Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Alexis Percival is the Environmental and Sustainability Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust based in Yorkshire, UK. She started as the first Sustainability Manager for an ambulance service in the country in 2009. Her role is challenging as she works to slash the carbon footprint of the blue light ambulance service through innovative technologies in the estates and fleet as well as working with her procurement department to decrease emissions through buying choices. She is in charge of the carbon management and reduction programme implementing awareness schemes, rolling out a carbon champion scheme and installing innovative low carbon technologies across the estate. She has worked on developing low to zero emission ambulances with innovative low carbon fleet technologies. She is facilitating the roll out the EV charging infrastructure for the ambulance service fleet on ambulance service sites as well as working with civic and other healthcare partners to ensure that additional infrastrucure is implemented to support the service. She is also investigating the challenges of decarbonising the ambulance service through renewable technologies, Net Zero ambulance station design, phasing out of entonox and looking at alternative models of care. She is also working to prepare the ambulance sevirce for climate adaptation assessing the impact of flooding, heat waves and sea inundation. She set up the GrEAN (Green Environmental Ambulance Network) in 2010, connecting all of the sustainability leads across the ambulance services of the UK to drive forwards the Net Zero agenda.
She has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field as an environmental consultant working on large national and international projects in the UK as well as Brazil, Germany, Mozambique and Australia. She took a career break and spent 3 years driving around the world in an ex-military ambulance, travelling overland to Australia and then travelling around South America.