Testimonial: Chartered membership with CIWM

Chartered member
Lisa Hathway
principal land quality engineer

Why did you join CIWM?

I joined CIWM in 1997 initially as a Graduate member, to be a part of a recognised institution that represents a range of professionals who operate within the wastes and resources sector, not just in the UK but internationally.

Why does your membership grade work for you?

I know that I am recognised as a Chartered professional by peers and my employers alike. It demonstrates to everyone that having been assessed by experienced Chartered waste managers, I commit to maintaining continuing professional development (CPD), to never stop learning and I agree to operate under CIWM’s Code of Conduct.

How has CIWM membership helped your professional development?

CIWM membership has enabled me to network with like-minded professionals over the years and make really important connections that might not have been otherwise possible. Being a Chartered professional is a pre-requisite of my role at NHBC – so I would not have my job or the subsequent promotions without being a Chartered member.

In addition, it was a fundamental requirement for achieving accreditation as a registered Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC); I am sure that I wouldn’t be where I am now, without being a Chartered member of CIWM.

For you, what is the greatest benefit of CIWM membership?

For me, it’s being able to network with professionals from a broad range of disciplines. The ability to share and learn from other Chartered waste managers should never be underestimated. I also have exposure to issues outside of the day job, in subject areas that I’m genuinely interested in and really passionate about.

Are there any CIWM activities that stand out as being especially helpful to you?

I’m involved in the CIWM East Anglian Centre and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to, and learning more about, issues I don’t usually deal with in my day job. Last year, the East Anglian Centre held an open meeting that focused on food waste. To hear from people who are front line, making a real difference in their communities, to both people’s lives and the environment, was really inspiring. 

I regularly serve on professional interview panels and, for me, this is the most rewarding element. I’ve learnt so much from listening to the experiences and case studies presented by the candidates over the years. Where else could you listen to presentations about managing munitions waste, managing waste in disaster zones and legal encounters. I have learnt about many aspects of waste that I’ve never even contemplated and in some cases, it’s changed my own views because of this.

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