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Charlotte Simmonds

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Charlotte Simmonds

Awards: 35 Under 35, 2007; edie.net Environment Manager of the Year in the prestigious Environment and Energy Awards


Less than a year after joining Tube Lines, Charlotte was instrumental in gaining ISO14001 accreditation for Tube Lines’ environmental management system, introducing company-wide environmental training and environmental aspects to nightly site briefings, and bringing the environmental risks Tube Lines faces under control.

Charlotte has been at the vanguard of Tube Lines’ initiatives to measure and reduce the company’s carbon footprint, taking measurement to new levels and making Tube Lines an enlightened environmental leader. She partnered with the Carbon Trust to do this and subsequently secured a business objective to reduce carbon impacts by 5,000 tonnes by the end of 2008. She has also pioneered planning around how the company can adapt to climate change, regarded as cutting edge by observers.

Charlotte has established herself as an expert within and beyond Tube Lines. She has contributed to work by government and business on climate change and sits on the Carbon Trust’s consultants’ accreditation panel. She is a member of the London Climate Change Partnership transport group and has contributed to CIRIA research.

Crucially, her environmentalism complements her business acumen, leading to her being named in 2007 by Management Today as one of Britain’s top women in industry under the age of 35 and helping her onto the shortlist for the 2007 Women of the Future awards.

She said, “It is a real honour to be recognised for my achievements by the Environment and Energy Awards judges.  I am really proud of what we have achieved at Tube Lines in just a few years of operation, and take great pleasure in driving forward environmental management in such a dynamic company.”

Terry Morgan, Chief Executive of Tube Lines said: “Charlotte makes a strong contribution to improving the skills base, sustainability credentials and morale of the company. In view of prospective skills shortages in science and engineering, the success of young people like Charlotte can serve to attract people to careers in this vital industry.”

Charlotte believes that the construction and engineering sectors can offer excellent opportunities to keen environmentalists. Throughout her career, Charlotte has supported the industry through early participation in the Construction Industry Training Board (CiTB) Construction Ambassadors scheme, participation in National Construction Week, and more recently through mentoring Tube Lines' graduates and apprentices.

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