Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Our Team

We are a dedicated staff team with diverse background, skills and experience in social responsibility and sustainability.

Dave Gorman

Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

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  • Dave joined the University in 2013 as its first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. He provides senior leadership and advice to the University on a wide range of topics including climate change and renewables, sustainability, responsible investment, community engagement, fair employment, sustainable and responsible supply chains and social investment.
    Prior to joining the University, Dave undertook a wide range of community and volunteering work after graduation, before pursuing a career in local government. For many years he worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, latterly as its Head of Strategy. Dave is a chartered environmentalist and a chartered manager, and a fellow of the RSA, the EAUC and the CMI.

Wendy McDonald

Office Manager and PA to Director

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  • Wendy has 18 years experience in Office Management and Senior PA roles,
    having worked in the International Recruitment and Corporate Hospitality.
    Her past roles include Rangers Football Club, Murrayfield and QMU.

Jane Rooney

Committees & Projects Officer and PA to Head of SRS Programmes

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  • Moving from Estates and Buildings, Jane is responsible for the University's social responsibility and sustainability committees.

Programmes

Michelle Brown

Head of SRS Programmes

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  • Michelle is responsible for the organisation, planning, management and delivery of comprehensive and effective social responsibility and sustainability programmes in line with the publicly expressed ambitions of the University.

Programmes

Matthew Lawson

Programme Manager

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  • Matthew Lawson is currently Programme Manager in the University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability having previously worked at Transition Edinburgh University. After completing his undergraduate degree in International Relations, Matthew got involved in a variety of community and environmental groups while studying for a Masters in Multi-level and Regional Politics. His research focused on climate change policy in Scotland. His current role includes responsibility for social responsibility and sustainability reporting, benchmarking, developing sector-wide and external partnerships, liaising with academic degree programmes and courses, as well as having oversight of the department’s outreach and student engagement activities. Matthew has worked for the University since 2011.

Communications

Joe Farthing

Communications Manager

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  • After open software and community radio, Joe got interested in community carbon saving.
    Specialising in behaviour change communications, he has trained over 200 other practitioners.

Sarah Ford-Hutchinson

Communications Coordinator

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  • Sarah graduated from the University in 2011 with an MA in Social Anthropology and joined the BBC on the prestigious Production Trainee Scheme. She spent 3 years working across television, radio and online content at the BBC offices in London, Salford Quays, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast, focusing on factual programming and specialising in documentary film-making.
    Having become interested in how social responsibility and sustainability is communicated, she joined our department in 2015 to produce our video content. Sarah also manages our social media channels, and works with other departments and organisations on a wide range of social responsibility issues, from race equality to refugees. She is a proud (albeit novice) cycling commuter.

Alexandra Kuklinski

Graphic Design Assistant

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  • Alex joined the department in July 2015 as part of a project to refresh the Switch energy saving campaign materials. In her current role, she produces graphics (both print and digital) and animations for various campaigns run by our department. She also supports Sarah in managing our newsletters and social media channels.

Aaron McHale

Website Technical Coordinator

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  • Aaron is responsible for maintaining, administering and developing web systems and services for the department.

Engagement

Caroline Overy

Engagement Manager

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  • Caro joined the team in 2010 as a part of the Transition project.
    She coordinates projects to engage staff and and students in different
    sustainability initiatives across the University.

Alan Peddie

Projects Coordinator

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  • Alan joined us from Estates Operations where he helped to achieve a Silver in the Sustainability Awards. He works on resource efficiency and the training that our department offers for staff and students.

Alexis Heeren

Projects Coordinator

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  • Alexis became interested in engagement after facilitating a course to help University members cut their carbon footprints. Alexis leads our Office Awards programme and coordinates the department's sustainable food activities.

Andrew Arnott

SRS Projects Coordinator (Labs)

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  • Andrew graduated from University of Aberdeen in 2006 and spent 18 months working in an environmental management role. Moving to Edinburgh at the end of 2007 he took up a role providing energy efficiency and renewable energy advice to businesses on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust. In 2010 he spent 9 months volunteering in Malawi, setting up environmental projects. Returning to the UK in 2011 he took a role in a consultancy firm providing energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource efficiency advice to public and private sector clients.

Chris Litwiniuk

Projects Coordinator

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  • Chris joined us from the Waste team, where he undertook data analysis and helped to improve processes. He currently works on sustainable travel and resource efficiency projects.

Research and policy

Liz Cooper

Research & Policy Manager

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  • Before completing an MSc in Business & Community, Liz worked on fair trade & livelihoods projects in India and Senegal for a number of years. She joined the University in 2012 to work on supply chain social responsibility, and currently leads the department’s Fairness in Trade and Sustainable Procurement Programme, including research, policy development, and collaboration with the Procurement Office on implementation. She also contributes to work on responsible investment, and leads work on developing a Living Lab approach – linking academic research to practice in the University on SRS issues.

Community Engagement

Dr Sarah Anderson

Community Engagement Manager

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  • Sarah joined us in 2017 to work part-time as the University’s first Community Engagement Manager. She is a central point of contact for engagement between the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh city region. The other half of the time, Sarah supports the Beltane Public Engagement Network. The Network is a hub of activity and expertise for public engagement with research involving Edinburgh’s universities. In this role, Sarah is physically based at the University’s Institute for Academic Development.

Eppy Harries-Pugh

Communications Coordinator

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  • Eppy joined the team in 2017 and holds two part-time posts. Half of her time is spent supporting the University in delivering its Community Engagement Strategy, helping to enhance the University’s relations with the city and communities in which it is located. The other half of her role is developing and managing Finance department and wider Corporate Services Group (CSG) communications. The Group provide the operational and business orientated services for the University in support of its educational, research and knowledge transfer goals.

Climate Policy and RELCO ( Renewable and Low Carbon Options)

Dr Elizabeth Vander Meer

Climate Policy Manager

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  • Elizabeth has a PhD in environmental policy and ethics from Lancaster University, specialising in biodiversity conservation, and she is currently keenly interested in anthrozoology. Elizabeth has been working for the University of Edinburgh in policy and research management roles since 2007, in diverse areas such as e-science and carbon capture and storage. Just prior to joining the Social Responsibility and Sustainability team in 2015, she worked for the University’s Vice Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy, undertaking projects in space and research management. In her current role, Elizabeth focuses most of her time on development of University climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy, implementation and reporting.

 

Stuart Brown

Zero Carbon Options Development Manager

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  • Stuart is a Rolls-Royce trained Engineer with more than 25 years in business and entrepreneurship - including almost ten years working in on and offshore renewables. Stuart joined the University in 2012 as CEO of the University’s subsidiary company responsible for the construction and operation of the award-winning FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility. He is an original member of the RELCO committee and now leads the team within SRS focusing exclusively on renewable energy and low carbon projects. Stuart has multiple post-graduate qualifications and is a Fellow of the RSSA, a member of the Institute of Directors, and an associate member of the IMechE.

Cara Merusi

Zero Carbon Projects Analyst

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  • Cara joined the department in March 2017 to support the University in delivering its ‘Zero by 2040’ carbon neutrality target. Her work aims to reduce the University’s carbon footprint by introducing renewable and low carbon technologies into the University’s energy mix. She completed a BA in Biology at the University of Massachusetts before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. She worked at the University as a researcher in the life sciences for over a decade before leaving the laboratory to pursue interests in climate change, carbon management and energy policy. She completed an MSc in Environmental Sustainability at the University in 2016.

Julia Ziemann

Zero Carbon Projects Analyst

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  • Julia is an alumna of the University of Edinburgh, who joined the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability shortly after completing her MSc in Carbon Management and interning at the Institute for the European Environmental Policy. In her role, she supports the work of the Renewable and Low Carbon Options Group by investigating low carbon technologies and their associated regulations and policies, as well as researching developments in the Higher Education sector with respect to low carbon investment. Julia’s work feeds directly into Zero Carbon Strategy implementation and target delivery.

Business Development (with Edinburgh Research and Innovation)

Charlotte Lee-Woolf

Business Development Executive

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  • Charlotte is responsible for developing potential leads and opportunities into funded income streams for our department. She works across a range of areas and collaborates with colleagues in research, teaching and operations to translate ideas into new projects and programmes. Charlotte has over 10 years of experience designing and delivering projects that seek to understand and address sustainability issues. She has previously run her own consultancy and has held research posts at Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and specialist consultancy Brook Lyndhurst. Charlotte has an MSc in Environmental Technology (Business & Sustainability) and an MA Oxon in Geography.