Our People

Amy Nicholass
Senior Consultant
I manage projects across our policy and sustainable business teams and I am particularly interested in systems change and understanding how different environmental and social challenges interrelate. Outside of work I enjoy dancing and spending as much time in nature as possible.

Amy is an experienced project and event manager having worked with business representatives, NGOs, philanthropic organisations, European funding bodies, academics and consultants. She now leads the project management of Eunomia’s climate emergency and deposit return system projects.

She has worked on themes such as climate emergencies, environmental tax reform, material flow accounting, deposit return systems, compostable plastic packaging, sustainable finance, deforestation, resilient cities, sustainable business (including waste, procurement, energy efficiency and wellbeing), and sustainable transport.

Amy is experienced at liaising with people at all levels from C-suite business professionals to the general public, and across multiple countries.

Recent Experience

Amy works across the Policy and Sustainable Business teams at Eunomia. She is managing the delivery of deposit return system (DRS) studies for private companies and national governments, overseeing the modelling of potential systems to include costs and impacts on existing waste collection systems. Amy is also managing another modelling study to produce the first material flow account for Scotland, coordinating data provision from various sources and stakeholders and ensuring that the model can be annually updated by non-experts. Building on Amy’s experience addressing the risks and opportunities of climate change through her work with the insurance industry on ClimateWise, and her Master’s thesis on carbon storage in trees, alongside her training in systems change, she is now leading the management of Eunomia’s commissioned work at multiple scales to tackle the climate emergency.

Prior to working at Eunomia, Amy managed six research projects for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership sustainable finance team. She liaised with colleagues and partners to ensure projects were managed to a high quality, keeping participants up to date and ensuring any unforeseen circumstances were managed professionally. In most cases she managed the process from project inception through to publication launch, comfortably adapting her approach to coordinate with project managers in other organisations.

Whilst managing the Go Green business engagement programme for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital Amy designed a programme of monthly events to compliment the resources in the online toolkit (which she helped to populate using input from stakeholder engagement workshops and outreach). Amy used her expertise in environmental science and networking skills to showcase business best practise case studies and call on experts to share advice with the Bristol business community. This approach of fun and practical peer to peer sharing brought about a positive change in behavioural norms in businesses across the city, engaging with 1000 businesses in total.

Career History

Amy is an Environmental Scientist and systems change practitioner with a MEnvSci (Hons) from the University of Southampton and prior to joining Eunomia in 2019 she was a Project Manager for the sustainable finance team at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.