James Tiernan
Head of Energy & Environment
Unite Students
James Tiernan has led the Energy and Environment Team at Unite Students since 2012, on a mission to create business value by reducing environmental impacts. The team’s focus on good utilities management, promoting responsible behaviour in students and employees, and creating efficient buildings has helped Unite deliver a 25% reduction in electricity use per student bedroom since 2014, and a 39% reduction in absolute scope 1 + 2 carbon emissions, and James’s efforts were recognised in 2019, with him receiving the prestigious EDIE Energy Management Leader of the Year award. Before joining Unite Students James worked as an energy and sustainability consultant in the construction and real estate sectors, following 7 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Engineers. He is a qualified Mountain Leader, and was once electrocuted by a previously undiscovered species of electric fish in Ethiopia during an expedition down the Blue Nile. When not working James spends as much time as possible with his wife and two daughters in the great outdoors. James continues to put his experience and love for the environment to good use in his role at Unite Students.