The team

The SOS-UK team drives the organisation's work across campuses, curriculums and communities. If you want to talk about how we can help you drive sustainability across your campus or organisation, just get in touch.  You can also view an organogram of the team here

Or read on to find out a little bit more about us, and what everybody does, and get in touch with someone individually.

Jamie Agombar

Over his twelve years at NUS, Jamie has helped develop a strong student voice on sustainability, embedding sustainability into the work of NUS and the students’ union movement.

During his tenure, NUS’ sustainability function has grown from a single role to 20 full-time dedicated sustainability staff, and over 30 in students’ unions. This growth has been through the development of successful and impactful sustainability change projects, such as Green Impact, Student Switch Off, Student Eats, and Responsible Futures, which are now collectively delivered into 100 universities and colleges, reaching more than 250,000 students each year.

Jamie sits on many external committees, including the Higher Education Funding Council for England Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee, IEMA’s Strategic Advisory Council, and the EAUC Board.

In February 2014 Jamie won the Guardian University Award for Inspiring Leadership for his decade of service at NUS.

Meg Baker
Senior Project Officer – Education for Sustainable Development

Meg is working to increase student experiences of Education for Sustainable Development whilst leading on Dissertations for Good and Placements for Good. Both programmes connect students with the community to benefit the environment and society through research projects or placements with charities, businesses or public-sector organisations.

Prior to joining NUS Meg spent a year living in a van and travelling New Zealand whilst doing some Department of Conservation projects to control invasive plants. She was previously working at University of Gloucestershire and their Students’ Union leading on student and community engagement for sustainability, this also involved her coordination of a Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainability Education in the Severn region.

Meg has a degree in Geography from Glasgow University and MSc in Environmental Consultancy from Plymouth University. In her spare time, she enjoys all things outdoors from being in the mountains to playing in the sea.

Laura Clayson
Divest-invest consultant

Laura joined NUS after being president of Lancaster University Students' Union, to support our work on divestment and reinvestment.

She issued 800 freedom of information requests across higher and further education, finding out what our education sector is investing in, and what financial interests the fossil fuel industry has in our universities and colleges. Her work forms the basis of our campaign to encourage our institutions to pull their money out of fossil fuels, and invest in the clean alternatives.

Outside of work Laura enjoys a vast array of activities - if she can't be found hula hooping or juggling with flower sticks, then you'll probably find her exploring London or watching a documentary - she is somewhat of a shark, dinosaur and whale fanatic. She has a BA in Politics and International Relations and is especially interested in exploring the intersections between the oppression of people and the environment. 

Laura Cristea
Sustainability project officer

Laura helps to deliver Green Impact and Student Switch Off to institutions across Scotland, hoping to develop better partnerships between institutions up North encouraging sustainable behaviours amongst students and staff.

Before working for NUS, Laura graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Economics and had various positions in energy conservation, project managing various environmental initiatives in the North East of Scotland and even became an officer at her own Students’ Association leading on social responsibility and environmental campaigns. 

Laura’s pretty passionate about people and developing volunteers to bring out the best in them, and in her spare time volunteers with a food rescue project and goes riding on her trusty bike on nature paths. 

Rachel Drayson
Head of research and impact

Rachel has worked in sustainability-focused research roles for the past six years, joining NUS' Sustainability team in 2011.  Rachel leads the management, design, implementation and delivery associated with research and evaluation projects in order to enhance SOS-UK's ability to be effective in its sustainability-focused work with students' unions and in its projects, programmes and campaigns across the education sector through  use of insight.

She has previously worked for research and strategy consultancy Brook Lyndhurst and Green Alliance.  Here she worked on projects for a range of public sector clients across a range of different issues, utilising quantitative and qualitative skills to investigate community action on climate change, evaluating behaviour change and developing pilots to promote energy efficiency. 

Rachel studied Geography at Durham and has a Masters in Environment, Science and Society from UCL. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys experimenting in the kitchen (which mostly works out!), complemented by keeping active by running, swimming outdoors or cycling.

Michelle Farrell
Senior project officer - developments and networks

Michelle is a Senior Project Officer, responsible for delivering Green Impact in a number of universities and community organisations, including the Natural History Museum! She also leads on organising the department's large events such as the NUS Sustainability Summit, Student Eats Conference and our Students and Alcohol conference.

Michelle joined the team in 2013. Prior to this she worked in a number different sustainability roles within the public and private sector. She also studied at the University of York, achieving a BSc in Environmental Science. During this time she was an active member of her SU, and was elected E&E Officer for her college.

Outside of work, Michelle spends her time volunteering in her local community, and is a Governor for a local SEN college.

Tilly Jarvis
Student Eats Project Manager 

Tilly joined the NUS Sustainability team in 2016 and works with Odette and Agnes on the Student Eats programme supporting students to set up social enterprises selling sustainable food as well as supporting food growing initiatives on campus. In addition to working for NUS Tilly co-ordinates the Food Co-op project at Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, and is starting up her own family business breeding crickets as a sustainable protein option.

Previously Tilly spent over ten years working with 16-25 year olds on local and international community initiatives promoting sustainable living, has an MA in Sustainable Development Advocacy, is a trustee for Worcester Roots Foundation (a youth-led environmental charity) and is on the Board of Directors of a community owned organic and biodynamic farm in Worcestershire. Spare time passions include global family travel without flying, music festivals and of course…crickets (the chirping kind rather than the sport).

Katie Jepson
Senior Project Officer - Green Impact 

Katie helps to deliver Green Impact, Blackout and Student Switch Off to educational institutions and NHS Trusts across England, Northern Ireland and Belgium, encouraging sustainable behaviors amongst students and staff. Katie is also leading one our three year partnership with the Woodland Trust which encourages students to become actively involved with their local woods and trees.

Before working for NUS, Katie graduated from Keele University with a BA Geography degree. Previously they worked at The Conservation Volunteers as a Project Officer on their Health for Life programme, where they project managed and helped build food growing community gardens in Birmingham, working to create healthier and happier communities.

In their spare time, Katie likes going to spin classes, hiking and cooking.

Aqeel Kapasi

Ethical supply chain coordinator

Aqeel joined SOS-UK in October 2019. He will primarily be involved in furthering ethical procurement within NUS’ Trading Team, working with suppliers as well as students and staff on campus to improve the sustainability of the products available.

Aqeel started his career as a tax adviser in a large accountancy firm. Driven by a passion for social justice, he moved into the not-for-profit sector, initially working for a children’s charity. This was followed by becoming a community development worker for a local authority, where he supported community groups and residents in particular neighbourhoods. Preserving the natural world and life within it has remained close to his heart and he is particularly interested in how social justice can be achieved together with environmental protection & restoration.

He enjoys reading, immersing himself in a film or documentary, being out in nature and a bit of badminton.

Jo Kemp
Green Impact programme manager

Jo manages Green Impact nationally, working with staff and students to constantly evolve the programme across our existing and potential educational and community organisations. Jo heads up the team to help deliver Green Impact in line with NUS’s wider strategy and aims for students' unions to become hubs for sustainability within their institutions and communities.

Before joining NUS in 2011, Jo spent 3 years leading the education sector work at Change Agents UK. She recently took a year out from NUS’s sustainability work to deliver the national engagement project ‘Discovering Britain’ at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), where she devised, trialled and published geographical walks across the UK.

From her base in Lincolnshire, Jo chairs her local Fair Trade campaign group, and has set up and manages a real Junk Food Project pay-as-you-feel community café. In her spare time she enjoys a good pub quiz, camping and walking with her dog, and always has a renovation project on the go.

Jade Monroe
Senior project officer - Student Switch Off

Jade joined the team in 2012 and is the Senior Project Officer for Student Switch Off, based in the London office. Jade spends much of her time touring halls of residents across the country, helping students to save energy and recycle.

Jade has a BSc and MSc in Environmental Management and prior to NUS has worked at the University of the West of Scotland Student Association as part of their Climate Challenge Fund sustainability projects as well as working on improving environmental practices within the business sector for a number of years.

Outside of work Jade spends her time with her family, growing food in her tiny city garden, going to the local parks or getting out and about in London.

Joanna Romanowicz
International programmes manager

Joanna is London based and has been working for NUS since October 2010. In her role she has managed a number of European projects, and currently is leading on the Horizon 2020 funded European expansion of Student Switch Off (SAVES2). Through this she works with universities in Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Ireland and UK to help drive positive environmental behavior amongst students and raise awareness around energy efficiency and smart metering, in the context of fuel poverty.

Prior to working at NUS, Joanna worked in the sustainability team at the University of Westminster as Greener Living Assistant and later Sustainability Officer. Joanna has an experience of working in different sectors in an environmental role, including work at the London School of Economics, Greater London Authority, Forum for the Future, AECOM and other environmental consultancies.

Joanna has a degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Environment, Science and Society from UCL. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys hiking and camping, discovering new places, playing netball, yoga, keeping up her French and playing tennis.

Quinn Runkle
Education for sustainable development programme manager

Quinn is the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme Manager and is a homeworker based in Sheffield. Her role includes managing the Responsible Futures programme; supporting universities, colleges, and students’ unions to embed ESD throughout the formal and informal curricula; and working across the student movement and with partner organisations to improve the inclusion of sustainability knowledge, skills, and attributes in education across the UK and internationally.

Prior to working at NUS, Quinn managed the Student Green Fund Project at the University of Bristol Students’ Union and delivered student sustainability engagement programmes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Alongside work, Quinn is pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the UCL Institute of Education. She holds a BA in Geography and Political Science with a concentration in Sustainability from the University of British Columbia.

In her spare time, she enjoys podcasts, board games, yoga, and eating veggie food. 

Rachel Soper
Sustainability project officer

Rachel joined the team in 2014 as a Sustainability Project Officer and is responsible for delivering Student Switch Off and Green Impact to 7 universities across the country, engaging staff and students in the projects.

She is a recent graduate from the University of York with a BSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management. During her time at York Rachel was heavily involved with Student Switch Off and Green Impact as well as a number of other environmental projects and the Union’s Cocktail Society!

Rachel spends a lot of her free time upcycling clothes and has a particular penchant for tie-dye. When her hands aren’t stained a funny colour Rachel also likes going to concerts and music festivals.

Odette Wills
Student Eats project manager

Odette is the Welsh sustainability Project Officer. Her role focuses on delivering the Student Eats enterprise program, assisting the establishment of over sixty new enterprises including student led farmer's markets, food cooperatives, food preserving groups and other food orientated enterprises. Odette is also supporting seven of these enterprise to ‘Scale Up’ their work, with additional mentoring and scale up costs.

Before starting at NUS, Odette worked in a science lab looking at a fungus to help farming. She has completed a degree in ‘Conservation Biology and Ecology’ and a masters in ‘Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture’. While at university, Odette ran many campaigns often focusing on sustainable fishing and local food, and was also involved with an NUS Student Eats scheme called Exeter Community garden; a staff, student and community growing project based at Exeter University.

While not at work, Odette can be found walking with her dog, cycling the Welsh hills, on her allotment or cooking. She also has her own business running a bike repair workshop called Bike Anatomy with her partner!