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REnvTech Profile | Steve Coles REnvTech

7 questions with Steve Coles

1. What is your current role?

My current role is as Process Controller for Wing Water Treatment Works, for Anglian Water. I am responsible for overseeing the abstraction, and storage of raw water, the transfer of stored raw water into the treatment plant, and then the treatment and distribution of the resulting potable water. I am also the Biodiversity champion for the Wing site.


2. When would you say you became interested in environmental issues?

I have always been interested in the outdoors, having spent most of my youth on farms, and developed a greater awareness of environmental issues as I got into late teens, early twenties.


3. Why did you apply to become an Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech)?

I applied for REnvTech accreditation as a way to formalise what I was doing in my day to day work with Process Control, and the development of the natural Biodiversity of Wing Water Treatment Works.


4. What does REnvTech accreditation mean to you?

Holding REnvTech accreditation means that internally within the company my work as a biodiversity champion gets taken more seriously, and externally the company can also show its commitment to the environment, and employee development.


5. Why would you recommend REnvTech registration to other Institute of Water members?

I would recommend registration as a way of encapsulating your knowledge and development, and giving direction for continuous self improvement.


6. Do you have any advice/top tips on the registration process for prospective Registered Environmental Technicians?

My advice would be to sit down with a mentor and talk through the process. You will probably find a wealth of information that is relevant from your past that you had forgotten about!


7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I would like to think that in 7 years I will be registered as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and playing a greater role to address the Climate/Biodiversity issues that are ahead of us all.


This profile is correct as of December 2020.



Steve is now registered as a Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) – one step closer to his Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) goal.

Steve was registered as a REnvTech via membership of:

Institute of Water

Steve is now a REnvP via the Institute of Water.

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Registered Environmental Technician Registered Environmental Practitioner Institute of Water Other Licensed Members Anglian Water