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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:
Director of Sustainability
Kat Thorne

Kat leads the sustainability team and strategy, and works to support embedding sustainability across the university's activities.

Email kat.thorne at

Sustainability Manager (Operations)
Nicola Hogan

Nicola's main responsibility is ensuring King's continues to be accredited with ISO14001, as well as working on operational sustainability and capital projects. 

Email nicola.hogan at

Waste to Resources Project Officer
Josh Pullen

Josh manages the Waste to Resources project which aims to increase the university's non hazardous waste recycling rate to 70%, and reduce waste acros the estate. 

Email josh.pullen at 

Sustainability Officer
Maria Rabanser

Maria manages the King's Climate Action Network and works on the development of our Climate Action Strategy, as well as on sustainability data and reporting. 

Email maria.rabanser at

Sustainability Officer
Alexandra Hepple

Ali manages engagement programmes, including our Sustainability Champions, #TakeAction teams and campaigns like Sustainability Week.

Email alexandra.m.hepple at

Climate Action Assistant
Jone De Roode Jauregi

Jone supports our work around climate action and the development of the Climate Action Strategy. She has recently completed her BSc in International Management at King's and has since joined the Sustainability team full-time. 

Email jone.de_roode_jauregui at

Rachel Harrington-Abrams

Rachel supports our work on research and education as part of the King's Climate Action Strategy. She is also a PhD student in the Department of Geography, researching the multilateral governance of climate change adaptation decision-making, and works in the Sustainability team alongside this for two days a week (0.4 FTE).

Email sustainability at

Sustainability Engagement Assistants
Helena Fazeli

Helena supports the Sustainability team with engagement and communications, and leads on the Sustainability newsletter.

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Emily Read

Emily supports the Sustainability team with engagement and communications, and leads on the forthcoming sustainability podcast. 

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Bethan Spacey

Bethan supports the Sustainability team with engagement and communications, and leads on creating digital content. 

Email sustainability at

The Energy Team

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
Angeliki Karydi

Angeliki joined King’s in December 2019, after completing her MA in Corporate Sustainability in Radboud University. She supports Julie as part of the energy team and is responsible for energy data analysis and reporting.

Email angeliki.karydi at


Other staff working on environmental and social sustainability: 

Research Management and Innovation Directorate
Martin Farley, Health School Sustainability Manager

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


Biobanking Transformation Manager 

(Recruitment ongoing)

The Biobanking Transformation Manager will lead on the delivery of an ambitious project to sustainably increase biobanking and cold storage capacity across King’s College London in support of the Health Schools. 

Strategy Planning & Analytics
Thomas Owen-Smith

Tom has been assigned fro the Directorate of Strategy, Planning & Analytics to support the development of the King's Cliamte Action Strategy for two days a week (0.4 FTE). 

Contact sustainability at

Service Team

Service is the term we adopted at King’s in our Strategic Vision 2029 to describe our commitment to society both through and beyond the traditional roles of education and research. The Service team is made up of seven members of staff, led by the Vice President & Vice Principal for Service, and supports and implements projects delivering on our commitments to social impact. Find out more about the Service team and their work here

London Team

The London team within the President & Principal’s office is responsible for building robust and effective relationships with partners across London and supporting King's faculties and directorates as they deliver on King's commitment to be a civic university at the heart of London. 

Information on the team and contact details can be found here. 


*All members of staff are full time, except for: Director of Sustainability (0.8 FTE), Waste to Resources Project Coordinator (0.6 FTE) one Climate Action Assistant role (0.4 FTE), Sustainability Engagement Assistants (0.2 FTE each), and Health School Sustainability Manager (0.4 FTE).


Estates & Facilities

The Sustainability and Energy teams are based within the Directorate of Estates & Facilities (E&F). E&F operate and maintain a wide range of facilities and services at King's, including managing facilities (with cleaning and security staff in-sourced since 2019), estates planning and development, community business services such as residences, in-house catering and events, and sports, and central services such as sustainability and safety. You can find out more about Estates & Facilities here.  


Sustainability budget: 

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. 

The financial budget sits within the Estates and Facilities department and continues to be well supported and remains constant between 2019-20 to 2020-21 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. Over 2020-21, King's will invest at leat £2m into sustainability and carbon reduction, funded by grants from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, Salix, and university funding. 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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