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2024 SocEnv Awards Winners Announced in London!

Society for the Environment reveal the winners for both the Environmental Professional and Rising Star awards.

2024 Environmental Professional of the Year wooden trophy in the forefront with a white corporate background 2024 SocEnv awards winners

Awards presented included the 2024 Environmental Professional of the Year. 

Society for the Environment (SocEnv) recently held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the environmental professional community at Royal Society of Chemistry’s Burlington House on Tuesday 4th June.  

During the event we announced the 2024 SocEnv Awards winners, hosted two panel discussions on our 20th anniversary and World Environment Day theme and much more to over 100 people in-person and online.  

More than 8,000 environmental professionals meet the required standards to highlight their environmental and sustainability expertise as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) or Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech), but some warrant further recognition for going above and beyond and are commended via the SocEnv Awards.   

We had a record number of entries in the 2024 SocEnv Awards which is an incredible step forward and showcases the many outstanding environmental professionals working hard to protect, preserve or enhance the environment.  

SocEnv is delighted to announce the highly deserving and exceptional awards winners of the prestigious 2024 SocEnv Awards. 

This year’s awards winners are: 

2024 Rising Star:

Abigail Hancock CEnv 

Head of Environment and Sustainability, Linbrooke Services Ltd  

2024 Environmental Professional of the Year Runner up:

Zebrina Hanly CEnv
Head of Environment and Climate Change, Royal Mail Group 

2024 Environmental Professional of the Year Winner:

Adrian Mill CEnv 

Managing Director, ESS (Environmental and Social Sustainability) + Lion Rouge 

Dr Emma Wilcox CEnv, SocEnv’s Chief Executive has said “With more than 8,000 registered environmental professionals around the world carrying out critical work, it’s always a pleasure to showcase extra special achievements with our awards each year. A huge congratulations to all those individuals honoured during this year’s awards and 20th anniversary event.”

New Honorary Fellow

We are pleased to announce our newest Honorary Fellow, Chartered Environmentalist Martin Baxter who is Deputy CEO at IEMA and has been a Chartered Environmentalist since 2004.  

Martin works in the UK and internationally to support the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and sustainable economy. He has worked in the sector for over 3 decades and has a wide breadth to his engagement and impact encompassing standards, government, industry, and the media. For all these reasons and more, Martin is a deserving recipient of the Honorary Fellowship. 

20 Years of SocEnv

During the event, we celebrated our 20-year anniversary with a captivating discussion panel featuring Dr. Peter Matthews HonFSE CEnv, Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, and Dr. Emma Wilcox CEnv. These individuals have played pivotal roles in shaping SocEnv over the past two decades, providing valuable insights and reflections on our journey so far, while also sharing their thoughts on the future of SocEnv and the environmental profession. 

A showcase of expertise 

Focusing on this year’s World Environment Day theme of ‘Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience’, Dr. Katie Medcalf CEnv shared her expertise on the impacts of climate change in the Caribbean Island of Reunion, while Dr. Jane Rickson CEnv discussed HS2 plans for optimising soil profiles for grasslands, a case study in SocEnv’s recently published Soils and Stones progress report and its calls to action on soil health and reuse. The panel also included discussions on water and resilient cities with other leading experts Professor Ian Barker CEnv and Will Arnold CEnv. This well-informed panel discussion left all delegates with much to consider. 

How to catch up with the event   

The panel discussions and full awards event will be available to watch back on our YouTube in the coming days. Subscribe to not miss the launch – Society for the Environment – YouTube 

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