Two small steps in the fight for a sustainable future, two giant leaps for Future Shift

Welcome to Our New Team Members: Gavin Tyrell and Tilda Hadley!

We are thrilled to introduce two new members to our team: Gavin and Tilda. 

Both bring a wealth of experience, a passion for sustainability, and unique backgrounds that we are excited to share with you. To get to know them better, we sat down with Tilda and Gavin for a Q&A session.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background?

Gavin: I’m originally from Kildare, but moved to Dublin to complete a degree in Economics, Politics and Law. I then completed an MSC in Business Strategy, before spending some time in Paris. Now, I’m based in London, bringing my diverse experiences from these vibrant cities to the team.

Tilda: I grew up in Yorkshire, and later moved to Bristol for university, driven by a strong desire to travel and explore new places. My academic journey took me to Trinity College in Dublin for a year, which was an incredible experience. My masters dissertation focused on spiritual relationships with water in Ireland, and ecocriticism of contemporary Irish literature.

Q: What sparked your passion for sustainability?

Tilda: I feel like sustainability is our generation’s version of the internet boom of the ’90s: we’ve grown up in an era marked by significant technological and environmental changes, and I want to be part of the new wave. I’ve also found that I love being able to work with different industries, and finding ways to act with purpose in each one.

Gavin: I agree with you there, sustainability is my beacon of light. It allows me to blend my university degree with my motivations for social impact. I suppose what ‘sparked’ my passion for it was probably participating in the IPBS Sustainability Challenge in Dublin and various forms of activism throughout university- they were pivotal moments for me. I also enjoyed a three-month freelance stint with the sustainable Irish brand Pure Clothing.

Q: What are some of your proudest moments or achievements?

Gavin: One of my proudest achievements was being a finalist in the Aim to Flourish awards and raising  €2,500 for Parkinson’s Ireland. I’ve also worked on a university project with Tony’s Chocolonely, which was a fantastic experience. On a lighter note, explaining the intricacies of Gaelic football (GAA) and hurling to Will during my interview was a fun highlight.

Tilda: I thrive in academic settings, and writing my masters dissertation on a topic I was deeply passionate about was incredibly fulfilling. I was so invested in it until the last day, and continued learning about it afterwards. I have to say, getting this internship with Future Shift was a pretty high point for me too. For my lighter note, I finally learnt how to pronounce Eichhörnchen in German! A real tongue twister… 

Q: Which places do you recommend visiting in the UK?

Tilda: I have a soft spot for the northern parts of the UK, especially the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. These areas are absolutely stunning and worth a visit. (*Cough Cough* Will, who has never been north of Manchester…)

Gavin: While I enjoy my new home in Camberwell, London, I have to give a shout-out to Ireland. Glenveagh National Park in County Donegal is a personal favourite and a must-see for anyone visiting.

We are delighted to have Tilda and Gavin on board and look forward to the incredible contributions they will bring to our team. Stay tuned for more updates and insights from these talented individuals!