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Planning and development consultancy Montagu Evans has appointed Oliver Pye as Head of Sustainability.

Pye will set the strategic direction and overall sustainability and environmental ambitions for the firm, reporting directly to Managing Partner Rob Bower. Engaging with business lines and teams across the partnership, he will look to enhance the integration of sustainability advice into existing and future projects and client-relationships.

Pye, who has more than a decade of experience in real estate sustainability and ESG, is a Chartered Environmentalist and Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). He joins from ESG and energy management consultancy EVORA Global, where he worked for the last six years as director, advising global real estate investment clients on their ESG strategies and implementation. Prior to this role, he was a senior ESG consultant at ARUP, where he advised a range of blue chip property companies and public sector clients.

Rob Bower, Managing Partner at Montagu Evans, said: “Oli’s work will form a golden thread as he drives a strategic approach to sustainability through our planning and development offer. Not only should we, as a business, continuously challenge ourselves to do better across all areas of the ESG continuum, but we must bring the same thinking and commitment to daily engagement on projects and with clients. With government targets and market-wide appetite continuing to grow, this is a role that should generate considerable change at every level, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact Oli will make across the partnership.”

Oliver Pye, Partner at Montagu Evans, added: “This role presents a huge opportunity to support the firm and its clients on their sustainability journey and to deliver significant positive impact across the full trinity of sustainability objectives (economic, social and environmental); for our clients, wider society and ourselves. Naturally, carbon is going to be a major priority, including advising on decarbonisation of existing buildings and carbon reduction strategies during design, planning, construction and operation, but I will also have a wider-reaching brief across a range of other areas.”

“On top of this, there is a culture here that should lend itself especially well to making any new initiatives successful – strategic thinking, cross-team working, open dialogue and a focus on L&D already happens very successfully, and I’m seeing some very exciting opportunities even in my first week.”

Montagu Evans is a member of Business Declares and Race to Zero.