New Sustainability focus at the kia oval

Emily Pritchard, formerly the Conference and Event Manager The Kia Oval - Surrey County Cricket Club, has recently switched roles at the venue to become Head of Sustainability.

Here she tells us all about that crucial career move:

What will the role involve?

This is a brand New Role at Surrey County Cricket Club and will involve leading and coordinating Surrey County Cricket Club’s work in sustainability, including the further development and implementation of our sustainability strategy with a focus on hosting and staging sustainable events. My aim is to create vision and ownership around sustainability to ensure the SCCC remains positioned as an exemplar showcase for sustainable event delivery.

What kind of training have you done?

I recently completed my MBA at Central Saint Martins and Birkbeck with a focus on sustainability and the circular economy in business. This course placed creative approaches and social engagement at the heart of future leadership. Although I had previously engaged with sustainability on a personal level it was this course that gave me the impetus to move my career towards sustainability. I actually wrote my dissertation on sustainable events, the title was “Will Virtual Events Replace Face-to-Face Events as a more Cost-Effective and Sustainable Alternative?”.

Now I want to take ensure that I have a more formal education in the legislation surrounding sustainability such as ISO 20121:2012.

What kind of cross over will it have with events?

Sustainability should be approached holistically, integrating with every aspect of the business, including events. Additionally this is an area where we see a lot of scope 3 emission so will have to be a focus. It will be about ensuring that we have buy-in from all of our guests as well.

What is going to be your first task?

The main place to start is to know our carbon footprint as we cannot monitor something that has not been measured. This will give us the opportunity to make a net zero pledge that is backed by science and is achievable.

How important is sustainability to you and the company?

I think it is a testament to the company that this role has been created and shows the determination of Surrey County Cricket Club and the Kia Oval to intertwine sustainability in everything we do. It is top of the agenda, as it should be.

What are you hoping to achieve?

I want Surrey County Cricket Club to be the most sustainable Cricket Club in the world, so just a small target!