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Julia Barrett

Director of Sustainability, Willmott Dixon

Professional background and skills

Chartered Chemical Engineer with 15 years in sustainability roles including:

  • 3 years in construction sector with Willmott Dixon – 2014 Queen’s Award
    for Enterprise (for Sustainable Development)
  • 6 years as Director in Local Government with responsibility for
    Environment, Planning, Waste, Trading Standards and Skills & Economy
  • 5 years with Environment Agency leading on regional flood risk, water and
    biodiversity
  • 10 years with ICI in technical and commercial roles (sales, mergers &
    acquisitions)

Industry influence

  • Julia leads Willmott Dixon’s internal sustainability consultancy, Re-Thinking,
    whose staff are represented in the following industry groups:
  • Chair the UK Contractors Group Environment Committee, Materials
    and Water Task Groups
  • Vice chair the UKCG Biodiversity and Waste Task Groups
  • Members of UKCG Carbon Task Group
  • Board member of the Green Construction Board
  • Chair of the Green Construction Boards Knowledge & Skills Group
  • Scheme Council member of Eco-Reinforcement
  • Co- Chair Grown in Britain and Director of PEFC UK
  • Director of the Aldersgate group
  • Willmott Dixon is a Gold Leaf member of UKGBC and sponsoring their learning series and members of the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum.

Other relevant information

Julia has great emotional intelligence; her insight and understanding of people and their motivations is a great attribute in shaping strategy and driving performance at board level. She is an experienced chairman, senior manager and public speaker and has an in-depth knowledge of environmental and sustainability related matters.
Willmott Dixon was a founding member of the School and is delighted to be supplied by 1586 of its corporate members.