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Our Team

Nichola Hughes

Nichola Hughes is Director of Sustainable Northern Ireland. She also manages the Sustainable Development Forum, a network of local government officers working together to drive forward the sustainable development agenda in Northern Ireland.

Previously, Nichola was on the secretariat of the Climate Change Advisory Council, where she supported the council in providing advice to government on climate change policy in Ireland. Prior to that, she managed the Mayor of London's flagship domestic retrofit programme (RE:NEW) and has delivered several local government initiatives in the UK suporting the transition to a low carbon economy.

Nichola has a MSc in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia and her early career focussed on climate change and resilience planning within local government. Nichola now sits on the Steering Group of Climate Northern Ireland.  

Emma Adair

Emma Adair is currently the Manager of Sustainable NI - on secondment from Ards and North Down Borough Council covering Nichola Hughes maternity leave.

Emma has a range of experience from both public and private sector background.  Most recently Emma has been working for Ards and North Down Borough Council (formerly North Down Borough Council) for 9 years – predominantly in waste and recycling before moving into sustainability.  Emmas current role is the management of the councils Environmental Management System and inputing into other departments about sustainability.  She has sat on Sustainable Northern Irelands Sustainable Development Forum since coming into post contributing and supporting the group as and where possible.  

Previously, Emma has worked for the private sector including McAdam Design, White Young Green and Enviros Consulting.  Initially working as part of the project management team and was trained as a Breeam School and Ceequal assessor. 

Emma has a degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Uster, Jordanstown, IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management and Wamitab Cotc Level 4 in Waste Management Operations – Managing Transfer Hazardous Waste (4TCH).