Suzanne Little awarded Fellow membership

Published 14 September 2015

Long-standing member Suzanne Little was recently awarded Fellow Membership. Suzanne has served the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand as a New South Wales Councillor and as Vice President - Australia.

Suzanne has pioneered environmental management as a profession in Australian utilities and infrastructure.  Throughout a three-decade career as a sustainability scientist and certified auditor, she has designed environmental management systems for both government and commercial corporations. 

She was the environment manager of three of Australia's national corporations - AGL, Vodafone Australia and SAI Global - as well as Environment Director of the Sydney Olympic Games.

Suzanne’s Olympic role was pivotal to the NSW Government’s delivery of a remediated site, close to the city, with a legacy of 20 sustainable sports venues for Sydney.  Her technical advice secured the advanced clean-up of the Homebush precinct and her systems thinking assured delivery of the first summer Green Games for the International Olympic Committee.  Sydney’s Olympic success launched sustainable development in mainstream construction and generated a second wave of environment professionals in Australia.

Her environment portfolio covers electricity, gas, water, telecommunications, roads, ports and natural resource management.  

Her scientific qualifications in chemistry, geology and physics team up well with broader qualifications in corporate governance, sustainable design, teaching and communications.  She holds two master degrees - one in Science and one in Arts. 

Suzanne’s first job was science teaching.  Other organisations she has worked for include the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority, AECOM, CMPS&F consultants, Sydney Water, Good Environmental Choice Australia, Macquarie University, Pittsburgh University, the Electricity Commission of NSW and the NSW Department of Education. 

Currently, Suzanne is a Board Director with Australian Forestry Standard Ltd and with National Standards Development Organisation Ltd.  She has been a board director with various entities for the last ten years.