Dr Steven Glynn AIEMA
I have spent the last 20 years working on, and thinking, reading and writing about environmental and sustainability issues. I have worked at the University of Manchester, for Sustainability Northwest, a small charity / not-for-profit consultancy, and then co-found Sustainable Change Co-operative. During this time my awareness of the challenges we face has grown significantly and my commitment to helping to address these issues has deepened. Every day is a learning experience and I am always looking for new ideas, new thinking, and new approaches that might make a difference. Being involved with work on climate change and other issues is not always easy and solutions can seem a long way off. But I approach my work (and life) with a sense of what Joanna Macy calls ‘active hope’, the idea that we do things not because we are sure of success but because we believe in what we are trying to achieve and wish to play an active role in trying to bring it about.
I have spent most of my working life in Manchester, during which time I was on the Board of Co-operatives Northwest and on the steering group for Manchester: a certain future. However, it has been all change recently. I was lucky enough to have the experience of living in Toronto for 15 months, where I learnt the value of a positive outlook and of warm winter clothing. Having returned to the UK, I am now living in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
Fiona Nicholls MIEMA CEnv
An environmental science ‘O’ level back in 1984 first captured my imagination on the challenges our beautiful planet faced and it was the spark that later ignited my career. An MSc in Environmental Protection was followed by exciting roles in two innovating sustainability enterprises, working directly with small businesses on pollution and resource issues, undertaking groundbreaking research on climate change, tackling limited awareness of renewable energy and doing environmental reviews and audits, to name but a few initiatives I was lucky enough to be part of. With 10 years experience, skills and an ever growing passion for ethics and 'good' environmental management, the foundations for a future in the sector were firmly in place. It all made co-founding Sustainable Change Co-operative in 2007 an entirely natural process.
I'm a Trustee/Non-Executive Director at Emerge 3Rs (Emerge Recycling, Fareshare GM, Touch Wood), an inspirational organisations in Manchester, and a founder member of St John's Sunshine, an urban solar co-operative. I have recently been voted onto the Board of The Phone Co-op, a national consumer co-operative, and will relish the challenges that brings. Any spare time is filled giving my home an eco makeover chronicled at my retrofit blog).
- Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
- Society for the Environment
- Co-operatives UK
- Co-operatives NW
Addressing sustainability requires a range of skills and expertise and one person or organisation can't possibly have all the answers at their fingertips. We feel it is vital for sustainability professionals to work together to offer the best solutions. We are proud to have engaged with many skilled people and are keen to continue to do so. The term 'Associates' is used to describe our link to them and to reflect the idea of combining expertise for a common purpose.