Monday, November 26, 2007
Adam Read - Hyder Consulting
How old are you?
34 in January.
What’s your occupation and who do you work for?
Technical director, Head of waste management – Hyder Consulting (UK) Limited
How long have been doing this?
What is it about your job that makes it ethical?
I help authorities empower & encourage residents to recycle, re-use and minimise their waste streams.
What’s the best bit about your job?
Working with many different authorities makes every day a different challenge.
What’s the worst thing?
Long hours, early mornings and dark nights.
What have the last 12 months been like for you?
Chaos. So many authorities are driving forward their sustainable waste management policies and services that we have been inundated with new assignments to design consultation, communication, education and awareness raising programmes throughout the UK.
What were you doing before this?
I have been a waste management consultant for 8 years and before that I was a university lecturer for 5 years.
What was your very first full-time job?
I was recycling officer for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. I started the day after my finals and have been in the sector ever since.
What advice would you give to someone wishing to embark on the same sort of work as you?
Get experience. Volunteer as a campaigner with a consultancy / NGO.
Have you got any plans for the next 12 months you’d like to share with us?
Work a normal week. Reduce the length of day. Limit my travel by car.
What do you do to relax?
Swim. Watch sport. Read science-fiction. Travel.
Who do you live with?
My partner – Sue. She works in waste for a government agency. Plus my cavalier king charles and a collection of Wombles (stuffed of course!)
Whereabouts do you live?
If you were Prime Minister, what’s the very first thing you would do?
Introduce pay as you throw charges to encourage producer responsibility.
As cheap and easily available oil is expect to run out in the next couple of decades, what do you think will be the predominant form of transport in 2027?
Bio-fuels will play a significant role. And we will commute less as more people work from home.
Have you got any guilty carbon secrets?
I drive a sports car at weekends.
What have you done that you were most proud of?
Inspiring a number of current waste industry consultants to embark on a career in waste management.
What single issue are you most concerned about in the world at large?
Global warming and the impact of the developing economies on emissions.
What’s your website address?
What are your three favourite other websites of the moment?