Natalie pledges to cut carbon footprint as she takes on new role

Natalie pledges to cut carbon footprint as she takes on new role
20 January 2017

Eco-warrior Natalie Roddis has pledged to cut the carbon footprint at Burton Hospitals after becoming the Trust’s first-ever Waste and Sustainability Officer.

The 25-year-old will be encouraging members of staff, and the wider community, to play their part in combatting climate change.

Natalie began her career with the Trust in 2007 when she started working as a part-time admin assistant in sterile services while studying for her A Levels and later, her degree.

She continued to work at the Trust during study breaks, gaining a solid understanding of the NHS, before rising through the ranks and gaining experience in learning and development, waste, transport and car parking.

Natalie, who lives in Uttoxeter, explained: “I’ve had such a positive experience at the Trust, having been lucky enough to work in a range of different departments. The variety of opportunities that are available within the NHS is really quite amazing. Before I started working for the health service, I only really associated it with nurses and doctors but it has so much more to offer.

“I originally wanted to become a teacher but ended up changing my mind towards the end of my degree. When I came home, I continued to work at the Trust on what I thought would be a temporary basis while I figured out what I really wanted to do.

“However, when I moved out of sterile services, I started to develop a real interest in the waste side of things. I was in a good position because my manager was very supportive and really helped me to learn all about it as a subject. My interest had been well and truly piqued so when the role of Waste, Transport and Car Parking Manager was advertised, I jumped at the chance to apply.

“I was absolutely delighted when I was offered the position and even more so when the Trust agreed to help me develop my knowledge by part-funding my Masters’ Degree at the University of Northampton. The faith that the Trust has shown in me has helped me to grow in confidence as well as ability. I can’t thank Burton Hospitals enough for supporting me on my journey.” 

Natalie has ambitious aims for her new role and hopes to make a real difference to people’s lives. She will be encouraging members of staff to do their bit to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by leaving their cars at home and, where possible, walking to work instead of driving. This will not only reduce the Trust’s carbon footprint, it will also boost employees’ health and wellbeing as well as saving them money.

Natalie added: “I will be responsible for a range of projects as part of my Waste and Sustainability Officer role and I’m really looking forward to taking on this exciting challenge. There’s so much that we can all do to tackle climate change with many of the changes also benefiting us as individuals, whether it is saving a few pounds in your pocket or shedding a few pounds off your waistline. I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity by the Trust and I’m really looking forward to working with colleagues and local residents to make a difference to all of our lives.”

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