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Meet the team

The Environmental Team

The core Environmental Team (shown below) also work closely with other colleagues across a range of areas of the University such as Procurement, Estates and Facilities (including Catering, Accommodation, Engineering, Facilities Services and Capital Projects), the Student Union and academics. To contact the Environmental Team, please email

Senior Management Team

Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University, is the member of the senior management team with responsibility for the University’s environmental agenda.

Environmental Manager - Deborah Phelpstead

Deborah heads up the Environmental Team at Birmingham City University. She leads on the overall environmental strategy for the University and manages the Environmental Management System (EMS). She also focuses on sustainable procurement, environmental input for capital projects, and embedding sustainability across Birmingham City University’s activities.

Environmental Officer - Neva Mowl

Neva leads on environmental communications work for Birmingham City University, including the development of events, schemes and staff training. She supports the management of Birmingham City University’s EMS and focuses on the delivery of the University’s Sustainable Travel Plans, whilst supporting on areas such as biodiversity and waste management.

Energy Manager - Alison Wilmshurst

Alison leads on the Carbon and Energy agenda for Birmingham City University. She has responsibility for the Carbon Management Plan and Energy Strategy development, including developing a programme of energy and water efficiency schemes to reduce the University’s consumption and carbon emissions.

Further Supporting Colleagues

Facilities Manager (Contracts) – Alistair MacDonald

Alistair leads on the management of our waste contract, including monitoring waste figures and developing strategy and actions to reduce the amount of waste we generate and increase the proportion of recycling. Our Quality Control Officer supports this work by conducting waste audits across our sites to identify improvements, reduce contamination, and encourage waste reduction and recycling.

Head Gardener – Eamon Madden

Eamon is our Head Gardener and leads on encouraging biodiversity across our estate by planting native species and encouraging wildlife through installing bird boxes, feeders, and log piles to encourage insects.

Institute for Sustainable Futures

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) is one of the three Innovation Institutes at Birmingham City University. ISF help businesses and organisations drive innovation projects, addressing the need for sustainable solutions to challenges in areas such as renewable energy, advanced manufacturing and energy management. More information can be found here.