A day in the life – Claire Briggs

Speaking with our Environmental Advisor

Claire Briggs is our Environmental Advisor. With a background in Environmental Biology and Environmental Engineering, Claire enjoys a role in which no two days are the same. Away from the project, she is a keen tennis player and actively involved in her local club.

Claire’s role on the Peak East VIP project

“I make sure the Morgan Sindall Infrastructure team meets all its key environmental requirements – things like recycling the by-products of our work and ensuring we protect the unique ecology of the area.

“Working in such a beautiful and dramatic landscape as the Peak District is a huge honour, with a lot of environmental responsibility. A large part of what I do day-to-day is explaining the potential environmental risks to the project team and how to manage or preferably avoid them altogether.”

Working in environmental management

“Environmental management covers a wide range of specialist areas, so the variety of the role is really enjoyable.

“I have an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology and a Masters in Environmental Engineering. During my career to date I have worked for an environmental consultancy, moving on to become the Environmental Compliance Manager at a large military base before joining the team at Morgan Sindall Infrastructure.

Working on the Peak District VIP project has introduced me to a number of interesting areas including seed harvesting, archaeology, electrofishing, managing invasive rhododendron and dealing with protected species such as bats and willow tits. I am looking forward to seeing the project completed and leaving a positive legacy in this area for generations to come.”

A word of advice…

“Patience, flexibility and good communication skills are essential for someone considering environmental management as a career. The nature of the work means plans will often be changed at the last minute and you have to respond rapidly and be prepared to put your planned work on hold.”