Kerrie Craig – Environmental Consultant

I’m an Environmental Consultant in the Environment Advisory Group within the Industry and Buildings (I&B) business line. I’ve been with Royal HaskoningDHV for over a year, having joined as a graduate. My day-to-day role focuses on coordinating Environmental Impact Assessments and providing consenting advice for renewable energy projects, particularly offshore wind.

As well as being involved in our Graduate LAUNCH programme, I am a UK Young Royal HaskoningDHV committee member, a group which connects young professional across the UK. The same group exists in other countries across the company.

Young Royal HaskoningDHV

The purpose of the UK Young Royal HaskoningDHV committee is to help young professional raise their profile, build their network and grow their understanding of the wider business.

We hold national and international events, including a site visit to South Africa planned for January 2019. My role on the committee is as international co-ordinator, which means I liaise with my counterparts on the committees in other countries.

The challenges of my role

As an Environmental Consultant for renewable energy projects, the biggest challenge is the sheer amount of documentation needed as part of the consenting process.

It’s essential that we are transparent at every stage, co-ordinating all reporting with the client’s and decision makers requirements as well as what each stakeholder needs. As a result, reporting is highly labour intensive and can result in huge documents that can be hundreds of pages long.

Royal HaskoningDHV is leading the way in improving this, by looking at proportionate Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). Digital tools are a major opportunity, as they mean we can present information and data in a more accessible and interactive way, reducing the need for unsustainable, 1000-page reports.

We’re working closely with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to standardise this approach across the industry and continue to create quality, engaging reports.

Motivation through work

I really love the opportunity to work at forefront of offshore wind and renewable energy developments. Gaining consent for such important projects is a huge responsibility and a fascinating process to be a part of.  The prospect of taking a renewable energy project from an idea to reality really motivates me.

I’m very excited to be a part of delivering the projects and I particularly enjoy speaking to clients and stakeholders. Because Royal HaskoningDHV is leading the field I feel that I’m gaining world class experience working with my colleagues.

Proportionate EIA is something that I’m very excited about, and I also really enjoy my role on the Young Royal HaskoningDHV Committee. It’s fantastic that the organisation has this in place. It makes such a difference to young professionals by helping us all understand the different business lines and the vast expertise that the company has across the world. I love the fact that I can pick up the phone to my contacts from Indonesia to Australia to pick their brains.

What attracted me to Royal HaskoningDHV?

I was attracted to the company because of its global presence and the fact that there are opportunities to work on projects across the world.

There’s such a good support network here – I feel valued and very comfortable to pick up the phone to my director to ask him a question.

There’s great collaboration across the business lines, plus support for graduates through both the LAUNCH programme and Young Royal HaskoningDHV. As a new employee I’ve never once felt bottom of the pile.