Social Responsibility and Sustainability

ECOWeek 2019 - Careers in Sustainability: Explore the World of Environmental Careers

Want a career in sustainability and the environment? Join us for Careers in Sustainability!

This event offers an insight into all that a career in sustainability has to offer; showcasing the range of careers available and the routes into employment, as well as valuable opportunities to network.

Speakers will reflect on their own career path, offer tips on how to get ahead, and give you an insight on what it’s like to work within the sustainability sector.

Speakers are:

Karen Bowman, Procurement Director, University of Edinburgh

Adam Liddle, Global Sustainability Manager, Jacobs

Sarah Middlemiss, Programme Manager, Ecometrica

Prof. Dave Reay, Chair in Carbon Management & Education, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

McKenna Smith, Sustainable Construction Advisor - Beyond Green, Operational Volunteer - 2050 Group


Please check out their bios below.

In addition to the panel discussion, you will also have the opportunity to network and chat to a range of stallholders who represent different organisations related to sustainability. Find out first hand how to get a job in sustainability and the environment!

Exhibitors will include: 

Doors will open from 5.45pm when you can meet exhibitors with the panel discussion starting promptly at 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre 5 on the Mezzanine Level. Following the event there will be the chance for further informal networking. 

This event is part of ECOweek 2019. Find out more about ECOWeek here


Karen Bowman, Procurement Director, University of Edinburgh

40 years public procurement experience in NHS and education, including leading on professional, national, sector policy groups.Since 1998, building a multi-award winning professional team in the Procurement Office and in Printing Services, and on campus, now influencing 85% of expenditure of ~£300m p.a. and making efficiencies of £12 - £15m p.a. within a sustainability & social responsibility strategy

Adam Liddle, Global Sustainability Manager, Jacobs responsible for leading the development and implementation of Jacobs’ global sustainability strategy, PlanBeyond. Working as part of a small corporate team Adam is well versed in the technical, strategic, communications and leadership facets of sustainability in the corporate environment.

Adam has a diverse background in public and private sector environmental management, his career starting in the chemical/hazardous waste industry, moving to environmental regulation, technical consultancy, and latterly sustainability strategy development.

Since joining Jacobs Adam has managed technical projects covering a broad range of technical environmental disciplines such as air quality, land engineering, noise impact assessment and low carbon and climate change strategy. Adam’s background in waste management has seen him take the lead in developing circular economy capabilities at Jacobs, leading studies in the offshore oil and gas sector. Adam has a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from Heriot-Watt University and an MSc in Environment & Development from the University of Edinburgh.

Sarah Middlemiss, Programme Manager, Ecometrica

Sarah is an experienced programme manager, with a background in international development working with third sector organisations. Since joining Ecometrica in 2014, Sarah has managed a portfolio of projects in the downstream space sector, including a £14million+ project, Forests 2020, funded by the UK Space Agency. She manages relationships with multiple stakeholders and partners from government, civil society and the private sector, holds a degree in Management and Philosophy from the University of St Andrews.

Prof. Dave Reay, Chair in Carbon Management & Education, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh 

Dave Reay studied Marine Biology at Liverpool University and graduated in 1994. He went on to gain a PhD with the British Antarctic Survey and Essex University studying the response of Southern Ocean algae and bacteria to global warming. After gaining his doctorate he continued working as a post-doc at Essex, investigating the impact of land-use on the soil methane sink. In 2001 he moved to Edinburgh University to investigate emissions of the greenhouse gas 'nitrous oxide' from agriculture, then carbon fluxes in forests, and went on to become a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Fellow examining greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands and agriculture. In 2008 Dave became the university's first lecturer in carbon management and became a senior lecturer in 2009, a Reader in 2013, and was appointed Chair in Carbon Management & Education in 2014. He is designer and editor of the climate change science website Greenhouse Gas Online and of the Southern Ocean: Antarctic Seas and Wildlife website. He enjoys running (on an annual basis), Test Match Special, and writing stories for his daughters.

McKenna Smith, Sustainable Construction Advisor - Beyond Green, Operational Volunteer - 2050 Group

McKenna is a Sustainable Construction Advisor for Beyond Green, leading on commercial and financial sustainability aspects for boards and senior management teams including the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into business strategies. Specifically working with the construction industry, McKenna helps to support sustainability and environmental requirements for large scale commercial projects, including acting as a BREEAM accredited professional as well as an external sustainability consultant. She has a Master's degree in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh where her research focused on PAS2080, the world’s first carbon management specification within the infrastructure industry.

McKenna is also an operational volunteer for the world leading youth climate advocacy organisation, 2050 Climate Group. At 2050, McKenna helps the Leaders Network subgroup run events and meetups for the Young Leaders Development Programme alumni. She is the current Chair of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment for Scotland East, and co-organiser of Scotland’s first ‘She is Sustainable’ event. McKenna currently is involved with the Youth Voice in a Sustainable Democracy Project, and is a BREEAM Knowledge Sharing Ambassador.

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Feb 13 2019 17.45 - 20.00

ECOWeek 2019 - Careers in Sustainability: Explore the World of Environmental Careers

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