Demystifying a Career in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Are you considering a career in corporate responsibility and sustainability, or have you recently started on a CRS career path?

We know that CRS has a reputation for being a tricky industry to break into with seemingly little information on what is needed to build a successful CRS career. We want to debunk some of those theories through our first Aspire Hub webinar: Demystifying a Career in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.


Join us for tips on overcoming these challenges, finding and succeeding in a career with purpose and to gain some valuable insight into working in the sector. We will be joined by a panel of prominent CRS professionals from companies including Royal London and Hyperion Insurance Group who will be answering your questions and sharing their experience and expertise.



  • Gerald Palmer, CSR Manager, Hyperion Insurance Group. After starting out his career as a volunteer with youth and education charity City Year, Gerald used the oppportunities that came his way to develop himself into a skilled professional CSR. From an "Elba Eagle" to managing projects at London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Northbank Business Improvement District, Gerald has now become the CSR Manager at Hyperion Insurance Group. 

  • Steve Burgess, Environment Manager, Selfridges. Steve is a Fellow of the ICRS and has over 8 years experience working in environmental sustainability roles at organisations such as the BBC, Hammerson and Network Rail, and has recently started a new role as Environment Manager at Selfridges. Steve graduated from the University of Southamption with an MSc in Environmental Management and BSc in Geography, and during his career so far has gained further qualifications with the Energy Institute and IEMA. In 2019, Steve was named in edie's inaugural '30 under 30' and earlier this year achieved the 'Rising Sustainability Star' award at edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020.  

  • Nadia Al Yafai, Group Head of Social Impact & Responsibility, Royal London. After an International Development degree, Nadia worked for the United Nations World Food Programme before joining a law firm, where she got involved in the Foundation and kick-started her CSR career. She's held a number of CR annd community roles across different industries, did her CR masters part-time, is an ICRS Fellow, and is now Group Head of Social Impact & Responsibility at Royal London, the largest mutual life insurance, pensions and investment company in the UK. 


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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 11:30 to 12:30
ICRS Aspire Hub
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