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|Webinar: CEnv Insight - Why Become a Chartered Environmentalist|
Here at the Society for the Environment, we understand that us telling you why to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) only goes so far. We therefore decided to offer the perspectives of current CEnvs to give a first hand account of why they took the step to register.
In this webinar, we will hear from two CEnvs, both from project development and construction group, Skanska. They will discuss why they do what they do, what encouraged them to become a CEnv, how registration has helped them along the way and touch upon their future plans.
Despite being employed by the same organisation, they are able to offer different points of view as they are at different stages in their careers. Laura is at an earlier stage in her career and has been a CEnv since 2015 and Nigel is a senior figure within the organisation with 13 years of CEnv registration under his belt.
Nigel says; "It [CEnv] sets you apart from others working in the field of environmental management and gives your employers confidence in your abilities".
This webinar is a fantastic opportunity to gain an understanding of what it means to be a CEnv, from a CEnv. You will have opportunities to ask them both questions, or simply sit back and take it all in.
The Society's Marketing Executive Phil Underwood was also on hand to provide guidance how to begin the application process for CEnv registration and what is required.
Simply press play below:
Nigel Sagar CEnv MIEMA CEng MICE
Senior Environmental Compliance Manager, Skanska (Sustainability & Green Support)
In relation to professional Bodies, I am a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Engineer, as well as a member of IEMA (The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
From my previous career in civil engineering I had obtained CEng and I was keen to obtain the equivalent qualification in environmental management - the CEnv qualification recognises significant expertise, experience, knowledge and influence in environmental management. It sets you apart from others working in the field of environmental management and gives your employers confidence in your abilities.
I have spent the last 30 years working in the construction sector initially based on construction sites in a variety of roles from engineer to project manager. In 2000, I came across into environmental management in the role of project environmental advisor and now have the role of environmental compliance manager for Skanska UK.
Outside of work, I am a shareholder, director and treasurer of a small community business run as a co-operative society - a pub in the town where I live.
Laura Mayhew-Manchón CEnv MIEMA
Senior Environmental Advisor, Skanska UK (Facility Management)
I have worked as a professional environmentalist since 2006, the year when I also first joined IEMA (The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) as an Associate Member. In my career to date, I have worked in a number of roles involving environmental management across non-profit organisations, local government, academia, and now in the built environment.
In Spring 2015, whilst working in an environmental business support project at a local university and just after finishing my part-time masters in Environmental Law and Practice, my job security was put at risk due to uncertain funding continuity. Having reviewed my options and after consulting with recruitment colleagues, I decided that becoming a Chartered Environmentalist would potentially give me a competitive advantage when applying for new positions. Shortly after joining Skanska as an Advisor in October 2015, I became CEnv alongside upgrading my IEMA membership to Full Member, which the company fully supported me to do during my first months in the role. I am so glad that I decided to take this step forward when I did, for not only did it help me to progress and secure my career; the process of preparing for Chartership provided me with a great opportunity to take a step back and helped me better assess what I have achieved to date, where I wanted to go, and what steps I should take to grow further as an environmentalist. Having a mentor to advise me through the process was also a great way of discussing current issues with a senior peer in a different sector and to benefit from their knowledge and experience. I would definitely recommend this to others.
In my free time, I enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits, including rock climbing, walking, and nature photography. I take pleasure in volunteering and helping out in my community, including being a Wildlife Watch Leader with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for the past 11 years, and more recently, becoming a STEM Ambassador. I am also a keen traveller and an enthusiastic cook and food-lover.