Emma has worked in and around the technology industry for the last 15 years in a range of non-technical roles that include research and report writing, policy work (from political liaison to detailed negotiations) and project management.
More recently she has focused on data centres. She manages the UK Council of Data Centre Operators, Centres Technical Committee and Professionalism Steering Group for techUK. With their support, has achieved some major outcomes for the sector, the most significant of which was negotiating and implementing the Climate Change Agreement for Data Centres. This, after a four-year marathon of evidence gathering and policy dialogue, was confirmed in December 2013 and came into force on 1st July 2014. It is worth around £200M to the sector. In recognition of her work she won the DataCenterDynamics Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” in 2013. TechUK also won the “Effective Voice” category of the Association Network Awards in 2014 in recognition of way the CCA campaign had been managed.
She has also produced a significant body of work including formal and informal policy responses, white papers, overviews, briefings, high level thought leadership papers and illustrated infographics explaining complex technologies in laymans' terms - plus everything in between. Publications include “High Tech: Low Carbon”, “Evaluating the Carbon Impact of ICT: the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything”, “Data Centres: Engines of Growth”, “Data Centres: a Day in YOUR Life”, “So What Have Data Centres Ever Done For Us?”, “Data Centre Business Models: The Sherry Trifle” and “Er, what IS a Data Centre?”. Recent additions include “Cones of Pain: Generator Emissions Compliance Roadmap”, “Silver Linings: The Implications of Brexit for the UK Data Centre Sector” (initial report and 2017 update), “Why Work in a Data Centre?”, “Data Centre Performance Metrics for Tiny Tots” and “Oh My God I Forgot to Study Maths” plus the latest in a series of progress reports on the sector’s Climate Change Agreement.
Emma is a judge for both the leading industry awards providers, Broad Group and DataCenterDynamics. She is a regular speaker at industry events.