INTRODUCING WILLIAM HUGHES Business Sustainability Consultant Professional Profile A dedicated, progressive and highly accomplished professional with extensive experience gained working within senior management roles in business. Possesses a proven track record in the delivery of exceptional commercial results, overseeing and directing all business operations in line with objectives and performance targets. Has displayed a commitment throughout career to the implementation of innovative, sustainable and responsible business models, earning a reputation as a leading figure on sustainability methods within industry. Works well autonomously with a high level of self-responsibility, using excellent interpersonal and communicative abilities to direct and motivate large groups of employees across all operations. Remains calm and effective in challenging environments, resolving complex issues on a daily basis Career Summary Apr 2004 – Dec 2016 MANAGING DIRECTOR – Impahla Clothing, (Cape Town, South Africa) Oversaw a significant upturn in commercial performance, from ZAR 7m per year to ZAR 100m within 11 years Managed and led a diverse and multidisciplinary team of 300 staff across all operations and two locations Ensured commitment to sustainability to successfully establish the first carbon neutral firm in Africa, producing eight consecutive sustainability reports, three of which were award-winning Gained national recognition for sustainability and job creation in South Africa from the Industrial Development Corporation Invited to give a presentation on sustainability issues at the GRI Global Conference in Amsterdam and to present a paper at the World Forum for Responsible Business in Lille Apr 1994 – FARMER – Aug 2003 -Galloway Estate (Mvurwi – Zimbabwe) Oversaw all operations across a large family farm, managing and directing approximately 350 workers Optimised watering efficiency from 45% to 93% through the implementation of Centre Pivot irrigation as a replacement for lateral irrigation Successfully replaced tobacco with avocados as the main product of the farm Gained election to Vice-President of the Commercial Farmers Union and as Chairman of the Zimbabwe Joint Resettlement Initiative, an organisation created as an alternative to farm evictions Nov 1988 – Apr 1994 FINANCE DIRECTOR – Nampak Global Wrapping Division (Heidelberg, South Africa) Responsible for the division’s full financial and administration portfolio, including the creation and implementation of business plans and budgets Oversaw the HR function, including wage negotiation and compliance with all statutory requirements Jan 1984 – Oct 1988 ADMINISTRATION MANAGER – Hunyani Paper Sacks (Harare, Zimbabwe) Responsible for the division’s full administration portfolio, including supply chain, costing, time and motion study and exports Professional Development Completed a two-year ‘Transparency in the Supply Chain project’, facilitated by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), German Development Corporation and international brand PUMA IEMA Certified Carbon Footprint Analyst Key Skills Ø Relationship Building Ø Communication Skills Ø Negotiation Ø Strategic Planning Ø Business Development Ø People Management Ø Finance & Administration Ø Problem Resolution Ø Working under pressure Ø Team Management & Development Ø Progressive Thinking Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.