The Green Skills Podcast

Episode 1 – What are green skills & tackling sector “attractiveness”

In the first episode in this new CIWM podcast series, CIWM’s Professional Services Director, Katie Cockburn, is joined by director of external affairs for SUEZ and CIWM past president, Dr Adam Read, and Sarahjane Widdowson, as they discuss:

  • What are green skills
  • What are government doing to prepare the roadmap of skills and jobs to get us to Net Zero
  • How are CIWM contributing
  • CIWM Skills Research Project
  • Skills challenges – the frontline
  • Tackling sector attractiveness

Episode 2 – Green careers & opportunities in the resources sector

In this episode we talk all things: green careers, current and future skills needs, challenges and opportunities in the resources sector and advice for early careers candidates.


Sioned Thomas: Chartered Resource and Waste Manager with over seven years of experience in the environmental, sustainability, and waste management sectors.

Chosen as one of the top 3 of ‘Let’s Recycle’s’ 35 under 35 for 2022 and a finalist in 2021. I am also the Chair of the London & Southern Counties CIWM Professional Development Network.

Alice Burrows: Alice is a Chartered Resource and Waste Manager at Ricardo Energy & Environment with an interest in future skills and experience across air emissions and waste management activities.

She has supported a large number of clients to secure environmental and ETS permits, including the UK’s first industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant. She has also worked on local authority waste strategies and procurements as well as Ricardo’s own carbon capture project, BIOCCUS.

Episode 3 – CIWM’s green jobs research: what are the key findings and what happens now?

CIWM has recently launched a critical piece of research, providing data and insight into the resources and waste sector’s transition and skills demands. This will support future government policy decisions to enable targets to be met and a green transition to be effectively delivered.

In this episode of the Green Skills Podcast, we’re exploring CIWM’s findings and what comes next.


Dr. Adam Read: Chief External Affairs Sustainability Officer, Suez, Immediate past president of CIWM, Podcast initiator and Trustee sponsor of the research project.

Sarahjane Widdowson: Director of Intelisos, Chartered Manager and podcast regular: lead researcher and author of our latest research report into green skills for the sector.

Alan Wheeler: Chief Executive Officer of the Textiles Recycling Association, with national and international experience in the environmental services industry. I’m really looking forward to hearing your take on our findings today Alan.

Episode 4 – Professionalism and professional credibility

In this episode, we explore the idea of professionalism and professional credibility.


Nathan Cookson: Head of Learning at Development at CIWM, over 12 years experience of developing regulated qualifications.

Judith Ward: Judith has run a CIWM centre for the past 13 years and is a qualified teacher, assessor, IQA and EQA.

Mark Sykes: is a health, safety, environmental and waste management specialist. He’s an independent assessor who works with CIWM to develop qualifications and to deliver the Safety Health and Environment apprenticeship end point assessments, and qualifications. Mark works in various industries including waste management and construction and has held senior positions within both industrial sectors.

Episode 5 –Tackling recruitment challenges

In the fifth episode of the GreenSkills Podcast, we focus on recruitment and on-boarding.

CIWM’s green skills research identified both a current and future recruitment need for the waste sector, so it’s so critical to get this right and bring in new talent as we decarbonise and grow.


Nick Eva: Chartered Member of CIWM, Founder and Director of Waste Recruit, with 24 years of experience in candidate search and selection for the waste and resource management sector.

Warrick Hegarty: The UK Burnout Coach, Managing Director of True-Self Coaching, and my own business coach through Scale Coach, an organisation supporting CIWM with our growth ambitions.

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