Managing Director and Founder, Iain Smale

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Iain Smale, Pangolin Associates Managing Director and Founder

Iain has more than three decades of business solutions experience in the environmental and technology sectors. His background in systems integration with its compliancy responsibilities has been an invaluable asset. He is a trusted source for organisations facing environmental regulations, commercial or supply chain pressures, or simply wanting to act on climate change.

Iain expanded Pangolin Associates throughout the challenges of the NSW bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. He grew the company which now has a larger, highly-motivated team. Together they continue to respond to the climate emergency with new services and an expanded skill-base.

Iain’s extensive knowledge of carbon offsetting in the ever-changing abatement market has made him the ‘go to’ for many organisations. He is able to help them understand the systems, and how to develop meaningful, well-aligned portfolios. He also instigated the first Gold Standard Validation/Verification Bodies (GS-VVB) accreditation for Pangolin Associates. Pangolin is the first, and currently the only Gold Standard auditor in Australia. Consequently, Pangolin’s team is able to assist with GS carbon credit projects domestically and internationally.

Iain is a registered consultant for Climate Active. He is considered one of Australia’s foremost specialists in the Federal Government’s carbon neutral certification program. With his guidance, his team has taken numerous clients through the Climate Active program. Many of these clients became first in their industries – business leaders for a decarbonised future.

Iain is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Carbon Market Institute (CMI). He is often sought by media and event coordinators for commentary on how businesses can achieve carbon neutrality, and by extension, the actions needed for a net zero carbon economy in Australia. For several years Iain has been a judge for sustainability achievements in business, including Sydney Business Awards and the Banksia Sustainability Awards. In his own community, he helps the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute with carbon reduction and carbon neutrality strategies for local SMEs.

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