Sustainable Business Executive, South Dublin Chamber (2011-2014)
Andrea developed the first-of-its-kind, interagency, Sustainable-Business programme for South Dublin, introducing an energy-reduction programme for SMEs. Andrea created an extensive training programme for SMEs on issues of sustainability (including Environment Opportunities, Tendering, Social Media and Digital Marketing, PR and Marketing and Communications), training and presenting to groups ranging from 5 Business Owners to Large Audiences of over 200 people.
Andrea re-developed SDC’s website, introduced an App, overhauled in-house ICT and provided social-media training for 120 Chamber members to increase knowledge, use and impact.
She later became a member of Chambers Ireland National Policy Group on CSR (advising Government), the Committee for CSR and, the Public Affairs Policy Committee, working on policy, legislation and development at both local and national levels. Andrea coordinated departmental supports (both South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Chamber) to complete 16 county-wide retailer forums for 1665 retailers in County to facilitate information gathering and informed the training programme (through 2014 / 2015).
Lecturer, Sustainable Business, NUI Maynooth (2010-2014)
Within this role Andrea designed the Sustainable Business module for NUIM’s School of Business which includes Entrepreneurship, New Media, Opportunities in the Green Economy and Resource Management. Andrea tripled student numbers for the module since its inception – currently 120 students enrolled in each class.
Lecturer, Waste Management and Sustainability, NUI Maynooth (2014-2015)
Here Andrea developed the module on Waste Management and Sustainability in Occupational and Environmental Studies at School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science for Innovative Online Module during semester 1 2014-2015.
Corporate Sustainability Consultant, Arc Consulting (2008-2011)
Within this period Andrea completed change-management, employee-engagement, compliance, sustainable-business, sustainable-marketing and strategic-communications consultancy programmes for a broad range of clients including ByrneWallace, Fairyhouse Steel, Hosca, Ulster Bank, Ecocem, Digicom and Cultivate. She provided budgetary-management, PR, marketing and ICT services. The role also involved managing numerous Quality and Environmental ISO (14001, 9001, 393) implementations. Andrea contributed regularly on Q102 and 4FM, in print and online media as a communications and environmental-consumer expert.
Environmental Consultant, Arup Consulting Engineers (2007-2008)
As an Environmental Consultant Andrea completed environmental-impact assessments, statutory consultations, public consultations and oral hearings on major projects (including Dublin Airport Terminal 2, Newland’s Cross Upgrade and Dundrum Shopping Centre), growing environment department from 1 to 10 people. Andrea improved internal and external communications strategies, improving X and initiating Y to ensure Z. She also instigated and managed company-wide (Dublin, Cork and Limerick) ISO14001 implementation, overseeing 10 auditors and ensuring buy in across all corporate levels. Andrea trained groups (4-50) and presented to 1,200 staff as part of an expectations-management process.
Environmental Enforcement Officer, Louth County Council (2005-2006)
Andrea managed the introduction, communication and enforcement of relevant regulations to 500 SMEs. She met 250 businesses personally, with only 3 prosecutions in total, and liaised with public, private and community sectors.
Project Manager/Principal Researcher, Urban Institute Ireland (2003-2004)
At the Urban Institute Ireland, Andrea project managed EU funded study, An Ecological Footprint of Dublin City, gathering information from all stakeholders – Local Authorities, Planning, Consultancies, Architectural, and Environmental – and communicated results to business, academia and consulting bodies. Andrea earned a Master of Arts as part of the process.
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