Governance and Groups

This section provides you with an overview of the Governance for Environmental Sustainability, and the various groups and networks that help us achieve improvements in environmental performance.

Environmental Sustainability is formally reported to the following, as a minimum annually:

Please click on the tabs below to find out more about our Environment and Climate Emergency (ECE) Board, Students' Guild, Advocate Climate Taskforce (ACT) and Thematic Forums

ECE Board is the university's senior governance group responsible for setting policy and priorities, maintaining oversight and approving the resource and delivery programmes for the Environment and Climate Emergency response across the university. 

  • Joint chaired by the Provost and Registrar & Secretary, the ECE Board meet termly and provides a policy and decision-making forum to ensure delivery and continual improvement of activities and operations across the university to meet the intent of the goals and recommendations of the E&CE Working Group Report (published on November 11th 2019).

  • Membership of the Board includes Student Union representations, Director of Estate Services, Head of Environment and Climate Emergency, Procurement, Communications and Marketing, and others as appropriate. 

University of Exeter Students’ Guild is the Students’ Union of the University of Exeter. The Guild exists for students at Exeter to offer support, advice, representation, entertainment and other activities that will enhance the student experience.

Through student societies, committees, volunteering activities events such as Go Green/Sustainability Week and the work of staff, the Guild is committed to sustainability and caring for the environment and are signed up to the Green Impact accreditation scheme for Students' Unions.


The university has appointed outstanding academic and professional service leaders to work with the Provost, Registrar and Director of Environment and Climate Emergency, in the role of Advocate for the ECE. 

Advocates represent their College/Campus or a particular theme, mobilise their Climate Environment Action Plans and attend regular ACT meetings, led by the Provost and Senior Academics, to progress challenging and transformational change agenda items for the university, including:

  • Taking forward the University of Exeter's Carbon Net Zero delivery approach, aligned to the E&CE Policy, facilitating the development and delivery of carbon savings and environmentally positive solutions. 
  • Action-specific E&CE Policy statements on behalf of the university, aligning academic, research and teaching colleagues and staff to progress transformational change for the university. 

Thematic Forums feed into the Climate Action Plans for Colleges and Professional Services, by proposing action, initiatives and projects that can tackle the forum-specific challenges associated with the Environment and Climate Emergency, in support of the University Strategy Vision by 'building on our strong and interdisciplinary culture to lead meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis'.

The Forums invite the academic community, key members of staff, students and industry to come together to enable the University of Exeter to become leaders in organisational, financial and environmental sustainability. 

Forum members will propose action and define projects that address key environmental concerns and establish the University of Exeter as leaders in the delivery of Net Zero. These projects will then be assigned ownership within the most appropriate Department or College across the university. 

If you would like to get involved, please make contact with the Thematic Forum lead.

Thematic ForumThematic Forum LeadThematic Forum Contact
Energy, Buildings and Water    Andy Seaman, Energy Manager
Procurement Jo Tudor, Senior Procurement Officer, Sustainability 
Waste Nigel Morris, Strategic Waste and Resources Manager
Travel Interim: Fraser Browning, Technical Evaluator
Hospitality and Catering Simon Law, Director of Retail and Catering Services
Biodiversity Chris Guggiari-Peel, Data Analyst (Scope 3) 
Carbon Accounting Fraser Browning, Technical Evaluator
Environmental Net Gain Fraser Browning, Technical Evaluator

Professor Justin Hinshelwood
Professor Stewart Barr
Research Professor Juliet Osborne