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The Society's CEO Dr Emma Wilcox provides an update on key work and plans at the Society for our email newsletter. Initially posting once every two months.

 

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June 2018

Posted By Phil Underwood, 29 June 2018

A Busy Time at SocEnv HQ


Graham Powell CEnv (right) - Environmental Professional of the Year 2018. Presented by Chair of the Society, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv

Welcome to the June edition of our e-newsletter. 

It is hard to believe July is almost upon us, although the beautiful weather across the UK certainly is proof enough. June has been a busy time for the Society. At the beginning of the month we celebrated World Environment Day, a global UN initiative that, this year, focused on the theme “beat plastic pollution”. We celebrated with our annual awards and lectures evening, culminating with the presentation of the 2018 Environmental Professional of the Year award to Graham Powell CEnv. Huge congratulations to all of the finalists! We have had some wonderful feedback – especially relating to the expert lectures and networking opportunities – and we’re already looking forward to World Environment Day 2019, during which the Society will mark the 15th anniversary of our Royal Charter!


The audience enjoying the expert talks at our awards and lectures on World Environment Day. Centre - Dr Costas Velis.

We are also preparing for our upcoming Council meeting and AGM on the 2nd July kindly hosted by Severn Trent Water who will be showcasing their work, alongside our important meetings. Our AGM will consider the Society’s governance arrangements, looking to ensure that we continually take account of good practice and the Society remains to be governed in the very best way possible.  

Turning to our policy and parliamentary activity, the Society has been working together with the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) to prepare our response to the Government consultation on environmental principles and governance following our exit from the EU. There are a number of tricky issues to work through here, not least the enforcement powers of a new environmental watchdog and its relationships with pre-existing institutions. Extensive effort is also being channelled into our forthcoming report on Greening the Industrial Strategy, which collates case studies of Chartered Environmentalists’ work that demonstrate how the UK’s productivity drive can be more closely stitched together with environmental protection and enhancement. 


Dr Emyr Roberts HonFSE, Former CEO of Natural Resources Wales, reflecting on Welsh environmental policy after receiving an Honorary Fellowship from the Society.

Last, but not least, over the next few months we will be speaking to employers, government, other decision makers and registered environmental professionals (CEnvs and REnvTechs) to understand how well our registration meets their needs and to determine what may need to change to ensure our registrations continue to meet such needs into the future. We will continue to update on this work through the e-newsletters and on our website. However, if you would like to contribute your views please let us know using the following methods: 

Email us: geoff.atkins@socenv.org.uk
Call us: +44 (0) 345 337 2951

Wishing you all the best for the summer months. 


Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO, Society for the Environment

Tags:  AGM  Brexit  CEnv  CEO  Council  Policy  REnvTech  World Environment Day 

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April 2018

Posted By Phil Underwood, 17 April 2018
Updated: 17 April 2018

Celebrating the Work of Environmental Professionals


Photo credit: Haymarket Events

This is one of my favourite times of the year because we launch our ‘Environmental Professional of the Year’ award where we celebrate achievements of registered environmental professionals. 

The award is open to both Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians and we will present the award to the successful nominee at the ‘Society for the Environment Awards and Lectures on World Environment Day’. If you would like to nominate an outstanding environmental professional (including yourself) for their inspiring work and dedication, please visit the dedicated 'Environmental Professional of the Year’ award webpage.

We have recently launched our first series of webinars helping people understand the process to become registered with the Society and hearing directly from current registered environmental professionals on what their registration means to them and why they decided to take the step to showcase their environmental knowledge and experience. We have seen audiences from around the world, which is testament to diversity of environmental professionals and the global need for experts. If you would like to join a future webinar, or watch a previous episode, please visit our webinar pages

In addition to the above, during the last couple of months we have been working to make sure we are ready for the new GDPR data protection requirements. Data protection and looking after privacy is something we take very seriously, which is why we ask you to opt in to receive news from us if you haven’t already done so. If you have received our April newsletter directly to your inbox, you are already opted in – otherwise, you may not be. 

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Good luck to those nominated for the Environmental Professional of the Year 2018 award and to everyone in the process of applying to become a CEnv or REnvTech. Plus, we look forward to welcoming many of you to our awards and lectures evening on the 5th June 2018. 


Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO, Society for the Environment

Tags:  Awards  CEnv  Environmental Professional of the Year  Event  GDPR  REnvTech  Webinar  Webinars  World Environment Day 

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August 2017

Posted By Phil Underwood, 23 August 2017
Updated: 13 December 2017

Congratulations, a New Chair Elected, ENEP Opportunities and Upcoming Events


Image: The Society's AGM in July.

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter and a really warm welcome to all of our new Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians who have gained their registrations recently. Massive congratulations from the Society for the Environment team!  

We always want to hear thoughts from our registrants on how we can ensure you get the most recognition for your registration so if you have ideas please let us know. 

The Society's AGM took place in July and we are delighted to welcome Professor Will Pope as our new Chair. We also cannot pass without saying a huge ‘thank you’ to Dr Peter Matthews for all of his hard work during his two years as Chair.

We are also delighted that Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA, was elected as the Registration Authority Chair. Martin will lead our Registration Authority to continue to ensure that our CEnv and REnvTech standards are consistently applied and the competences required continue to meet the needs of employers, decision makers and of course the environment.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight that the Society is a member of ENEP (the European Network of Environmental Professionals), which provides an excellent mechanism for our registrants to build and maintain European wide connections. ENEP has a web platform for its members, which include Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians. If you are yet to sign up please visit the ENEP website. Signing up gives you access to, and an individual profile on, the online directory of European environmental professionals, as well as access to additional website content. 

In addition to the above, in my new role within the Executive Committee at ENEP, I look forward to continuing to provide our registrants with a forum for collaboration across Europe.

Lastly, the Society’s team will be supporting and attending a number of exciting events over the next few months, including RWM, Flood Expo 2017, IAgrE Landwards Conference and the latest Castle Debate. Please come along and have a chat with the team.

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Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO Society for the Environment

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