We wanted to take the time to introduce ourselves – the people behind sustainability at King’s! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

King’s Sustainability Team. From left to right: Rachel Harrington-Abrams, Emily Read, Tasnia Yasmin, Kat Thorne, Alexandra Hepple, Jone De Roode Jauregui, Lavinia Allen, Nicola Hogan.


Kat Thorne – Director of Sustainability

Kat is the director of Sustainability at King’s and oversees all aspects of embedding sustainability across the college. Kat not only manages the sustainability team but decides on its overarching environmental aims and objectives. She also decides, with input from the wider Estates and Facilities team, on the projects and programs and strategies and actions plans required to deliver on those aims and objectives. She has nurtured the sustainability team to where they are today, ensuring that both staff and students are aware of the importance of their role in ensuring King’s reaches its net Zero Carbon Target by 2025. She held the same position at the University of Greenwich until 2013, helping the university achieve first place in People & Planet’s Green League.  


Nicola Hogan – Sustainability Manager (Operations)

Nicola’s main responsibility is ensuring King’s continues to be accredited with the environmental management system ISO14001 and that sustainability is built into the design and construction of any new buildings and refurbishments across the estate.  Nicola also manages several other and varied aspects of environmental operations at King’s ensuring each of the campuses environmental footprint remains a small as practicable.  Prior to joining the team, Nicola worked at Goldsmiths, University of London, the EAUC and the University of Limerick – in both managerial and research roles. 


Maria Rabanser – Sustainability Officer

Maria manages the King’s Climate Action Network (King’s CAN) and works on the development of our Climate Action Strategy, as well as on sustainability data and reporting.

She graduated from the Department of Geography at King’s in 2015 and completed an MSc at LSE before joining the  Sustainability Team in September 2016.


Ali Hepple – Sustainability Officer

Ali’s main focus is around engagement, organising events, supporting the 500+ staff in the Sustainability Champions programme and students across the university on various projects including the KEATS module.

She joined the Sustainability Team in October 2018 after completing her BA in Geography at King’s. During her degree, she supported the University of London’s Reduce the Juice programme, developed an initiative to introduce vegan meals in University of London halls, and supported King’s Food in submitting their first  Sustainable Restaurant Association rating.


Jone de Roode Jauregi – Climate Action Assistant

Jone supports our work around climate action and the development of the Climate Action Strategy. She also looks after the Sustainability blog and newsletter.

She completed her BSc in International Management at King’s in 2021, during which time she was actively involved in the King’s CAN,as a sub-group member and team volunteer.


Rachel Harrington-Abrams – Climate Action Assistant

Rachel supports our work coordinating climate-related research and education across the university as part of the King’s Climate Action Strategy. 

She is also a PhD student in the Department of Geography, researching the multilateral governance of climate change adaptation decision-making, and works in the Sustainability team alongside her PhD for two days a week. 


Rosa Roe Garcia – Sustainability Project and Communications Assistant

Picture of RosaRosa supports the running of the Sustainability Champions programme. Regarding communications, her focus is on the Sustainability Team’s social media platforms, assisting with the production of Podcasts, and developing digital educational content.

In 2021, she graduated from King’s with a BA in philosophy. She was an active member of the King’s Extinction Rebellion and is still involved in environmental activism in London.


Tasnia Yasmin – Sustainability Project AssistantImage of Tasnia in black and white

Tasnia supports King’s efforts to embed Education for Sustainable Development across the university. She leads the mapping of King’s modules alongside the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

She studied a BSc in Geography at King’s and was the Vice President of Welfare and Community at KCLSU. She works part-time as she is also studying an MSc in Climate Change at UCL.

The Sustainability Team works closely with others in Estates & Facilities, including:

Julie Allen – Heat Decarbonisation Programme Lead

Julie leads on delivering, updating and monitoring the University’s Heat Decarbonisation and Carbon Management Plan. She is continually searching for energy-saving opportunities to reduce King’s emissions and overall environmental impact.

Environmental Sustainability is part of the definition of “Serve” within the Service Strategy, and therefore the Sustainability team works closely with the Service team and King’s Volunteering. You can read about the Service Strategy here, find the Service Team here and King’s Volunteering here, and follow them on Twitter.