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Registrant Profile | Nicholas Wright CEnv, Associate Director of Ecology

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Nicholas Wright CEnv MCIEEM is Associate Director of Ecology for Scotland at Arcus Consultancy Services, an environmental, planning and engineering consultancy that specialise in renewable energy development, as well as other forms of sustainable development. Nick makes a difference in his work by helping to safeguard and, in many cases, improve, local biodiversity, whilst working to deliver renewable energy, thus helping to tackle both the climate change and the biodiversity crises.

Growing up in a small rural village, Nick has had a strong connection with nature since childhood, and further developed his passion for wildlife and the environment through watching David Attenborough and Steve Irwin on TV, but it wasn’t until university that he realised he could turn that passion into a career. While studying for an Honours degree in Environmental Biology and a Master of Research (MRes) degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology, Nick developed an interest and specialism in mammal ecology.

After university, Nick took part in voluntary ecological work until securing a position in 2009 as a graduate ecologist working for a consultancy in the onshore wind sector. From there Nick developed his ecological expertise to cover a broad range of disciplines, but specialised in bat and protected species ecology, earning a number of protected species licences and developing expertise in Environmental & Ecological Impact Assessment.

Nick now leads the Ecology Team for Arcus in Scotland and is a serving member of the Scottish Committee of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), with whom he also holds his Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration.

Like many professionals, Nick applied to become a CEnv to challenge himself and to demonstrate his dedication to upholding the highest standards of scientific scrutiny, professional integrity and commitment to sustainable development.

 

Why should other CIEEM members become CEnv?

Green is the new black, Governments across the world are finally taking major steps to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, and the private sector is leading the charge towards a low carbon economy. Although this is hugely exciting, it needs to be done right, so it is more important than ever to be able to demonstrate that you are professionally a cut above the rest, and that you have the expertise to ensure that the green recovery is done in the most sustainable way possible.

 

Nick’s top tips for prospective Chartered Environmentalists:

The interview might seem a bit intimidating, but it’s really just a great opportunity to speak like-minded peers about what you love doing and what you are passionate about. Prepare well, but enjoy yourself.

 

Profile correct as of April 2021.

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