Our Nature Positive team is growing!
The Nature Positive team has expanded. We are delighted to welcome Jenny Hughes to Nature Positive as a Sustainability Management Consultant. She brings with her a wealth of sustainability, climate change and social value consulting experience to add an extra dimension to our unique blend of skills in the Nature Positive team.
Jenny has recently joined the Nature Positive team
We asked her a few questions to find out more about the experience and skills she brings to the team.
How did you get into sustainability?
I’ve been interested in sustainability ever since studying geography and writing a climate change essay at school. At university, I was lucky enough to do a placement with an offshore wind developer and then joined a consultancy as a graduate. I have built my career around delivering our transition to net zero, while protecting and enhancing the natural environment and delivering projects for better communities. I’ve come into the field of sustainability with a geography background, so am particularly interested in systems thinking techniques and how different groups (stakeholders) work together to enact change.
For me, sustainability is about organisations, projects and products truly embedding and balancing the three pillars of sustainability. We need to stop treating sustainability considerations as nice-to-have add-ons and put them at the heart of thinking and decision-making as the way to do business.
Why Nature Positive?
Nature Positive is taking things further. Organisational declarations and strategies on sustainability, climate change and environmental, social and governance (ESG) are crucial, but we also need organisations to look more deeply at how they rely on nature and their impacts on nature. Businesses need to have clear approaches to taking action to tackle the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
I grew up spending a lot of time outdoors and I’m happiest when I’m in nature. Nature Positive is made up of passionate experts I’m looking forward to working with and I’m excited to join the team to reduce risks and impacts on, advocate for and restore nature.
In your role at Nature Positive, how do you help businesses become more sustainable?
In my role, I’ll be working with businesses to develop and implement sustainability strategies and manage their risks and opportunities related to nature. Businesses often have strong foundations and actions to build on but they’re operating in a very ambiguous and uncertain world. It’s our job to help businesses cut through the ambiguity and complexities and pick through the range of tools, frameworks and actions to drive quicker and deeper sustainability progress.
As an experienced consultant with nearly a decade’s experience, I have delivered sustainability, nature, climate change and social value services for a range of UK and international clients.
In my previous role, I contributed to developing my company’s internal sustainability strategy and delivered lots of initiatives and projects, including around the UN Sustainable Development Goals and climate change. This taught me a lot about the challenges and practicalities of delivering strategies, which I can draw on when working with businesses.
In the last few years, a focus of mine was also on social value and the people side of sustainability, which is an increasing driver in the UK. It’s been fascinating to be part of the evolution of research and practice and I’m looking forward to bringing this experience to Nature Positive.
What do you do outside of work?
Current hobbies include dancing, cycling and outdoor swimming around Bristol.
I also love to cook and go to live music events and festivals – I was lucky enough to get to Glastonbury earlier in the summer which was incredible.
What country is top of your travel bucket list?
Portugal! I’m hoping to book an autumn surf trip near Lisbon and spend some time exploring the city. There are lots of European countries I’ve never been to, including Germany and Hungary, and I’m keen to do some train travel around Europe in the near future.
What is your favourite animal?
It’s too hard to pick one…I don’t have a favourite, but I’d love to see wild otters in the UK. Earlier in the summer, it was amazing to do a boat trip to see puffins off the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Do you have any pets?
Not currently, but we’ve got dogs in the family (I’m definitely a dog person if that says anything about my personality).
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