Julian Crawford - Director


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"If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together." Traditional African proverb



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Julian is a pioneer in sustainability in Australia, and has led EcoSTEPS since its inception in 1999. Julian has a science and business background. Having originally studied zoology at Oxford University, England, he then worked internationally as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he became National Training & Technical Manager. He has also owned and operated an international retail and marketing group and so understands first hand the challenges of managing a business in a complex and competitive environment.

During 2014-16 Julian took a sabbatical from EcoSTEPS to work as a Director with Ernst Young (EY) Sydney in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. While he enjoyed working with some of the largest organisations in Australia and set up the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School his sense of purpose and personal values have taken him back to EcoSTEPS. Julian now assists organisations across a wide range of sectors in develop and implement their sustainability strategies.

He is an accredited consultant and trainer with the global sustainability framework, The Natural Step. He is an experienced facilitator and member of IAP2. He is a director and past-president (2014-15) of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and has been a director of the not-for-profit Futures Foundation and Environs Australia, the local government environment network. Julian has also chaired the Institute of Chartered Accountants' Broad Based Business Reporting Committee. He speaks and writes widely on sustainability issues.

I offer the following in assignments and roles that I do:

> a well structured and organised approach
> a focus on the detail AND the big picture
> a practical and pragmatic approach
> independent and unbiased judgement
> assessment and management of risk
> negotiation and reaching solutions to complex issues
> coordinating the objectives of all stakeholders

Qualifications & Affiliations

QUALIFICATIONS
MA (Zoology) from Oxford University, England
CA – Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)

DIRECTORSHIPS
International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) - President (2014-15), Director (2009-Present)
Futures Foundation (Director: 2000-2003)
Environs Australia (Executive Board: 2000-2003)

AFFILIATIONS
Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - Stakeholder Council Representative and Training Program Evaluator
International Association for Public Participation - Member (IAP2)
Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand - Member (EIANZ)
Australian Association for Environmental Education - Member (AAEE)
Sydney Environmental Educators Network - Member (SEEN)
Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics - Member (ANZSEE)

Experience Summary

Julian is a founding director of EcoSTEPS and has a science and business background. Having originally studied zoology at Oxford University, England, he then worked internationally as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he became National Training & Technical Manager. He is editor of the EcoSTEPS netletter and a regular contributor to magazines such as Ecos, EcoFutures & Executive Excellence. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in Australia and overseas on a very broad range of sustainability issues including:

• policies, strategies and action plans
• management systems & KPI’s
• training & education
• implementation & culture change

Selected Clients

Julian has worked with clients across the full spectrum of Corporate, Government and Civil Society including:

Corporate: AAMI, AMP, Fuji Xerox, Goodman, Lend Lease, Westpac
Government: Federal Departments, State Agencies and Local Councils
Civil Society: Universities (Sydney, UNSW, UTS, Macquarie) NGO's (St Vincent de Paul, WWF) and numerous local NFP's

Why EcoSTEPS?

I've always regarded myself as a team player. EcoSTEPS is attracting a terrific cross-section of professionals. I'm delighted we're able to pool our talents and expertise to put together such outstanding project teams. I've found that my personal values, particularly in the areas of sustainability and work/life balance, are held in common with the EcoSTEPS team. This makes working together such a stimulating and satisfying experience. At EcoSTEPS, we work with clients from all sectors of society to ensure a holistic approach to their challenges and opportunities. This means that it's a case of ‘Win-Win-Win' against the ‘triple bottom line' of Planet, People and Profit.

 

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