Naresh Patel MCIWEM
How long have you been a member of CIWEM?
What does being a member of CIWEM mean to you?
Being part of a global community that advocates for exemplary water and environmental management. The kudos and clout that the Institution and members can provide in professional matters.
What advice would you give to anyone considering starting out on the application process?
dismayed and compare yourself to others who may be further along in their own
journey (though it's human nature!). Take time to reflect and identify your
strengths. Always keep yourself open to new opportunities especially those you
may think are not immediately within your role or remit - being able to connect
the dots goes a long way.
How do you think your membership/professional registration will support you in your career?
assist with progress towards Chartership – C.WEM and CEnv and help me develop
as a holistic and multidisciplinary environment and sustainability
professional. Membership will let me connect with others within CIWEM and
beyond allowing knowledge sharing and understanding of unique perspectives and
constraints. All this will be invaluable providing me professional and personal
credibility when promoting and embedding the Environmental Agenda.
Please describe your job role and day to day activities that your job entails?
consultant my role is varied. Internally I’ve delivered a range of
presentations to improve awareness of key issues including Invasive Species and
the Circular Economy. I’ve also supported on our ISO 14001 management system
leading on carbon footprint reporting. Externally I work with clients to
develop and deliver programmes of work and individual projects. This has
included renewable energy assessments, governance for delivering biodiversity
net gain and coordinating riverine habitat improvements with other
What inspired you towards a career in this sector?
MSc in Aquatic Resource Management gave me a solid grounding and passion for
aquatic environments, emphasising its importance to nature and to people. I
wanted to continue the applied nature of the course and so the water sector was
a good fit. Water is a precious and under pressure resource so the career is
both challenging but ultimately rewarding.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
selected to write and being published within CIWEM’s The Environment Magazine
and their inaugural Youth Takeover edition in March 2020. It was written
entirely by under 30’s and circulated to the membership around the world. The
writing itself was a surprisingly cathartic experience but knowing I’ve been
able to advocate for the environment alongside my peers in such a way was
What do you see as the biggest changes facing the sector over the next 10 years?
Climate and Ecological Breakdown simply put is all encompassing. Translating these mega trends into robust strategy but then also cost-effective operational outputs will be a real challenge. It will require vision, adaptability and collaboration across the sector and wider society.
Correct as of July 2020.