Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee

Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee (ESSC) is a subcommittee of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC). The subcommittee oversees the implementation of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy which includes a timeline to achieve net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035. It is responsible fo the Oxford Sustainability fund, overseeing the income and expenditure and making recommendations on the annual budget to PRAC. 

Membership as at MT 2021 will be as follows


Name Conditions of Appointment  Until
[1] Dr David Prout The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) who shall chair the subcommittee ex officio
[2] Dr Susan James Relly The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) (or nominee) ex officio
[3] Dr Andy Gilchrist The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) (or nominee) ex officio
[4] Professor Anne Trefethen The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People and Gardens, Libraries and Museums) (or nominee) ex officio
[5] Ms Jo Sibbald The Director of Finance (or nominee) ex officio
[6] Mr Paul Goffin The Director of Estates (or nominee) ex officio
[7] Professor Graham Taylor One representative of each of the academic divisions with relevant expertise, appointed by the head of each division, respectively MT 2024
[8] Professor Myles Allen As above MT 2024
[9] Professor Peter Scarborough As above MT 2024
[10] Professor Daniel Grimley As above MT 2024
[11] Mr Kevin Rodd A representative of Garden, Libraries and Museums with relevant expertise, appointed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People and Gardens, Libraries and Museums); MT 2024
[12] Dr Sandie Byrne A representative from the Department for Continuing Education with relevant expertise, appointed by the director of the department; MT 2024
[13] Professor Kathy Willis A representative of the Conference of Colleges, elected by the Conference of Colleges; MT 2024
[14] Ms Aleena Waseem One sabbatical trustee of the Oxford University Student Union ex officio

The subcommittee may co-opt up to six additional members with relevant expertise in environmental sustainability who shall hold office for such period as the committee may determine.

Professor Malcolm McCulloch     MT 2024
Ms Kaya Axelsson     MT 2024
Professor Tim Schwanen     MT 2024
Ms Antonia Coad     MT 2024
Professor E.J Millner-Gulland     MT 2024
Dr Nick Leimu-Brown     MT 2023
Secretary: Planning and Council Secretariat (Ms Elizabeth Botwright)


Attending Officers

  • Ms Harriet Waters
  • Mr Tom Yearley
  • Ms Joanne Murraybrown
  • Ms Vered Balan
  • Mr Adam Bows
  • Assessor
  • Mrs Isobel Hughes
  • Mr Nick Riley
  • Mr Kristoffer Tiffen
  • Ms Elizabeth Botwright (Secretary)
  • Mrs Gemma Jacobs (Assistant Secretary)

Michaelmas Term 2021

Date Time
Wednesday 20 October 09.00 - 10.30 

Tuesday 30 November

15.30 - 17.00 

Hilary Term 2022

Date Time
Monday 24 January 14.00 - 15.30
Tuesday 15 February 15.30 - 17.00

Trinity Term 2022

Date Time
Monday 28 April 15.00 - 16.30
Wednesday 22 June 10.00 - 11.00



For the regulations of the Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee, please click here:


Contact us

Elizabeth Botwright

Senior Planning Officer

Planning and Council Secretariat