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SocEnv Awards | 2024

Our annual SocEnv Awards are back and nominations are now open!

Celebrating those environmental professionals going above and beyond in their fields!

Nominations are officially open for 2024 submissions!

Could you be recognised for your outstanding environmental work? Or do you know a deserving colleague who has recently gone above and beyond to protect or enhance the environment?

We are delighted to welcome nominations for the 2024 edition of the SocEnv Awards.

Nominate an outstanding Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) or Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) before Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 9am, for free.

Designed to recognise those outstanding individuals who have innovated, inspired, and have gone beyond what’s expected in their recent work to protect, preserve, or enhance the environment, there are two prestigious awards open for nominations:

  • Rising Star
  • 2024 Environmental Professional of the Year

Submit a nomination for free

Nominees for both awards must be registered as a CEnv, REnvP or REnvTech. However, nominations can be submitted by anyone, including self-nominations.

To nominate an outstanding environmental professional, please complete and submit a nomination on our Zealous platform linked below.

The nomination forms request details of the nominee’s (or your) commitment to professional practice, major achievements and how their recent work has made a real difference to protecting, preserving, or enhancing the environment and advancing the principles of sustainability. Nominees will be judged on the extent to which they have made a difference while demonstrating an outstanding record in the four main competences across each registration, as well as a fifth criteria that underlines exceptional outcomes:

  • Application of knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Effective communication
  • Personal commitment
  • Exceptional outcomes.

Further details, including the full entry criteria and conditions can be found on each nomination page on Zealous, please read the guidelines in full to ensure a successful nomination.

Nominations for both awards will be accepted until 09:00 BST on Wednesday 17th April 2024.

If you are unsure if your nominee meets the criteria, please do get in touch.

Enter the Rising Star award Enter the Environmental Professional of the Year

Zealous nomination pages:

There are two awards so please ensure you click on the right one for your nomination:

Environmental Professional of the Year – A registrant registered with us before January 2023.

Rising Star – A registrant who has registered with us on or after 1st January 2022 and in the early stage of their career [0-10 years].

Video Nominations

SocEnv is committed to being an inclusive organisation. You can submit your application in a video to make our application process easier and more accessible to a wider range of people.

  1. This video must be a talking head style video and should NOT be professionally produced.
  2. Video nominations should be a maximum of two minutes per section.
  3. The video application can be done with one video per section or all of your answers to the five questions in one video.


If you would like to have the guidelines within easy access when completing your application, download the PDF file here.


If you experience difficulties in completing either a written or video nomination and/or require adjustments for accessibility, please email [email protected]

SocEnv Awards Event

Our annual SocEnv Awards and Lectures event is back and this time it’s in-person and extra special, as we celebrate our 20-year anniversary. Join us in recognising and celebrating environmental excellence on Tuesday 4th June 2024.

We want you to be there as we announce this year’s winners, host a panel discussion on the World Environment Day theme and celebrate our 20-year anniversary at this event. You will have a chance to network with a wide range of environmental professionals across sectors during our networking reception as well.


The in-person event is taking place in London. Although in-person capacity has now been reached, you can join the waiting list for in-person attendance or register to join the livestream – find out more via our event listing below.

Visit the event listing

Event Headline Sponsors:



Crowberry Consulting® Ltd – Enabling Sustainable Futures is delighted to be the headline sponsor for the 2024 Society for the Environment Awards. In 2022 our CEO Becky Toal CEnv MIEMA received the prestigious Environmental Professional of the Year Award for her work in the area of sustainable events and environmental management for over 20 years. As an Employer Champion we encourage our team to work towards Chartered Status with the Society.”




AECOM – Delivering a better world

We are leading the change towards a more sustainable and equitable future by partnering with our clients to provide solutions that help them achieve their environmental and social value ambitions and advancing sustainable business operations to help prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

As trusted advisors, AECOM delivers professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to programme and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy and the environment, our clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges.

See how we are delivering sustainable legacies:

Become a sponsor of the SocEnv Awards event!

Our SocEnv Awards event is the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your commitment to professional registration and its role in protecting and enhancing the environment. Your sponsorship will play a crucial role in making this event a resounding success. Get in touch for more details!

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Past winners from the SocEnv Awards:

Chartered Environmentalist of the Year:

2013 Professor David Stubbs CEnv, the Head of Sustainability for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 

2014 Professor Martin Bigg CEnv 

2015 Dr Lucinda Gilfoyle CEnv, Catchment and Coastal Strategy Manager at Anglian water 


Environmental Professional of the Year:

2017 Phillippa Pearson CEnv, Catchment Manager at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water 

  • Elaine McFarlane – Highly commended finalist 
  • Graham Powell – Highly commended finalist 

2018 Graham Powell CEnv, CHP (Combined Heat and Power) Manager at Anglian Water 

  • James Peacock CEnv – Runner up 
  • Gemma Williams REnvTech – Highly commended finalist 
  • David Hampton CEnv – Highly commended finalist 
  • Mark Gallagher CEnv – Highly commended finalist. 

2019 Jerome Baddley CEnv, Head of Unit – the National Sustainable Development Unit for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care at the NHS and Public Health England. 

  • Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv – Highly commended finalist 
  • Diana Pound CEnv – Highly commended finalist 

2020 Mandhy Senewiratne CEnv, Director at Fyrefly Global Sustainability Ltd AND David Symons CEnv, UK Director of Sustainability at WSP 

  • Prof. Daniel B. Oerther CEnv – Highly commended finalist 
  • Claire Wansbury CEnv – Highly commended finalist 

2021 Dan Reading CEnv, Head of Sustainability at World Sailing 

2022 Becky Toal CEnv, Managing Director at Crowberry Consulting Ltd 

2023 Claire Wansbury CEnv, Fellow and Technical Director at Atkins Ltd 


Registrant Newcomer of the Year:

2020 Chris Landsburgh CEnv, Environmental & Sustainability Manager at Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd 

  • James Hicks CEnv, Senior Ecologist at Atkins – Highly commended finalist 

2021 Lara Young CEnv, Group Carbon Manager at Costain 

  • Gemma Williams CEnv, Ecology & Biodiversity Advisor, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water – Highly commended finalist 

2022 Paul Field CEnv, Environmental & Compliance (ESG) Manager at Janus International Europe Ltd 

2023 Will Oliver CEnv, Farmer at A H Oliver and Son  

Claire holding SocEnv Award trophy in front of a green landscape

2023 Environmental Professional of the Year award winner

Claire Wansbury CEnv, AtkinsRéalis Fellow and Technical Director Biodiversity. Reflecting on this achievement a year on, Claire said:

“It was such an honour to win Environmental Professional of the Year 2023. I have been fortunate during my career, and particularly in my current role with AtkinsRéalis to work on some incredible initiatives and projects. It is easy to take what we do day to day for granted, but we can all make a real difference. For anyone considering applying or proposing a colleague in future for one of the awards, I would absolutely encourage you to do so. It is a simple process, and allows us to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our profession.”

See how Claire reacted to winning the award in our virtual ceremony:

Meet the Judges

Dougal Driver CEnv

Judging Committee Chair. Chair, SocEnv. CEO, Grown in Britain

Lara Young CEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Peter EganCEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Kirsten Rottcher CEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Simon Benfield CEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Becky Toal CEnv

2022 Environmental Professional of the Year

Claire Wansbury CEnv

2023 Environmental Professional of the Year

Dr Emma Wilcox CEnv

Chief Executive, SocEnv

Dougal Driver CEnv

Judging Committee Chair. Chair, SocEnv. CEO, Grown in Britain

Lara Young CEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Peter EganCEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Kirsten Rottcher CEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Simon Benfield CEnv

Board Member SocEnv

Becky Toal CEnv

2022 Environmental Professional of the Year

Claire Wansbury CEnv

2023 Environmental Professional of the Year

Dr Emma Wilcox CEnv

Chief Executive, SocEnv

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