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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2012


duced changes into their organisations or their own patterns of work as a result of being introduced to the sustainability paradigm by Henson. During her time on the Olympics, Henson also mentored two ambitious young professionals who have both received accolades for their achievements.


struction professionals across the board. By framing sustainable options in terms of reduced health and safety risk, improved programme planning or logis- tics, reduced construction timeframes, or lower waste management costs, Henson was subsequently offered a seat at the decision-making table. Through a com- bination of perseverance, diplomacy, advocacy and technical competence, col- laborative partnerships were soon creat- ed that were strong enough to overcome the many barriers to innovation. There are numerous material innova- tions across the Olympic Park that are testament to Henson’s involvement in the programme. Her influence is also present in a less tangible form; a large number of engineering professionals have intro-


In July 2010, Henson left the Olympic Park and set up her own sustainability consultancy, KLH Sustainability, with an ambition to improve the profile of construction among graduates and the general public.


Alongside the day-to-day business management and development, Henson is also contracted to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to undertake an independent environmen- tal audit of the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. In addition, she is advising the Thames Tunnel project in London on the specification and pro- curement of sustainable concrete. February 2012 saw Henson launch a sec-


ond business, a joint venture with large UK events crewing provider, Gallowglass. The fragmented events industry has until recently, largely overlooked environ- mental legislation and sustainability obli-


gations. The focus of the new company is to broaden the understanding and application of sustainability in the global events market. Henson also lectures at a number of universities on delivering sustain- ability in large infrastructure projects, including regular sessions at Cambridge University Engineering Department. Through these sessions she endeavours to inspire young engineers to seek a career in sustainability.


JUDGES COMMENTS: Kirsten’s combination of enthusiasm, competence and entrepreneurial spirit set her ahead of the other competitors in this hotly contested category


FINALISTS


Joe Franses, Coca Cola Enterprises John Durkan, ABP Food Group Ross Greenhalgh, Tesco Sean Hill, Wessex Water GENeco Victoria Hughes, Vinci Facilities


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