Key Staff and Committees

Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor

University Executive Board - 

Robert Van de Noort studied History at the University of Utrecht and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining the University of Reading in 2014, he worked at the British School in Rome (1988-89), the Rotterdam Archaeology Unit (1989-1991), the University of Hull (1992-2000) and the University of Exeter (2000-14), where latterly he was Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Robert is best known for his research into the archaeology of marine, intertidal and terrestrial wetlands, especially around the North Sea Basin. He directed multi-organisational fieldwork projects in the Humber Wetlands and at Sutton Common in South Yorkshire (both funded by English Heritage), and he was the PI of the AHRC-funded experimental reconstruction of a Bronze Age sewn-plank boat at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. During the last two decades, he has won major research grants totalling £2.65 million from external organisations.  His most recent monographs are North Sea Archaeologies: A maritime biography 10,000 BC-AD 1500 (OUP, 2011) and Climate Change Archaeology: Building Resilience from Research in the World's Coastal Wetlands (OUP, 2014). Robert is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Outside the University of Reading, Robert chairs the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC), which helps to provide governance for the Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Erosion risk management functions and cover all flood risks that are not the responsibility of the water companies. Robert has previous experience of chairing the committee and headed the South West RFCC until June 2017.

Andrew Casselden

Director of Estates -

Andrew joined the University of Reading as Director of Estates in February 2022. Andrew previously worked as the Head of Capital Development at the University of Bristol. He has extensive experience, including: working as a chartered surveyor, within the aggregate industry, building contracting and property consultancy.

Dan Fernbank

Energy and Sustainability Director -

Dan has been Energy & Sustainability Manager at the University since 2011, leading their estate-wide sustainability programmes, delivering a 41% cut in their carbon emissions and 29% cut in their water consumption; saving in excess of £30 million in the process.  He is also a voluntary Director for Reading Community Energy Society, which to date has installed over 400 kWp of community-funded solar PV in and around Reading.

Dan is a registered Practitioner in Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), is an Associate Member with the Energy Institute (AMEI) and in 2014 completed a first class honours Environmental Studies BSc through the Open University. “The University has long been a leader in teaching and research into a more sustainable future. We are proud to be leading by example too in delivering a more sustainable, low carbon estate through the implementation of our Sustainability programmes”

Anna Glue

Sustainability Officer -

Anna joined the sustainability team over 7 years ago, she leads on the Environmental Management System, which is certified to ISO 14001 and has transitioned the system from the 2008 standard to the 2015 standard.  She is a practitioner member of IEMA with a BSc (hons) in Environmental Biology with a back ground in environmental risk and land quality. Anna has also worked on the waste management side of things and helped the University achieve its 50% recycling rate.

With an in-depth knowledge of legal compliance and sustainability at the University, Anna believes that we all need to do our bit to make this world a better place for future generations, and where better to work than a university.

Jackie Simpson 

Sustainability Assistant -

Jackie is the Sustainability Assistant and supports the team handling environmental queries and tasks. This covers waste and recycling services, sustainable travel initiatives and overseeing the team’s social media platforms and web content management. Jackie also provides support to the sustainability and energy officers including helping to promote key events and initiatives throughout the year.

Samantha Mudie 

Energy Analyst -

Dr Sam Mudie is an award-winning project manager, engineer and campaigner with doctoral technical training and 10 years’ experience in energy and carbon reduction programmes. Her PhD, gained at Reading University, focused on energy and carbon reduction in commercial food preparation and saved over £1.8M per year in energy costs for her industry sponsor. Sam has published 8 peer-reviewed academic journal articles in the field of energy reduction. She has established new energy benchmarks (published by CIBSE), designed novel heat recovery systems and created a computational tool which, for the first time, models the energy use of various cooking processes and identifies significant savings opportunities from cooking methods.


 Mark Fellowes

Pro-vice Chancellor (Academic planning & Resource) -

In addition to his senior leadership role as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Planning and Resource), where his responsibilities include delivery of the University’s environmental sustainability strategy, Mark is also Professor of Ecology. His teaching covered global ecological challenges, biodiversity, and field ecology. This included developing and leading the Tropical Biology Field Course, which latterly ran in Ecuador and the Galapagos. Mark’s research focuses on multitrophic interactions and urban ecology, where his group studies human-wildlife interactions. He has published over 80 papers, chapters and books to date. His current projects encompass threats to conservation posed by domestic cats in Nigeria and the UK, red kites in the UK, human-wildlife conflict in Uganda, stored product pests in Ghana, urban macaws in Brazil, grackles in the US and human-sloth bear conflict in India.

Mark is particularly keen on engaging people with nature and the need to protect what remains. In addition to giving talks to local groups, and winning a medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for a display on urban biodiversity, he frequently appears in print, online and international TV and radio. On campus he co-organized the University’s Bioblitz, gave the annual Children’s Christmas Lecture on Reading’s urban predators and instigated the Harris Garden Bee project. He co-authored Garden Entomology for the Royal Entomological Society, and four books in the 30-Second series of popular science books (Evolution, Biology, Zoology, and Ecology), which have been translated into over 13 languages.

Mark is Chair of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, and represents the University on the EAUC Climate Commission and is currently undertaking the EAUC Leadership Academy program.

Paul Taylor

Sustainability Officer -

Paul joined the sustainability team in summer 2018; and now coordinates re-use schemes, recycling facilities and waste management across the University. He has worked in estates-based settings for over 15 years, helping to improve environmental performance and develop sustainability strategy.

“I believe that strategic sustainability should focus on reducing negative impacts and encouraging positive outcomes, over the long-term; from an environmental, social, ethical & financial perspective.”

Darrell Marchand

Energy Analyst -

Darrell has recently joined the team with a firm understanding of the energy and sustainability sector, his analytical skills are integral to supporting and managing the development, production and analysis of energy data. Plus reports across the University; leading monitoring and targeting of utilities consumption to continually reduce consumption, and monitoring and verify savings delivered through key energy saving initiatives.   

Luke Cantellow

Energy Officer -

Luke leads on the energy and sustainability awareness and behavioural change initiatives across the University, engaging with University staff and students at all levels, and on an ongoing basis, to ensure that good environmental practices are embedded.

Luke works alongside the Energy and Sustainability Manager in maintaining the University’s Energy Management System, ensuring good energy practice is embedded across the University. This includes the identification of opportunities for energy, carbon and water savings, and supporting the management of approved projects to ensure their successful delivery.

“We find targeting the behaviour of our employees an effective way to reduce the University’s environmental impact. The focus on positive action and teamwork encourages students and staff to be an active part of our community.”

Kim Wan

Utilities Finance Administrator -

Kim provides financial management and administration support in the production, monitoring and tracking of (£7m in 2017/18) the utilities, waste and sustainable travel budgets. While providing financial accounting support for all services overseen and provided by the sustainability team.


Naomi Wadsworth

Sustainability Assistant 

Naomi is responsible for handling routine environmental queries and tasks across the breadth of the Sustainability Services’ work. This covers waste and recycling services, environmental and energy management including supporting key sustainability events and initiatives throughout the year. Naomi also oversees the team’s social media platforms and web content in order to provide timely and appropriate content for a range of audiences.

Karen Robertson

Cycle Project Officer -

Karen leads and delivers cycle projects to encourage as many staff and students as possible to take advantage of the great opportunity on campus.

Like the ‘cycle training’ which is not what you think! ‘That it is for kids’ or ‘for people who can’t ride a bike’. We promise you if you’ve never taken cycle training as an adult you will definitely learn something, and have a bit of a laugh. We’ll even throw in a set of cycle lights for even more encouragement. Sessions are generally held on Wednesday afternoons, but other times may be possible if you get in touch with us.

Environmental Management Review Group (EMRG)

Responsible for reviewing the Environment & Energy Management System and supporting the implementation of the system to ensure it meets the ISO14001 and ISO50001 criteria. In addition, the group is responsible for monitoring compliance with environmental related obligations and ensuring that University procedures meet these statutory and voluntary requirements as well as the objectives set out in the Policy. Membership includes staff from across the University and from RUSU to represent the student body. 

Estates Committee

Makes recommendations to UEB on strategic decisions in relation to the use and maintenance of the Estate, as well as matters relating to Environment and Energy Management, building and grounds maintenance, space management and accommodation. The full terms of reference can be requested by emailing Sustainability Services on Senior Staff from across the University sit on the committee alongside students representation.

Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC)

Responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, through the operation of six workstreams; biodiversity & green infrastructure, carbon management, catering commerce & farms, civic & community engagement, education for sustainable development, and waste & resource use. ESC reports to the University Executive Board. The full terms of reference can be requested by emailing Sustainability at Senior Staff from across the University sit on the committee alongside students representing the student body.

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