Women of Achievement 2018: Dr Louise Ellis

In the latest of our regular feature series – profiling all 15 of the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards winners in turn – we are highlighting the accomplishments of Dr Louise Ellis.

Women of Achievement 2018: Dr Louise Ellis. July 2019

As Director of Sustainability Services, Dr Louise Ellis has made an enormous contribution to sustainability at Leeds through her energy, commitment and leadership.

Louise secured the attainment of ISO 14001, a University-wide, accredited, Environmental Management System, which provides a framework to systematically assess and track our environmental legal compliance.

Louise is also the winner of six Green Gown awards for Sustainability practices, also claiming the Carbon Trust Energy award for best Sustainability Communications Campaign.

Central to her contribution is the creation of a sector-leading Sustainability Strategy, developed through broad engagement with the community at Leeds and external stakeholders. The strategy promotes collaboration across the organisation by bringing together research, innovation, student education and operations to develop real sustainability solutions that complement our research themes. Many of our peer institutions have followed Louise’s lead when developing their own strategies and plans, and Leeds is seen as a sustainability leader.

The Women of Achievement Awards recognise the significant contribution and impact women at Leeds are making across our institution and beyond.

Held for the fifth time last year, the Awards are a key part of our Leeds Gender Framework. They are integral to our commitment to further promote and accelerate gender equality, support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation, and provide high-visible role models that will inspire others to develop and thrive.

The outstanding achievements of 15 female colleagues and students were recognised at last year’s Women of Achievement Awards.

They celebrate the significant contributions and impact the winners have made across the University and beyond. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff, as well as students, and are drawn from across campus.

They all share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, leadership of key initiatives at Leeds, or supporting administrative and technical activities.

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