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Early Career Advisory Board - Learn about the industry - Find your next employer

Early Career Advisory Board

The Early Career Advisory Board promotes career opportunities in the sector, providing insights on what it’s like to be an environmental consultant and how to get into the industry.


  • James Bickle (chair) – Senior Consultant, Delta-Simons

  • Adam Lau (vice chair) – Environmental Scientist, Atkins

  • Ellie Hathaway – Senior Consultant, Ramboll

  • Beth Holt – Environmental Consultant, Mott MacDonald

  • Jay Hall – Environmental Consultant, Arcadis

  • Zara Ahmed – Environmental Consultant, ERM

  • Anna Volak – Senior Field Ecologist, SLR

  • Joana Neto Cerejeira – Climate Change and Sustainability Consultant, AECOM

  • Katherine Stanfield – Sustainability Consultant, Jacobs

To get involved, become a Leader member of Environment Analyst.


Free webinar series: Learn About Environmental & Sustainability Consulting

Join our upcoming webinar series this May and hear experienced consultants from our Early Career Advisory Board share their insights into the field of consulting, discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with this career path, and offer advice on how to become a successful consultant.

Webinar One: Learn about Sustainability Consulting – 22 May, 12:00-13:00 BST
Webinar Two: Learn about Environmental Consulting – 24 May, 12:00-13:00 BST


Register now and take the first step towards a career that makes a positive difference to people and the planet!

The recording will be sent to registrants to watch on-demand.


To give you an insight of the work you’ll be doing as an environmental and sustainability consultant, our Sustainability Delivery Group members also host a series of Free Expert Talks, sharing their expertise on the sector.


Video series: What’s it like to be an environmental consultant?

We spoke to four environmental consultants who have recently joined the industry to find out about their day-to-day life, their future goals and ambitions - and what attracted them to the industry in the first place.

With thanks to our Early Career Advisory Board, in particular Michael Bentham, Niamh Murphy, James Bickle and Adam Lau.

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What are your future goals and ambitions, and what opportunities are there?

What are your future goals and ambitions, and what opportunities are there?

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What are your career highlights and what are you proud to have achieved?

What are your career highlights and what are you proud to have achieved?

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What is the day-to-day life of a consultant?

What is the day-to-day life of a consultant?

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What attracted you to the industry and how do you make a difference?

What attracted you to the industry and how do you make a difference?

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Find your next employer

Discover your next employer with our directory of environmental and sustainability consultants.


Early Career Survey results are in…

Early career professionals (ECPs) are positive about working in the UK’s environmental & sustainability consulting sector, according to Environment Analyst’s Early Career Survey, which saw 370 ECPs share their thoughts on sector entry routes, job satisfaction, retention and the skills crisis.


The survey found role variation, international work and a sense of purpose were critical determinants of job satisfaction. However, the results flagged sub-optimal performance in the areas of sector diversity, salaries, and early engagement with young learners to encourage take-up of relevant STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects, when compared to other professional service sectors.

What wider sustainability company benefits are important to you?

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Watch on-demand: Tackling the Skills, Resource & Diversity Challenges in the Brownfield Sector

The brownfield sector is facing challenges in resourcing and recruiting the people and skills required to fulfil current project requirements and enable growth. Additionally, in a recent survey the wider environmental profession was ranked the second least ethnically diverse sector in the UK.​


We brought together a diverse panel (including Early Career Advisory Board​ member James Bickle) to discuss the current approach to recruitment and career development, strategies to attract a more diverse workforce, and how to future-proof the sector to better meet changing industry and project demands.

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