New CIWEM vice president
It’s a great honour for Hannah and a fair reward for the many hours of volunteering she has done for over 17 years. We asked her for an insight into her CIWEM progression.
Progress in CIWEM
“I have volunteered with CIWEM in the flood and coastal sector since I was a graduate 17 years ago. CIWEM has been a big part of my career journey. Now a CIWEM board trustee and regional delivery director with Binnies UK, becoming chartered in 2009 and a fellow in 2019 gave my career structure and the external recognition to excel. Winning the CIWEM Young Member of the Year Award in 2008 gave me a huge confidence boost.”
“Volunteering on various committees and panels has enabled me to build an extensive network across the private, public and charity sectors, has helped raise my profile and has given me the opportunity to gain skills such as policy development, event management and public speaking and chairing alongside my day job.
“I have chaired the CIWEM West Midlands branch and the CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group. I’m currently the Deputy Chair of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Expert Panel, supporting CIWEM to respond to consultations and feeding into CIWEM policy that reflects members’ views on topical issues such as natural flood management and climate change adaptation.”
“To be able to support other people to develop in their careers is very important to me, and I am thrilled to have successfully mentored people from across the flood and coastal sector to become chartered through CIWEM.
“One highlight was the opportunity to share my story on mental health in the March 2021 edition of The Environment magazine. I hope that it encourages other people to talk about mental health and to find support when they need it. For me, personally it was a huge relief to openly share something so personal. I have received some lovely feedback on the article, which you can read here.
“I am passionate about providing equal opportunities for everyone to progress in their career. I am an active advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion and a founding member of the national Women in FCERM initiative, as well as the current chair of the RSK women’s network.”
At Binnies, we create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery. Backed by a culture that has stayed true since the company’s founding over 100 years ago, Binnies develops intelligent water and environmental solutions using a whole-life-cycle approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. We strive to elevate the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.
Binnies is an RSK group company and was formerly part of Black & Veatch.
About the RSK group (RSK)
RSK is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services group made up of over 175 businesses. The group is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has an established presence in more than 40 countries around the world.
For over 30 years, RSK has been helping organisations realise their business goals efficiently, cost-effectively and with the minimum environmental and social impact. We deliver practical solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. As a client-focused business, our services are constantly evolving to directly respond to or pre-empt global conditions and legislative drivers.