Pendle graduate scoops £500 in national competition

SUCCESS: Lucy Barrett is delighted to have been named runner-up in this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards (S)
SUCCESS: Lucy Barrett is delighted to have been named runner-up in this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards (S)

AN up-and-coming leading light in the sustainability sector has scooped £500 after being named runner-up in a prestigious national competition.

Lucy Barrett (22), of Lane Top, is delighted to have received recognition in this year’s Sustainability Leaders Awards, after being nominated by Stockport Homes.

Lucy did a placement at Stockport Homes as part of her university studies, and impressed staff so much with her work on waste management that they decided to put her forward for the “IEMA Graduate Award” at this year’s glittering ceremony.

The black tie event, which was compered by Great British Bake-off presenter Sue Perkins, was held at exclusive venue The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, in London.

As well as bagging herself a cash prize, Lucy was also awarded a one year’s graduate membership of IEMA.

The former Park High School student, who studied geography before completing a Masters in environmental management at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “It was really good.

“There were five of us on the shortlist and I was one of two runner-ups.

“I couldn’t believe that I got down to the final five.”

As part of his nomination for Lucy, environmental and energy manager at Stockport Homes, Joe Keating, said: “Alongside Lucy’s placement she produced a 20,000 word dissertation to complete her MSc studies, based on the implementation of waste management initiatives based on attitudes and behaviours of tenants.

“I truly believe that the dedication Lucy has shown towards this project makes her a worthy candidate for the award.

“I am delighted with Lucy’s development whilst working at Stockport Homes.

“Lucy arrived as a shy inexperienced student and has progressed very well to competently oversee multiple workloads.

“Lucy’s contract was due to end, but due to her progression and enthusiasm towards this project, I placed a bid for funds, which have now secured Lucy’s employment at Stockport Homes for a further six months.

“This will mean that Lucy can continue with the positive work she has been doing to improve the waste management practices of Stockport Homes and further reduce our environmental impact.”

And headteacher at Colne Park High School Dr Paul Parkin said: “We are very pleased for Lucy and all her achievements.

“It’s always good to know of the successes of former pupils.”