I have a BSc in Plant Sciences and a PhD in Pest Management from the University of London. I have been at The Open University in the UK since 1983 and held various offices in the former Technology Faculty (now Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology) including being Head of the Systems Department, Associate Dean and Dean. Promoted to Professor of Environmental Systems in 2005, I was Director of The Open University’s OpenLearn Initiative from 2006-09 (www.open.ac.uk/openlearn), served as a Board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008-10 and been involved in a number of European OER initiatives such as MORIL (http://moril.eadtu.eu/) and OER-HE (http://www.eadtu.nl/oerhe/). I was also a Senior Fellow in the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at the OU (http://www8.open.ac.uk/score/) from 2009-12 and also lead the recently completed JISC funded SusTEACH project (http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/susteach/) investigating the carbon impacts of HE teaching models which has been shortlisted for a Green Gown award (www.greengownawards.org.uk). I haveauthored or co-authored many teaching texts, research papers and other publications dealing with systems thinking and environmental management; the use of diagramming to aid systems thinking and learning; and systems of open education, especially the use of open educational resources.