Published date: 22 November 2023

NHSPS Director of Responsible Business talks sustainable futures with global recruitment specialists

This Careers Month we’ll be hearing from lots of people all over NHSPS about their experiences in the workplace and their learning and development journeys.

As the areas of of sustainability and responsible business continue to flourish offering new and exciting roles to professionals already in the field as well as future generations about to embark on their career path, our Director of Responsible Business Dr Shamir Ghumra took up the invitation to talk with Paul Gosling, Director at global workforce partner Hays, as part of their Sustainable Futures Conversations podcast series.

Shamir talks in depth about his current role, why sustainability is so important, his journey to success and much more including his own experience of managing mental health and how important this is in today’s challenging times.

He said: “It’s a privilege to be invited to talk about my career, which has been unique in that I’ve worked in a number of different industries and roles which have brought me here to NHSPS. I hope the insight it gives people is useful and that people can relate to some of the challenges and decisions I talk about. It’s an exciting time for people working in, or considering a career in sustainability and I know the team here at NHSPS are passionate about promoting the work we do and the opportunities it presents.”

As Director of Responsible Business, Shamir has overall responsibility for Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy & Environment and also oversees the organisation’s Green Plan, responsible business offer and social and governance framework.

Prior to joining NHS Property Services, he was Head of Building Performance Services at BRE (Building Research Establishment). He is a leading expert on sustainability challenges in the built environment, has an Engineering Doctorate from Loughborough University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and a Chartered Environmentalist. Shamir is also Visiting Professor of ESG Performance and Strategy at Loughborough University and is a board member of the IEMA.

Shamir has also worked extensively on the topic of Modern Slavery and now Chairs the board of Ride for Freedom, a community interest company working with victims of modern slavery in the UK.

The podcast also follows the recent release of NHSPS’ first Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (CRFD) Report, ahead of the government’s 2024 deadline.

You can watch or listen to Shamir’s interview at the following links: