Episode 4 • Willmott Dixon • The Future of the CSO • UK • Julia Barrett

29 March 2022 by Acre
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What do we talk about in Episode 4: Future of the CSO?

With the role of the CSO ever-evolving, Acre has the duty of uncovering the skills, knowledge and insights from our network of current leaders in the industry to share with the next generation of change-makers. Over the last 3 months, Acre has teamed up with Mike Barry, previous CSO of Marks and Spencer, to interview the brightest and the best in the industry. ‘The Future of the CSO’ series will bring you an insight into how the role has changed, how it will continue to evolve, the skillset required and the challenges that will be faced. It is important that we keep learning, sharing and developing. 

Who is Julia Barrett?

Joining us for the fourth instalment of the 'Future of the CSO' series is Julia Barrett, Chief Sustainability Officer for Willmott Dixon. Julia currently leads the Group Sustainability function which supports Willmott Dixon Group in its social, economic and environmental sustainability activities. As a sustainability leader, chartered engineer and environmentalist with over 30 years of technical and commercial experience in the public and private sectors, Julia brought a wealth of knowledge and advice to the conversation.

Who is Jonathan Goldsmith?

The episode four co-host is Johnny Goldsmith, Acre's Head of Construction and Infrastructure. Johnny leads Acre’s work within the built environment, with a particular focus on placing senior-level HSE and Sustainability professionals into progressive businesses. Johnny joined Acre in 2015 as a Research Consultant and after continued success identifying and placing challenging roles has since progressed into a Senior Consultant, then Manager. During his time at Acre, Johnny has been responsible for placing numerous quality individuals into FTSE 250 organisations with an honest and transparent approach to the industry.

Who is Mike Barry?​

The second host to join the conversation is Mike Barry, Director of mikebarryeco and a long-standing leader in sustainable change. As the former Chief Sustainability Officer for Marks and Spencers, he is best known for his time at the organisation achieving zero-waste-to-landfill status, moving to 100% renewable electricity and achieving carbon neutrality across the global estate of stores, offices and warehouses. Alongside this long-standing legacy, Mike brings an array of broad experience working at an international level of business, charities, think tanks and startups.

Please watch the full interview series on the Acre Vimeo Channel to learn more.

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