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Meet the team

Meet the team

Sustainability, Environment Team

WGU’s Sustainability and Environment Team ensure that the University operates as sustainably as possible, with an annual budget to implement sustainability projects and raise awareness amongst staff and students. The Sustainability and Environment Team is headed by the University's Director of Operations Lynda Powell, the team acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University and manage a variety of projects, from biodiversity on all campus, engagement schemes such as green champions and WGU’s growing facility to sustainable development within the curriculum. 

Lynda Powell

Lynda Powell was appointed to the role of Director of Operations at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in September 2014 and is responsible for the strategic leadership of a wide range of Professional Services including Estates and Campus Services, Safety, Health and Environment, Student Support Services and IT & Learning Resources.

In addition, Lynda has a lead role in relation to the University’s Emergency planning and business continuity arrangements, chair of the Sustainability Advisory Forum and is the University’s representative on the Public Service Board in Wrexham. She is also a Director of two of the University’s subsidiary companies: Glyndwr Innovations Ltd and North Wales Science, as well as being a member of the Institute of Hospitality.

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Jenny Thomas

With a background in Environment, Health & Safety roles in the manufacturing sector, Jenny joined the University as the Senior Safety, Health and Environment Advisor in January 2020. With her degree in Environmental Science, Jenny works enthusiastically to collaborate with staff, students and local environmental groups drive positive environmental change.

Since starting at the University Jenny has championed sustainability projects including joining and increasing the number of publically available water fountains, signing up as a Plastic Reduction Champion as part of the Plastic Free Wrecsam campaign and signing up as a Hedgehog Friendly Campus.  Jenny leads on the University Sustainability Action Working Group and a various environmental initiatives with the aim of achieving the key targets set out in our Sustainability Strategy.

Jenny is passionate about sustainability and the natural environment. In her spare time she volunteers for the RSPB at Burton Mere Wetlands and is a founding member of Mold Plastic Reduction which achieved accreditation from Surfers Against Sewage as a Plastic Free Community in 2020.


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Dennis Powell

Dennis came to post as WGU Northop Campus’ Manager in 2013, he became Green Champion and Unison Sustainability Representative in 2017 and since then has made it his mission to create a campus as rich in biodiversity as possible. Most recently he has taken on the role of facilities manager for both Wrexham and Northop campuses. He now is responsible for waste, travel, managing WGU's estate in a bio diverse sensitive way and has built collaborations with Flintshare the community led growing group and Plas Derw forest school which are both now based at WGU Northop. He is responsible for writing WGU’s biodiversity action plan, chairs the Fairtrade steering group and is currently working on a project, investigating installing a renewable energy source at Northop. Dennis was also voted Best Operational Member of Staff 2017/18 by the Students Union.

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David Sprake

David spent 10 years working in Engineering (contracting and consulting) projects such as power stations, road construction, sea defences, public health (fresh water), topographic surveying, structural engineering. His Research is in Renewables , Climate change, Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Sterling Engines. He works full time as a programme leader for BEng Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology and plays an active role as one of WGU's ESD champions.

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Pip Francis

Pip joined WGU, full time in December 2015 and in February 2017 became part of WGU’s Sustainability Team and Green Champions. Pip's main focus is taking care of the sustainability comms. As a Green Champion, she promotes behaviour change, raises awareness and encourages participation in the environmental agenda at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

She is part of the Fairtrade steering group and in her free time attends clean up events.

Pip is passionate about green agendas and sustainability. Achieving her BA in 2008 with a dissertation on sustainable housing.

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Jane Holmes 2018

Jane began her full time career at Wrexham Glyndwr University in 1996. Based in the Print room Jane was responsible for ensuring that students and staff received their documents printed to the latest technology equipment. Jane has been responsible for ensuring the paper used at the university is of the best quality and also meets the environmental credentials WGU desire. Jane is always looking to improve the equipment within the reprographics room and ensures that recycled paper is used wherever possible. Janes new remit within the Learning and resources team is to research new ways of reducing the paper used and encourages students to use the online portal Moodle before the requirement to print. 

Jane is a keen gardener and recently helped the Students Union to plant their new flower garden. Jane enjoys taking her grandchildren on walks at the local country park and encourages them to get to know the local mini beasts that inhabit the local area.

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Darren Griffiths

Darren Griffiths has worked full time for Wrexham Glyndwr University since 2001 originally in the position of Building Surveyor. In 2018 Darren was appointed to the role of Contracts and Compliance Manager.

Darren is a keen member of the Green Champions and is enthusiastic about reducing his carbon footprint. During any construction or redesign projects, Darren implements new energy technologies to ensure WGU is always hitting its sustainability targets. Darren also focuses on the re-diversion of construction waste to minimise the waste created by the new projects. Darren is working hard towards Campus 2025 to ensure our Estate is sustainable and efficient going into the future.

Darren enjoys spending his time in nature and relishes spending the weekends with his family Caravanning and teaching them about our environment. 

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Colin Stuhlfelder

Colin’s background is in architectural studies and he holds a masters in art history and theory and a PhD relating the social impact of HIV on communities in the UK.

Colin worked across various housing and construction related roles, including delivering social housing and community buildings as part of the Halsall Lloyd Partnership of architecture in Liverpool, at the Race & Housing research project in the University of Manchester, and working on challenging estates in North Liverpool as part of the social housing provider Cobalt Housing.

Colin works full time at the University. The team Colin is part of has delivered housing strategy across North Wales and down to the South Wales Valleys and he has spoken on issues ranging from anti-social behaviour to tackling issues relating to the sustainable use of recourses at national and international events. He is also one of the Universities ESD champions.

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Andy Meincken

Andy Meincken joined Wrexham Glyndwr University full time in January 2011 as the maintenance supervisor and in February 2018 was appointed the role of Building Services Manager. Andy is responsible for the Maintenance Team and Building Services Assistants.

Andy is also a member of the Green Champions, he leads his team in implementing sustainable practices within his department focusing on heating, lighting and emissions. Andy thrives when presented with new opportunities for reducing energy within the University and works closely with the Environmental and Sustainability Co-Ordinator to do so. Andy and his team are currently focusing their efforts on sustainable lighting and how we at Glyndwr can increase recycling of larger waste items.

Andy delights in looking after the office plants and on his days off Andy enjoys spending his time outdoors, working in his garden.

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Green Champions

A network of volunteers made up from staff and students. They work together to make WGU a more sustainable & greener place to work and study. They report to the Sustainability, Environment Team and Sustainability Action Working Group. Their aim is help improve WGU’s environmental impact by being enthusiastic and proactive about sustainability issues in their department.

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