The title of Environmental Practitioner of the Year 2015 has been awarded to Lachlan Wilkinson, a Consultant with JBS&G. The award was granted to Mr Wilkinson by the Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) Scheme during the EIANZ gala dinner at the Old Brewery in Perth, Western Australia.
In receiving the award, Mr Wilkinson said “It was very special and a surprise to be honoured by my peers in this way, many of whom have been a great source of guidance and inspiration since I joined EIANZ 20 years ago. I also want to acknowledge the CEnvP program for its ongoing role in promoting a high standard of practice and ethical conduct within the environment profession”.
Alan Chenoweth, Chair of the CEnvP Board, said “Lachie has specialised in managing government environmental assessments and approval processes under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. These have been complex, multi-jurisdictional projects and controversial projects, including for example the Olympic Dam mine expansion, Brisbane Airport New Parallel runway, Tugun Bypass and several iron ore projects in the Pilbara. ”
“He has served Australia’s environment for more than 30 years. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner, an Impact Assessment Specialist and has managed EIANZ’s Impact Assessment SIS for the past six years. As worthy as he is for recognition for services to EIANZ, this award is about his environmental professionalism.”
Mr Wilkinson has held senior positions for 14 years within the Australian and Victorian governments working in environmental impact assessment, international biodiversity policy and national strategic planning, forestry, natural resource management and land use planning. He now works as a consultant.
The title of Environmental Practitioner of the Year is awarded annually by the CEnvP Board, to an environmental professional who has demonstrated excellence in their field and made an outstanding contribution to the environmental profession. Mr Wilkinson received the award during the Annual Conference of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).
The CEnvP Scheme was established in 2004 with the support of the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts to advance ethical and competent environmental practice. There are currently over 622 CEnvPs across Australia and New Zealand, including 20 Impact Assessment Specialists, 14 Ecology Specialists, 1 Climate Change Specialist and 2 Contaminated Land Specialists.
The EIANZ is a not-for-profit professional association for environmental practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand. Formed in 1987, the EIANZ promotes independent and interdisciplinary discourse on good practice environmental management, and is an advocate for ethical professional practice and sustainable environmental outcomes.
For more information about CEnvP certification or specialist programs, contact: Peta Haasbroek 03 9001 6948 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cenvp.org