Orna O'Toole

"The people, I work with are a great bunch of people who have similar work values and ethos."

Job Title: Principal Land Quality Engineer

Employer: NHBC

Job: Principal Land Quality Engineer

About my job

Environmental Engineering was an obvious choice for me having a background in geology, hydrogeology and land contamination.

With a first degree in Earth Sciences plus a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering as well as having worked as a hydrogeologist, and Contaminated Land Officer, I joined NHBC in May 2004 (and recently received my 10 year NHBC 'Birthday' hamper!). As a Senior Environmental Engineer I work in a team that is responsible for ensuring that new housing schemes comply with the contaminated land requirements of NHBC Standards and the Building Regulations. I was promoted to a Principal position in 2008 when I became more involved in the NHBC's Land Quality Endorsement scheme, a commercial consultancy service offered by NHBC to assess brownfield sites against NHBC's standards.

NHBC supports its staff to develop their careers and NHBC provided me with the time and encouragement to achieve my goal of becoming a chartered scientist in 2010.

The people, I work with are a great bunch of people who have similar work values and ethos. The company has a wider understanding of employees' professional needs and their wellbeing.

In 2005 NHBC sponsored a team which I was part of to travel to SriLanka after the Tsunami to help local people re-build homes that had been destroyed. NHBC takes its Corporate Responsibility seriously and amongst other commitments sponsors Cancer Research UK. In 2011 Marie Curie were NHBC's charity partner and NHBC sponsored a staff team to cycle from Lands' End to John of Groats and I was delighted to be part of the team that achieved that goal.

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