Sharon Waterworth - Senior Environmental Scientist

Institution of Environmental SciencesSharon is a Chartered Environmentalist with significant experience in the environmental sectorworking to ensure that sustainable development principals are incorporated within project design and implementation. She is a highly experienced professional with more than 22 years consulting expertise in senior and technical management roles. As a Senior Consulting Partner, her main priorities are to generate business opportunities, drive business decisions, and lead in the development of business vision, work planning and office sustainability. She is a strategic leader with a proven track record of building and leading multi-business projects and teams, highly capable of driving change initiatives and has analytic skills to evaluate risks and business strategies. She has worked in a wide variety of organisations including government bodies, national and local authorities, financial institutions, non-government organizations, environmental institutions, corporates, industry and educational institutions across a wide range of environmental projects. She has successfully managed a broad variety of environmental projects and programmes in Zimbabwe and the region. Sharon has been involved with influencing decisions at policy level including the development of the Environmental Management Bill and compiling the Local Plan Number 4 for Cleveland Dam.  She has acted as an independent Technical Reviewer for various reports and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).

She has been the Project Manager for numerous EIAs of industrial projects, commercial buildings, roads, mining operations, tourist related facilities, hydro schemes, renewable energy projects and landfill developments. Her skills in this area are project management of specialist sub-consultants, undertaking scoping exercises, planning issues, public utilities and infrastructure, environmental management plans, land-use and technical consultations. She has produced many Environmental Prospectus and Sustainable Best Practice Codes for developers and contractors.Her industrial expertise ranges from improving environmental performance, carrying out cost analysis of waste streams, compliance to statutory regulations, undertaking due diligence audits associated with acquisition activities, technical analysis, including environmental analysis, of processes and assigning costs to waste streams, developing measures to reduce wastes and implementation of pollution reduction measures. She has also produced fair trade policies for companies wishing to export their goods.

She is an accredited Environmental Cost Management Practitioner and has designed and facilitated a number of environmental workshops. She has sat on a number of technical environmental committees and continues to sit on the BSCDZ Committee for Climate Change. Sharon is proficient in creating and compiling content including press releases, public information and speeches, technical papers and reports, educational leaflets, booklets and posters and has been editor of several newsletters and is currently Chief Editor of ‘The Crystal’. She is an influential presenter and teacher and is an experienced interpersonal communicator.She has shared her knowledge and experience at many environmental conferences, technical meetings and educational institutions and is dedicated to supporting the next generation of Environmental Scientists. She recently carried out environment training for Enactus students on the environment, recycling and the contents of Goal Number 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals.