I spent three years (to July 2010) working in environmental finance at a company called Impax, helping to make decisions about investing in clean technologies. It was a roller coaster ride, not least because of a little thing called the ‘global financial crisis’… Apart from that there was a lot to learn: from how a solar panel actually works, to making sense of stock market trading, to interpreting environmental policies in an investment context.
I have a Masters degree in Sustainable Development (where Ned and I met) and have always been interested in the sustainability of food production. Having done a fair amount of volunteering on farms in the past, I thought it would be good to combine this with some of my other loves: cycling, travelling and life in the great outdoors!
As far as the CV goes, a degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, plus internship stints at the European Parliament, Carbon Disclosure Project and Sustrans should get a mention.
I was working for the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for a year and a half up to August 2010, helping to develop policy on the use of nutrients in farming. It was a fascinating time and, to use a choice piece of civil service jargon, one of the ‘drivers’ behind this trip.
Before this I had an eclectic mix of jobs. I worked for The Hub helping to launch a new kind of workspace for social entrepreneurs. I worked for Groundwork in Manchester on a programme designed to help long-term unemployed people back into work. I also had stints as a Ski Guide in Austria and as the owner of a mountainboarding business in Devon that didn’t quite reach the heights I had planned for it!
As far as education goes, I have a degree in Politics and a Masters in Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future that Charlotte mentioned. I’m hoping this journey of ours might lead to something that combines the desk-based life with something a bit more physical.