Meet WA member, Diane Dowdell MEIANZ

Published 3 October 2017

Diane Dowdell MEIANZ 

Environmental Program Manager, Global Refining Business | Alcoa Ltd

Qualifications | Bachelor of Arts(Environmental Studies); Graduate Diploma of Science; Master of Environmental Science; Master of Business Administration

What do you do?

Responsible for the development of environmental programs to support the global alumina refining business unit in Alcoa. This includes understanding key environmental risks to the business and developing and managing environmental programs to manage these risks. It also includes supporting operational activities, staff and aligning approvals and management practices across global business.

Best aspect of your work?

Diverse issues both within Australia and also globally. The opportunity to influence facilities and operations to improve their environmental performance and management.

How did you get there?

Extensive experience across industry and government roles and working on both tactical environmental projects and strategic planning programs provided the necessary skills to deliver in the role.

Biggest environmental concern?

Concern regarding deterioration of scientific research roles within government and research institutions delivering the necessary information to inform policy and management activities.

How and why did you get involved in the EIANZ?

I have been involved in EIANZ since 1999 when I initially graduated with my graduate diploma of science in Protected Area Management from James Cook University. As a graduate just entering the environmental professional space, it provided networking and technical information to assist me in keeping abreast of information but also access to a broader network of professionals from different disciplines to inform my development.