The team The team

The Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering Department delivers projects behind the scenes to support the University in reducing its environmental impact and increasing energy efficiency. We also work closely with staff and students to share best practice, support behaviour change and strategies, and hear what you need to support UEA's Sustainable Ways.

Each member below is full time and can be contacted by email:

Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering

Phil Hunt, Head of Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering

Phil Hunt, Head of Sustainability, Utilities and Energy

Phil Hunt specialises in sustainability and energy in the built environment, using experience and knowledge gained from 17 years working principally as an engineering consultant and in renewable energy systems contracting roles. Previous roles have included establishing and managing a sustainability NGO (non-governmental organisation), managing an energy services company, and lecturing on MSc courses in related subjects. The central themes during his career are innovation and change, and managing risk when applying new methods, technology and business systems. Phil has a masters degree in architecture and is a Chartered Engineer with CIBSE.


UEA's Environmental Policy and strategy



Suzie Long, Administrative Assistant (Sustainability)

Suzie Long, Admin Assistant

My role includes coordinating diaries and supporting the team in meetings and through financial management. I help to manage the WARPit reuse scheme and general email account (, and also produce and edit the image bank for Sustainable Ways information and engagement materials.


Email me with any questions


Energy and Carbon Reduction

Richard Bettle, Energy and Utilities Manager

Richard Bettle, Head of Energy and Utilities

I am responsible for managing UEA’s targets around energy and carbon reduction, as well as the technology and other systems that produce and deliver the energy produced by our combined heat and power engines on site. I manage the electricity and gas utilities budgets and support initiatives to make efficiencies across campus.


Vikki Rees, Energy Officer

Vikki Rees, Energy Officer

I am responsible for providing technical expertise and support to Schools and Departments to identify and implement projects focused on reducing their energy consumption and carbon emissions. I also help to ensure that UEA is compliant with both UK and EU energy legislation, such as Display Energy Certificates (DECs), the EU-ETS (European Union Emissions Trading Scheme), ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme), and CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme). I report to the Head of Energy and Utilities, and work with colleagues across the Division and Schools to help shape UEA’s energy policy.


Carlos Merchan, BMS Developer

I am responsible for developing the UEA Building Management System (BMS) into a user-friendly tool, which will help Estates to better integrate building maintenance, energy management and user controls. As part of this remit, I manage the production of technical strategies, budget, and project delivery.


Stewart Langridge, BMS Technician

UEA has the second largest TREND Building Management System in the UK, and I am responsible for diagnosing faults using the BMS and resolving issues as they occur. I work with the BMS team and Energy Officer to deliver energy efficiency savings through this ongoing maintenance.


Simon Ward, BMS Engineer

Simon Ward, BMS Engineer

I am responsible for managing the day to day operation of the Trend BMS. This involves writing and modifying the Trend software, rectifying reported faults and proactive maintenance works to ensure efficient operation of the BMS. I work closely with the other members of the BMS and Energy Reduction teams to improve environmental conditions and energy usage throughout the campus.


Find out more about energy and carbon reduction


Engagement and Communications

Catrin Darsley, Sustainable Development Manager

Catrin Darsley, Sustainable Development Manager

I connect the various elements of the Sustainable Ways agenda through communications networks and awareness events. I’m aiming to raise awareness and promote pro-environmental behaviours across UEA, including through this website and our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook). I support the Sustainability Network in encouraging local action for a sustainable UEA.

I also oversee UEA's Environmental Management System, and am working to embed sustainable development principles across the University.


Emily Lewis, Assistant Environmental Officer

Emily Lewis, Assistant Environmental Officer

I support the Sustainable Development Manager in delivering a range of communications and events to staff and students, showcasing some of the exciting projects underway at UEA as well as helping people find out more about getting involved.

I am on a 12-month Year in Industry placement with the Sustainability Team, from my BSc course in Environmental Science with the School of Environmental Science at UEA. I'm interested in living a sustainable life, and exploring how to communicate the benefits of being environmentally and socially aware.


Email us to get involved


Engineering and Infrastructure

Paul Thacker, Senior Engineering Manager

Paul Thacker, Engineering and Infrastructure Manager

As a chartered building services engineer I am responsible for overseeing all the UEA building projects from a Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) point of view. I am also responsible for UEA’s Life Cycle Replacement (LCR) project, which gives a detailed 25-year forecast of the investment needed to keep the estate in a good condition. I also support the Estates Maintenance Team in legislative compliance, through designing engineering solutions for various systems.


Theo Jones, Engineering and Infrastructure Manager

Theo Jones, Engineering and Infrastructure Manager

As a building services engineer I have a broad responsibility for management of the various mechanical and electrical systems in use across the campus, including the district heating and cooling systems. I work closely with the Estates Maintenance Team to ensure that plant and building services are operated and maintained in a safe, efficient manner. I also assist the Estates Helpdesk Team to respond to customer queries and resolve operational issues relating to building services.


Steve Edwards, Electrical Services Infrastructure Manager

Steve Edwards, Electrical Services Infrastructure Manager

My role within the team is to look after the University's electrical infrastructure. This ranges from our 11,000v high-voltage network down to the socket outlets that supply your desk PCs. I also work closely with the Maintenance and Helpdesk teams in resolving issues that arise, such as problems with internal and external lighting complaints. Other areas that I am involved with across the campus are fire alarm systems, refuge systems, lifts and the access control.


Bob Savage, Building Services Engineer

Bob Savage, Building Services Engineer

I am an experienced building services engineer and AutoCad specialist. My endeavours are to maintain an up-to-date database of detailed drawing/information of installed building services. This enables the University to provide a sustainably-motivated, modern, professional teaching and working environment for its scholars, employed working staff, contractor suppliers and all those needing to attend the University of East Anglia Estate on a daily basis.


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Travel and Transport

These role holders report to the Deputy Director of Estates, but work closely with the Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering Department to promote sustainable travel.

Dawn Dewar, Transport Coordinator

Dawn Dewar, Transport Coordinator

I am responsible for implementing the University’s Travel Plan, which supports staff and students' travel to work. I manage UEA's parking strategy and collaborate with local transport providers and organisations to try and ensure smooth access to and from campus. I'm also keen to encourage other ways to campus, such as cycling and car sharing.


Transport Administrator and Lodge team

We administrate UEA's car park permitting system, and support staff and students in getting on and off campus by more sustainable means. Contact us with questions about your travel needs, or find us in the Lodge during working hours! Check UEA's travel webpages, or email us on


Find out more about green commuting


Waste, Water and the EMS

Andy Watts, Environmental Management System, Waste and Water Manager

Andy Watts, EMS, Waste and Water Manager

I am responsible for reducing the University’s waste production and disposing of materials in a legally compliant manner in line with the waste hierarchy. I work with our waste contractors to effectively manage waste at UEA, and am responsible for the provision of waste disposal facilities. I also manage UEA’s Environmental Management System, and monitor and try to reduce our water consumption.


Find out more about recycling and waste


Contact us

Contact us if you have any ideas or questions relating to environmental issues or management at UEA.