Sarah Day

Senior Consultant

Australia

I have worked across a variety of industries and roles. This diversity has led to me developing skills in legal analysis, report writing, project management and sustainability management across major projects, government and stakeholder relations, agriculture, law, infrastructure and resources.

My favourite projects are those where I can work across organisations to realise real commercial opportunities for a business that arise from more sustainable systems thinking. I enjoy getting to know the ins and outs and then taking a step back to understand the ‘why’ and then assist in creating the how. In this way, all involved are taken on the journey and can be connected to and proud of the outcome.

I like working directly with people keen to challenge the status quo, shaking up process and maximizing the opportunities from communicating sustainability wins. As such, my favourite projects have been about seizing opportunities:

·         Working across a beef organization, from farmers to station managers to Board members to chef-customers, to develop a sustainability report which reflected the real benefits of agriculture in progressing sustainability while setting goals for improvement.

·         Delivering a carbon abatement project in beef production which set new records for CO2 abatement, demonstrating how small tweaks can have massive results in efficiency, and that sustainability is good for business.

·         Working to deliver major projects in the NT – facilitating government engagement through progressing mutually beneficial outcomes for the economy, society and the environment.

·         Leaving school, I knew I wanted to be part of change for good. I started off with a Bachelor of Environmental Policy & Management with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide. I took the opportunity to study abroad, firstly with a semester at the University of Victoria (Canada) focusing on Ethnoecology and the Politics of Geography, and subsequently completed a summer course at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) in Mediation, Arbitration and International Dispute Resolution.

·         I completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2014 from ANU and practised as a solicitor/ barrister in the Northern Territory. I then transitioned into a consultancy role facilitiating major project negotiations in the NT, during which I studied a Graduate Diploma of Project Management in 2018/19 from RMIT. I have also completed training in reporting in compliance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards (GRI).

Working in sustainability means I can drive positive change and if done properly, in a way that enhances outcomes for people, the environment, businesses, shareholders and the future.

My spare time is split between cooking for friends and family and exercising enough to keep the appetite up! This is usually running, surfing, yoga, swimming, hiking, water skiing and scuba diving. Happiest near the ocean and camping.

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