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Our People - Suffolk Sustainability Institute

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz

Prof. Mohammad Dastbaz graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and went on to do a PhD in “Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Systems” at Kingston University.  In 1989 he established one of UK’s first Multimedia computer companies called “Systems 2000 Ltd.” building Multimedia PCs and was one of the only companies alongside Philips Corporation to participate in the UK’s first Multimedia Systems Exhibition at London Olympia in 1990. Professor Dastbaz remains research active and has published over 60 refereed Journal, and Conference papers, books and book chapters.

His latest publications include an edited volume published by Elsevier publishers, on “Green Information Technologies” (2015); “Building Sustainable Futures - Design and the Built Environment”, published by Springer (2016) - a collaboration with University of California – Berkeley, and a series of four edited volumes on “Technology and Sustainable Futures” being published by Springer. The first book in the series titled: “Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction”, a collaboration with University of Cambridge, is already published (2017).

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Iain Dunnett

Iain is the lead for the Growing Places Fund and Green Economy Partnership with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. In this role he manages a range of business and funding development opportunities and supports the development of the Green Economy Partnership. He enjoyed ten years of environmental, recreational and heritage management project management roles in Suffolk, before taking up the post of External Funding Manager at Suffolk County Council managing European finances and other investments. 

Iain holds a BSc in Environmental Studies, DMS Management Studies, is a Common Purpose Graduate, and completed an NLP Leadership Development Programme. 

Iain is currently Chairman of Essex and Suffolk Water Forum Economic Impact Network, Forestry Commission Advisory Committee Member for Eastern Region, Fellow of Suffolk New College, Governor of Chantry Academy Ipswich, Wild Anglia Local Nature Partnership Adviser, Green Economy Pathfinder Board Member and previously was the Director of Foundation East and a Princes Trust Board Member.



Anna Martin

Anna Martin is Operations Manager for Groundwork Suffolk and Norfolk. Groundwork works towards a vision of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise can prosper.

They undertake a broad range of work with local communities and partners on individual projects and longer term programmes of activity in 6 core sectors; employment and skills; education; young people; communities; business and land improvement. 

Anna's priority is to address climate change impacts with a focus on working with businesses and the local community to help them become resilient to the changes anticipated now and in years to come.  

Anna has 12 years’ experience of providing environmental advice to communities and businesses, project development and management, staff, team, contractor and volunteer management. Anna also has considerable experience in European funding, CSR and partnership working. Anna is a Suffolk Inward Investment Ambassador, board member for Wild Anglia, trustee for Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust and sits on The Water Forum for Essex & Suffolk Water.


Keith Moore

Keith Moore joined the Environment Agency in 2004; based in the East Anglia Area covering Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Since joining the organisation Keith has managed a planning team, been involved in a major IT project is currently the Sustainable Places Account Manager. The role involves working with strategic partnerships across the three counties with a focus on supporting the delivery of sustainable growth.

Keith is a member of the New Anglia Green Economy Partnership, New Anglia’s Building Growth Group, and an advisor to Wild Anglia, the Local Nature Partnership in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Before joining the Environment Agency Keith’s career included time in the private sector with BT, Cable & Wireless and Eurotunnel Plus as well working within the education sector.





Darryl Newport

Darryl Newport is Professor of Sustainable Materials Engineering and an Environment and Sustainable technologies specialist. He is Director of the Sustainability Research Institute at University of East London and has over 25 years Resource Efficiency and Built Environment research experience.

He has collaborated on a number of international, national and regional research programmes. The Sustainability Research Institute contributes and leads on a number of high quality research projects funded through the Horizon 2020, InnovateUK/EPSRC, ERDF, FP7 and private commercial. He has published over 50 peer reviewed Journal papers, policy documents and commercial reports.




Justine Oakes

Justine Oakes is an environmental professional of over 20 years.  Starting her career with the Ministry of Defence, she later went on to run her own environmental consultancy offering advisory and assessment services to public and private sector organisations on a range of sustainable development challenges. The majority of this work has involved contaminated land, EMS, EIA’s, renewable energy and audit and training. She is currently the Environment and Sustainability Officer at the University of Suffolk working towards raising the collective bar for sustainable development in tertiary education

Justine works closely with Suffolk County Council and regional organisations to progress opportunities within the University and supports external initiatives through the Suffolk Greenest County Board. 

She is currently the South East Convenor for the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, sits on the Essex and Suffolk Water Forum and is a member of the Green Economy Pathfinder Committee, the Sustainable, Ecological, Engineering Design for Society International Conference Scientific Committee and a founding committee member for Eden Rose Coppice.

Justine’s current interest is to find innovative approaches to sustainable development that explore and recognise the economic and environmental impacts on social sustainability, organisational behavioural change and external partnership engagement.


Richard Powell OBE

Richard is currently Director of the History of Advertising Trust the worlds largest archive of UK advertising history. He is Chair of Wild Anglia the Local Nature partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk Vice Chair of the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors (IEMA)  and Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk European Structural and Investments Funds Committee, together with membership of the DCLG National European Funding Programme Board representing all England’s Local Nature Partnerships on the Environment and sustainability. 

Richard is vice chair of  Customer Challenge Group for Northumberland Water OFWAT Price review 2019 and leads their environment and climate change panel. Richard is also a member of the Eastern Regional Flood and Coastal Communities Committee for the Environment agency. Richard previously spent 28 years as Regional Director of the RSPB and Regional Director for the National Trust in the East of England. During this time, he oversaw the acquisition of 1000’s of Hectares of land and managed project teams to create over 10000 Ha of new nature reserves.

Richard was Chair of the Region’s Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for 9 years, a Founding Board director for EEDA working on Regeneration of Market Towns, Renewable energy, sustainability and Rural Affairs. He was Chair of Sustainability East and the Sustainable Development Round Table before that. Sustainability, climate change and the integration of Environmental social and economic objectives remains a high priority for him. He was awarded an OBE for his work in the Environment and Sustainability in June 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors.


Alan Ridealgh

Alan Ridealgh is the Group Managing Director at Munton's. Following a degree in Zoology and two years working for the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Alan joined Muntons at Bridlington in 1980 as Trainee Grain Buyer. 

Alan moved to Stowmarket in 1983 to take up the role as Grain Buyer returning again to Bridlington in 1987 to become Regional Grain Buyer and back to Stowmarket in 1994. During this time he led the farming, pet food and grain merchanting operations then owned by the business.

Alan was appointed Grain Director in 1994, which also encompassed heading up the Malt Division becoming Deputy Managing Director in 2005 and Managing Director in January 2006. During this time Muntons significantly expanded its presence in Asia and North America. In 2015 construction started on a band dried malt extract facility in Thailand. Muntons supply customers in 79 countries world-wide and exports have been a significant part of the company since the 1970’s. 




Sue Roper

Sue Roper is the Assistant Director of Strategic Development for Suffolk County Council. She is responsible for delivering the County Council's response on growth, infrastructure and environment and leads the economic development, strategic planning, transport strategy, environment strategy, natural environment and archaeology teams.

Sue is an economist and before joining Suffolk County Council worked in Whitehall for many years, most recently on tax policy, including environmental tax. 






Stef Thorne

Stef is the Head of Research and Enterprise Services and leads the Innovation Centre operational team and R&E Services team which incorporates support for postgraduate research through the Graduate School, Enterprise and Business Development, Researcher Development, Research funding (Pre-Award), Research Ethics and Governance.

Stef is increasingly engaged with the role Universities play in supporting regional economic growth and development and interested in how the support of female entrepreneurship and flexible working can improve productivity.

Stef sits on the ERDF KEEP+ and Innovation Bridge Steering Groups. She is a Governor of St John’s Primary School, Ipswich, (Chair of Curriculum Committee, EAL , Gifted and Talented, STEM Skills Governor). She is currently mentoring two researcher developers at other Universities (Anglia Ruskin and SWPS, Poland) as part of a VITAE pilot.

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David Walton MSc MIEMA

David took an MSc in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia in 2008, following a series of Technical roles in the Produce industry, latterly for Tesco Stores plc. In subsequent roles both for Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, he has initiated and sourced funding for several large-scale carbon reduction projects, both for householders and businesses, supporting their subsequent delivery.

These include the European Regional Development Fund-supported ‘SABRE’ (Support and Advice to Businesses on Renewable Energy) and BEE (Business Energy Efficiency) Anglia projects, and the DECC-funded Green Deal Pioneer Places and Green Deal Communities projects. He has supported the development of other regional strategies and funding applications, including contributions to the New Anglia LEP’s ‘Green Economy Manifesto’ and the application for the BEIS-funded ‘Local Energy East’ project.

David currently manages the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership, which includes all Suffolk’s Local Authorities and a number of other organisations working locally to support communities, households and businesses reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Based within the Strategic Development team at Suffolk County Council, his role intersects with the planning and growth agendas in relation to energy infrastructure.

He sits on the Project Delivery Board for the BEE Anglia project, the Operational Group for the BEIS-funded ‘Local Energy East’ project, the East of England Steering Group for IEMA (the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) and is currently supporting the University of Suffolk with the development of a Suffolk Sustainability Institute, which aims to establish a world-class centre of research excellence in support of the UK’s clean growth agenda.