Currently Head of Change in SEPA, Jo Green has been with the organisation for 16 years, holding both technical and managerial roles. She lives in Bridge of Allan with her young son, and has been a Community Councillor for many years and is Chair of Adopt an Intern, a social enterprise.
What attracted you to working in SEPA?
The scope to make a difference. I also wanted a new experience after working in the private sector for 10 years. I only expected to stay for a couple of years but I’ve now been with SEPA for 16 years. I’ve stayed partly because of the variety of jobs I’ve had. Each one has been interesting and a new challenge. The flexible working conditions also suit the way I want to live my life, particularly after my son was born.
What work are you involved in?
I currently work for our Chief Executive, supporting him and the rest of his management team in driving forward change. SEPA is ambitious about the scope to develop even better public services for the people of Scotland, ones that help meet the environmental, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. This makes it an exciting area to work in.
What are your green credentials?
I have a geology degree. I was originally set for a career in the oil industry but I took a job in an environmental consultancy just to get some different experience on my CV. After that I was hooked on the environmental field. On a personal front, I’m like most people. I do my part but could do better. I do try and shop locally, cycle to work sometimes, freecycle and insulate my house well.
What is your favourite Scottish environment?
Don’t make me choose! I’m a hillwalker and my favourite hill is An Teallach in the north-west Highlands. My favourite part of the coast is my parent’s house in Arran overlooking Lamlash Bay and my favourite glen is Glen Rosa. I love the country but I’m really a city person at heart.