R&A sustainability chief to speak at GCMA Conference

The governing body’s new director of sustainable golf will be addressing delegates in a keynote session at GCMA 2021 Conference…

She has led and influenced cultural change in a host of large companies, now the R&A’s new director of sustainable golf will be helping clubs chart a sustainable future by speaking at GCMA 2021 Conference.

Arlette Anderson, who joined the St Andrews-based governing body at the start of this month, will link up with GEO Foundation executive director Jonathan Smith in a keynote session on Monday afternoon.

Since graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a degree in environmental science, Arlette has worked for a series of huge companies – including BNP Paribas Real Estate, RICS, Royal Mail, Balfour Beatty Rail and Vodafone.

With two post graduate diplomas in Occupational Safety & Health and Environment Management & Assessment, she has been advising and supporting organisations to become more sustainable, including ensuring people remain safe and well at work and protecting the environment for future generations.

Her approach has been to benefit people and businesses not just inside the world of work, but also with a particular focus on environmental sustainability.


Arlette joins the R&A with the governing body’s Golf Course 2030 project, which was established in 2018 to mitigate the impact of climate change, resource constrains and regulation on golf course condition and playability, in full swing.

With a changing climate, a series of chemicals taken out of the market, and resources – particularly water – expected to become scarcer in the coming years, golf clubs are being encouraged to establish more sustainable practices to make their businesses fit for the future.

Arlette is regarded as a subject matter expert by professional organisations such as IEMA and IOSH and she is also a non-executive director of the institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, chair of the IEMA Professional Standards Committee and chair of the IEMA Fellows Appointment Committee ensuring that global environmental sustainability training, standards and assessments are global, valid and fair.

The plenary session: Golf & Sustainability – the way forward will be staged from 4.15pm until 5pm on Monday, November 22. To book your place at GCMA 2021 Conference, visit our dedicated website here.

By GCMA Content Team

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