- Course: MSc Sustainability and Consultancy
- Year of graduation: 2006
- Job title: National Environmental Management Advisor
- Company: British Waterways
I found my course to be an excellent platform to step from academia into the professional world. As it is taught by practising consultants and delivers the tools required to ‘hit the ground running’, graduates from the course are appealing to a wide range of organisations with potential savings in training resources and costs.
Since graduating from the course in 2006 I have worked for a diverse range of organisations in not only the public and private but also the charity sector. I began working for Halcrow Group Ltd, a multinational, multidisciplinary, engineering consultancy where I worked predominantly in Environmental Impact Assessment for flood alleviation schemes. I then worked at a smaller management consultancy developing a comprehensive understanding of the Power Generation sector and the environmental issues that it faces. During which time I conducted environmental audits for both EDF Energy and E.ON UK Power Stations. Chester Zoo was my next post where I assisted the HSE Manager in re-launching their Environmental Management System to retain their ISO 14001 certification. This was definitely the job with the most exciting lunch-breaks with having to walk past the penguins and the tiger enclosure to get to the canteen!
My current position is National Environmental Management Advisor at British Waterways where my main role is to drive our Environmental Management System. The EMS is the tool we use to continually improve our environmental performance whilst we maintain a safe and navigable network of waterways and provide a haven for people throughout the UK.