A British Gypsum employee has received a prestigious award from environmental professional body, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Lorna Pilbin, environmental assistant at British Gypsum, won the IEMA Graduate of the Year Award – an accolade that rewards environmental studies graduates that have made a tangible difference to their business in their first role.
Lorna first joined the company as an environmental administrator in 2007 during a gap year between college and university, before embarking on an Environmental Science degree at the University of Plymouth. She returned to British Gypsum, which is part of the Saint-Gobain group, each summer during her studies to continue to build on her experience and knowledge of the industry.
Lorna graduated with first class honours in 2011 and became a full-time environmental assistant at British Gypsum. Since taking up the role, Lorna has managed a project focussed on the implementation of Saint-Gobain’s global water use policy. As part of the project, Lorna developed a strategy and procedures to monitor water usage and wastage at British Gypsum’s Robertsbridge site in East Sussex.
The success of this project has led to the uptake of Lorna’s methodologies across the rest of British Gypsum’s UK sites. It was this project that formed the basis of Lorna’s nomination into the competition by Allen Gorringe, head of environment at Saint-Gobain UK.
Lorna said: “I didn’t know I had been nominated for the award until I was notified of the shortlist, so it was a big surprise and a great honour to be recognised by the industry’s largest professional membership body. As well as a cash prize and a trophy, I have received a year’s membership to IEMA, which is great. At work, I’m currently focussing on rolling out the new water assessment project across all British Gypsum sites, so that’s keeping me busy.”
Allen Gorringe said: “Lorna is well deserving of this award. Her passion for a career in the environmental sector is apparent from her dedication to the job – not only taking up a role during her gap year but returning to work on projects between university term times. We have a superb environmental team at British Gypsum and are lucky to have Lorna working as part of that.”
The award was presented to Lorna at the Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony at The Grange, St Paul’s Hotel in London, by IEMA’s CEO Jan Chimel and Neil Pennell from award sponsor Land Securities.
For more information about British Gypsum’s environmental policies visit www.british-gypsum.com/sustainable.aspx