Gallowglass starts sustainability company

Events crewing firm Gallowglass and Olympic consultant and managing director of KLH Sustainability Kirsten Henson have launched Gallowglass Sustainability.

Increase commitment

The company will assist clients, suppliers and contractors in planning events with environmental and social considerations.

Gallowglass managing director Nick Grecian said: "Clients such as the BBC and Eve Trakway have already pledged to embed sustainability throughout their organisations’ working practices, and we are committed to sharing their values.

"Kirsten is ideally-placed to ensure that sustainability policies convert into practical reality throughout the supply chain."


Olympic experience

Henson, who provided consultancy in the construction of the Olympic Park and the planning of several Olympic test events, recently researched and provided a sustainable solution for the removal of 1,500 m2 of sports flooring used for the Beach Volleyball test event at the Horse Guards Parade.

She said: "The approach for Gallowglass Sustainability is very much about developing tools and processes that fit with the clients’ existing approach rather than adding to bureaucracy and paperwork. It’s also about inspiring people to think differently and ask the right questions. "

The company will help procurement teams to understand areas including energy-efficient equipment and safe materials.

"The extensive knowledge that KLH holds within the product and waste management market, together with water, energy and site environmental management, will enable Gallowglass Sustainability to help identify alternative production solutions for clients - right from the earliest stages of planning," added Henson.

Synergy

The joint venture is the third phase in Gallowglass’ strategy to expand its areas of expertise. In October 2010, the company joined with Steve Kearney, a chartered health and safety consultant, to create Gallowglass Health & Safety.

In September 2011 Gallowglass Training was created to deliver accredited courses aimed at the live events sector.

Grecian added: "There are obvious synergies between the three companies; we are already providing a wide range of Health & Safety courses and will be adding sustainability education through Gallowglass Training. Each company can and will serve its own separate clients, but the collective expertise shared by the group will be unique in the events industry. For example, we’ll be able to ensure compliance with environmental legislation on-site, using Gallowglass crew."
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