The Environment Agency has hosted a number of Professional Fellows and has found the experience to be valuable not only for the Fellows, but also for the organisation itself.

‘We have found that working in partnership with other environmental organisations and through international networks has numerous benefits for our organisation. We gain valuable insights that influence the way we manage the environment at home, as well as the successes the Professional Fellows put in place in their home countries.’

Holly Sisley, Senior Environment Officer at the Environment Agency, mentored Olakitan Ogungbuyi during her 2008 Professional Fellowship. Holly said:

‘Having a Professional Fellow here was great, and definitely a two-way learning process. It was interesting to see the environmental issues of Wales through the eyes of someone from another country [Nigeria]. It helped keep our environmental challenges in perspective and also demonstrated the importance of consistent regulation and monitoring when working with business and industry.’