SIGNALLING its commitment to the future of the industry, environment and the communities in which it builds, Redrow Homes has appointed Nicola Owen as sustainability manager.
Nicola has been employed to drive the company’s social responsibility agenda forward.
Bringing more than 15 years’ experience in a range of public and private sector positions, Nicola will play a key role to introduce more environmentally friendly ways of operating across all areas of the business. As part of the sustainability team, she will also help Redrow to enhance its positive impacts on society and local communities whilst reducing its environmental impact in the areas where it builds.
An environmental management graduate of the University of Dundee, Nicola, is currently studying part-time for an MBA at Bangor University. She said: “It’s great to be back at Redrow and to work for a company that is so keen to embrace all aspects of sustainability. We are continually striving to improve our operating practices and ensure our impact on the environment is reduced. Practically, this means educating employees at all levels of the business, from top management to our apprentices.”
Nicola was previously employed by Flintshire-based Redrow from 2006 to 2008. After leaving she worked as a regional manager for Envirowise Wales – a Government project set up to encourage businesses to reduce their waste. She then worked on The GIFT (Green Innovation Future Technologies) Project with Bangor University, a project linking academia to businesses on green economy issues. A keen cyclist and hill walker, she has also lectured in environmental management at Bangor University.
Nigel Smith, Redrow’s research and sustainability director, said: “We have developed a strong culture of corporate social responsibility at Redrow and it’s something we are continually honing. As well as ensuring the business is on solid financial footing, our efforts to be more sustainable include a commitment to developing our staff, caring for our customers, enhancing local communities and, of course, reducing our carbon footprint. Nicola’s vast expertise in this area make her a valuable addition to the team.”
Redrow’s sustainability committee and has laid out clear aspirations for the next four years. The company released its first major sustainability report in 2013 and is planning to re-establish dedicated groups of employees in each of its operating divisions, called ‘green teams’, committed to reducing the business’s environmental impact.
Redrow is focussing on reducing the amount of waste it produces and currently recycles more than 93% of site waste. Of particular note is its industry leading level of responsibly sourced timber, as recognised by WWF, which has now reached 99.5%. The company spent £1.5m on ecology in 2013 and contributed over £40m to fund community infrastructure such as schools, roads, community buildings, sports centres and social housing.