Matt is an Environmental Officer for the Port of Dover. His role include an incredibly wide range of compliance, remediation and advisory responsibilities, including ensuring compliance with statutory environmental requirements, consents and licences; identifying and reporting on environmental risks and data collected within the port which affect both the biophysical environment and socio-economic status in the region; and liaison with external enforcement bodies, stakeholders, and port clients on environmental issues.
Before working in environmental sciences, Matt worked in multiple capacities within the business community for ten years. He completed an undergraduate honours degree in aquatic ecosystems impacts and a master of science in biological oceanography; both from the University of Manitoba in Canada. His MSc research investigated the physical and chemical drivers behind under-ice phytoplankton blooms in the general region of Resolute Bay NU, Canada.
Matt decided to become a member of the IES as he believes it’s the best fit for his skills and career aspirations:
IES was a natural choice for me coming from a research based background and moving into a role which requires both science and business knowledge. The ethos and approach of the IES aligned with my interests, values and past professional experiences very well. Additionally, the IES allows me the choice of pursuing CEnv or CSci when I’m ready.
The aspect of his job Matt enjoys most is the variety of challenges he faces on a daily basis, allowing him to blend his past experience of business and research. This can be anything from helping the marine engineers solve ecology problems and legislation requirements, to working with external environmental consultants on EIA processes for our upcoming projects.
“I love the dual role of internal environmental advisor to various different parts of the port, alongside working with stakeholders and legislators. This varied workload is both exciting and interesting”
Matt is currently working on the Dover Western Docks Revival project. It’s the biggest project the port has ever undertaken and involves a complete transformation of the water front and the building of a new temperature controlled cargo facility. Matt believes the project will contribute to the local and national economies in a meaningful way.
“Working with a diverse group of specialists ensures that my daily challenges are exciting. The project places the Port as a leader in the marine civil engineering field using CEEQUAL as a benchmark of excellence.”
In the future Matt would like to continue working within the environmental sector and looks to pursue Chartership through the Institution.