Operations and Group Environmental Manager

Personal Background Information

Operations and Group Environmental Manager

Lynne Byrne, Operations and Group Environmental Manager,  The adi Group


  • I think D&T is important.
  • A job in design allows you to combine both creative and technical skills.
  • I would recommend studying subjects you enjoy at school and university as a basis for pursuing this kind of career.
  • Gaining work experience in different areas of design is helpful to any career and builds confidence as well as adding skills.



I manage and co-ordinate a team of technical staff who test and implement water treatment programmes.

We must have good analysis skills to interpret testing results and give clients the correct advice. We not only protect plant and equipment but we must comply fully to the governing legislation.

Key Activities:

  • Technical application of chemistry and biology to provide the correct water treatment programmes.
  • Applying relevant legislation for site audits.
  • Site based meetings and assessments to show customers areas where they do not comply.
  • Auditing for customers.

Personal skills

It is important to be organised and focussed, have attention to detail, work to deadlines and be able to solve problems. A good sense of humour is essential. Being nosey and never accepting an answer without seeing the evidence is key to being a good auditor.


My favourite subjects at school were Biology  and English.

I took ‘A’ levels in the sciences as it gave me a broad scope for my future.

I had considered becoming  a physiotherapist but decided that I didn’t like smelly feet!


I took a degree in Chemistry and applied Biology.

My first job was as a process Engineer in semi-conductors. I worked in different countries around the world.

In 2005 I joined ADI and took a NEBOSH  Environmental Diploma.