Chartered Recognition for Environmentally Focussed Water Professionals

Posted: Wednesday 4th April 2012

Three water industry professionals have recently become Chartered Environmentalists through the Institute of Water.

The Chartered Environmentalist qualification is now the recognised standard of excellence for environmental practitioners. To be awarded the status practitioners must be able to demonstrate competence against key criteria including the ability to analyse and evaluate problems from an environmental perspective and being able to demonstrate leadership in sustainable management and development.

Phillippa Pearson (Catchment Water Quality Risk Manager, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water); Ashley Moule (Capital Projects Engineer, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water) and Lorraine Gillan (Drinking Water Regulation Officer, Northern Ireland Water) are the latest Institute of Water members to have successfully been registered as Chartered Environmentalists.

Phillippa Pearson started her career with Severn Trent Water before moving to Welsh Water. Working on the introduction of Drinking Water Safety Plans gave Phillippa the opportunity to bring her environmental experience into a water industry context. Phillippa decided to become a Chartered Environmentalist to provide a professional endorsement to her professional knowledge, experience and commitment to the environment shown throughout her career and academic studies. Phillippa hopes that she is able to support some of her colleagues through the process in the future.

Ashley Moule has always worked in the water industry and has a degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Management. Ashley is already an Incorporated Engineer but sought a professional environmental qualification that was on par with a Chartered Engineer or Chartered Scientist, hence he decided to go down the route of applying to become a Chartered Environmentalist. Ashley believes that every person has an environmental responsibility similar to that of Health and Safety. Ashley said:

“Becoming a Chartered Environmentalist is by no means the end for me, but the catalyst and beginning of me setting myself some new long term goals. As I proceed along this journey I will continue to encourage those who may only consider themselves engineers, to broaden their horizons and consider becoming a Chartered Environmentalist, as it is their decisions that will have an impact upon our future generations’ environment.”

Speaking about the importance of this qualification, Institute of Water Chief Executive Lynn Cooper said:

“CEnv denotes sound knowledge, proven experience and a profound commitment to sustainable best practice. It is the Chartered Environmentalists, working in all aspects of the water environment, including regulation, academia and national agencies, who will take a leading role in delivering the aspiration of a more sustainable world. It is important that the water industry embraces this qualification, so the Institute is very proud to have registered these three members.”

For advice and guidance on how to become a Chartered Environmentalist through the Institute of Water please visit the website: today. Full advice and support is offered to members during the application and assessment process.

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