Laura Sanderson wins CIWEM Young Person of the Year Award
Laura Sanderson, a coastal and rivers scientist for engineering and environmental consultancy Royal Haskoning, has won the 2011 CIWEM Young Person of the Year Award. Laura received her award at CIWEM’s annual dinner, held yesterday evening, Thursday 19 May, at the Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Street, London.

One of three finalists, Laura centred her winning presentation around the passion and innovation young people bring to the industry, the importance of the Big Society, and how young people within the environmental profession can contribute to the government’s agenda.

Her winning presentation impressed judges. Using a living tree, Laura demonstrated the parallel between the needs of the environment and those of society, indicating that both rely on water and good support to grow strong roots, develop foundations and establish new growth.

Commenting on winning the award, Laura said: “I believe passionately that working in the environment industry is a vocation to which young people bring enthusiasm, commitment and innovation.”

Henry Rowe, Royal Haskoning’s Board of Management Director, said: “Everyone at Royal Haskoning congratulates Laura on her outstanding achievement. We are privileged to benefit from her talent, and her enthusiastic and innovative approach to her profession.”

Judge Mark Etheridge, from award sponsor Jacobs, said:

“Each of the candidates this year were of an exceptional quality.  However, Laura stood out due to her incredible enthusiasm for her work and for CIWEM and its principles.”

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