Jennifer’s career profile

Originally from London, I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Wales, Bangor. After graduating, I started work at the Peboc Division of Eastman Chemical Company in North Wales as an analytical chemist. The Eastman Peboc Division works on behalf of larger pharmaceutical companies to manufacture custom made pharmaceutical ingredients for larger pharmaceutical companies used in everyday health care and medicines.

In general, Eastman manufactures and markets chemicals, fibres and plastics globally.  Eastman employs over 10,000 people worldwide with its main headquarters in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.  Eastman worldwide produces over 1,200 products that enhance the lives of people across the globe.

In 2007, I assumed the position of and Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager for the Peboc site.  It was a role I always had a personal interest in. I liked the fact that I could work as an environmentalist from the inside of industry out to ensure the protection of staff, community and local environment.

In 2007, I won the Chemical Industries Association’s UK Young Ambassador Award 2008 at the prestigious CIA Awards ceremony.

In August 2008, I was offered an exciting new opportunity to work as Eastman’s Sustainability Representative in Europe.  Now I am based at our Eastman European Technical office in Kirkby, Liverpool where I support the two manufacturing sites in Workington, UK and Middleburg the Netherlands for climate change, energy and emissions trading and Responsible Care.

Sustainability means many different things to everyone. As a company we like to challenge what we are doing daily and ask why, and can we do this better or more sustainably.  As a sustainable company we have to look at societal, economic and environmental needs and how we can minimise any possible negative impacts for future generations.