Tam Bowyer, Environment and Sustainability

Studied: Environmental Science/Environment and Sustainability 2015 – 2018

Current employment: Supply Chain Controller: Waste and Sustainability at Greene King (UK leading pub retailer and brewer)

The Environment and Sustainability BSc course at Keele is a fantastic course and has enabled me to develop great communication, reporting and data analysis skills. The lecturers have a great academic knowledge and many of the modules are designed to imitate ‘real world’ work projects which have allowed me to adapt to post graduate employment well. The holistic nature of the course has developed my approach to projects and is extremely attractive to employers.

Keele is also a great place to develop your employment experience with the various initiatives currently in place, including the KRISP internship programme which I completed two projects with – both significantly increasing my employability.

During my final year studying BSc Environment and Sustainability at Keele, I was fortunate enough to secure an Environment Coordinator role at the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) – a trade body located on Keele’s Science and Business Park. This role enabled me to apply the skills and knowledge developed throughout my degree to write reports, undertake data analysis to support new EU legislation and to communicate with manufactures about the importance of sustainability and how to implement best practise within their organisations.

I then signed onto a graduate scheme with JBA Consulting which involved multiple projects such as carbon accounting, internal sustainability strategy design, hydraulic modelling and environment impact assessments.

Following this role, I later secured an interview with Greene King and their logistics partner Kuehne and Nagel for the position of Supply Chain Controller for Waste and Sustainability and successfully secured the role! I was initially contacted on LinkedIn and then invited to an interview which consisted of series of competency questions and case study examples from my professional and academic experience.

In this role, I am responsible for the waste of 1800 pub and hotel sites across the UK, which includes two aspects. The first is managing the contracts for various bins at sites, working to reduce overweight charges and ensuring best practise is being conducted to reduce food waste and general waste. The second is managing the recycling of many materials such as card, used cooking oil and tin which is done through an innovative backhauling system with Kuehne and Nagel. In addition to providing support to sites and area managers on how to reduce waste and recycle effectively; I also am responsible for creating and presenting projects in areas such as food waste recycling, circular economy principles and engagement communication projects working with organisations such as WRAP.

The role is very different from my previous consulting role as I now have the capacity to manage physical projects and to see real sustainability changes on the ground in our pubs. It’s great to attend conferences and events with a variety of different people within the business to really engage people in sustainability and to work together to improve performance. In addition, as Greene King is a significant company within the hospitality sector, I am involved with industry sustainability forums giving me the opportunity to network with leaders of sustainability within the industry which is a great personal and professional experience.

The whole environment at Keele is really geared up to facilitate you achieving above and beyond your maximum potential. My experience at Keele developed me significantly both academically and as an individual and I am extremely grateful for the opportunities presented to me through my undergraduate degree.