James Shears

Green Consultants Industry Advisory Group

James Shears

Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Overbury and Morgan Lovell

James studied a BSc in Geography with Environmental Management at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, continuing his studies with a MSc in Sustainable Development where he specialised in sustainable waste management. James was one of the first students to be part of the Green Consultants programme, through which he did a project on the Cornwall Campus and undertook an internship with Vinci Construction. The internship involved researching the implementation of a new waste reporting standard for the waste industry, PAS 402, in England and to see if it would be successful within the English waste market; at the end of the research James presented his findings to the UK Contractors Group (UKCG); now known as Build UK. 


Since finishing his internship James has been employed as an Environmental & Sustainability manager with Overbury and Morgan Lovell; the interior fit out arm of the Morgan Sindall Group. James’ role is varied and takes a holistic approach to environment and sustainability. James takes the lead for waste for the company, creating relationships with their waste contractors and auditing them to ensure high levels of duty of care and legal compliance. James is also instrumental in the operation of both company’s ISO 14001:2015 certified environmental management systems; including undertaking audits of their sites and premises and being externally audited by the British Standards Institute. A large part of James’ job is helping projects with Environmental Assessments, such as BREEAM, LEED and SKA; he helps manage the process and collation of evidence and liaises with the assessors and clients to ensure achievement of the targeted ratings and their environmental aspirations. Through his experience working on these projects and through training James has become a BREEAM and SKA assessor and a BREEAM Accredited Professions (AP). A growing field within sustainability is wellbeing of building occupants; and James has been involved with preparing the business for new assessments, WELL and Fitwel, that look to assess buildings and businesses on how they support occupant wellbeing; James is a Fitwel Ambassador and is currently training to become a WELL AP. James is a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM).  


James has been involved with several industry boards and research groups including sitting on the Interiors Working Group for the Considerate Constructors Scheme; attending workshops and researching for the development of the new SKA for Offices Scheme (2019) and attending industry feedback groups on issues such as environmental assessments and the circular economy.