As well as being the Essex & Suffolk Water (ESW) Forum Vice-Chair, I have many roles including being Director of the History of Advertising Trust, the world’s largest archive of UK advertising history. I have worked in the natural environment all my life and I was lucky enough to spend 24 years in the RSPB as Reserves Manager and Regional Director, and in June 2005 I was awarded an OBE for my work in the Environment and Sustainability.
This was a time of growth both in RSPB membership and, importantly for me, in the buying of land to recreate many new nature reserves. I oversaw the creation of thousands of hectares of different habitats, my favourite being Lakenheath Fen, which was one of the most exciting projects of its time. Ironically, ESW pipelines run under the reserve to Essex.
I have always worked in roles where water is fundamental to environmental success, people/consumers, economics, or just important as a sustainable commodity. Working with Northumbrian Water Group is exciting because they really do understand their customers, the environment and sustainability as well as being a business.
My aims for the group are three-fold:
• To make sure customers’ voices are heard and not too much burden is placed upon them
• That sustainability, climate change and the environment are taken in all that NWG do, because this will continue to make it stand out from the others
• To ensure big picture and longer-term influences and planning override short-term gain; and that the different environmental challenges the company has with the water rich North and the droughts in Essex are balanced in its long-term plans
To achieve this I will give as much advice as I am able, and connect with a network of people to enhance that advice, all the time remaining curious and asking questions.