Our Future First

Our Future First is the University’s sustainable behaviours programme which will embed sustainability into our culture, with everyone playing their part to create collective, positive change for our community and our planet.

  • Why: To address the dual challenges of meeting our sustainability commitment to become Net Zero Carbon by 2030 and tackling rapidly rising energy costs.
  • Who: Develop a network of sustainability champions across all schools and fucntions on Whiteknights, London Road and Greenlands.
  • How: Collaborate, listen, share, teach, learn, inspire, connect, evolve, celebrate - everyone working together to take small actions which collectively have a big impact.

We can all do our bit - we invite you to take action and support the creation of a culture of sustainability at our University. We can all be involved by:

  • Being open to change – challenge the norm. Seek and embrace opportunities to embed sustainability in a way that works for your school/function.
  • Collaborate – bring together knowledge, ideas, and experiences from across our community to find solutions.
  • Lead by example – inspire others and help create the cultural change needed to meet our goals.
  • Continually improve – keep taking small steps forward. We won’t always get it right first time, and even when we do, things will evolve.
  • Empower – develop your understanding so you can influence and lead others.

If you are passionate about sustainability and our environment, determined to make a difference and able to work with others to influence collective change we want you! Joining our sustainability champions network will enable you to develop personally and professionally as well as become part of an inspiring community of like minded people. You can find out more here or by emailing sustainability@reading.ac.uk.

Below a list of Lead Champions and the Department or School they are in:

Tish Gauci
Marketing and Communications and Engagement Head of Marketing Projects & Planning
Layla Tatar
Human Resources Campus Jobs Deputy Manager
Stephen Elmore
School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy Associate Professor
Scott O'Brian
Technical services Associate Director (Operations)
Elisha Bird
Executive Administration Officer
Tony Capstick
School of Literature and Languages Associate Professor
Kyriaki Noussia
Research Services Associate Professor
Tom Oliver
School of Biological Sciences Research Dean for Environment/Professor of Applied Ecology
Jacqui Payne
Student Services Head of Careers Information and Events
David Stannard
Henley Business School Director of Administration
Erin Cooper
Procurement Business Manager
Sara Lovejoy
Marketing and Communications and Engagement Digital Campaigns and Engagement Officer
Julia Smalley
Marketing and Communication Alumni & Supporter Communication Officer
Victoria Stevens
Curatorial and Public Engagement, University Museums and Special Collections Services Paper Conservator
Simon Knox
School of Arts & Communication Design Associate Professor
Kevin Mortimer
Digital Technology Services Head of Operations
Matt Tebbit
Campus Commerce Head of Bars and Dining
Marcus McDonnell
Estates External Consultant
Lal Urala Gamage
Estates Building Support Officer
Calum Kirk
Research Services Impact Development Manager
Jenna Gardner
Economics Executive Administration Manager
Lauren Andrews
International Study and Languages Institute ISLI NUIST Programme Coordinator
Andy Whittam
Tech Services Technical Manager- Operations
Henrik Brogger
Digital Technology Services Director of Digital Operations and Service Delivery
David Marshall
School of Politics, Economics & International Relations Associate Professor
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Heather Browning
School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science Executive Administration Manager
Jo Anna Reed Johnson
Institute of Education Lecturer
Sara Fincham Majumdar
School of Psychology Lecturer
Bill Collins
School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences Professor of Climate Processes
Dawn Lord
Finance Financial Accounts Assistant
James Mutton
Marketing and Communications and Engagement Senior Designer
Fiona Curtis
Institute of Education Lecturer
Lesley Hennigan
Estates Building Support Officer
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