Kat Thorne

  • Kat Thorne
  • Head of Sustainability 
  • Kat manages the entire sustainability operation at King’s, and has worked hard to assemble the team below. She held the same position at the University of Greenwich until 2013, helping the university achieve first place in People & Planet’s Green League.
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  • Olivia Preston
  • Operations Sustainability Manager
  • Olivia works on all aspects of operational sustainability at King’s, and shares responsibility for championing sustainability and supporting the College to embed sustainability across all its activities. Prior to joining the team, Olivia worked at the UK-Green Building Council, and in a similar role at the BBC and Bath Spa University. In 2015 she won PRP Architect and UKGBC’s ‘Rising Star of Sustainability’ award.
  • Ben Monson
  • Energy Manager (interim)
  • Ben manages King’s energy, which includes both paying the bills to keep the lights on and encouraging staff and students to turn them back off again. He is continually searching for energy saving opportunities to reduce King’s emissions and overall environmental impact.

  • Karen Shaw
  • Energy Management Coordinator
  • Karen assists Jonathan in the role of energy manager by looking after certain projects, helping to manage King’s utilities and engaging with students and staff.

  • Martin Farley
  • Research Efficiency Officer
  • Martin works with King’s laboratories to find opportunities for increased sustainability. He works with S-Lab and spent two years before joining King’s at the University of Edinburgh in a similar role. He currently conducting a study based at Edinburgh examining the effects of different extreme cold temperatures on sample viability. He won the ‘Sustainability Professional of the Year’ (Green Gown Award) in 2015.
 Josh Pullen

  • Josh Pullen
  • Waste to Resource Project Coordinator
  • Josh is managing the Waste to Resources project which aims to increase the university’s non hazardous waste recycling rate to 70%, and increase reuse in bulky waste such as furniture.
    Josh worked in the Strand campus operations team here at King’s before.



  • Maria Rabanser
  • Sustainability Policy Analyst
  • Maria works on sustainability data and reporting, as well as projects around biodiversity and Fairtrade. 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.
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  • Sophia Courtney 
  • Sustainability Projects Assistant
  • Sophia has just completed her MA at King’s in Environment, Politics and Globalisation and wrote her dissertation on air pollution and citizen science in London. Before this she worked in the King’s Alumni Relations Team as an Alumni Mentoring Coordinator. Her main focus will be engaging staff and students across the university with Sustainability Champions programme.