Get to know
Sarah O'Neill

Facilities Administrator
Published: March 2, 2023

Great people are the driving force behind great business. That's why at Allstate we pride ourselves in hiring and nurturing the best people at all levels of our organisation.

Get to know, Sarah O'Neill, Facilities Administrator.

Tell us more about yourself and how you make use of Employee Impact Groups In ANI?

I joined ANI when we were still primarily working from home so joining the EIG groups have been a great way to get to know people. One of the groups I joined was AllGreen. We want to create awareness of environmental issues and what we can do to help, in a way that isn't aggressive or too in your face. We welcome ideas from everyone in ANI as to what topics they would like to see covered.

What is a highlight for you since partnering within AllGreen?

There are some really great, passionate people on the AllGreen committee and I have learned so much from them. As part of my day-to-day job, a primary focus is environmental reporting. With this in mind, I recently completed my NEBOSH Environmental Management certification. I use this knowledge of environmental issues and how we can combat them to provide meaningful discussion within the AllGreen committee.

How long did this qualification take/what commitment did it involve?

The qualification took a number of months to complete — there was about 80 hours of study and research and then 8 hours to complete the practical assessment and exam. I think the hardest part was trying to get my head around it all, there was just so much information to take in.

What does receiving this qualification mean to you?

Firstly, I am extremely grateful to Allstate and my manager James for investing in me and providing me with the opportunity to gain this qualification. The NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate is a globally relevant qualification. It will enable me to help ANI manage its positive and negative environmental aspects and support the implementation and continuous improvement of effective environmental management plans.

Have you any quotes or tips you'd give those based on environmental management?

Especially now when there is such a focus on the environment in the media, it can be so overwhelming. It's easy to think, leave it to the government and big companies to make changes, I'm too small to make a difference. If we all committed to making one or two small changes to help the environment, then we would have a huge impact.