Members Day Workshops 13.00 to 16.00


Building Your Influence - The Role of the Smart Sustainability Leader

Dave Gorman

Director for Social Responsibility & Sustainability

University of Edinburgh

Dave joined the University in 2013 as its first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. He provides senior leadership and advice to the University on a wide range of topics including climate change and renewables, sustainability, responsible investment, community engagement, fair employment, sustainable and responsible supply chains and social investment. Prior to joining the University, Dave undertook a wide range of community and volunteering work after graduation, before pursuing a career in local government. For many years he worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, latterly as its Head of Strategy. Dave is a chartered environmentalist and a chartered manager, and a fellow of the RSA, the EAUC and the CMI.


Janet Haddock-Fraser

Professor of Sustainability and Leadership

Manchester Metropolitan University

Janet is Professor of Sustainability and Leadership at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of Trustees for the EAUC.  As well as her academic role, she worked in senior management for seven years, at both Manchester Met as a Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Cheshire Campus, and previously at Canterbury Christ Church University as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.


Janet’s portfolio of research and supervision interests span sustainability and the role of leadership and decision-making for sustainability, in its widest sense. This, in tandem with her leadership experience led to the authorship of her book “Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education” in 2018 (with P Rands and S Scoffham).  


Janet is also a Board member for the Land (Restoration) Trust, an organization that transforms derelict land for natural (and social) capital benefit.   Additionally she holds fellowships with the Royal Geographical Society and the RSA.


How can creative people assist us to make sense of our lives and planet, helping us recognise, emotionally connect and take action on the global challenges we face? How can we adapt practice and future careers and work to better protect the environment, challenge social problems and improve ethical use of resources?

Extensive travels and 25 years living and working across Scotland brought me to the GSA in 2013 where I work with students and staff to challenge traditional thinking and approaches in design, architecture and fine art.

John Thorne

Sustainability Coordinator

Glasgow School of Art

Presenting so they listen!


Tom Courtney

Managing Director

Courtney Associates

Tom Courtney is Managing Director of Courtney Associates, a North West Leadership

Development Training Consultancy.

A leading Industry Public Speaker, Tom has honed his skills and knowledge in this area
over the last 32 years, through delivery of close on 4000 Leadership Training Courses,
Conference Presentations and After Dinner Speaking events throughout the UK,

Europe, Asia, the Middle East and USA.

Tom has worked closely with Academic Institutions, in particular the University of
Aberdeen where he delivered “Management Development” and “Performance
Management” training to both academic and non- academic staff. He also worked
with Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen, helping them achieve their “Investors in
People” Quality Standard, and subsequently worked in liaison with Aberdeen
University lecturers advising on the delivery and roll out of an International Graduate
Development Programme. In later years he established links with Manchester
Business School with regards to Leadership Development and Behavioural Profiling.

As well as Presenting at such events, Tom also Trains, Coaches and Mentors Junior,
Middle and Senior Managers in this specific specialism, and takes great delight in

unlocking people’s confidence and competence in this field.


How can the SDGs further ‘stellify’ a curriculum?

Dr. Jennifer O’Brien is a Senior Lecturer and teaching focused academic in Human Geography and Director of Social Responsibility for the School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester.

Jen is a development geographer specialising in health, particularly maternal child healthcare. Jen has extensive field experience in the global south, especially in rural Uganda. Stemming from her research, Jen is particularly interested in the intersection between innovative pedagogy and independent field based research framed around questions of ethics and how that can be translated into ethical teaching that equips students to undertake positive social change.  Jen’s current research focuses on how informal knowledge and participatory methodologies can provide sustainable solutions to long-standing development problems.

Dr. Jennifer O'Brien

Senior Lecturer

University of Manchester