My career: James Brocklehurst

Environmental engineer, Boskalis

Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional?

A teacher in school noticed I was interested and rather good at ecology and physical geography so he handed me a leaflet about a course at the University of Leeds.

What was your first environment/sustainability job?

Before settling into an environmental career, I had several jobs and travelled extensively. I wanted to make a difference to the quality of people’s lives and believed that by protecting and improving the environment the poorest in society can help themselves.

How did you get your first role?

Through a Dutch contact. He was a geotechnical engineer and was doing environmental work in Angola and not enjoying it. I told him how much I would love to do the work and he sent my CV to his boss. The rest is history.

How did you progress your environment/sustainability career?

At Boskalis, sometimes you are the environmental manager leading a team and sometimes it is just you. The specific role is dependent on the project. That’s one ...

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