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Chartered Institute awards Dr Martina Girvan from Arcadis

Chartered Institute awards Dr Martina Girvan from Arcadis

 June 27, 2022

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) has named Arcadis Chartered Ecologist, Dr Martina Girvan, as its Member of the Year.

Member of the Year award category, sponsored by Wildcare, celebrates a consistently high level of commitment and achievement from a CIEEM member through their work to protect and enhance nature, support and help others in the profession, and/or contribute to the success of CIEEM.

"Thank you and congratulations to all the winners and finalists…The quality of applications this year was truly amazing!," said CIEEM.

Meet Arcadis Chartered Ecologist Dr Martina Girvan

Martina is a Chartered Ecologist with over 25 years’ experience demonstrating the benefits of biodiversity for productivity, stability and resilience of ecosystem-services. Following work with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, her PhD and Post-Doc research into how soil biodiversity underpins ecosystem-services and is affected by land use resulted in four influential papers in international journals, followed by a role as Biodiversity Officer delivering the Greater Manchester BAP, undertaking biodiversity audits, creating management plans and sponsoring enhancement projects.

In 2005 Martina moved to consultancy, working with multidisciplinary teams delivering major projects and managing teams of ecologists and arboriculturists. She has personally delivered three award-winning projects, over 50 Ecology Chapters for major Environmental impact Assessments, over 30 Habitat Regulations Assessments, 13 major international projects and over 30 strategies and mitigation plans across all development sectors. These were centred on design and mitigation to enhance biodiversity, integrated green infrastructure and introducing the natural capital (NC) and ecosystem-service approach. 

Martina has been supporting Grow2Know since 2019 - formed in the wake of the Grenfell disaster to support the recovery of the community using nature to stimulate education and wellbeing, and increase local biodiversity. She secured finance to launch their website and advises on design, health and safety, finance and stakeholder engagement, and has built relationships with partners to deliver numerous projects within the community.

Martina sits on CIEEM’s Advisory Forum and has been part of CIEEM’s Strategic Policy Panel since 2018, advising on practice and policy, attending meetings at Westminster and speaking on behalf of CIEEM at several events. As part of her policy work, Martina is an active member of CIEEM’s Environmental Net Gain (ENG) working group, is lead author for the ENG Briefing Paper and contributed to the ENG Principles.

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) has been a key area of engagement for Martina, having facilitated and presented a CIRIA BNG workshop, co-authored the BNG Principles (CIEEM, CIRIA and IEMA, 2016) and negotiated the provision of test data for the Eco-metric (now EBN tool) which she and her team have been trialling for 4 years.

Martina was a co-author of CIEEM’s Guidance on Ecological Survey and Assessment in the UK During the Covid-19 Outbreak and a member of the continued COVID-19 working group. She is also a member of CIEEM’s Raising Standards steering group supporting the delivery of survey standards and leading the preliminary habitats standard.

Through her work as a Chartership Assessor and with colleagues, Martina has mentored more than 50 ecologists through their CIEEM levels, including mentoring six successfully through Chartership. She has hosted seven Chartership Workshops.

Recognising women in ecological and environmental management

CIEEM is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad. Its vision is of a healthy natural environment for the benefit of current and future generations. With a growing membership and an increasingly influential voice, it is transforming the professionalism of the sector, just as its members are transforming understanding of, and attitudes towards, protecting and enhancing the natural environment. By working together, CIEEM believes it can make a difference, leading to a world rich in biodiversity for the benefit of everyone, now and in the future.

CIEEM formed in 1991 as the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. From small beginnings, it has grown into an increasingly influential professional body, setting standards, sharing knowledge and providing sound advice to governments on all aspects of ecological and natural environmental management practice. Its leadership was recognized in 2013 when awarded with its Royal Charter, becoming the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. That same year CIEEM launched its first ever Competency Framework for the profession, that has become the benchmark for practice standards and membership progression. CIEEM was further recognised for its contribution to the public good in 2020 when it became a registered charity in England and Wales.

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