Simply Sustainable

Our Team

Meet Simply Sustainable’s highly skilled team, passionate about living our values and enabling transformative change. We are a diverse group of intellectually inquisitive people who flourish working in teams to solve the complex ESG and sustainability issues our clients face.

Nicola Stopps


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Nicola Stopps is CEO of Simply Sustainable. Nicola has 20 years’ experience in sustainability and ESG having worked for some of the largest companies in the world.

Since founding Simply Sustainable in 2010, Nicola has worked with a number of international and national organisations on developing their CSR and sustainability programmes.

Previous roles include; Head of Corporate Responsibility at T-Mobile, Director of Sustainability and Environment at Travelodge Hotels, as well as working for DHL and the BBC. Nicola holds a Geography degree from University of Exeter and received her Master’s in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing from the University of East Anglia in 1999.

Nicola has a proven capability to deliver high-quality projects on time and on budget. She has gained a reputation of someone who ‘gets the job done’ and has experience working in a wide range of sectors. With firm foundations in environmental management and experience in successfully implementing sustainability and ESG strategies, Nicola is nationally recognised as a leader in the field of corporate sustainability and ESG. She is a Fellow of IEMA and the RSA and sits on the CBI Energy and Climate Change Committee and was elected as a CBI Council Member for the East of England.

Kirk Rogers

Chief Operations Officer

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Kirk Rogers is a skilled business leader with over 20 years experience of leading and driving business growth across several dynamic business sectors. Kirk is Chief Operating Officer at Simply Sustainable. As part of the Leadership team, his key business objectives are to drive the international and national growth of Simply Sustainable, business management, strategic direction of the business together with CEO, Nicola Stopps.

Prior to joining Simply Sustainable, Kirk was Group Executive Director at Greenview Group – a Business Services and Facilities Management grouping of companies where he delivered significant strategic growth and entered new markets such as renewables, design and installation. Preceding Greenview, Kirk was Managing Director of Climate Energy Ltd, one of the leading UK Energy Efficiency Businesses.

Kirk has proven capabilities in leading high performing businesses to greater shareholder returns by improving customer service, business transformation and processes, market share, financial controls, people and culture.

Sophie England

Head of ESG Insight and Communications

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Sophie has been responsible for providing professional advice to companies to help develop and integrate their ESG and Sustainability programmes for over 15 years.
After a short career break, Sophie has returned to Simply Sustainable to lead ESG Insight and Communications. Prior to this she worked at Simply Sustainable as Principal Consultant and worked in-house at Camelot.

Sophie’s experience lies in helping companies to meet and exceed sustainable business goals. She has proven expertise from in-house and consulting background, whilst working across a diverse portfolio of large corporate at various stages of their ESG integration. Results driven with proven track record in ESG Insight and communications, materiality, reporting, strategy development and stakeholder engagement. In addition, Sophie has expertise in Key ESG standards and management systems such as PRI, GRI, AA1000AS, AA1000SES, ISO14001 and ISO9001

Sophie has a Postgraduate degree in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge, she attended the London School of Communication and is currently in the process of taking her ESG CFA exams.

Ross Houghton

Head of Business Development

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Ross Houghton is Head of Client Development at Simply Sustainable. Ross brings brings many years’ experience of ESG and sustainability having previously held both in-house and senior consulting ESG and sustainability roles.

Leading the Client Development team, Ross is responsible for prospecting, identifying, and developing new client opportunities and developing and maintaining relationships within the existing client base through regular customer interaction.

Ross joined us from Atalian Servest, one of the world’s largest facilities management companies, where he was responsible for leading their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, and monitoring progress in all areas of sustainability.

In 2019, Ross was recognised by as one of their 30 under 30 Rising Stars of Sustainability.

Katherine Rolfe

Principal Consultant

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Katherine brings over 20 years’ experience working in the sustainability and environmental management profession.

Katherine joined us from Heathrow, where she worked in various sustainability and environmental management roles. Most recently, she led the development and implementation of their ambitious sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0. This involved working closely with all levels of the organisation to help them understand the business value of sustainability and engaging colleagues and teams to inspire them to deliver a culture change in sustainability. Highlights included being part of the team to win Edie’s Sustainable Business of the Year award in 2019.

Prior to working at Heathrow, Katherine worked in both the consultancy and charitable sectors providing practical advice on environmental strategy and management practices to a range of sectors and businesses, including: large multinationals, government departments, and SMEs.

Katherine, who is a Chartered Environmentalist, has expertise across a wide range of sustainability areas, including: sustainability strategy development, ESG, sustainability integration, sustainability reporting and benchmarking, engagement and behaviour change, developing and implementing management systems, and stakeholder engagement.

Emma Bleach

Senior Consultant

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Emma is a skilled consultant with significant experience in delivering transformational sustainability projects to a diverse range of international organisations and industries including information technology, professional sports teams, food and beverage, and construction.

Since 2015, Emma has worked with her clients to provide effective environmental solutions tailored to individual needs and working styles, whilst building strong relationships in the process. She has developed and integrated robust sustainability strategies, implement streamlined management systems complementing existing processes, and delivered learning and development programmes to embed best practices and gain buy-in across organisations.

In her previous role, Emma led the implementation of environmental and energy management systems (ISO 140001 & ISO 50001) for an international IT solutions company, where she also fulfilled corporate and national reporting schemes such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Emma came to the world of sustainability consultancy following her MSc Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability (Brunel University London). She has also worked in-house at AstraZeneca, where she led research into carbon offsetting and sustainable supply chains. She has a keen interest in biodiversity and volunteered overseas on expeditions in Borneo as a Volunteer Project Manager with Raleigh International.

Mark Ramsden

Senior Consultant

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Mark has over 14 years’ experience working in-house across sustainability and communications for some of the UK’s most well-known companies.

Mark joined from easyJet, where as Head of UK Corporate Affairs he helped the airline to establish its sustainability strategy, deliver change within the business and communicate progress. He was part of the core team that developed and launched easyJet’s first sustainability strategy in 2019. For six years he planned and wrote the sustainability chapter of easyJet’s Annual Report. Mark led easyJet’s pan-European charity partnership with UNICEF, which raised over £11 million, and established easyJet’s Amy Johnson Initiative to increase the proportion of female pilots. He was also an adviser to the airline’s expert committee on accessible travel.

Prior to working at easyJet, Mark worked in communications and public affairs, including for four years at Asda, where he advised business leaders on relationships with stakeholders and public policy issues.

Ellen Salter

Senior Consultant

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Ellen Salter is a Senior Consultant at Simply Sustainable specialising in sustainability advisory, carbon management and assessment, the just transition, and environmental justice. She is a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Ellen joined us from Arup, a global professional services firm specialising in built environment and engineering advisory. In her role, Ellen provided sustainability and climate change advisory across multidisciplinary public and private-sector projects within the UK and internationally. During her time at Arup, Ellen provided sustainability and carbon advisory including delivering the award-winning carbon footprint for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid and co-authoring the detailed report for the World Building Council on ‘Net Zero Buildings: Where Do We Stand?’.

Ellen entered the sustainability field after studying BA Geography (Hons) at the University of Nottingham. Founding the University of Nottingham’s Sustainability Society, Ellen continues her passion for sustainability and climate change education through volunteering in environmental education. Her voluntary experience educating on environmental justice for global climate youth groups, higher education institutes, and climate justice mentoring through the Climate Just Collective; a collective Ellen co-founded to raise awareness and education for climate justice. In 2022, Ellen became a certified Climate Reality Leader.

Tom Wells


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Tom joined Simply Sustainable as a consultant in 2021, he gained his consulting experience in environmental consultancy; primarily conducting environmental and climate-related risk and mitigation assessments across a wide range of portfolios. Through this position he also developed his proficiency for ESG, in particular best practice frameworks such as SASB and GRI. In his time at Simply Sustainable Tom has worked with clients from a wide range of sectors and supported them in the development of robust strategies from inception through to integration, as well as producing ESG and sustainability reports, managed data curation to support submissions to various standards boards including GRI and GRESB. Tom has a particular interest in climate-related risk and opportunity assessment and undertaking scenario analysis to support disclosure against TCFD requirements.

Tom became passionate about a career in sustainability following his experience on the Government funded VSO initiative in rural Nigeria, where he implemented a sustainable livelihoods project focused on aligning the local agricultural economy to the principles of the SDGs through working closely with local government and community officials and farmers.

Tom also holds a BA in Geography from the University of Sussex, with a focus on environmental perspectives on development.

Lauren Hyatt


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Lauren is a consultant at Simply Sustainable, supporting the delivery of a range of client projects. She holds a BSc in Geography & LLM in Environmental Law from the University of Sussex. While at university, Lauren volunteered on a project with Pesticide Action Network drafting proposed amendments for the Post-Brexit Agricultural Bill and chaired the local Friends of the Earth group overseeing the biodiversity campaign.

Lauren became drawn to consulting following her internship at Kite Insights. During her time at Kite, Lauren assisted a range of organisations in making a meaningful positive impact on social and environmental issues through objective research, data analysis and convening.

Following her experience at Kite, Lauren worked at Superdry Plc, conducting product lifecycle analysis’, monitoring environmental KPIs for annual reports and developing environmental policies for the business. She was also the elected Sustainability Ambassador for Greater London and worked alongside the sourcing department to implement the business’s sustainability strategy and drive its ambition to be the most sustainable fashion brand by 2030.

Lauren is a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)

Andrea Gamble


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Andrea Gamble joined Simply Sustainable in July 2022, bringing with her over a decade of environmental consulting experience and the completion of a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management.  She has built a successful career working in the energy industry, managing client reclamation programs and facilitating the delivery of professional technical reports. Working to ensure regulatory compliance of client projects, Andrea is well-versed in optimising the requirements of multiple stakeholders.  Her skills in data management have supported her company and clients, ensuring the efficient execution of work and adherence to budgets.  As a senior professional with a growing company, Andrea helped establish standard operating procedures, develop templates, and deliver training to enhance team competencies.

It was during Andrea’s time at Kingston University that her passion for corporate sustainability flourished.  Through her studies she gained insight on environmental best management practices and the challenges faced by companies looking to improve their environmental impact.  Her dissertation evaluated the Scope 3 carbon footprint of a facilities management company’s supply chain.  Findings illuminated key areas to focus on for emissions reduction and further data capture, providing valuable insight to maximise the effectiveness of company resources.

Will Bourns


Will holds a BSc in Zoology attained from the University of Liverpool. During Wills dissertation he studied the impact of humans and the physical environment on bats in Chile finding initiating findings of new subspecies.

After completing his degree, Will joined albert, an environmental service working in the film and tv industry. Will built an industry specific emission calculator tool which is now used by 2700 companies globally. He also initiated their corporate emissions services working with companies on setting Net Zero targets as well as establishing environmental management systems.

Will is a member of IES and EI.

James Beiny


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James joined Simply Sustainable in July 2022 as a Consultant, supporting the delivery of a variety of client projects. He worked for several years in the healthcare communications industry as a medical writer before gaining ESG consultancy experience at Sustainable Advantage. In his role as a Sustainability Consultant for the firm, James supported the team with a range of project deliverables for clients across different sectors, including ESG reviews, sustainability impact reports, and SECR.

James holds a MSci in Natural Sciences from University College London, specialising in organic chemistry and neuroscience. To pursue his interest in the field of sustainability, James obtained a MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of Exeter in 2020. During his MSc degree, James became passionate about improving the sustainability of the global food system, leading him to design a novel intervention and investigate its effectiveness in reducing meat consumption for his dissertation. The research project attracted the attention of Which?, and following its completion, James discussed with them the implications of his findings for their work in encouraging more sustainable food choices among consumers.

James is currently working towards IEMA Associate membership.

Hannah Caffrey


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Hannah is an ambitious sustainability professional with three years of experience delivering consultancy projects.
In her previous role as a consultant at Sopra Steria, Hannah led sustainability and social value programmes. She worked closely with clients to produce strategies and deliver initiatives from carbon footprint assessments, talent development programmes for women and creating innovative projects using AI to reduce waste.
At the University of Sheffield, Hannah was a sustainability officer that promoted behavioural changes across the whole university, and she also created a social enterprise organisation to tackle maternal health in Uganda.

Hannah is a certified Data Ethics Professional and Facilitator by the Open Data Institute, and a member of IEMA.

Isobel Carlill

Graduate Consultant

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Isobel joined Simply Sustainable in November 2021 as a Graduate Consultant after deciding to integrate her passion for sustainability into her career path. Isobel holds an MA in Sustainable Development and Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. During her time at university, Isobel gained experience in several areas, including conducting Environmental and Social Impact Assessments for the oil and gas industry and developing environmental reports for national governments. Her dissertation was focused on generational experiences of climate anxiety.

Isobel has also worked as a Lead Analyst at Prosper Social Finance where she and her team undertook eight weeks of training in investment strategy and ESG rating and analysis, before successfully selecting three stocks according to a strict ESG criteria and pitching them to the Prosper Investment Panel.

After completing her degree, Isobel worked for the British Horseracing Authority where she oversaw and produced two large data projects and steered a number of industry wide engagements involving liaison with a range of industry stakeholders, such as MPs and commercial sponsors.

Cameron Wilson

Graduate Consultant

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Cameron is a Graduate Consultant at Simply Sustainable. Cameron holds an LLB in Law from Lancaster University where he gained a strong interest in environmental law, human rights law, and business ethics.

Before joining Simply Sustainable, he worked for 18-months in the field of corporate sustainability, supporting in the implementation of various international sustainability standards for organisations such as ISO 14001 & ISO 50001 for environmental and energy management. Most recently, Cameron supported the Cabinet Office and Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office in achieving ‘ISO 20121 – sustainable events management’ for the G7 Summit in Cornwall and COP26 in Glasgow. In addition, Cameron supported in making COP26 the first UN Climate Change Conference to achieve the PAS2060 international standard on carbon neutrality.

Cameron is currently working towards IEMA Associate membership.

Sorcha Floyd

Graduate Consultant

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Sorcha is a Graduate Consultant at Simply Sustainable. Sorcha holds an MSc in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management from the University of York and a BA in History from the University of Manchester.

Before completing her MSc and joining Simply Sustainable, Sorcha predominantly worked in the charity sector, and has experience in a range of campaign and project delivery experience in both the UK and overseas. Sorcha’s previous roles include Campaigns and Citizenship Officer at the University of Manchester Students Union and Social Action Manager at NCS: The Challenge. Within previous roles Sorcha has facilitated training, organised and managed interactive activities, panel-discussions and events, supported campaign groups, and developed and maintained relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

Sorcha has also volunteered on two three-month ICS sustainable development programmes; as a volunteer with Restless Development in Nepal and as a Team Leader with Raleigh International in Tanzania, co-managing a cross-cultural team of 12 volunteers to deliver a Livelihoods programme on how to set up and manage a business to 35 rural entrepreneurs.

Sorcha entered the world of sustainability consulting following her MSc, where her dissertation focussed on the topic of the circular economy within the distilling sector. Sorcha has experience in ESG strategy development and sustainability reporting, and is working towards IEMA Associate membership.

Harry Freeman

Research Analyst

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Harry joined Simply Sustainable as a Research Analyst post graduating from Nottingham Trent University in spring 2022. He obtained a BSc in Property Finance and Investment, with his passion for sustainability budding through observing the ramifications formed through the built environment. Harry strengthened his knowledge and passion through his dissertation, investigating the implication of the UK’s carbon reduction targets on the automotive property market.

Harry is working with clients across all sectors on data curation and management for GRI and GRESB submissions and supporting client delivery with robust data analysis overlaid with the latest insights on ESG data management.

Harry is an Affiliate member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) and is working towards GradIEMA.

George Davidson

Client Development Executive

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George is a Client Development Executive at Simply Sustainable. He comes from a farming background where he has been part of various environmental projects, which first sparked his interest in sustainability and the environment. George then went on to study at the Royal Agricultural University, where he attained a BSc in Agricultural Business.

Before becoming a member of the Simply Sustainable team, George joined us from William Evans, where he gained over two years of experience in sales delivering bespoke products/proposals to meet clients’ needs in the UK and overseas. George now wishes to incorporate his passion for sustainability into his career path.

Being a member of the Client Development team, George is responsible for cultivating and developing prospective clients while maintaining and developing strong relationships with the existing client base.

Kate Turner

Executive Assistant

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Kate is a skilled EA with excellent organisational skills. Her role at Simply Sustainable is to support the CEO and COO in driving the international and national growth of the business. Since joining Simply Sustainable in 2021, she is responsible for organisational development, including updating the company’s HR processes and introducing an enhanced benefit package for the team. A confident public speaker, she leads team briefings and ensures the team is aligned and updated on all significant organisational changes. Kate oversees all recruitment into Simply Sustainable, as well as the onboarding of Simply Sustainable’s first graduate in-take. In addition, Kate is responsible for procuring new office space – nationally and internationally.

Over the past 12 years, Kate has worked across the Motor Industry and the NHS, delivering exceptional customer service to her customers and patients.

In her previous role, Kate led a successful service team of both technicians and administrative staff, at BMW and Audi, as an Aftersales Manager before moving to a large GP practice as a Medical Secretary. In 2020 she had the opportunity to take a role alongside this managing the day to day running of a Covid Vaccination Centre.

Kate has proven capabilities in managing well-known brands by improving processes, productivity, staff satisfaction, and customer experience.

Lia Locke

Marketing Manager

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Lia is the Marketing Manager at Simply Sustainable and brings with her over 10 years’ experience in the retail industry. Her career began at Sweaty Betty and she then went on to help manage a portfolio of external businesses from Virgin Holidays and Nike through to Mango and Hobbs plus many more at large retail groups.

Working closely on each brand’s marketing campaigns and trading events has given Lia the knowledge to create forward thinking and modern strategies fit for Simply Sustainable. Lia’s objective is to build a digital marketing framework for Simply Sustainable that allows for interactive experiences and optimises smart insights.

Lia’s background and areas of expertise encompass a wide scope of skillsets which include stakeholder management, data analysis, project management, sales strategies, reporting and communications.

Sarah Dutton

Social Media & Marketing Assistant

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Sarah is in her penultimate at Oxford Brookes University, completing an honours degree in international business. Having engaged with sustainability and ESG for most of her life, Sarah chose to compliment her studies by gaining professional experience at Simply Sustainable. Sarah continues her passion for sustainability and social entrepreneurship through volunteering and international programmes, most recently participating as a YOUNGO representative at Cop26. She is recognised as a student mentor in the field of sustainable business, having founded the Brookes Impact Cube alongside Oxford University.

Prior to joining Simply Sustainable in 2022, Sarah’s international experience includes corporate partnership consultant, project manager, portfolio manager, customer services and content manager. Sarah uses these transferable skills in the development of social media and marketing strategy at Simply Sustainable and assists with business development.

Sarah is a member of YOUNGO and is representing Unite2030 at the United Nations General Assembly.

Louise Willcocks

Finance Manager

Louise is the Finance Manager at Simply Sustainable. She started her career obtaining a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bristol. She then joined KPMG, in Middle Markets Audit, where she gained her ICAEW Chartered Accountant ACA qualification.

After qualifying, Louise went into industry gaining the majority of her experience in the media and investment banking sector. In these roles she was responsible for the day to day running of the accounting processes with a focus on financial and board reporting, budgeting and the filing of the annual accounts.

Chris Goodman

Associate Consultant

Chris has 20 years of experience in environmental management, largely gained within the energy and infrastructure industry. He holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and received his Master’s in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing from the University of Wales in 2000.

Chris worked as an Environmental Advisor within Shell UK and BP Exploration for around 9 years, supporting onshore and offshore oil and gas operations and projects in the UK and Europe. In these roles, his key responsibilities included assuring all aspects of environmental compliance; developing, maintaining and auditing ISO14001-certified environmental management systems (EMS); compiling, assuring, analysing and reporting environmental data; and driving improved environmental data forecasting and performance management processes. Since 2009, Chris has worked as a consultant, focussing on the identification and management of environmental risk and the integration of environmental impact assessment, regulatory requirements and international standards within the design development process. He has also undertaken specific projects related to EMS improvement and the implementation of environmental management and sustainability strategies.

Craig Dun

Associate Consultant

Craig is our Senior Carbon Modeller specialising in carbon accounting, modelling, target setting and carbon management plans. After studying Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering both to Master’s Degree level, Craig has over nine years of experience working on carbon and climate change projects in consultancy roles and for the Sustainable Scotland Network.

Craig is expert in carbon accounting, climate change reporting and policy. Having developed the guidance for the current public bodies duties on climate change reporting, he can undertake writing of reports or auditing completed reports prior to submission. Craig has six years of strong experience in data management, highly skilled in interpreting data and subsequently extracting and manipulating that data for a non-technical audience.
He is also a senior carbon modeller (spreadsheet developer) with experience building models, complex spreadsheets and visualisation dashboards for both UK and EU governments to high QA standards. From compliance with European and UK standards, to developing climate change governance models and calculating emissions, Craig can assist with the processes involved in helping organisations and businesses in developing carbon management, targets and/or sustainability plans.

Emma Young

Associate Consultant

Emma is passionate about the power of communication and story to inspire and create positive, authentic change. Operating across the communications spectrum from strategy creation to, sustainability report writing, programme development and deployment, Emma has worked with a wide range of organisations, from small charities to multinationals.
With a background in marketing and PR, Emma has more than 20 years experience in the profession, nine of which at BT Group where she created and oversaw the delivery of the global sustainability communication strategy. Emma is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and the RSA. She is also an Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Melanie Kenny

Associate Consultant

Melanie has career-long experience in general environmental management and sustainability, spanning a wide range of sectors and issues but with a focus on management systems, training and practical environmental performance improvement. Melanie is a member of IEMA and an experienced environmental sustainability specialist with broad-based expertise and a good appreciation of business needs and processes. Melanie has a particular interest in the translation of sustainability strategy into practice to deliver real-world improvements and business benefits.

Most recently Melanie has worked with Balfour Beatty as an Environment & Sustainability Specialist, prior to which she was Environment Manager at Heathrow for ten years. Whilst at Heathrow, Melanie had particular responsibility for supporting the development of the sustainability strategy, Heathrow 2.0, integrating the strategy through the management system and embedding sustainability into development and construction projects. Through training and employee engagement initiatives she worked to build the internal culture needed to support action on sustainability across the company. This experience at Heathrow followed 20 years consultancy experience specialising in environmental due diligence, EHS management systems, compliance auditing and training delivery for multinational and financial sector clients. Prior to that Melanie trained and worked as an analytical chemist, specialising in environmental and occupational hygiene analysis.

Sam Somerville

Associate Consultant

With over 15 years of management system experience spanning across the public and private sector, Sam has been supporting Simply Sustainable clients to implement or improve their systems since 2017.

As a principle UK expert for quality management systems, and as a lead auditor for ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015 and 45001:2018, Sam takes a practical and business-focused approach to help organisations build quality, sustainability and safety into their operations to meet the requirements of standards for quality, environment and health and safety.

She uses her experience of a breadth of industries to work collaboratively with clients to support the development of lasting improvements in their performance to help maximise opportunities for long-term growth.


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