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2019 Environmental Professional of the Year Award Opens for Nominations

21 March 2019   (0 Comments)

The Society for the Environment is delighted to launch the 2019 Environmental Professional of the Year Award nominations process.

The prestigious Environmental Professional of the Year award recognises the outstanding work of Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registrants. The Award showcases the achievements of those striving to protect and enhance the environment on a daily basis and attracts a diverse range of outstanding nominations each year from across sectors and continents. 

The award is open to CEnv and REnvTech registrants only, and submissions are accepted for both self-nominations and nominations for your peers, colleagues or those that inspire you. Multiple nominations from one person are accepted and you are not required to be a CEnv or REnvTech in order to submit a nomination. 

To be in with a chance of showcasing your environmental work or the work of your peers, the Society encourages you to apply by the deadline of 12:00 BST on Wednesday 1st May 2019. *Nominations now closed*

Dr Phillippa Pearson CEnv was the first winner of the Environmental Professional of the Year award in 2017, followed by Graham Powell CEnv in 2018.

Graham Powell CEnv is presented with the 2018 Environmental Professional of the Year award by the Society's Chair, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv

Immediately after the 2018 presentation, Graham expressed that he was “delighted to receive the honour” and was “in shock” when his name was announced. 

Now that the news has had time to sink in, Graham gives his insight into what it meant to win the 2018 Environmental Professional of the Year award: 

“The 2018 award was a personal goal of mine after achieving runner up in the previous year, and I was in disbelief for the rest of the evening, and beyond! It is a proud moment for me – to be independently judged and recognised to be making a positive difference in an area of my job that I really care about is just a great feeling.

I’d encourage those who are thinking of nominating their peers or themselves to go for it. To have the opportunity to be considered for such awards is a great benefit of professional registration and membership. CEnv and REnvTech registration alone allows you to showcase your knowledge and experience – an award like this is a wonderful added bonus. It also provides a platform to raise the profile of the positive environmental work in your sector and by the members of your professional body to a wider audience.”

For further encouragement, Graham concludes:

“The award could provide you with that little bit extra to be better placed for your career progression – it’s well worth a shot! Plus, the annual Awards and Lectures itself is a great opportunity to network with your peers, past and present, and I will be there again in 2019 to do just that.”

To find out more about the 2018 award and the reaction, please click here.

Prior to 2017, our Chartered Environmentalist of the Year award has been presented to David Stubbs (CIEEM, 2013), Professor Martin Bigg (IEMA, 2014) and Dr Lucinda Gilfoyle (IWater, 2015).

The 2019 award will be presented at the annual World Environment Day Awards and Lectures – “A Spotlight on Net Gain”, taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the 4th June 2019. 

Registration to attend this event is now open at and is FREE for CEnv and REnvTech registrants. 

Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
EC1.1 Enterprise Centre, Puma Way 
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
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