Melanie was an undergraduate at the University of Southampton where she studied Geography, this was followed by postgraduate study in Planning, Policy & Practice. She has spent nearly 2 decades aiming to make Southampton a better place through various roles at the Council, which includes the past 15 in Sustainability. Currently leading on an internal climate change training programme and a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the Council.
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Adam is an Environmental Science graduate with over 14 years’ experience managing a diverse range of sustainability projects. He joined tEC in 2009 where he began working on EU funded knowledge sharing projects looking at energy in buildings and low carbon communities. Adam took on the Chief Executive role in 2012 and is immensely proud of the work the tEC team delivers to support residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes, encourage sustainable behaviours and improve air quality.
Mark has been a member of Southampton FOE for some years and co-chair of Transition Southampton co-chair for 4 years, with particular interests in energy, carbon, the Repair Cafe. Professionally, he has been developing renewable energy in our locality, principally wind turbine blades since 1980 (Chief engineer, Vestas, IoW 2001-14, now in GE Renewables).
Liz leads on SUSU’s sustainability work, embedding ethical and environmental practices in the Union’s operations and supporting students to be sustainable on campus and in their personal lives. Roles include working with the University on delivery of its Sustainability Strategic Plan, representing students’ interests, and challenging the institution to continue delivering more ambitious environmental plans.
Last year Upper Shirley High successfully became an Eco School and are keen to develop this further. Also teaching Geography, it would be great to be a part of to support our sustainable cities work.
Ellis is an advocate for raising awareness of issues that impact society, these include but not limited to climate change, sustainability and environmental wellbeing. He believes educating ourselves is important, so we can grow more conscious, and make better and more informed decisions for the future.
A Community Organiser involved in community projects and urban change; working with others to help promote a healthier, more sustainable, creative and inclusive society. I am employed by Southampton Voluntary Services as a development worker. I am also a Director of The Southampton Collective, a community interest company dedicated to a healthier, more sustainable city. I trained and worked in my early professional years as a town planner, and remain committed to placemaking and healthy, inclusive, green urban environments. I am Autistic, with Functional Neurological Disorder and at times struggle with speech and language, so sometimes use Alternative Communication. I am keen to see greater inclusion for disabled people. Feel free to ask me about neurodiversity.
As Operations Director for the Science Park, Stuart is responsible for all internal operations including project management, ICT, communications and facilities including onsite catering. Previously, Stuart has over ten years’ experience in financial and operational management, having held various management positions within the hospitality trade working with the likes of Greene King Pub Company, EI Group and Roadchef.