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Graeme Heyes

Graeme joined CATE in April of 2012 to begin his PhD in the area of airport retail and specifically the environmental impacts of this robust and growing sector. Graeme has a strong history of academic study in the Environment, with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science awarded by the University of Leeds, and a distinction graded Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University. The later qualification saw Graeme work in partnership with The Football League Trust, Business in the Community, and The Environment Agency to identify the current best environmental practice found in the English Football Leagues, as well as identifying how the sector may move towards a vision of environmental sustainability.

Supplementing his academic background, Graeme has experience of working in a number of environmental roles for organisations such as Groundwork, the NUS, and more recently Keep Britain Tidy, where he was responsible for the organisations environmental commitments, as well as project managing a range of projects for external clients.

Graeme hopes to be able to make a significant contribution to the challenge of climate change and the idea of sustainable development over his career and is due to complete his thesis in 2015.

Work Experience

Dates October 2010 – present
Position held Sustainability Associate and Projects Coordinator
Main activities and responsibilities Leading the Environmental Strategy and Action group, managing the organisations commitment to reducing its environmental impact across all activities by successfully delivering a range of projects, delivering a carbon reduction of 16.8% for period 2010 – 2011, exceeding our 10:10 campaign commitments.

Developing group vision and strategy, and setting objectives and actions accordingly. As well as conducting a carbon and energy audit of the organization to identify our ‘carbon leaks’, updating environmental policies, and reporting procedures to ensure ISO14001 compliance. Using the ‘fun theory’ of behavioural change to encourage pro-environmental behaviour from our workforce. Programme development and delivery – leading on several projects, from the development of new products and programmes, to research projects involving local communities.

Providing high-level technical support by assisting clients to solve pressing environmental and social issues, development of a Social return on Investment tool to demonstrate the social value created by organisations. Identify appropriate KPIs at early stage in programme development, drive efficiencies and ensure the outcomes of programmes are meeting organisational objectives, delivery of this tool both internally and externally, identifying over £100m of social value in the process, informing on local Government policy, including the creation of a product to replace the Government’s national indicator on street cleanliness, data analysis and mapping using advanced Excel skills and software such as ArgGIS and MicroMarketerG3.

Name and address of employer Keep Britain Tidy, Wigan
Dates October 2009 – April 2010
Position held Carbon Auditor and Analyst
Main activities and responsibilities Conducting carbon audits with clients across Great Manchester and writing up carbon audits reports. Checking reports written by volunteers to ensure professional composition and accurate calculation. Designing a system to record savings from the project and performing analysis on the results; the system developed cut processing times by 50%.
Name and address of employer National Union of Students, Manchester
Dates June 2009 – August 2009
Position held Graduate Internship
Main activities and responsibilities Completing a comprehensive carbon audit and writing up a report for senior managementDeveloping a draft version of the Trusts’ first corporate social responsibility report.
Name and address of employer Groundwork Cheshire Trust, Cheshire
Dates August 2007 – June 2009
Position held HR Analyst, Nominated HR administrator of the year 2008
Main activities and responsibilities Managing the administration of the company’s Stakeholder pension schemeActing as a ‘Super User’ for central HR based in London and to company headquarters in Paris. Leading projects internally and in partnership with external clientsConducting training sessions on pensions to new staff at remote sites and to the wider HR community. Arranging benefits with providers and communicating these to employees and the HR team.
Name and address of employer Sodexo Ltd, Manchester

Education and Training

Dates 2009 – 2010
Title of qualification awarded MSc
Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. Studies provided: a practical understanding of environment management principles, and a systematic understanding of the complex interaction between business, regulators and policy.
Name and type of organisation providing education and training Manchester Metropolitan University
Dates 2000 – 2003
Title of qualification awarded BSc(Hons)
Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Environmental Science
Name and type of organisation providing education and training University of Leeds
Dates 1993 – 2000
Title of qualification awarded A-Level
Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Biology, IT & Business Studies, Design & Technology, General Studies, and eight GCSEs
Name and type of organisation providing education and training Sutton Community High School

Additional Information

Social skills and competences I have a keen interested in the environment and the challenge of achieving sustainable development. I read several sustainability blogs and regularly tweet about the subject. I enjoy running and cycling. In October 2011 I cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, raising £1500 for Parkinsons UK in the process. Music plays a big part in my life. I play guitar and keyboard, performing in a band in the past. I enjoy meeting with family and friends, regularly arranging walking weekends and trips to comedy gigs.

Contact Details

Centre for Aviation, Transport, and the Environment (CATE-E436)
Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Science & the Environment
John Dalton East Building, Chester Street
Manchester M1 5GD
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 3657