The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Award is open to individuals at any stage in their water sector career who can demonstrate commitment to continuous learning and improvement. Applicants will be expected to belong to a professional body but not necessarily the Institute of Water.
Short-listed entrants are invited to attend the Institute of Water’s Annual Awards Dinner where the winner is presented with their trophy in a prestigious ceremony, surrounded by senior figures from the water sector.
Entries are judged against four criteria:
Applicants are invited to submit text of up to 1500 words plus up to three pieces of relevant supporting material such as a development action plan or historical log of CPD activities and learning outcomes. Submissions will also be taken from our annual CPD monitoring exercise.
Information about 2018 submissions will be available soon.
The 2017 CPD Award went to Thomaz Andrade, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. The two runners up were Carmel Bradley, Northern Ireland Water and Anne Newton, Yorkshire Water.
“Adopting this systematic approach to learning and development has been an invaluable tool for me to widen my understanding of the Water Industry and of my specific field, as well as helping me to identify which skills I am best placed to develop further. I have come to realise that most development activities are linked to multiple learning objectives (or needs), creating a continuum of interlinked learning experiences. It has also been my experience that development activities have expanded my horizons and broadened my mind in more ways than initially planned for. Networking during events, for example, benefited my current work enormously by leading to partnerships with academia, including several projects with a good amount of external funding.
During my third annual CPD review in the beginning of 2016, it became clear to me that I want to develop in the scientific field while simultaneously deepening my understanding of how the industry and the business functions, so that I can successfully apply research advancements for the direct benefit of the company and our customers.”
The 2016 CPD Award went to Thomas Kelly, Kelda Water. Colin Hinge, Anglian Water and Darragh Hoban, Mott MacDonald were runners-up.
“I am really grateful to the Institute of Water for presenting me with the prestigious 2016 CPD award. It is fantastic to be acknowledged in this way, especially given the calibre of the other nominees.
I believe that the key to professional development is to welcome challenges as well as seeking out opportunities, reflecting on learning outcomes and always considering how to improve further. The Institute of Water has many ways to facilitate your progress including; online CPD tracking, professional registration, mentoring, awards and events; all of which represent fantastic development opportunities. If something in the Journal or on the website appeals to you, don’t hesitate to enquire about it, it could lead somewhere.
I have tracked my CPD throughout my career, allocating time periodically to reflect on what I have achieved, what skills I believe I will need in future and how best to develop them. Doing this has enabled me to add more value to my employer, achieve professional registration and encouraged me to pursue postgraduate qualifications as well; all of which the Institute of Water has helped to facilitate.
I will continue to support my team and colleagues to progress their CPD, and hopefully my achievement of winning the 2016 CPD award will encourage others to do the same. Don’t wait for opportunities to present themselves; be proactive, seek them out and take them!”
Kara Sadler, Anglian Water won the 2015 CPD award with Paul Holton, Southern Water taking second place and Mandy Senewirante, MWH Global taking third.
“I began to keep a CPD log when I first joined the Institute of Water four years ago. During this time I’ve developed myself academically, professionally and most important, personally. When I speak to people about CPD, they often assume that it is a laborious and highly administrative process, but it really isn’t and it does have many benefits. It is about finding what works best for you.
I dedicate a set amount of time every week to focus on my CPD log. This involves identifying my development areas, setting goals, and recording my progress. It is important to record the learning behind your actions to ensure you meet your goals and objectives. Do not worry if something does not go as planned, learn why, and try again.
This year I listed my development needs under three key areas and set myself a number of goals with varying deadline dates. I also set myself a goal outside of work, as personal challenges are a crucial part of my on-going development. I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to have won the prestigious CPD award for 2015. Not only has it been a huge accomplishment for me personally but it is fantastic to be recognised by the water industry. I thoroughly recommend that people dedicate time to CPD and to apply for the award in 2016. Next year it could be you!”
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