|Eleanor Jones - front and centre - with the ESL Team|
Eleanor Jones’ colleagues at UWI where she was a Lecturer in the Department of Geology, have remarked on her vision and courage to leave academia and start Environmental Solutions Limited (ESL) with four partners in 1991. Eleanor recalls attending successive conferences where environmental problems were widely discussed. “Then I realised that there was an urgent need to focus on solutions,” she noted, hence the name of her company.
The ESL anniversary supplement in the Observer carried a moving tribute to their Founding Chairman Dr Barry Wade of blessed memory, “who applied his scientific training to innovation for development, to productivity and to advocacy for principles of good governance.”
On Friday 22 April, significantly Earth Day, ESL celebrated their 25th Anniversary, looking back on major achievements, including their Quality and Environmental Health Laboratory (QEHL), the first privately owned local laboratory to gain accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. We salute Eleanor Jones and the brilliant ESL team, as they continue their mission of “harmonising development and the environment”.