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MFL presents ecologist with top honour at CIEEM Awards

By Karolyn Judge
03.07.14
CIEEM Awards Outstanding Professional Award winner Will Bond with McParland Finn Ltd's Managing Director Kevin McParland. Credit: Steve Burden

Will Bond, Managing Director of environmental restoration and creation company Alaska Environmental Contracting was announced as the winner of a coveted award from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) at an exclusive luncheon at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosted by comedienne and Absolutely Fabulous actress Helen Lederer, with guest speaker, leading independent environmentalist Chris Baines.

CIEEM is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers in Britain and abroad. The CIEEM Awards celebrate excellence in the field, honouring individuals, organisations and projects that demonstrate exemplary and inspirational best practice in their industry, with previous winners including Sir David Attenborough.

Will Bond won the CIEEM Outstanding Professional Award sponsored by McParland Finn Ltd. The award recognises exceptional achievements of a CIEEM member who, throughout their career, has been committed to delivering consistently high standards of knowledge and skill sharing, and leadership in the field of ecology and environmental management.

As part of his nomination, Mr Bond was repeatedly praised for his overriding positivity in his application of environmental restoration projects, which are often faced with planning and budget constraints. His determination for the construction industry to recognise and collaborate with ecological contractors such as his company Alaska Environmental Contracting, has led to the involvement of ecological management and restoration processes on an historically large scale in high profile infrastructure projects such as Manchester Airport.

Across his career, Will Bond has been committed to using innovative methods of restoration processes that are tailored to individual projects, working with clients and professional experts to deliver optimum outcomes. In East Anglia his team scaled up the capacity of fen restoration by supplementing hand cutters with large amphibious machinery, reversing decades of fen loss and inhibiting scrub invasion. The scale and quality of river restoration processes undertaken by his team is also recognised, as setting a gold standard in the field.

Sally Hayns, Chief Executive of CIEEM says: “With more categories than ever before, this year’s awards ceremony is an opportunity for us to shine a light on individuals and organisations across the country who are leading and developing pioneering ecology projects and research, many of which have made a substantial impact in protecting and enhancing Britain’s biodiversity.”

Martin Jackson, Director at McParland Finn Ltd, who sponsored the CIEEM Outstanding Professional Award says: “We recognise the importance of consistently delivering high standards and combined with our long standing commitment to the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management members. McParland Finn Ltd is delighted to be supporting the CIEEM Outstanding Professional Award category, in recognising this exceptional achievement.”

*Photo credit: Steve Burden

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