The team

The SOS-UK team drives the organisation's work across campuses, curriculums and communities. If you want to talk about how we can help you drive sustainability across your campus or organisation, just get in touch.  You can also view an organogram of the team here

Or read on to find out a little bit more about us, and what everybody does, and get in touch with someone individually.

Jamie Agombar
Executive director

Over his twelve years at NUS, Jamie has helped develop a strong student voice on sustainability, embedding sustainability into the work of NUS and the students’ union movement.

During Jamie's tenure, NUS’ sustainability function has grown from a single role to 20 full-time dedicated sustainability staff, and over 30 in students’ unions. This growth has been through the development of successful and impactful sustainability change projects, such as Green Impact, Student Switch Off, Student Eats, and Responsible Futures, which are now collectively delivered into 100 universities and colleges, reaching more than 250,000 students each year.

Jamie sits on many external committees, including the Higher Education Funding Council for England Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee, IEMA’s Strategic Advisory Council, and the EAUC Board.

In February 2014 Jamie won the Guardian University Award for Inspiring Leadership for his decade of service at NUS.

Joanna Romanowicz
Director of engagement

Joanna is London based and has been part of the team since October 2010. In her role as a Director of Engagement, Joanna has oversight of SOS-UK's main engagement programmes, including Green Impact and Student Switch Off. In addition to this, Joanna has managed a number of European projects, and currently is leading on the Horizon 2020 funded European expansion of Student Switch Off (SAVES2). Through this Joanna works with universities in Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Ireland and UK to help drive positive environmental behavior amongst students and raise awareness around energy efficiency and smart metering, in the context of fuel poverty.

Previously, Joanna worked in the sustainability team at the University of Westminster as Greener Living Assistant and later Sustainability Officer. Joanna has an experience of working in different sectors in an environmental role, including work at the London School of Economics, Greater London Authority, Forum for the Future, AECOM and other environmental consultancies.

Joanna has a BA in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Environment, Science and Society from UCL. In their spare time, Joanna enjoys hiking and camping, discovering new places, playing netball, listening to podcasts and doing yoga. 

Quinn Runkle
Director of education

Quinn is the director of education at SOS-UK and is a homeworker based in Sheffield. Quinn's role includes managing the Responsible Futures programme; supporting universities, colleges, and students’ unions to embed ESD throughout the formal and informal curricula; and working across the student movement and with partner organisations to improve the inclusion of sustainability knowledge, skills, and attributes in education across the UK and internationally.

Previously, Quinn managed the Student Green Fund Project at the University of Bristol Students’ Union and delivered student sustainability engagement programmes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Alongside work, Quinn is pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the UCL Institute of Education and holds a BA in Geography and Political Science with a concentration in Sustainability from the University of British Columbia.

In their spare time, Quinn enjoys podcasts, board games, yoga, and eating veggie food. 

Rachel Drayson
Head of research and impact

Rachel has worked in sustainability-focused research roles since 2007, joining NUS' Sustainability team, prior to the creation of SOS-UK, in 2011.  Rachel leads the management, design, implementation and delivery associated with research and evaluation projects in order to enhance SOS-UK's ability to be effective in its sustainability-focused work with students' unions and in its projects, programmes and campaigns across the education sector through  use of insight.

Rachel has previously worked for research and strategy consultancy Brook Lyndhurst and Green Alliance.  Here Rachel worked on projects for a range of public sector clients across a range of different issues, utilising quantitative and qualitative skills to investigate community action on climate change, evaluating behaviour change and developing pilots to promote energy efficiency. 

Rachel studied Geography at Durham and has a Masters in Environment, Science and Society from UCL. In their spare time, Rachel enjoys experimenting in the kitchen (which mostly works out!), complemented by keeping active by running, swimming outdoors or cycling.

Tilly Jarvis
Senior Project Manager - Food

Tilly joined the NUS Sustainability team in 2016 and and manages the Student Eats programme with Odette. Our aim is to work with students to create a more equitable food system by putting healthy and sustainable food at the heart of the campuses across the UK. This includes supporting students to set up social enterprises selling sustainable food as well as supporting food growing initiatives on campus. In addition to working for SOS Tilly co-ordinates the Food Co-op project at Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, and co-founder of Six Legs Farm, a family business breeding crickets as a sustainable protein option.

Previously Tilly spent over ten years working with 16-25 year olds on local and international community initiatives promoting sustainable living, has an MA in Sustainable Development Advocacy, is a trustee for Worcester Roots Foundation (a youth-led environmental charity) and is on the Board of Directors of Stockwood Community Benefit Society, a community owned organic and biodynamic farm and business park in Worcestershire. Spare time passions include global family travel without flying, music festivals and of course…crickets (the chirping kind rather than the sport).

Odette Wills
Senior Project Manager - Food

Odette is home based in Wales and co-manages the Student Eats Programme with Tilly. Our aim is to work with students to create a more equitable food system by putting healthy and sustainable food at the heart of the campuses across the UK. This includes supporting students to set up social enterprises selling sustainable food as well as supporting food growing initiatives on campus. Odette also works with the NUS wales team on sustainability issues. 

Odette has a masters in 'Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture' and has previously worked in a science lab looking at a fungus to help farming. While at university, they ran many campaigns often focusing on sustainable fishing and local food as well as volunteering on a community growing space. Odette is currently on the steering group of a community group aiming to move their town towards being plastic free. They also coordinate a food buying group to give local residents access to healthy & sustainable food at a more affordable price. 

While not at work, Odette can be found working on their no-dig growing space, avidly llistening to podcasts about out food system, walking with their dog and adventuring in the Welsh hills. 

Jade Monroe
Senior project manager - engagement

Jade joined the team in 2012 and is the Senior Project Officer for Student Switch Off, based in the London office. Jade spends much of her time touring halls of residents across the country, helping students to save energy and recycle.

Jade has a BSc and MSc in Environmental Management and prior to NUS has worked at the University of the West of Scotland Student Association as part of their Climate Challenge Fund sustainability projects as well as working on improving environmental practices within the business sector for a number of years.

Outside of work Jade spends time with their family, growing food in their tiny city garden, going to the local parks or getting out and about in London.

Rachel Soper
Project manager

Rachel joined the team in 2014 and is currently based in Leeds as a home-worker. Rachel works with organisations in the North of England and further afield, engaging staff and students in a variety of sustainability projects such as Green Impact, Student Switch Off and the Fairtrade University & College Award. Rachel also works on our Horizon 2020 funded programme, SAVES 2, collaborating with universities across Europe on the issues of energy use, fuel poverty and sustainability. 

Rachel is a graduate from the University of York with a BSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management, and now works on delivering projects that they volunteered with as a student. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with the family dogs - Stella and Ada. 

Katie Jepson
Senior project manager - engagement

Katie project manages Green Impact within hospitals, educational institutions and research institutes across the UK, whilst supporting the delivery of Green Impact with our international delivery partners in Europe and Australia. Katie supports the SOS-UK team to deliver Green Impact in over 110 organisations nationally and leads on innovating the programme. 

Before working for NUS, Katie graduated from Keele University with a BA Geography degree. Previously they worked at The Conservation Volunteers as a Project Officer on their Health for Life programme, where they project managed and helped build food growing community gardens in Birmingham, working to create healthier and happier communities.

Laura Cristea
Project manager

Laura helps to deliver Green Impact and Student Switch Off to institutions across Scotland, hoping to develop better partnerships between institutions up North encouraging sustainable behaviours amongst students and staff.

Before working for NUS, Laura graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Economics and had various positions in energy conservation, project managing various environmental initiatives in the North East of Scotland and even became an officer at their own Students’ Association leading on social responsibility and environmental campaigns. 

Laura’s pretty passionate about people and developing volunteers to bring out the best in them, and in their spare time volunteers with a food rescue project and goes riding on their trusty bike on nature paths. 

Michelle Farrell
Senior project manager - development and networks

Michelle is a Senior Project Officer, responsible for delivering Green Impact in a number of universities and community organisations, including the Natural History Museum! Michelle also leads on organising the department's large events such as the NUS Sustainability Summit, Student Eats Conference and our Students and Alcohol conference.

Michelle joined the team in 2013. Prior to this Michelle worked in a number of different sustainability roles within the public and private sector. Michelle also studied at the University of York, achieving a BSc in Environmental Science. During this time Michelle was an active member of the SU, and was elected E&E Officer for the college.

Outside of work, Michelle spends time volunteering in their local community, and is a Governor for a local SEN college.

Grace Corn
Project Manager

Grace joined the team at SOS-UK as a Project Manager in September 2019, Grace delivers SOS-UK's 'Green Impact' and 'Student Switch Off' programmes at Universities, NHS Trusts and community organisations around London and the south of the UK. 

Grace studied International Relations and Politics at the University of Lincoln, where they became passionate about the climate emergency and sustainability. They started campaigning for the introduction of water fountains across campus, and then decided to run for the positon of Vice President Welfare & Community in 2018 Lincoln Students' Union elections. They were the first candidate to win an SU election on an environmentally focussed manifesto at Lincoln. During their year in role, they embedded environmental campaigning within the union and successfully lobbied the University to become one of the first in the UK to declare a climate emergency.   

Meg Baker
Senior project manager – Education

Meg is working to increase student experiences of Education for Sustainable Development whilst leading on Dissertations for Good and Placements for Good. Both programmes connect students with the community to benefit the environment and society through research projects or placements with charities, businesses or public-sector organisations.

Prior to joining NUS Meg spent a year living in a van and travelling New Zealand whilst doing some Department of Conservation projects to control invasive plants. Rachel was previously working at University of Gloucestershire and their Students’ Union leading on student and community engagement for sustainability, this also involved the coordination of a Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainability Education in the Severn region.

Meg has a degree in Geography from Glasgow University and MSc in Environmental Consultancy from Plymouth University. In their spare time, Rachel enjoys all things outdoors from being in the mountains to playing in the sea. 

Tracy Lumb
Senior Project Manager, Alcohol Impact

Tracy joined SOS-UK in October 2019. Tracy delivers Alcohol Impact supporting Universities and Student Unions to deliver programmes to embed social norms of responsible drinking on our campuses, changing attitudes towards alcohol, and building healthier, safer, more productive student communities. 

Before working for SOS, Tracy worked for 6 years in community drug and alcohol services coordinating the care for adults affected by drugs or alcohol and providing training to health care professionals, support workers and students into the facts and risks associated with alcohol. Tracy has a degree in Medical Science from the University of Birmingham. 

 

In her spare time Tracy enjoys visiting new places, going to the theatre and trying to get out of an escape room!

 

Aqeel Kapasi
Ethical Supply Chain Coordinator

Aqeel joined SOS-UK in October 2019. Aqueel will primarily be involved in furthering ethical procurement within NUS’ Trading Team, working with suppliers as well as students and staff on campus to improve the sustainability of the products available.

Aqeel started their career as a tax adviser in a large accountancy firm. Driven by a passion for social justice, Aqeel moved into the not-for-profit sector, initially working for a children’s charity. This was followed by becoming a community development worker for a local authority, where Aqeel supported community groups and residents in particular neighbourhoods. Preserving the natural world and life within it has remained close to Aqeel's heart and they are particularly interested in how social justice can be achieved together with environmental protection & restoration.

Aqeel enjoys reading, immersing themself in a film or documentary, being out in nature and a bit of badminton.

Laura Clayson
Campaigns manager

Laura joined NUS after being president of Lancaster University Students' Union, to support our work on divestment and reinvestment.

Laura issued 800 freedom of information requests across higher and further education, finding out what our education sector is investing in, and what financial interests the fossil fuel industry has in our universities and colleges. Laura's work forms the basis of our campaign to encourage our institutions to move their money out of fossil fuels, and into the just transition to a low-carbon world.

Laura currently works between SOS-UK and People & Planet, supporting on the Divest-Invest, Fossil Free and Divest Barclays campaigns. 

Outside of work Laura is involved in migrant justice campaigning and enjoys embracing anything that makes them curious - if they can't be found hula hooping or working on their children's book, then you'll probably find Laura exploring London or watching a documentary about life under the sea.