Meet our Steering Group

We are a group of like-minded people with different backgrounds and skills who are passionate about sustainability.

Andy Sheppard (Chair)

I work as a sustainability consultant within the engineering firm Arup. I’ve been a specialist in sustainable buildings for almost 15 years, working with clients across a broad range of scales and sectors. As part of that role, I was the lead author of the recent 2030 Zero Carbon Pathways report for Sheffield which is setting the agenda for climate action across the city. I enjoy addressing organisational and strategic issues alongside practical building interventions.

I also work with the UK-Green Building Council, sitting on various Task Groups across their Resilience and Nature-Based Solutions workstream.

I originally sat on the SSN Training and Events Group before moving to the Steering Group earlier this year and am the current chair.

David Gray

A Director of River Stewardship Company, a social entrepreneur working across the voluntary, public and private sectors in environmental assessment and business management

Efua Uiterwijk

Freelance sustainability consultant.

Emma Knight-Strong

Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and owner of Green Arch Consulting – which specialises in developing sustainability strategies for business. Emma has been a member of the SSN Steering Committee since 2020. She is based in Chesterfield and, when she isn’t working on her business, spends most of her time renovating her house and developing a wildlife garden!

Finbarr Lucas

Sheffield-based artisan furniture maker, who uses ethical and environmental principles to create bespoke pieces. Sustainability is at the forefront of my mind with my business, and continues to guide the direction my business takes and the work I make. At the heart of my approach to my work is a desire to make the best furniture I can from the most sustainably sourced materials.. If my work sustains, then it is truly sustainable.

Tim Byrom

Veronica Broomes

A highly experienced Sustainability Consultant and Researcher, Veronica Broomes is the Founder of the Sustainability Audit service at Peak Homes Yorkshire Ltd. The company supports businesses on their sustainability journey through training and Sustainability Audit reports with customised Action Plans.

Veronica is a Business Mentor on the UK Government’s Help to Grow Programme and a company director for a serviced accommodation business in Sheffield. She was on the panel of judges for the South Yorkshire Green Tech challenge (hackathon) in May 2023, an initiative from TEAM SY and Barnsley DMC.

Committed to continued professional development, Veronica is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.

Since 2020, Veronica has been involved with SSN, initially as a member of two working groups (Sustainability Audit and Outreach and Diversity). In 2022, Veronica was invited to attend SSN Steering committee meetings.

Based in Sheffield, Veronica Broomes enjoys the theatre, hosts a podcast (Sheffield’s Hidden Gems) and is a Rotarian through direct membership of the Rotary Global Hub.

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