The Sustainability Strategy Committee is responsible for overseeing the goals, priorities and implementation of the Sustainability Strategy at Imperial. The committee is a formal subcommittee of University Management Board.

This committee includes a representative from every Faculty, as well as from relevant operational teams, students union, trade union and education representatives. It is supported by working groups to drive progress on particular issues and an academic expert group to bring our academic expertise to bear in support of sustainability of our operations.

We have student representation on other formal committees as well as the Sustainability Strategy Committee, such as the SRI Policy Working Group and the SRI Engagement Monitoring Panel, and the People & Culture Committee (a formal subcommittee of University Management Board).

Our Education for Sustainability Committee will be set up later in the summer. This committee will report to the Sustainability Strategy Committee as well as the Education Committee. Mike Tennant, Vice-Dean (Education) in Faculty of Natural Sciences is leading this work. Learn more about the aims, terms of reference and membership here: Education Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Strategy Committee


  • Prof Nigel Brandon - Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (Chair)
  • Tony Lawrence - Director of Finance (Deputy Chair)
  • Prof Tim Green - Academic Leader in Sustainability 
  • Harriet Wallace – Sustainability Strategy Director
  • Nick Roalfe - Director of Estates Operations
  • Jane Neary - Director of Campus Services
  • Zoe Paxton – Director of Communications
  • Stephanie Yeung - Student Union Deputy President Finance and Services
  • Ahlam Khamliche - Trade Union Representative (Unison / Unite)
  • Richard Johnson – Faculty Operating Officer, Business School (Business School representative)
  • Prof Washington Ochieng - Head of Civil and Environmental Eng (FoE representative)
  • Dr Jem Woods - Director for CEP and Reader in Sustainable Development (FoNS representative)
  • Prof Frank Kelly - Battcock Chair in Community Health and Policy (FoM representative)
  • Prof Anna Korre – Co-Director, Energy Futures Lab
  • Prof Ralf Toumi – Co-Director, Grantham Institute
  • Dr Bob Klaber - Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation and Consultant Paediatrician (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust representative)
  • Dr Will Pearse - Senior Lecturer in Applied Ecology (Silwood Park Campus representative)
  • Allison Hunter - Laboratory Resource Efficiency Advisor, Lead and Champion
  • Dr Mike Tennant - Vice-Dean (Education), Principal Teaching Fellow
  • Rhea Samra - Sustainability Officer (Committee Support and Secretary) 

Meeting dates

Wednesday 13th December 2023
Monday 19th February 2024
Wednesday 26 June 2024
Monday 23 September 2024
Monday 9 December 2024

Previous meeting dates
Monday 9th October 2023
Monday 5th June 2023
Wednesday 10th May 2023
Monday 13th February 2023
Monday 5th December 2022
Tuesday 20th September 2022
Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Wednesday 16th March 2022
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Monday 20th September 2021
Tuesday 15th June 2021

Terms of Reference

  • Oversee the goals, priorities and implementation of the Sustainability Strategy at Imperial with the aim of being an exemplar organisation. 
  • Spearhead sustainability initiatives; guiding the prioritisation of existing budgets, and/or commissioning work.  
  • Conduct high-level monitoring, receiving reports and investigating when progress towards the sustainability goals is not as planned. 
  • Initiate and promote data gathering, benchmarking and the setting of targets and KPIs related to sustainability. 
  • Report to UMB on the sustainability programme and progress against our strategy and KPIs.  
  • Make recommendations to UMB on policies, approaches, decisions and the resource needed to deliver the strategy.
  • Establish Working Groups, for defined periods and remits, to plan the implementation of strategy in specific areas, and co-opt colleagues onto those working groups as needed. 
  • Promote the involvement of all members of College in sustainable actions across the whole of College activities. 
  • Gather and disseminate best practice examples and promote sustainability as a mainstream practice across the College. 
  • Implement reporting and audit of sustainability data with reference to external requirements for example Listing Rules.

Faculty level

There are representatives from every Faculty on the College Sustainability Strategy Committee. Alongside this, Faculties have, or are establishing, their own sustainability committees composed of departmental representatives to drive sustainability locally. In turn, many academic departments are now establishing sustainability committees with staff and student representatives.