The Team

The Sustainability Team is based in Newcastle University's Estate Support Service and is responsible for a variety of environmental sustainability issues including energy, waste management and travel planning.

As a central service, our purpose is to implement and maintain Newcastle University's Environmental Management System (EMS), Energy Management System (EnMS) and policies to promote and demonstrate continuous improvement in environmental and energy performance, ensuring best practice, statutory compliance and value for money.

The ESS Sustainability Team was established in 2006 with an assistant Energy Manager and Waste Manager joining the then Energy Manager. The Team has since grown to six permanent members of staff and 1 fixed term (2 years) position, with the current structure shown below.

The sustainability budget* for 17/18 is circa £376k including staffing and operating budget; an increase of approximately 13% on 16/17 (*excludes budgets for energy, carbon, water, waste, etc. though these too are held and managed by Sustainability and amount to ca. £9M)”.

Matt Dunlop
Head of Sustainability

Matt Dunlop

Hannah Owens
Sustainability Manager

Hannah Owens

Sam Boot
Energy Manager

Sam Boot

Denise Connor
Sustainability Officer

Denise Connor

Luke Whittaker
Sustainability Officer

Luke Whittaker

William Brown
Sustainability Officer

Sustainability Officer


Katy Smith
Sustainability Assistant

Sustainability Assistant



Environment and Sustainability Committee

Senior management involvement is a key component of operational sustainability across the university as a whole.

The Environment and Sustainability Committee (ESC) is the most senior authority on sustainability matters in the university. The ESC also acts as the Management Review for our Environmental Management System and our Energy Management System, which are certified to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 respectively.

Chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Julie Sanders), the ESC brings together a wide range of academics, including experts from Engineering, Life and Environmental Sciences, and Medical Sciences; members of the Estates Support Service, including the Head of Sustainability Matt Dunlop; and the democratically elected President of the Students Union representing the views of students.

The EMS and EnMS Management Structure can be seen in the EMS and EnMS Structure (Powerpoint: 50KB).