Career profile: Alex Herschel, environmental specialist at Guernsey Electricity
Environmental specialist at Guernsey Electricity
Why did you become an environment and sustainability professional? The marine and coastal environment has always been an important part of my life. I grew up travelling around the world while my father set up a shipping business, and also yachting with my parents, who are avid sailors. This passion for the sea, sailing and marine life spurred me on to gain a BSc in zoology with a specialism in marine ecology, and subsequently an MSc in applied marine science.
What was your first job in this field? My first paid role was as a research coordinator for an NGO in South-East Asia. This included managing monitoring programmes for coral reef biodiversity, working with local communities on schemes for alternative livelihoods, and training fishermen to carry out marine surveys and become marine reserve wardens.
How did you get this? While studying, I spent every summer volunteering on marine conservation and research programmes. The experience, life skills and contacts I gained stood me in ...