Chartered Scientist


About CSci

Don Lack


I have been a member of a professional body since starting at Nene College in 1970 and as my work experience changed and specialised over the years I became a member of the Energy Institute, where I am now a Fellow.

I was motivated to apply for Chartered Scientist following the Energy Institute promotion and details of how the scheme worked. For many years I had been involved in the research and development of innovative projects as well as providing evidence to the House of Lords scientific panel on biomass. I realised that much of my work fell well within the criteria for CSci and complemented the research I had been involved with.

CSci has allowed me to focus on my work in relationship to science and show others that my field is contributing to development of science within our industry and offering a possible route for others.

The energy industry has a high awareness for science- related issues such as climate change and global warming but has failed to recognise the opportunities that our industry has to pioneer science as a key skill and qualification we should be promoting and looking for. As more in my field complete CSci registration, we can encourage and promote opportunities for young scientists and engineers.

CSci has helped to recognise the research work I had been involved with over a number of years and to make me more aware of how my work was complementary to the science ethos. I feel that clients and other consultants are listening more and taking more notice because of my registration. CSci gives a further accreditation to my skills and reassures clients that I am serious about the issues I work on.

I manage a multidisciplinary office of architects, building service engineers and carbon management team all focussed on sustainable development and maintaining a design solution process for our clients. Climate change is the biggest issue affecting the planet today and needs scientists and engineers to meet the challenge. My work looks not only at the impact on a global scale but also the issues at a local level and how even the smallest projects can have a significant impact on this challenge.