“I’ve worked with Leslie and the SSW team for the best part of ten years, in that time they have been right at the cutting edge of the issues that are more important to us now than at any time in history. They make sustainable living and low carbon economies make sense to business and the general public alike. We should all take a leaf out of their book.”
Gareth Allen, Creative Director, Sound View Media
“SSW are not only huge experts in their field, but are passionate about helping businesses and organisations to deal with their particular sustainability issues and challenges in an entirely pragmatic, positive and tailored way. Leslie and her team cannot be recommended too highly.”
Philip Bostock, Chief Executive, Exeter City Council
"I had the pleasure of facilitating SSW's annual meeting and was inspired by the calibre of people involved in this organisation at a staff and board level. Quality thinking and action on the sustainability agenda....and SustNav is just such a fantastic tool!"
Alan Caldwell, Alan Caldwell Associates
“Having chaired SSW over the last five years this close knit team is one of the most knowledgeable and well organised groups I’ve had the privilege to work with.
Leslie Watson is a recognised expert in the field of sustainability, leading her team to deliver outstanding training and support to local government and businesses in the South West.
Her team is equally expert in their own fields, each supporting the other in the delivery of their particular areas of expertise in the development and application of sustainability in business and government.”
Dr P J L Dennis, Director of Compliance & Sustainability, Wessex Water
“Sustainability - economic, social and environmental - is the big issue facing business in all sectors today. I have worked with the SSW team for 5 years and they have an outstanding commitment to practical sustainability solutions.”
Colin Drummond, Chief Executive, Viridor Ltd
“Working across the South West in businesses spanning commercial, non for profit and government sectors it has been a delight to find an organisation that can see how, and where, to add value to promote sustainability in all these areas. Sustainability is a much overused word but SSW has a highly professional team who can bring its true meaning to life by helping you and your teams to see through the spin and make the future fit for our children. I have found working with Director, Leslie Watson, and her team fulfilling - either focussed on agreed project objectives and working to a tight plan – or stimulating inspiring debate as we seek the right vision to develop a strategic plan.”
Mark Harold, Director for the South West, National Trust
“While at the South West RDA, I engaged SSW on a number of occasions. They always delivered a quality product which demonstrated both their deep understanding of sustainability and an appreciation of our business, and how the two might work together. They were delightful to work with, while remaining focused and professional.”
Simon Hooton, former Head of Strategy, SW Regional Development Agency
“SSW has been a key partner in developing the SW approach to sustainability over the last few years. Leslie Watson has given the organisation a clear sense of purpose and has helped it develop as a highly respected organisation. The advice Leslie and her colleagues have provided in the past to SW Assembly members as they developed the SW Strategy was always helpful, constructive and pragmatic"
Bryony Houlden, Chief Executive, South West Councils
“SSW continues to thrive within that institutional maelstrom, and to champion sustainable development with the kind of rigour and passion that I only wish we saw elsewhere in the system.”
"SSW is a really effective team of committed and talented individuals. Brilliantly led by Leslie Watson they are highly innovative and consummate professionals. Individually and collectively they command respect from all they work with."
Dr Gabriel Scally, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments; former Director of Public Health, NHS South of England
“Leslie and her team have the breadth of knowledge to grasp the complex and the communication skills to translate it into something understandable and optimistic.”
Carolyn Worfolk, Senior Adviser, Natural England
“Always helpful, always inspiring, always up to date and always smiling - we have worked with the team at SSW for several years now and they never fail to deliver!”
Jackie Young, Corporate Support, Plymouth City Council