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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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Jo Smith

Jo Smith was appointed to the full time role of SHE Manager at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in July 2007 and is responsible for the management of Safety, Health and Environmental matters at the University.

In addition, Jo is a member of the University’s Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Group Graduating from NEWI in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management; previously gaining a Foundation Degree in Health and Safety and Environmental Management and a Diploma in Business Management.  Jo is a Chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Having spent over 10 years working at Wrexham Glyndŵr University as SHE manager, Jo has a strong loyalty to the institution and is committed to ensuring that Safety, Health and Environmental related matters are embedded at the university strategic level.

Jo currently lives in the Cymau with her husband Rob and three dogs, she has two grown up step-daughters one granddaughter.  Jo has a passion of all things food, and in her spare time makes handmade cheese.  Jo is a committee member of the Clwydian Range Food Trail.

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Claire Doran

Claire Doran has been at the university since 1999 and started out life as Operations Manager at the university’s sports centre.  Claire jumped at the opportunity in 2009 to join the Safety, Health and Environment Department full time, gaining her degree in 2016 in BSc (Hons) Occupational Safety Health and Environmental Management and in 2018 took on the role as Senior Safety, Health and Environment Officer. During her time at WGU Claire has been able to establish links with internal and external partners ensuring compliance in Safety, Health and Environmental matters.

Claire divides her time equally between H&S and Sustainability.  Claire is able to use her knowledge learnt on her degree to good use and currently represents at the Sustainability Action Working Group as well as SHE Committee reporting on environmental issues faced by the university.  Claire leads on various initiatives within the university and regularly runs campaigns with the inclusion of colleagues and students.

Claire lives in Wrexham and has developed a love of gardening, currently cultivating a vegetable patch that she hopes will yield a bumper crop for her family to eat this winter.  Claire has one daughter who loves gymnastics and spends most of her life upside down!

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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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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 working on the sustainability section of WGU's website and as a Green Champion is to raise awareness and encourage participation in the environmental agenda at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

She is part of the Fairtrade steering group and has been the lead member of staff in writing, developing and implementing the Sustainable, Healthy Food Policy.

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

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Fiona Begg

Fiona was first appointed as full time Energy and Sustainability Assistant in July 2011 and in 2018 took the role of Environmental and Sustainability Co-Ordinator.

She works alongside the Senior Health, Safety and Environment Officer to regulate, monitor and coordinate all aspects of energy management, from energy efficiency to sustainable development within the organisation. In addition, Fiona’s responsibilities include ensuring full compliance to the University’s carbon reduction commitment, to champion energy management, facilitate improvement and to drive the Carbon Management Plan forward.

She sits on the Sustainability Action Working Group and is also a member of the Green Champions. Fiona ensures energy and sustainability is central to the University's core strategy and is involved in raising awareness using detailed knowledge of the issues surrounding energy and carbon reduction, implementing behaviour change programs and delivering advice and support to staff, students and local communities.

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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 is 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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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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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.






Claire Doran

Senior Safety, Health and Environment Officer 


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Heather Collin


Digital Communications Officer 


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Dennis Powell

Facilities Manager & Sustainability Rep for Unison


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Fiona Begg

Environmental & Sustainability Co-Ordinator


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Lynda Powell

Director of Operations


Nicola Edwards

Estates Administrative Officer - Capital Projects





Professor David Skydmore

Principal Lecturer in Biology & Environment 


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Simon Brown

Techniquest Glyndwr press media and communications


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Mike Hamer

Head of Estates and Campus Management 


0197829 3490 

Darren Griffiths

Contracts and Compliance Manager


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Pip Francis

Northop Services Assistant


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Marc Caldecott

SU Representation & Democracy coordinator

WGU Students’ Union

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Angus Hamil-Stewart

SU President

WGU Students’ Union

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Maryam Riscalla

WGU Student SU sustainability Officer

WGU Students Union

David Sprake

Senior Lecturer & Programme leader

Mechanical Engineering

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Andrew Meincken 

Building Services Manager

Estates 0197829 3205

Beryl Dixon

Senior Adviser 

Student Funding & Money Advice  0197829 3547

 Adele Jones Student Adviser Student Funding & Money Advice  0197829 3295 
Jane Edwards Reports & Events Officer  Business School 
Chloe Evans Communications Officer    Business School  0197829 3375 



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