Sustainability facilitator, greening specialist, African Climate Reality Leader, and ethical food activist – as a professional speaker, Lorraine advocates responsible management practices for the public and private sectors.
A teacher by profession, her sustainability journey began in California in the 1970s, working with the infant EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), then back home, she was Group Contracts and Procurement Manager for Southern/Tsogo Sun’s 82 hotels for 15 years. She went solo and trained under the UNEP’s Eco-Labelling Project, NCPC’s Clean Production Programme at the CSIR, Green Building Council’s Interior Design and Décor, Green Leaf Carbon Auditing and recently as an accredited Climate Reality Leader under former Vice President of the USA, Sen. Al Gore.
Winner of 14 awards, with top honours for her six Green Home and Eco Hotel projects and a special interest in Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain Management, the Impact of Climate Change on Tourism in Africa (specifically for Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and SA), and International Ethical Food Trends.
Lorraine sits on the committee of Slow Food in Johannesburg and was privileged to be sent to the “Slow Food International Convention” in China as well as to “Slow Food Terra Madre Salon del Gusto” in Italy. She is involved with the “UN Ten Gardens in Africa” project and with work being done with urban food gardens in the townships. Lorraine ran her own conference, taste and cost comparison experiment for eighty executive chefs and food professionals at a leading chefs’ academy to demonstrate the differences between organic and industrial foods. Her most recent research is the impact of climate change on food in Africa for the tourism industry.
With her indomitable team, she manages two leading online directories (with 27,000 opted-in followers), speaks, consults and runs workshops throughout South Africa and as far afield as Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, England, Italy, China and Mongolia – changing mind sets and management practices using passion, personality and humour to balance the seriousness of her topics.