Meet our Leadership board

The Sustainability Campaign Leadership board is drawn from across the sector, with representatives from public sector service providers such as the Ambulance Service and Hospital Trusts providing leadership advice to guide the campaign.

Alexis Percival, Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Alexis Percival is the Environmental and Sustainability Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. She has spent over 10 years developing low emission ambulances with the aim of creating a zero-emission frontline ambulance as well as reducing the estates and procurement carbon footprints of the organisation. She has committed over 20 years to working for the environment working in Mozambique, Germany, Australia and Brazil.

Elmarie Swanepoel, East of England Regional Sustainability Network

Elmarie is passionate about sustainable development, public health promotion and engaging with wider system leaders to improve health outcomes and secure future delivery of sustainable healthcare.

In her current and previous roles as sustainability lead for large acute Trusts, she has been recognised for developing and delivering innovative sustainability strategies that resulted in improvements in corporate social responsibility and reductions in carbon emissions and carbon intensity.

At Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust she currently leads an award winning community engagement project, the Natural Health Service Project. Initiated in 2012, this project aims to engage with the local and Trust communities to focus on the therapeutic role and benefit of spending time in green spaces. Over a four year period this project has enabled the improvement of woodland management on the estate, the development of a community vegetable garden, wildflower and fruit tree orchard, the opening of two specialist dementia gardens as well as a Wellbeing Terrace for staff to enjoy.

Elmarie currently chairs the East of England Regional Sustainability Network.

Louise Stockdale, Head of Environmental Sustainability, UHNM

Louise is the Head of Environmental Sustainability at the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM), based within the Estates, Facilities and PFI division at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Louise has a wealth of experience of working within sustainable development, both within public and private sectors; including consultancy, design and construction, public health and the NHS.

Having worked in Public Health and now in an acute Trust, Louise is passionate about a achieving a long-term sustainable UHNM, which means minimising the Trust’s environmental impact, reducing costs and improving the health and resilience of individuals within the local community.

Louise has a deep understanding and particular interest in the interrelation of public and private sectors in facilitating sustainable and inclusive development to enable positive outcomes such as poverty reduction and health improvement.

Louise is delivering innovative projects which are improving and protecting health, particularly for the most vulnerable segments of the population, and ensuring that appropriate care and support is available. This involves building local partnerships beyond the hospital walls in order to develop an innovative, whole system approach improving patient health. Louise is passionate that by focusing on supporting patients to live well and manage their conditions in a positive way the need for acute and specialist interventions can be minimised.

Hayley Williams, Compliance & Sustainability Project Leader Estates Department, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Hayley Williams is the Compliance & Sustainability Project Leader at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked at the Trust for the last 2 ½ years, where she has successfully implemented a number of initiatives which have helped to reduce the Trust’s environmental impacts. Most significantly, she led a Leak Busting Campaign, which saw a 20% absolute reduction of water in 2016/17, saving the Trust around £70k. With Sustainability Targets to be met by 2020, overseeing the programme of projects is the key element to her role. She is keen to collaborate with other Trusts and to share knowledge, to ensure the NHS as a whole is striving towards both reduced costs and carbon footprint.

Hayley Williams, Compliance & Sustainability Project Leader Estates Department, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Fran Silcocks, Sustainability Officer, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Fran leads on sustainability across two major, acute NHS Trust’s in Birmingham – Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Across both Trusts, Fran is responsible for developing, managing and embedding the sustainability strategy and works to improve sustainability performance to meet local and national targets. She is also responsible for promoting and communicating sustainability across both organisations.

Prior to joining the NHS, Fran worked at the Carbon Trust and Innocent Smoothies, helping businesses measure and manage their carbon footprint. She has a BSc in Geography from the University of Birmingham and a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. Fran is passionate about moving health care towards more sustainable practices to help reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve public health.

Smita Shetty, Service Redesign Manager

Smita joined NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in January 2016, after working in the Local Authority for 10 years.

She started her career in Advertising and Public Relations and worked for a National daily — Gulf News, Dubai, UAE. Smita has traveled extensively and worked in New Zealand before settling for a ‘quiet’ life in leafy Lancashire, with her family. She joined the Local Authority in late 2015 and worked in various roles in Social Services, Human Resources, Web and Public Health Services. She has been a champion for the use of innovative technology. She was fortunate to work closely with the Director of Public Health and Wellbeing Services, Lancashire, who supported her in implementing innovative solutions to reduce effort and time within the business services.

Joining NHS West Lancashire CCG, as a Service Redesign Manager, has given her the opportunity to work with promoters of Innovation in the CCG – the Chief Officer, Chief Finance Officer and Management Consultant; and implement effective solutions to manage and reduce demand in Primary and Secondary Care.

Joe Clark, Health, Safety and Fire Manager, Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust

As Health, Safety and Fire Manager for Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, Joe has been a driving force at the Trust to ensure becomes Greener and helping to save resources and money over the past 6 years. He leads on the Trust’s Sustainability Development Management Plan, and helped it achieve the ISO 14001-2015 last year, with ambitious plans to include the remaining buildings within the next 2 years. The Trust are on track to achieve the Climate Change Act target of 34% Carbon reduction by 2020 Since their base year in 2013/2014 the Trust has achieved a reduction of 54% in gas usage, 78% in electrical usage and 66% in water usage.