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 and techUK’s Data Centres Technical Committee and, 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, worth around £200M to the sector. Most recently she negotiated key worker status and quarantine exemptions for staff working in data centres. She is the recipient of several industry awards: DataCenterDynamics “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” in 2013, “Effective Voice” category of the Association Network Awards in 2014 and the Datacloud award for Individual Industry Contribution: Sector Ambassador in 2018.
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”, the UK Data Centre Sector: The Most Important Industry You’ve Never Heard Of” and “Er, what IS a Data Centre?”