Senior Sustainability Manager
My spare time is spent in the outdoors, walking, riding bikes, surfing and snowboarding. Seeing the impact of our rapid development on these fragile environments has made me want to protect them, not just for our generation to enjoy, but for my son’s too.
I passionately believe business can be a force for good, both on an environmental and societal level. My background and interests led me to the construction sector. It’s a sector that has a significant environmental impact; the built environment contributes 33% of UK carbon emissions. Also, working on construction sites means I get to spend time outdoors, with like-minded people on exciting projects that leave a lasting legacy.
Willmott Dixon have a purpose beyond profit. Sustainability and leaving a lasting legacy within the communities in which they work has been part of their culture since they began in 1852. I’m proud to work for a company that has these values core to its culture that are driven from the top.
My first degree was in Geography from Swansea University. Geography taught me to think in a holistic, systematic way that translates directly to managing sustainability. However, after graduating I wanted to specialise and give my career more focus so I studied a MSc in Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Gloucestershire. I study because I enjoy it, not because it’s a perquisite to succeed in a career. Because I enjoy studying, when I started working at Willmott Dixon I decided to study an MSc in Sustainable Construction.
I’m involved in leadership in the wider sector and in my profession. For example I hold a position on the committee of Generation for Change (G4C) within Constructing Excellence South West. G4C aims to provide a strategic approach to harness the young professional voice and drive continuous improvement in the UK built environment industry. I also sit on the SW steering group for the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) which is the professional body for environmental and sustainability professionals. I’ve also guest lectured at the University of Wales Trinity St David on sustainable construction and mentored Geography students at the University of Gloucestershire, something I’m keen to do more of in the future.
I’m fortunate to have worked on many fantastic projects with some incredible people during my time at Willmott Dixon, however the stand out project so far has probably been working on Aurora, Finzels Reach in Bristol which recently achieved BREEAM Outstanding with a score of 91%.
Alex's key appointments
|Constructing Excellence||G4C South West|
|Trinity St. David's University||Guest lecturer|
|IEMA||SW Steering Group|