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Dr Peter Matthews, CBE, OBE,  Fellow of RSC, CIWEM, and IW, Chartered as a Chemist, Water and Environment Manager, and Environmentalist


After a career in the water industry spanning almost 35 years, he retired from Anglian Water International as Deputy Managing Director International in 1999.

After serving on the Board of the Environment Agency and as Chair of the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator, he was appointed in August 2012 as Founding Chair of the Welsh Government’s new body for managing Natural Resources in Wales. Natural Resources Wales (NRW), a position he held until December 2015.

He has held a number of other public and private appointments, but he is currently a Non-Executive Director of Trinity House Lighthouse Board, Liveryman and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, a Past Pitt Fellow of Pembroke College Cambridge, and Honorary DSc of Anglia Ruskin University.


Dougal Driver FICFor FRICS CEnv APMG

Vice Chair

Dougal Driver has extensive experience in the public, private and NGO sectors. After a successful career managing the Defence Estate, he became a Defra Director and Ministerial advisor on environmental matters. He played a vital role in the first green infrastructure and natural capital polices and was a leading advisor in the Secretary of State's team that set up the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Dougal is now a board member for several environmentally focussed organisations and is CEO of Grown in Britain. 

Dougal is passionate about the work of SocEnv and is determined to ensure that environmental professionals are at the heart and start of decisions affecting the world we live in.  


Emma Wilcox

Chief Executive

Emma joined the Society for the Environment as CEO in July 2015 and over the last 18 months has successfully overseen growth in the number of registered environmental professionals whilst also ensuring the reputation of Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians has been enhanced and maintained.  Particular recent success includes ensuring registered environmental professional’s collective voice has influenced policy.

Emma’s strong academic and research background is supported by an in-depth knowledge of both public and private sector landscapes along with commercial experience.  During her career to date Emma has successfully demonstrated the ability to combine creative and analytical thinking and lead multi-disciplinary projects, business activity and navigate complex challenges. 

Emma is a member of the Institute of Materials and a Committee member of the European Network of Environmental Professionals.  Emma is also graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Programme. 


Geoff Atkins                                                                                      

Head of Licensing, Registration and Standards       

Geoff joined SocEnv in July 2016 from the Engineering Council where he was Licensing Executive for almost four years. Prior to this Geoff spent 24 years in various roles within the City & Guilds Group, including six years with the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).  During his career, Geoff has gained an excellent knowledge of quality and audit procedures within the educational field and brings with him a wealth of experience, particularly in process improvement.

Geoff says “I am really enjoying being part of the challenging, yet exciting future of the Society for the Environment, and working closely with the Licensed Members.”

At home, Geoff is kept busy by his twin daughters, two cats, listening to music and watching live sport.


Elaine Rutherford

Operations Manager 

Elaine joined the team in 2009 after numerous years in the Construction and IT Sector. Having been an Freelance IT Trainer for a number of training companies, including being involved in training staff for a national bank rolling out a new in-house  software.  She has also been a supply teacher for CLAIT and RSA and also for Business Studies in IT. As well as holding managerial roles in a number of steel fabrication companies, she was also PA to a Finance/Personnel Director in the Fashion Industry and a Clerical Officer for Microbiology and Public Health laboratory in the Midlands.

As well as the day to day running of the office, she process registration of CEnv and REnvTech and support Head of Licensing  in the administration of Licence Reviews, including managing users on the website.  


Lee Revis

Insight and Engagement Officer

Lee joined SocEnv in July 2016 from WaterAid, where he worked in the Water Industry Partnerships team. Prior to that, he had held a number of roles in digital marketing for charities in Essex. Lee is quickly building up a large base of knowledge in not-for-profit marketing and campaigning. His focus within the office is providing insight into the sectors in which our professional environmentalists work, as well as promoting the value of registered environmental professionals and the Society.

With a Master's in Development Management and Aid Policy from the University of Birmingham, and an Undergraduate Degree in International Development from the University of Essex, Lee has a broad knowledge and obvious passion for development studies. He wrote his Masters' thesis on Community Based Natural Resource Management as a tool for development in east and southern Africa, and has a wide body of data driven research into the links between foreign aid and development in post-conflict states.


Peter Matthews CBE OBE (CIWEM) 
Council Chair

Dougal Driver (ICF) 
Vice Chair

Ian Byrne (EI)
Honorary Treasurer, Audit & Risk Committee Chair

Jennifer Blumhof  (IES) 
Registration Authority Chair

Carolyn Roberts (IES) 
Honorary Fellows Panel Chair

William Pope (IES) 
Remuneration Panel Chair

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