Dustin Lawrence has been with GCX for the past decade working in the position of Digital Developer. He has always been interested in how things work and pursued this interest by obtaining a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining GCX, Dustin’s work experience was quite varied having worked as a machinist, fabricator, maintenance fitter, engineering technician and an energy engineer at an international tyre manufacturer. Led by his desire to bring about positive change, Dustin left the corporate world to use his skills in the sustainability sector. Connect with Dustin on Linkedin.
What has been your favourite project at GCX so far?
By far the most exciting project that I have worked on at GCX is the Dashboard we have developed. I have always loved data and the value that you can extract from it. The importance of measuring your performance cannot be overstated.
What, in your opinion, are the three words that best describe GCX?
Adaptability. Innovation. Knowledge.
What do you like the most about GCX and what is your favourite part of working there?
I have always liked the working environment. The GCX team is really more of a family than work colleagues.
How did you first learn about GCX and what first drew you to the company?
I had heard about them through friends who had told me that they really did walk the talk. And we really do.
What are your hopes for the sustainability industry, and in particular GCX’s clients?
My biggest hope is that sustainability becomes the new normal. Not legislated sustainability but true sustainability built into companies from the ground up. While this is happening slowly, I always have a hope that this will happen faster.
What would you say is the biggest career lesson you’ve learnt thus far?
I can’t nail it down to one… Do what you love, ask questions, work hard and be adaptable. Change is constant and being ready for change is always required.
What is your favourite quote?
For the life of me, I can’t think of an upbeat one but this one has always been one that I remember: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” (Jiddu Krishnamurti).
“Every Action has an equal and opposite reaction”, while this is a scientific statement, I also see it as every action has a consequence. What we do now will have an effect (good or bad) later on.
Where is your favourite holiday destination in South Africa?
Nowhere in particular. South Africa is a beautiful place. Anywhere I can be outside in the fresh air is good for me.