My career: James Clayton

Director, Clayton EHS Services and founder of

Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional?

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and when I was a student began volunteering for several nature and heritage conservation charities, eventually leading teams of volunteers. That started my interest and, after my first degree in engineering, I decided to do a masters in environmental management. It covered a range of topics and I realised a career in industrial environmental management was a good way to use my engineering knowledge.

What was your first environment/sustainability job?

Nothing to do with engineering, ironically! I worked as a projects officer for the Groundwork Trust. I had great fun teaching primary age kids about waste recycling.

How did you get your first role?

The Groundwork Trust was relatively small and new at that time and I saw the job advertised locally. The educational aspect of the job was not something I had planned but I learned some useful skills.

How did you progress your environment/sustainability career?

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