The Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter is thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Charlie McNichol-Fardon, who has risen to become a trailblazer in the field of sustainability. Currently serving as the Head of Sustainability at the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) under the Ministry of Defence, Charlie’s dedication and expertise have driven transformative change within both public and private sectors. She has now been appointed Chair of the new NERC advisory panel ‘The Future Leaders Council’.

With an impressive track record spanning over 14 years in sustainability consultancy and business ownership, Charlie’s journey exemplifies the impact that individuals can make in shaping a more sustainable future. Before assuming her role at the UKHO, Charlie was a leading business and sustainability consultant, leaving an indelible mark across diverse industries. Her innovative approach and commitment to sustainability led to the development of ground-breaking initiatives that not only revolutionised business models but also operationalised tangible sustainability solutions.

At the UK Hydrographic Office, Charlie now spearheads the charge to drive progress on crucial sustainability issues, working with internal stakeholders, external partners, and industry peers.

Charlie told us “It’s an honour and a privilege to be invited to Chair NERC’s Future Leaders Council. The University of Exeter played an integral role in helping to prepare me for this extraordinary journey. Both the MSc Global Sustainability Solutions and the Exeter MBA are exemplary courses that have equipped me with a versatile toolkit for leading positive change in a complex global environment.”

Charlie holds an MSc in Global Sustainability Solutions from our Institute at the University of Exeter, providing her with a solid foundation in understanding the complexities of global sustainability challenges. Through pioneering research, education, and collaboration, our Institute is committed to shaping a sustainable future for our planet. Furthermore, her MBA from the University of Exeter has equipped her with invaluable business acumen, empowering her to navigate the intersection of sustainability and corporate strategy with finesse.

James Dyke, Director of the MSc in Global Sustainability Solutions, said “It was wonderful to hear that Charlie had been appointed to this very important role. She came into the MSc Global Sustainability Solutions programme with great determination to produce transformative change. Her further studies and career success has proved to be a real inspiration to other students, and indeed anyone striving to produce positive change.”

Read more about NERC here: Future leaders have their say to guide NERC – UKRI

Written by Alina McGregor