[Gemma Williams, Highly-Commended Runner-Up, being presented her award by Lynn Cooper, CEO Institute of Water]
CPD Award for the Water Sector
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 be a member of 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.
Applications for CPD 2019 Awards CLOSED
How to enter: Simply send your CPD Record for the last 12 months to Sarah Dunn.
The Awards will close on 14th February 2019. The winners will be announced at the Institute of Water President’s Dinner in Belfast in June.
Format of submissions:
We appreciate that everyone has a slightly different way of undertaking and recording CPD. It’s a personal thing. That’s why we are flexible in terms of the format that entries need to take. However, successful entries will contain the following as a minimum:
- A clear timeline showing the CPD activities you have undertaken and when you did them.
- A development plan, showing what you set out to achieve (i.e. development goals).
- An assessment of how successfully your CPD activities met your goals.
Entries are scored on four categories. The winning entry would be expected to contain elements of all of these:
- Scoping – Identifying skill gaps and opportunities for development
- Planning – Setting relevant goals for development activities and target dates
- Recording – Accurately recording development achievements and learning outcomes
- Reflecting – Evaluating achievements and reviewing them against professional and development needs
The 2018 CPD Award went to Ben Tam, Head of Business Unit, Strategic Projects at Isle Utilities. The two runners-up were, Gemma Williams, Catchment Risk Co-ordinator at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Phillippa Pearson, Catchment Manager at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
“I remember clearly the session Ian Limb ran for our team and his principles stuck with me, so a big thanks to Ian and the Institute of Water for the effort they put into CPD. In that session I learnt that the core of the CPD process is about identifying areas where you have a gap or development need and then finding a logical way to get that experience or knowledge. It can be tough to keep track of everything or become overwhelming if left for a long time so I keep it simple and aim to have a small set of goals, but which will have a bigger impact. Setting goals has kept me on track and I find it a useful way to reflect on what I’m doing at work and also outside of work. It has really helped with making decisions about my career especially when it comes to identifying the next role to apply for and what I can learn from each role I do.
“I’m thrilled to have won the award this year and will continue to be an advocate for CPD and how it is instrumental to career development.”
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!”