Sustainable business

Nicole Yeomans is a Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Specialist at global infrastructure giant AECOM. She talks about her personal journey and explains why being sustainable can be good for business. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Podbean.

Nicole Yeomans

Despite well-established nature-protection laws that we’ve had in the UK for quite some time now, our biodiversity is continuing to decline at an alarming rate.

Nicole Yeomans
Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Specialist on Inspired Business podcast

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Who is Nicole Yeomans?

Nicole Yeomans is a University of Derby Zoology graduate. She is also the daughter of a world-renowned snake expert and co-founded the UK's first sanctuary for king cobras. A zoologist with over 12 years of experience in the industry, she has trained komodo dragons as zookeeper in Spain and researched coral reef bacterial communities in the Maldives.

Nicole has written published marine policy for the UK government and sits on the University of Derby’s Environmental Sciences Board of Advisors. And she has a job that is perfectly aligned with the modern world of sustainable business. As a Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Specialist at global infrastructure giant AECOM, her professional brief is to leave the environment in a better state than it was when she found it. 

In her spare time, Nicole loves writing, scuba diving and martial arts. 

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Our podcast interviews were recorded before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK. Following the outbreak, we asked our interviewees how the situation had affected them and their business. This is what AECOM told us:

"AECOM has been committed to delivering a better world in which people and communities thrive. That focus has not changed. However, it is time to recalibrate what we know. We are marshalling our global expertise to facilitate a smooth – and safe – return to service alongside creative, innovative thinking to shape our collective future.

"In each of our markets, we have been doing our part to help contain the spread of coronavirus and enable a safe work environment by following the lead of our safety and health experts, as well as guidance from the World Health Organization and government agencies. For more information on how AECOM are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, please head over to our dedicated web page,

Looking across Derby at the University's Kedleston Road site

The DE-Carbonise Project

DE-Carbonise offers a programme of assistance for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) seeking to reduce their carbon emissions in operations, production and supply chain. Grants are available.

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