Introducing the Sustainability Team

Last updated: 23rd November 2023

Waterscan is pleased to announce the line-up of its highly qualified Sustainability Team delivering a fully comprehensive suite of water consulting services within the UK water market.

Our water consultancy services, Water Strategy and Reporting and Disclosure, are designed to identify and mitigate water risks, maximise on water opportunities and increase transparency to stakeholders. Services include strategic reports, target creation, water impact assessments, water efficiency and risk reports, disclosure gap analysis, and support with ESG reporting.

Head of Sustainability: Rebecca Gale

Rebecca embarked on an internship with Waterscan straight from completing her Master’s in Environmental Consultancy. Following on from her thesis project developing a water footprint calculator for the highways maintenance industry, alongside Mott MacDonald, Rebecca continued, at Waterscan, to help some of Britain’s biggest companies to navigate commercial and environmental challenges around water management. More than a decade on, Rebecca is delighted to be offering her extensive customer insight and experience to more UK businesses, leading this new team.

She says, “I have been privileged to have collaborated on a number of groundbreaking initiatives during my time here, such as developing the water neutral framework for, the now fully embedded, Sainsbury’s strategy back in 2013 and assisting Whitbread with its recently announced water reduction strategy. Understanding our customers, knowing what they can achieve, visualising the outputs, and creating the roadmaps to get them there has been key to creating excellent customer outcomes so far. I’m looking forward to working with my new team to drive further, faster progress on water stewardship for more organisations.”

Sustainability Manager: Esmond Bowerman

After completing his Master’s in Sustainability, Esmond built on his career experience in operations management to focus on sustainable business. He has recently joined Waterscan to fulfil his objective to contribute meaningfully to the improvement of the planet and societies.

He says, “I have chosen to focus on water because it is a uniquely important commodity; necessary for all elements of life, from sustaining ecosystems and promoting positive health outcomes in individuals to being the very foundation of vital commercial sectors such as agriculture, energy, and manufacturing. Given the finite availability and uneven distribution of water, careful management is a critical success factor for achieving social and environmental security.”

“I’m a relative newcomer to the water industry and what I see is Waterscan working extremely hard to innovate to accelerate water resilience in this country. It’s clear to me that the status quo is no longer a viable option for the water sector and the businesses it serves. With a deep understanding of how business and sustainability connect and a passion for the social elements of environmental issues, I take a pragmatic approach to working with clients to achieve realistic solutions to their challenges.”

Sustainability Research Lead: Eleanor Pendle

Fresh from completing her Master’s in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance at Oxford University, Eleanor began her career at Waterscan in the Market Development team before beginning her new role in the Sustainability Team.

She says, “The interconnectivity of sustainability challenges is clear and this has given me a growing conviction that businesses must play a key role if we are to make progress on important issues, like water security and stewardship. Water is a fundamental – if often overlooked and undervalued – resource that is paramount to society, the environment, and the economy, so it is increasingly untenable for stakeholders across both private and public sectors to be stagnant on water.”

“I am glad to be part of an organisation that enables and galvanises water action with our business partners. The highlight of my time at Waterscan so far was attending and reporting back from World Water Week in Stockholm in the summer of 2023. I connected with and learned from an inspiring array of professionals from around the world who had a wide range of perspectives on water. This experience strengthened my drive to help equip Waterscan’s customers with the research and insights they need to make good water management decisions.”

Waterscan’s Sustainability Team comprises an array of experience and specialisms to assist companies with building water stewardship into their sustainability journeys and accelerating progress towards net-zero. Get in touch.

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