My career: Ryland Cairns

Environment manager, Muntons

Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional?

Growing up in the countryside enabled me to develop a strong connection with the natural environment. I have been fortuitous to carry this passion on through university and into my profession.

What was your first environment/sustainability job?

My first real environmental job involved being responsible for the management of all MoD water, wastewater and waste treatment assets and operations in the Falkland Islands and Ascension Island. I felt incredibly lucky to be helping to ensure effective environmental operations in such unique ecosystems.

How did you get your first role?

I studied with the previous manager of MoD water during my MTech in water processes at Cranfield University. His breadth and depth of knowledge relating to the technical, regulatory and environmental management aspects was simply amazing. He attributed this to his MoD role. He was so inspiring that when the position became available I jumped at the chance.

How did you progress your environment/sustainability career?

Although I have invested a lot of time in personal study I attribute the team ...

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