“It is a great privilege to be one of over 7,400 registered Chartered Environmentalists from a diverse range of fields. This provides access to a network of like-minded professionals, a sense of belonging in a challenging area of work, and highlights a longstanding commitment to using your skills and experience to serve the needs of the environment and society. I like to see it as being part of an army of people pulling in (roughly) the same direction to make the world a better place.”
Like many sustainability professionals, Amanda Williams BSc (Hons) MIEMA CEnv started her professional life in a very different role – as a news journalist. However, her passion for the environment and sustainability drove her to pursue a career as an environmental professional – a profession which she has now been part of for fifteen years. During this time, she has worked in diverse sectors and roles, including in the higher education sector as a Research Assistant looking at Education for Sustainable Development, as an Environmental Officer and an Environment and Energy Manager. Amanda also enjoyed a spell working for a Green Member of the European Parliament on regional liaison and policy, coinciding with the UK’s EU Referendum campaign.
Since November 2016 she has worked in her current role as Sustainability Manager at Landmarc Support Services, a company which works in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to manage and operate military training facilities across 190,000 hectares of built estate and rural land. Amanda describes this as a very stimulating and exciting area to be involved in, with the Defence Training Estate covering some of the most precious habitats in the UK – including 40,000 hectares of National Park land and 70,000 hectares of nature conservation sites. Largely unaffected by development or intensive agriculture, the estate is one of the last bastions of habitat for numerous protected species and Landmarc are committed to keep it that way.
Amanda has been able to transfer many of the skills she gained from previous roles, including her time working in journalism. Notably, her strong communication skills have been crucial to her successes in environmental management, helping her to develop behavioural change campaigns and write business cases, and become a full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) – a recognition she gained in 2013.
Wanting to take the next step in her professional journey, Amanda applied to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) in 2018. She was thrilled to be successful in her application and since credits CEnv registration with giving her increased confidence and credibility in her role. In demonstrating a proven track record of expertise and experience, CEnv registration shows that her peers value her contribution to the profession and provides employers with assurance of her professional competence and commitment to professional standards.
Looking forward, Amanda is hopeful that there will be a time when roles like hers don’t exist, because sustainability will have become an accepted part of how we do business. In the meantime, she is passionate about achieving the kind of transformational change that is required to tackle the big sustainability challenges that we face. She aspires to become a Fellow of IEMA and aims to continue her career pathway as a sustainability leader, influencer and innovator. Through their commitment to professional standards, Amanda views chartership and professional body membership as key factors in ensuring that the environmental profession is equipped to respond to these challenges.