Students
Director of Estates
Head of Strategic Planning & Management Information
Head of Environmental Strategy
Environment and Energy Systems Manager
The Student Union President

Fairtrade Steering Group

The group seeks to develop, co-ordinate and oversee the implementation of an action plan to maintain Fairtrade accreditation at the University and The Union.

The Groups aims include:

  • Ensure Fairtrade products are widely available and accessible across the University along with reviewing current products and prices
  • Ensure the delivery of a programme of Fairtrade activities to increase and enhance awareness across the University
  • Work with academics to incorporate Fairtrade into the curriculum across a wide range of subject areas
  • Review, monitor and report progress of implementation of the Fairtrade action plan

Chair: Sophie Leigh, Sustainability Engagament Manager
0161 247 6038

Head of Catering, Manchester Metropolitan University
Head of Commercial Services, The Union
HR Manager, The Union
Education for Sustainable Development Co-ordinator, Manchester Metropolitan University
Energy and Environmental Systems Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University
Retail Manager, The Union
Sustainable Procurement Advisor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Sustainability Engagement Co-ordinator/Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University
Student Representative, Manchester Metropolitan University
Student Officer for Community, The Union

Environmental Management Group

The purpose of this group is to ensure the Environmental Sustainability Policy, Strategy and management system is maintained and delivered. The group will report progress to the Environmental Strategy Board highlighting performance, opportunities, challenges and risks.

Chair: John Hindley, Head of Environmental Strategy

To get in touch with John Hindley, please contact:
Nosipho Khumalo
Phone: +44 (0)161 247 1319

Biodiversity Management Group

The purpose of this group is to strategically lead our biodiversity and growing systems management programmes in order to achieve MMU’s Environmental Policy Aims, Objectives and Targets.

Group aim:

  • To protect and enhance biodiversity across the University’s green infrastructure and promote its benefits for students, staff, visitors and the local communities.

Chair: Konstantinos Tzoulas, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management

Phone: 0161 247 1226

Education for Sustainable Development Group

The purpose of the group is to co-ordinate, share and communicate activity related to ESD at Manchester Met.

Group aims include:

  • Provide a platform for members to communicate and share initiatives with the group that are taking place within their faculties/departments.
  • Provide a platform for collaboration on ESD initiatives between members.
  • Provide a focus and end point for ESD activities.
  • Explore initiatives that may potentially support MMU (staff and students) embedding ESD into the curriculum.

Chair: Valeria Vargas, Education for Sustainable Development Co-ordinator

Phone: 0161 247 4634

Sustainability Engagement Working Group

The purpose of this group is to lead Sustainability Engagement Programmes to achieve our Environmental Policy Aims, Objectives and Targets.

Group Aim:

  • To offer opportunities to staff and students to engage with the sustainability commitments of the University.

Chair: Sophie Leigh, Sustainability Engagement Manager
Phone: 0161 247 6038 Email:

Waste Management Group

The purpose of this group is to strategically lead MMU’s Waste Work Programmes to achieve MMU’s Waste Policy Aims, Objectives and Targets.

Group aim:

  • To ensure the University takes a robust approach through the waste hierarchy, (Prevent, Reduce, Recycle, Disposal) and to ensure it manages both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes in accordance with legal requirements.

Chair: Amanda Reid, Waste and Recycling Manager

Phone: 0161 247 6650

Water, Energy & Carbon Management Group

The purpose of this group is to strategically lead our Water, Energy and Sustainable Buildings Work Programmes to achieve MMU’s Environmental Policy Aims, Objectives and Targets, as outlined in the Environmental Strategy.

Group aims include:

Energy Management

  • Reduce operational energy consumption from the building estate to help achieve carbon emission targets
  • To reduced gas consumption in line with our carbon targets

Water Management

  • Reduce total water consumption through practical water conservation measures and reduce costs through the increased use of alternative water sources
  • Increase the deployment of sustainable drainage measures to reduce surface water runoff and flood risk.

Sustainable Buildings

  • Embed the principles of sustainable design during the development and refurbishment of the University Estate to have the lowest achievable environmental impact, both in construction and throughout occupation.
  • Provide a healthy working physical environment to support and promote the imperatives of the health and wellbeing Policy.

Local Pollution Prevention

  • Present local pollution to air, water and land through identifying the risks and implementing management control procedures

Chair: Helena Tinker, Energy & Environmental Systems Manager

Phone: 0161 247 6036

Travel & Transport Working Group

The purpose of this group is to lead our travel plans to achieve MMU’s Environmental Policy Aims, Objectives and Targets.

The group aims to minimise the impact associated with the University’s travel arrangements for staff and students and encourage the use of efficient modes of transport that minimise environmental impact, reduce congestion and air pollution.

Chair: Andrew Taylor, Travel Plan Manager

Phone: 0161 247 2839