I joined Aggregate Industries just under 2 years ago in June 2017 as the Environmental Management System Manager in the Sustainability Team. Having worked in the construction industry for 17 years with only making the step into the mining industry a few years before, Aggregate Industries was a natural step to continue to gain experience and understanding in that area.
The role I have gives me an opportunity as a Chartered Environmentalist to follow my passion for the environment as well as for implementing and managing management systems, which I was lucky enough to study at Masters level. The industry has always made me feel welcomed and part of a great team. Everyone is so friendly and I really always enjoy visiting sites as the people are just so wonderful, dedicated and supportive of what we are trying to achieve.
Education and influence is a huge part of my job and for the past 2 years I have been in a period of teaching all employees about the importance of the environmental management system and how it can be used to achieve environmental compliance and continual improvement. I am on a journey with Aggregate Industries but already my efforts can be seen and changes have started which is so rewarding to see. There is not one part of the business that I haven't been involved in and it is more diverse than I ever thought. This means that you never have the same day twice. During this time I have ensured that the business achieves certification to the new ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) standard, implemented a whole new Environmental Management System with training packages both face to face and through e-learning and achieved certification to ISO 50001:2018 (Energy) for the Cement Business, just to name a few.
I have also been lucky to have my work published through IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management Association), become a Mental Health First Aider and become a STEM ambassador, including carrying out a dragon den role for some college students looking at social aspects of sustainability.