Emily Swindlehurst
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Emily Swindlehurst

Lead Careers Consultant - Environment & Sustainability

About Emily

​​Hi! My name’s Emily and I’m the Lead Careers Consultant for Environment & Sustainability at Shirley Parsons. Our team specialises in identifying the right talent and resources to help clients achieve their sustainability, environmental and ESG initiatives and targets.

I’ve been with the company since the Summer of 2019, and it’s been a whirlwind that’s enabled me to work across many teams within the business and develop my knowledge in the relevant sectors – as well survive a pandemic throughout! In a past life, you’d have found me up north studying a BSC in Sociology at Leeds Beckett Uni, and before joining Shirley Parsons I spent a year working for a high-end retailer to gain experience in a people-facing, fast-paced role.

I’d describe myself as an extrovert, always up for socialising or having a chat, and if you ask anybody in the office, they’ll tell you I’d win the “loudest on the phone” award.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me trying new things and exploring new places, such as restaurants, trendy bars, and trips abroad. Life can get a bit manic of course, so to unwind I’ll opt for a spin class or glass of pinot blush (guess which is the preferred).

Unpopular opinion: Combinations of sweet and savoury food are just wrong, don’t try and tell me otherwise!

Interim Head of Environmental Sustainability & Operational Excellence

£80k - 85k per year


Interim Head of Environmental Sustainability & Operational Excellence London / Remote £85,000 + benefits Shirley Parsons is thrilled to announce its partnership with a global-leading Maritime classification and compliance specialist to seek out a Head of Environment & Operational Performance for a 12-month fixed-term contract. The selected candidate will spearhead the company's net-zero strategy, bolstered by science-based targets, and further elevate sustainability issues by championing tailored improvement initiatives.In this pivotal role, you will: Take ownership of the sustainability strategy, fostering an organizational culture that consistently pursues enhanced sustainability performance through behavioural shifts and pioneering thought leadership.Generate comprehensive reports on the company's sustainability performance, ensuring data alignment and compliance with the reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).Coordinate the execution of the emissions reduction plan in alignment with the company's long-term science-based targets and net-zero aspirations.Utilize your engaging personality traits to influence key internal stakeholders effectively.Continuously assess performance against internal and external benchmarks to ensure adherence to mandatory and voluntary standards and regulations. The ideal candidate possesses: Extensive experience in implementing Environmental systems, including ISO 14001 and 45001.Demonstrated success in utilizing science-based targets to drive emission reduction implementation plans.Proven track record of effectively engaging stakeholders across all levels of the organization through exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, rallying senior leaders behind sustainability strategies to facilitate success.A degree in Environmental Science or a related field.Attentive listening skills and the ability to swiftly build trust with key stakeholders both internally and externally.   

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Sustainability Manager

£45k - 55k per year


Sustainability Manager London £45,000 - £55,000 + benefits Shirley Parsons is delighted to announce its partnership with a London-based cleaning company to recruit a Sustainability Manager. Our client, an employee-owned company specializing in corporate and commercial cleaning across London, aims to become the leading supplier driven by a robust sustainability agenda and to be the employer of choice in the industry.In this role, you will: Enhance your expertise across all sustainability pillars to shape, evolve, and deliver the ESG agenda aligned with the business strategy.Influence senior stakeholders and the wider business with your passion for sustainability and excellent communication skills.Lead projects such as CSR programmes and net-zero initiatives.Advocate for sustainability best practices during site visits.Lead a team of innovative sustainability coordinators and apprentices.Utilize a data-driven approach to develop and present detailed reports. You’re a good fit if: You have previous experience in Facilities Management, Waste Management, or similar cleaning organisations.You are a subject matter expert in sustainability, covering areas such as carbon management, biodiversity, waste reduction, and CSR.You can build strong relationships at all levels within a business.You are passionate about sustainability and driving positive impact, clearly demonstrating this in your approach.You have people management skills, or if you are an emerging leader with the right credentials and enthusiasm to lead teams effectively.  

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