Sustainability Conference 2023

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15 June 2023

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8 June 2023


Park House, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

About the Event

Sustainability Conference 2023: Digitally sustainable – Data, devices, and durable solutions for our planet

Have you wondered how green your digital solutions are? Considered how friendly your data storage is to the environment? Been questioned how reusable, upgradeable, and recyclable your laptops are?

We will bring these themes, and more, into focus at the inaugural Sustainability Group Conference 2023, the first UCISA conference to bring sustainability in our digital workplace onto the centre stage. With growing global concern for our environment, from ever increasing pollution of our surroundings, loss of biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions heating up our planet, we know action is needed. Technology can be part of the solution, but we also need to recognise it as part of the problem with E-waste being the fastest growing waste problem in the world.

In this conference we will explore:

  • Strategies for sustainable data storage
  • Carbon accounting for procurement
  • Managing your devices in a greener way
  • Sustainable learnings from the pandemic

You will hear from inspirational speakers who are passionate about making the technology solutions we help create, support, change and enhance, better for our physical environment and our societies whilst, of course, ensuring whatever we do stack up financially. The conference aims to inspire you with great stories, thought provoking facts and useful tips, helping you to make sustainability a core theme for all the services you provide for your organisation.

Have a good tale to tell about your now greener data centre? A great description of your more environmentally friendly device management? How you are procuring services from suppliers with sustainable credentials? Share your story with colleagues at the conference by presenting (15-20 mins) or by being part of a panel, contact us at

Join us for a UCISA first – The Sustainability conference in June 2023!

Joining us for the night before? Plan on staying over the night after? Don't miss Gaia, Luke Gerram's world famous Earth artwork!

Created from NASA imagery, this iconic installation will be available to visit for £2 in Reading Town Hall as part of the Reading Climate Festival 2023.


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Polly Mackenzie

Chief Social Purpose Officer

University of the Arts London

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Professor Richard Allan

Professor of Climate Science

University of Reading

Lise Foster

Lise Foster

Director Technology

University of the Arts London

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Lydia Painter

UX Designer


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Paul Rock

IT Architect

Cardiff University

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Paul has spent over 30 years as a university IT professional unintentionally generating carbon emissions from a variety of technologies and currently works as a Technical Architect at Cardiff University. He is interested in all areas of environmental sustainability both within Higher Education and in everyday life.

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Andrew Meikle

Head of Corporate Information Systems

Lancaster University

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Henrik Brogger

Director of Digital Operations and Service Delivery

University of Reading

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Henrik has gathered his experience of leading people through change and digital technologies from many sectors including Publishing, Tour Operating, Housing and, lately, Higher Education. Having worked in a variety of leadership roles encompassing operational management and strategic delivery, he is an experienced communicator at many levels. Henrik has spent the last decade in two leading universities creating successful Service Delivery and Operations departments with a focus on strategic goals and business outcomes, underlined by a culture of empowerment and achievement. He is the vice-chair of the UCISA Sustainability Group, member of the UCISA Support Services Group, an eager contributor to UCISA projects, and enjoys voluntary work, latest for tuition charity The Access Project. Continuous learning is a core principle to Henrik, he completed a Master’s degree with distinction in Management not long ago, and he perpetually embraces opportunities to learn through a variety of platforms. He is a keen architecture buff (having recently built a house to his own design) and loves a good cup of tea!

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Trevor Baxter

Director of IT Innovation

King's College London

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James Smith


Birkbeck, University of London

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James Smith is Chief Information Officer at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is responsible for the delivery of Library and IT services that are relied upon by Birkbeck’s staff, students, and commercial customers. The services provided support student engagement with the life-changing educational opportunities that are central to the institution’s mission, internationally recognised research, and the administration of the enterprise. Prior to his current role, James has worked on corporate system implementation projects (on both the customer and supplier side), small and large scale institutional change projects, process discovery and improvement. James has been a UCISA trustee since 2021 and is chair of UCISA-CISG.

Kevin Mortimer

Kevin Mortimer

Head of Operations

University of Reading

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Head of Operations, since joining the University in 2017, Kevin has been focussing on simplifying the services and systems that the University infrastructure was managed on and turning research requirements into services offered to customers to ensure appropriate warranty applied.

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Kolatat Phaiboonnukulkij

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Phytavaren Technology

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Kolatat Phaiboonnukulkij co-founded Phytavaren Technology in 2022. Phytavaren Technology is a prop-tech startup developing a living wall that repurposes wastewater through phytotechnology and IoT sensors integration. Kolatat defines the built environment as an intermediary of urban economics and nature-based solutions with a science-based target-driven background in real estate with urban planning and development from Henley Business School, University of Reading.

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Clare Casey

Head of Environmental Sustainability


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Clare joined Jisc as Head of Environmental Sustainability in Summer 2022 with over fifteen years’ experience of working in HE and public sector. At Jisc, Clare has been leading on the development of the sustainability strategy and programme. which looks to embed sustainability into the core of Jisc’s strategic aims, as well as the products and services that it provides to the FHE and skills sector. Working closely with colleagues, and partnering with institutions, she is keen to look at how Jisc can support delivery of net zero through its products and services and the use technology to effectively monitor, manage and report on key information and data points.

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John Ireland

Director of Customer Service

University of Oxford

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John is the Director of Customer Services for central IT at the University of Oxford. He has been involved in IT sustainability initiatives in various roles, initially focussed on reducing in-use energy consumption but more recently encompassing supply chain and full lifecycle impact. Projects have included a University-wide PC energy monitoring and reporting service, driving end-user device purchasing strategy towards low-carbon solutions, measurement and modelling of emissions associated with EUC and GPU-intensive systems, and initial development of a carbon footprint calculator for IT services and projects.

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David Barrett

Head of DPS (Desktop, Print and Support Services)

University of York

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David leads teams of technical and support specialists who provide University wide managed desktop, print and IT support services.

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Craig Campion

Director of ITAD Services

Stone Group

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Craig Campion, Stone’s Director of ITAD Services, oversees an award-winning IT Asset Disposal department that helps organisations achieve sustainability goals. Since Stone 360’s launch his department has responsibly recycled more than 1.2 million devices and he’s helped Stone become the only UK IT supplier with a zero-landfill, on-site recycling facility.

Event Schedule



Registration Opens


Welcome by Conference Chair

Henrik Brogger, Conference Chair and Director of Digital Operations and Service Delivery, University of Reading

The Physical Science Basis for Climate Change: Causes and Consequences

Professor Richard Allan, Professor of Climate Science, University of Reading

Scope 3 emissions – what do they mean for IT?

Paul Rock, IT Architect, Cardiff University



Cloud vs. Data Centre Panel Session

Chaired by Trevor Baxter, Director of IT Innovation, King's College London
  • Kevin Mortimer, Head of Operations, University of Reading
  • James Smith, CIO, Birkbeck University
  • Lise Foster, Director of Technology, University of the Arts



Green IT: The transition to a more sustainable and responsible model

Rob MacEachern, Account Executive - UK Public Sector, Pure Storage

Going Beyond Hardware: Sustainable Product Design

Lydia Painter, UX Designer, Jisc



Achieving a Circular Approach to IT Procurement

David Barrett, Head of DPS, University of York and Craig Campion, Director of ITAD Services, Stone Group

University of Reading - Student Sustainability Award Showcase

Kolatat Phaiboonnukulkij, Student, University of Reading

Closing Remarks

Henrik Brogger, Conference Chair and Director of Digital Operations and Service Delivery, University of Reading

Conference Close