Sustainable minds lead to sustainable actions

Our Mission

We aim to inspire positive environmental change within our communities, be that at home, in schools or in the workplace.

Our Culture

We believe sustainable minds lead to sustainable actions. That’s why our sustainability training is designed to engage every learner.

Our Vision

Developing sustainable minds to take sustainable actions.

Who We Are

The Verdancy Group provides sustainability training and environmental guidance to organisations, schools and communities. We believe that through education and learning, we can empower people of every age to make informed and sustainable choices.

Steven Kiakowski


Driven to educate the workforce of the future and protect the planet through carbon neutral practices, Steven co-founded The Verdancy Group with Colin in 2015. He recognised the need for habits to change in order to safeguard our planet’s future. The Verdancy Group was founded to drive environmental education and transform practices at home, in the community and within industry.


Steven’s expertise lies in the subject itself, with his knowledge of the industry steering our eLearning materials and business courses. Whether building our brand or poring through the course materials to ensure they are of the highest quality, Steven lies central to business strategy and operations.

Susan McSeveney


Susan joined the business in late May 2021 after a successful career in FE as a Lecturer, Depute Centre Head and laterally a Learning and Skills Manager with West Lothian College. Susan has long been invested in the environment and looking for ways to help.


Her own interest, alongside her belief that more can be done to teach sustainability in schools and colleges, makes her a natural fit for The Verdancy Group. A vital asset to the business, Susan brings a full understanding of the education sector in Scotland coupled with contacts through the industry. Her knowledge of our service and where it can fit within colleges and schools has helped us focus and streamline our offering.

Colin Grieve


A co-founder of The Verdancy Group, Colin brings a wealth of knowledge from his time in the navy and his background in the metal industry. His interests lie in making recycling, sustainability and carbon neutral options clear and straightforward, to help people help the planet.


As a director, Colin’s expertise is in business and environmentalism. When not helping improve business operations, he can be found in our clients’ offices or out in the field supporting our partners.

Michelle Gregory

Board Member

Passionate about helping businesses prosper, Michelle takes pride in her work as a sustainability-focused management accountant. She joined the group in 2017, bringing with her a wealth of experience and an enthusiasm for all things sustainable.


Michelle is currently studying for qualification through the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). In her personal life, she is committed to reducing waste, supporting tree-planting initiatives and embracing a more natural lifestyle.

Denise Millan

Training Manager

Denise joined The Verdancy Group in February 2022 following a twenty year long career in the charitable sector, where she managed, developed and delivered a range of formal and informal learning opportunities for professionals, students, volunteers and school pupils. Denise also spent time in the FE sector as a lecturer, teaching sustainable development to a range of learners. Denise has a keen interest in environmental conservation, sustainability and the wellbeing benefits that the outdoor environment can bring.

Conall Howard

Net Zero Programme Lead

Conall joined the Verdancy Group in March 2022 as a recent graduate, following the completion of Masters Degree in 2021. Conall has a strong academic background in both Business Management and International Development, and is very keen to use his academic skills and interests throughout his work with The Verdancy Group. In his post-graduate thesis, Conall explored the implications that zero-carbon housing can have in Scotland’s transition towards net-zero emissions, and he looks to build upon his keen interest within this area and others through his work with the Verdancy Group.