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Nick Hunter, Environmental Manager, Atkins


Environmental Manager

My Bio

When did you join Atkins?

I joined the company in August 2014.

Why did you join Atkins?

I think the firm’s reputation for challenging projects and innovative thinking was the main attraction for me. Opportunities to join a truly industry-leading company are not always common, so I had no hesitation in joining Transportation when the chance arose.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

I worked for the Environment Agency on legislative compliance for the water industry and civil engineering projects. The experience of regulatory work helps me to better position our projects and division in delivering our environmental commitments.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

I help to set the environmental direction for Transportation at a higher-level and also work day-to-day in supporting our projects to deliver their environmental contract requirements, principally for rail resignalling schemes. I like to think of my role as moving us on a journey from legal compliance as a start to seminal best practice at the end.

How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

I tend to relate it to what they most commonly know which often pollution prevention on construction projects. However, the conversation has moved on in recent years so I can describe the sustainability of our business performance as a key part of what I do for a living. People are still always keen to hear about projects you’ve been involved in that they recognise.

Do you have professional accreditations?

I am a Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and a Chartered Environmentalist. I am also a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

What are you currently working on?

I am working on an environmental competency and training programme for the division that will help us to better equip all staff with appropriate levels of environmental knowledge and skills. It is an essential part of us looking beyond our management during live-build projects to discover how other areas of the business would benefit from environmental competencies.

What achievement are you most proud of?

It might sound rather unambitious but projects delivering their full contractual requirements to a sufficient and transparent standard is very satisfying. It is also a lot harder than people might appreciate to meet these all of the time beyond equivocation, so the progress we are making on this from things like assurance through to precautionary methods of working on-site is all a step on this journey to best practice and showing industry leadership.

How have you been supported during your career development?

People some years ago only seemed to have ‘jobs’ so the move to people having careers that they can shape themselves is quite liberating but also daunting. I would say that you will have the opportunity to push your career in the direction you want, be it through trying different roles, further training or simple shadowing a colleague in an another area of the business.

How do engineers and Atkins make a difference?

The built environment around us has to fulfill not only the wishes of the Client but serve the greater good. The work we carry out is at the heart of creating environments from small structures to planning cities that enrich people’s lives. Our progress in thought-leadership provides global benefits through the projects we deliver – the better we get, the more of a difference we make.

How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

I would say it is meritocracy combined with a collegiate mix of very talented minds. Put simply, you will always have a chance to put a good idea forwards and be given the support and opportunity to implement it. Being able to run ideas past experts in their field is very reassuring!

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