Meet the CWC team

Care Without Carbon is led by the Environment and Transformation team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Meet the team

Team collage

From left to right: Oli, Will, Hayley, Toby, Tom, Jim, Claire, Geoff, Susie and Rob.

Will Clark

Director of Environment and Transformation

Will leads the Care Without Carbon team in Sussex. Will joined Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 and developed the Trust’s first sustainability strategy, “15 by 15”. This set the goal of reducing all major environmental impacts of the Trust by 15% by 2015 and led the way for the Trust’s new strategy, Care Without Carbon. Prior to joining the NHS Will worked in a variety of environmental and sustainability roles across a range of sectors.

“Of all the sectors I’ve worked in the NHS is unique in that there’s a really strong link between its core purpose – providing healthcare services – and sustainability. Healthy lifestyles are, after all, sustainable ones too! This is primarily what this campaign is all about.”

For more info or contact will.clark@nhs.net.


Jim Thomas

Head of Logistics

Jim is a licensed Transport Manager and qualified Project Manager with more than ten years’ experience providing fleet and transport solutions to NHS Trusts, local authorities and private organisations on the South Coast. He has worked for Sussex Community NHS Trust since its formation in 2010 and manages the Trust’s Logistics operation, including transport services, fleet services and the Trust’s Business Travel Plan.

“It’s a privilege to be able to work alongside our clinical colleagues, enabling them to make changes which enhance their health and well-being, whilst reducing costs and freeing up their time. Ultimately this is beneficial to all our patients and service users.”

Check out Jim’s Linked In profile for more info or email jim.thomas@nhs.net.

Susie Vernon

Head of Environment

Susie joined Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in 2013. Susie helped develop Care Without Carbon and is now working to deliver on its targets across the Trust. As well as running the Dare to Care campaign, she is also responsible for waste, environmental management and climate change adaptation. Susie trained as a biologist at Cambridge University before moving into sustainability through a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development. She has practiced this in a range of different sectors and before joining the NHS worked for sustainability consultancy and development company, Beyond Green.

“We want as many of the Trust’s workforce as possible to ‘Dare to Care’. Sustainability is about our people and our patients as well as our environment, so it’s great to see Care Without Carbon coming to life through the campaign.”

Check out Susie’s Linked In profile for more info or email susie.vernon@nhs.net.

Hayley Carmichael

Communications Manager – Care Without Carbon

Hayley joined the Care Without Carbon team in April 2015 to lead on communications activity for the Dare to Care campaign. She has a strong background in corporate communications both in public and private sector organisations, and has worked internationally.

Her experience is especially focused on internal engagement and editorial, which is why she takes care of our website, writing blogs and social media updates, as well as working closely with the Trust’s communications team on internal messages.

“For me the NHS is an amazing organisation. I am delighted to be able to use my communications expertise to help create a more sustainable NHS by showing staff that getting involved can be fun, and as good for them as it is for the environment. Dare to Care is an exciting campaign to be part of.”

Check out Hayley’s profile on LinkedIn or email her at hayleycarmichael@nhs.net

Toby Donhou

Energy & Carbon Manager

Toby joined the team in the summer of 2015 as an Energy Officer, focusing on energy and carbon management services and took on the role of Energy and Carbon Manager in September 2016. He is responsible for operational energy and water management, which includes bill validation and supplier management, energy and water procurement, fiscal and carbon budget settings, KPI reporting, metering, DECs and EPCs and statutory compliance and annual reporting, amongst other things. He is also involved in the development of carbon, energy and sustainability strategies and works with the Technical Services Manager to find energy and water savings opportunities and identify solutions for these.

Toby has an MSc in Climate Change and Policy and has worked in energy management since finishing university; before joining the team, he spent three years working for a local authority in a similar role. Toby has a robust understanding of operational energy and supplier management issues and analysis of energy data which are both key to wider energy management success to deliver reductions in energy consumption, carbon emissions and cost.

“The NHS is unique in energy and carbon management in that climate change presents one of the biggest health problems of this century, largely due to the emissions of greenhouse gases from the production of the energy we rely on. This means that managing and reducing its carbon footprint will be of long term benefit to not only the NHS but  also the people who it cares for.”

Check out Toby’s profile on Linkedin or email him at Toby.Donhou@nhs.net

Geoff Braterman

Associate Director Health and Estates Planning

Geoff’s remit is to help improve the sustainability of SCFT and the local health and care system in its broadest sense of financial, social and environmental sustainability.  He joined the team in January 2017. His role encompasses the production and review of the Trust’s estates strategy, as well as linking with partner organisations to support a more sustainable approach to estates planning as a whole.  The aim is to ensure that we have the right buildings in the right places to support the delivery of excellent healthcare services in the heart of the community, make the local NHS an excellent place to work and to do this in a way we can afford.

“I am passionate about delivering an excellent environment for clinical services as well as improving the workplace environment.  We do have limited means and the only way we can achieve our ambitions is if we use our facilities well.  Our Care Without Carbon team have been making great strides in improving environmental sustainability and making savings as well.  I am delighted to be working alongside my colleagues to make the estate more sustainable as a whole.”

Check out Geoff’s profile on Linkedin or email him at geoff.braterman@nhs.net

Oliver Slaughter

Sustainability Officer

Oliver joined the Care Without Carbon team in January 2017 as Sustainability Officer, supporting the team with its day-to-day operational activities. He’s key to  delivering its wide ranging sustainability projects, including Carbon monitoring and reporting for services provided by Sussex Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Previously Oliver studied BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at Plymouth University; who have been award winning for their pioneering approach to sustainability with higher education. Oliver’s experience and knowledge of Sustainability Communication and Engagement from working as part of the universities ‘Future Leaders’ programme is adding value to the Dare to Care campaign.

“Prior to joining this post I was unaware of the sheer influence that the NHS can have on achieving a truly sustainable UK. As I learn more it becomes increasingly obvious how many opportunities there are here to make a real and considerable difference in all aspects of sustainability across the organisation within energy use, carbon emission, cost savings and importantly staff wellbeing.”

Check out Oliver’s profile on Linkedin or email him at Oliver.Slaughter@nhs.net

Rob Baker

Technical Services Manager

Rob joined the CWC team as Technical Services Manager in July 2017.  He is responsible for leading on carbon reduction projects across the estate including energy efficiency improvements and the installation of clean and renewable energy technologies.  His remit is to identify potential projects and follow these through to implementation and verification.

Rob gained an MEng in Mechanical Engineering before going to work for a Building Management System (BMS) specialist. During this time he studied part time for an MSc in Energy, Environmental Technologies and Economics and was heavily involved in the delivery of energy efficiency improvements across a wide range buildings.  From there he went on to work for the University of Brighton as their Energy Management Engineer and worked on a number of projects including BMS enhancements, LED lighting retrofits and several solar PV installations.

“The NHS is a vast organisation and as such improving sustainability across all of its services and operations is an ambitious task.  However, it is clear that this campaign is already having a significant impact across a number of key areas including travel, waste, energy management and wellbeing.  Reducing the carbon footprint of the organisation is a key part of my role and I’m certain that actions taken now will provide significant environmental and financial benefits for many years to come.”

Check out Rob’s Linked In profile for more info, or email him at r.baker2@nhs.net.

Claire Jordan

Clinical Sustainability Lead

Claire joined the team as a Darzi Fellow in May 2107 for a 1 year project to look at Clinical Sustainability. The fellowship programme is funded by Health Education England and includes studying Healthcare Leadership at London South Bank University alongside work with the CWC team. Claire has worked at SCFT since 2009 when she joined the Time to Talk service as a Psychological Therapist and since November 2014 worked with Mid Sussex Proactive Care teams providing psychological support to patients living with complex long term health problems.

Claire’s role this year is to identify and develop opportunities to integrate sustainable development into the Trust’s clinical care model as well as improve engagement with frontline community staff on key sustainability issues.

“ I have always been an advocate of being environmentally friendly and using resources wisely. I am really pleased to join the Care without Carbon team to help identify ways the trust can continue to develop as a  sustainable health care organisation that works within the available environmental resources, protecting and improving health now and for future generations.”

Check out Claire’s Linked In profile for more info or email her at claire.jordan@nhs.net.

Tom Harris

Sustainability Officer

Tom supports the Care Without Carbon team on a range of work across energy, water and waste management. In addition to his work with SCFT he is currently studying MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology. This includes topics such as urban sustainability, building materials science and energy modelling of buildings. He has a wide range of experience delivering sustainability projects and energy consultancy within a number of different sectors and organisations, from supporting low income and vulnerable families living in fuel poverty to reporting and energy management for large companies.

“The great work undertaken by Care Without Carbon demonstrates the potential social, environmental and economic benefits that can be achieved through targeted action around sustainability. The multi-disciplinary nature of this team enables us to take a holistic and integrated approach to the challenges faced.”

Check out Tom’s Linked In Profile or email him at tom.harris1@nhs.net.