The Team

The sustainability team at NUS drives our 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. Check out our structure 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
Head of sustainability

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.

Charlotte Bonner
Communities programmes manager

Charlotte has been part of the Green Impact team since she joined NUS in February 2010 before which she worked as a consultant specialising in campaigns and behaviour change as well as environmental management.

She now heads up the Green Impact team, providing students and students’ unions opportunities to engage staff and students in sustainability both on campus and in their local communities. She also supports students’ unions in their community and out-reach work and heads up the education for sustainability and internationalism agendas within the department. 

Charlotte sits on the Sustainable Schools Alliance Board, the Copernicus Alliance Board and the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Eco-Campus Working Group. She is co-chair of the ACUI Sustainability Community of Practice.

In both her personal and professional lives, Charlotte is known for her love of cakes, pub quizzes and her many bicycles. She speaks French (or at least tries to), and works from home on the North Yorkshire coast.   

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. 

Pearl Costello
​​​​​​​Sustainability Project Officer

Pearl is based in Bristol, working on Green Impact and Student Switch Off.

Before working for the NUS, Pearl was the first sustainability staff member at the Royal Agricultural University (winners of the Guardian University Award for Sustainability Project in 2016). She lead on a range of projects including ISO14001, behaviour change and engagement, and sustainability strategy development. She has a BSc in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology and an MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings (specialising in the effect of building design on student energy behaviour in halls of residence).

In her spare time, Pearl attempts to manage an unruly allotment, joins in with the latest fitness craze and enjoys all the food and culture Bristol has to offer.

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
Insight manager - sustainability

Rachel has worked in sustainability-focused research roles for the past six years, joining NUS in 2011.  Rachel forms part of the research department, working closely with the sustainability team.

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, rowing or cycling.

Michelle Farrell
Senior project officer - developments and networks

Senior Project Officer – Development 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.

Katie Ferneyhough
Sustainability project officer

Katie works as one of the sustainability project officers delivering the Green Impact and Student Switch Off programmes across institutions mainly in the north of England. 

She also helps students' unions to deliver Blackout events, as well as working with off-campus Green Impact programmes. 

Before working for NUS, Katie managed one of the NUS students' Green Fund projects at Staffordshire SU – GreenPad – which focused on creating energy efficient student homes as well as delivering various sustainability programmes and events across the institution. Before that position she graduated from Liverpool University with a Zoology degree and a Masters in Conservation & Resource management. 

Out of work, Katie enjoys being in the outdoors, spending lots of time with her own little family farm of rescue animals and cooking/baking lots of amazing vegan food!

Sophie Hemery
Sustainability communications coordinator

Sophie leads on all the communications for NUS' sustainability work.

Working across projects from behaviour change to curriculum reform to political activism, she ensures that our vision is communicated to a range of audiences, and integrates sustainability work across the rest of NUS' campaigning priorities. 

She likes: learning about new ideas, places and people (or learning new things, about old ideas, places and people); writing and reading constructive journalism; campaigning to make things better; and emapthy.

Lucy-Ann Henry
Alcohol Impact Programme Manager

Lucy is the Alcohol Impact Programme Manager based in the London office. Her role focuses on managing the programme operationally, supporting students’ unions and their partner institutions on campuses across the UK to embed social norms of responsible drinking.

Lucy has a background in criminology, sociology, community development and youth work. Before NUS she worked for a psychological wellbeing service delivering cognitive behavioural interventions to people with mental health problems.

Lucy likes watching documentaries, eating, travelling, exploring new places, and avoiding the rain!

Tilly Jarvis
Student Eats Project Officer 

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 Poject 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.

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.

Ágnes Knoll
Programme manager - Student Eats

Ágnes has been in charge of Student Eats since she joined NUS in 2012. The programme is assisting students in growing their own food on campus, including setting up gardens and growing societies, creating growing plans and widening community involvement. She heads up the Student Eats team in delivering a new Big Lottery funded project, setting up student-led sustainable food enterprises in partnership with the Soil Association, Sustain and the Plunkett Foundation.

Ágnes took her second MSc with the University of Manchester in Environmental Science and Policy, but she started life as a biochemist. She has been running vegetable and fruit growing schemes, and managed landscaping and education projects with local community involvement. Her work has won a dozen awards, including prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show medals.

When not growing, she most enjoys seeing wildflowers and the creatures they attract, while rambling on hills, vales, downs, or along the coast.

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.

Seren Nelson
Development and networks manager

Seren is based in our London office and joined NUS in April 2018. She leads on the development of our externally-funded sustainability work, including prospecting for funding, managing relationships with funders/sponsors, and the development of successful funding applications. She also oversees the development and management of the networks of students and staff working on sustainability projects across the board. 

Prior to working at NUS, Seren worked as the Corporate Partnerships Officer for the waterway charity, Thames21. Within this role she managed and secured major partnerships for the charity as well as influencing decision makers on Corporate Social Responsibility within the corporate sector. She also has experience of working within the green finance and carbon pricing areas. Back in 2013 Seren also worked on a Ground Squirrel behaviour project in the Kalahari desert in South Africa.

When not at work Seren enjoys visiting the Scottish highlands for hiking and camping trips as well as going back to her home town in Wales to see family and friends.

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 based in our London office. 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.

Quinn 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 board games (mostly Scrabble!), running, 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.

Jen Strong
Programme Manager - Strudent Switch Off

Jen has been part of the team since 2012 and is the Programme Manager of the Ashden Award-winning Student Switch Off campaign - encouraging students to save energy and recycle when living in halls of residence. Student Switch Off supports students to take energy saving actions through face to face advice and energy saving competitions. Since 2006 the campaign has reached 1.1 million students across 8 countries saving over £2 million in electricity expenditure!  

Jen first got involved with NUS sustainability projects as the Sustainable Behaviour Assistant at Manchester Metropolitan University. Following this she moved to Nottingham where she number crunched her way through carbon accounting reports for NHS clients, as well as coordinating sustainable procurement training and support during her time at the Nottingham Energy Partnership, a charity and social enterprise based in the East Midlands.

Jen also has experience in teaching English as a foreign language as well as providing environmental support within the civil engineering sector. Jen is a graduate of LSE where she studied Environmental Policy with Economics, is an associate member of IEMA and enjoys spending her spare time being crafty sewing and knitting homemade things for friends and family.

Odette Wills
​​​​​​​Welsh sustainability project officer

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!