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The Team

Operating from Estates & Facilities, the Sustainability Team develops and implements the university-wide Sustainability Strategy.

Meet the Sustainability Team:117_sustainability_awards
Head of Sustainability
Kat Thorne

Kat manages the sustainability team and works to support embedding sustainability across the university's activities.

Before King's, she was Head of Sustainability at the University at Greenwich, where she lead the team that was awarded the THE Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development and achieved first place in People & Planet's Green League.

Email kat.thorne at

Operations Sustainability Manager
Olivia Preston

Olivia works on all aspects of operational sustainability at King's and shares responsibility for championing sustainability and supporting the university to embed sustainability across all its activities.

Prior to joining the team, Olivia worked at the UK-Green Building Council, the BBC and Bath Spa University. 

Email olivia.preston at

Energy Manager
Julie Allen

Julie manages the utilities budgets and contracts, and leads on delivering, updating and monitoring the University's Carbon Management Plan. 

Email julie.allen at

Energy Management Coordinator
Waste to Resources Project Officer
Josh Pullen

Josh is managing the Waste to Resources project which aims to increase the university's non hazardous waste recycling rate to 70%, increase reuse in bulky waste. Before joining the Sustainability Team, Josh worked in the Strand campus operations team here at King's.

Email josh.pullen at 

Sustainability Officer
Maria Rabanser

Maria joined the Sustainabilility Team in September 2016 after completing a BA in Geography at King's and an MSc in EU Politics at the LSE. Her main focus is maintaining the university's sustainability data and reporting on our environmental performance. 

Email maria.rabanser at

Sustainability Projects Assistant
Alexandra Hepple

Ali joined the Sustainability Team in October 2018 after completing her BA in Geography at King's. During her degree, she supported the University of London's Reduce the Juice programme, developed an initiative to introduce more vegan meals in University of London halls, and supported King's Food in submitting their Sustainable Restaurant Association rating. Her main focus will be engaging staff and students across the university with Sustainability Champions programme.

Email alexandra.m.hepple at

Health School Sustainability Manager
Martin Farley

Martin is part of the Research Management & Innovation Directorate, working on embedding sustainability into laboratories. You can read more about Martin's work on LEAF here

Email martin.farley at

Please note: Information for People and Planet University League

*All members of staff are full time, except for the Head of Sustainability (0.9 FTE) and the Health School Sustainability Manager (0.2 FTE).


*Statement from the Sustainability Team on budget for sustainability:

The Sustainability Team are supported with an allocated budget that covers both the implementation of the sustainability strategy and the resourcing of the staff team listed above.  

The financial budget sits within the Estates and Facilites department and continues to be well supported and remains constant between 2017/18 and 2018/19 as it is recognised that initiatives developed help to support the overall King's Vision 2029 strategy as well as reducing the costs in other operational areas such as waste management and utilities. Sustainability is listed as one of the enablers in King's Vision 2029 and is embedded as one of the five strategic priorities as part of the Service Strategy. 


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