John Wincott, Environmental Services Coordinator at Fife College.

Fife College is the first college in Scotland to be represented on the Steering Group of Sustainable Scotland Networks (SSN) with the appointment of John Wincott, Fife College Environmental Services Coordinator, to the Group.

SSN is the national network for public sector sustainability and climate change professionals and it exists to support these professionals and their public sector organisations, so that they are better able to deliver on sustainable development and climate change.

This appointment means that students and staff at Fife College will be able to both feed into the activities of SSN, and also benefit from exposure to broader range of views and initiatives being discussed. The Group comprises representatives from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, six Scottish Councils, the Scottish Funding Council, three universities, NHS Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, and now Fife College.

John Wincott was delighted to hear of his appointment to the Steering Group and said: “Fife College is very proactive in wider community engagement and working with partners to deliver on sustainability and climate change. Being at the heart of SSN in this role will enable us to increase our influence even further.

“It is also exciting to explore ways in which these activities can be used to broaden our student experience. I look forward to working with the SSN and to sharing my experiences and opportunities that come from it with my colleagues and students back in Fife College.”

The Steering Group is also a forum for engagement with the Scottish Government in order to further the mutual goals of climate change mitigation and adaptation. The fact that Fife College is the first college to be represented in this way is an important milestone in the development of SSN and this very important engagement process.

Fife College is committed to supporting staff to participate  in external group with a national remit and was delighted to hear about John’s new role. Sue Reekie, Chief Operating Officer at Fife College said:

 “We were very pleased to hear of John’s recent appointment to SSN which enables Fife College to have a wider voice and influence in the environmental arena.

“This is great news for Fife College, for our students, staff and wider college community. It is also ultimately good for Scotland’s ambition, to be a global leader in the climate change community. I would like to congratulate John for his hard work in securing this appointment and look forward to seeing the benefits that this will bring.”