As part of our graduate trainee scheme recruitment, we take a closer look at some of the roles we have in SEPA and the people doing them. Martin Valenti is our Head of Strategic Initiatives. We find out a little more about him and what his job involves.
What is your educational background?
I have a 2:1 hons degree in Environmental Health from Strathclyde University and a range of diplomas in related topics such as acoustics, and public health and hygiene.
What attracted you to working in SEPA?
As a person who is passionate about our beautiful environment, I love being able to see the value I bring to making Scotland the most successful and sustainable economy in the world. Working for SEPA provides me with the opportunity to make things happen and I am fortunate to be in a role that puts me at the very heart of tackling global problems like climate change. I actually get paid to save the world and not many people can make that claim.
What work are you involved in?
As Head of Strategic Initiatives, I have a hugely exciting and challenging range of duties including, identifying major strategic initiatives that can help SEPA influence and deliver major transformation to Scotland’s green economy. I’m keen to work with others to improve the understanding of the economic, environmental and societal opportunities that can be achieved by working to one planet thinking.
What are your green credentials?
Having worked in variety of environment related roles for almost thirty years, I am pretty clear about how I can best influence better environmental behaviours. I also spend the majority of my free time either in my large garden cultivating biodiversity or down at my allotment where I grow much of the veg and fruit my wife and I consume. I am also Vice Chair of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and a founding member since its inception in 2009. I also recently joined the board of Scotland’s Towns Partnerships and I’m a Stirling City Commissioner.
What is your favourite Scottish environment?
This is not an easy one to answer as we are blessed in Scotland with so much choice, however, if I was pushed to say one it would have to be sitting with my wife on the beach at Kildonan on Arran watching the seals and oystercatchers play in the water. I also love Italy, my other home, and in particular Vernazza in Liguria which is part of the breathtaking Cinque Terre UNESCO world heritage site.
What advice do you have for any graduates considering applying to SEPA?
Not many people have the opportunity to tell their family and friends that they are paid to save the planet, so I think that alone should have people clamouring to work for SEPA. Whichever role you apply for in SEPA, you will be part of a highly important purpose to help Scotland be an inclusive and prosperous society, and a beautiful and safe place to live.
Further information about our graduate trainee scheme can be found on our website. The closing date for applications is Friday 24 March 2017 at midday.