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Jo-Ann Garbutt appointed as Mercury Group Sustainability Director
Over the past twelve months, Mercury has created a responsible business plan that forms a key part of our wider Beyond50 strategy. Under the Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pillar of Beyond50, our plan is titled Our Planet, Our Duty. 2021 is now the year to operationalise this plan, and with that in mind, Mercury has made an important new senior appointment.
Jo-Ann Garbutt has been working closely with Mercury’s sustainability champions and other key stakeholders to lay the groundwork for taking our sustainability ambitions to the next level and since August, Jo-Ann has fully transitioned to having a new full-time role as Group Sustainability Director.
The key focus areas include reporting on a high-level dashboard supporting the four Sustainability Duties at Mercury:
- Being an employer of choice;
- Having responsible partnerships;
- Maintaining a minimised environmental impact; and
- Supporting the wellbeing of local communities.
There is also a focus on implementing a tracking tool for our responsible waste practices, furthering awareness training and live events for employees, and setting targets and tracking outcomes for reducing our carbon footprint.
Jo-Ann Garbutt is a member of Mercury’s Executive Management Team having initially joined Mercury in the role of Global People Director in 2019 where she focused primarily on organisation development and transformation projects. Over a 2-year period, working closely with Mercury’s Senior Management and the HR department, her efforts have led to successes in realising many of the company’s goals and strategies.
With over 20 years’ international experience ranging from Engineering, Construction and Project Management to advising and supporting global brands on organisation development projects and becoming future-ready, Jo-Ann understands both the strategic focus and execution excellence demands that come with supporting an organisation in a fast-changing environment. Having implemented change management initiatives at national and international levels and coaching stakeholders and leaders from various nationalities and cultures, Jo-Ann’s global perspective and hands-on leadership experience have been instrumental in achieving desired outcomes.
She brings a unique and valuable approach to leading sustainability at Mercury and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Organisation Development.