An Introduction and Views on a Bright Future Ahead
To begin my first newsletter update, I want to take the opportunity to briefly introduce myself as the newly elected Chair of the Society for the Environment – an organisation that I have been involved with from the very beginning. In fact, I had the honour of being a founding Council Member in 1999 and Chair between 2001 – 2005. During this time as Chair, the Society was successful in gaining its Royal Charter. This is therefore my second spell as Chair of the Society.
I gained my Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration in September 2004 through the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) following the Society’s success in gaining a Royal Charter earlier that year. The experience that made me eligible to become a CEnv comes from managing and developing environmental technology companies over many years, alongside being an active member of the IES Council and numerous other roles.
Since the inception of the CEnv registration, I have continuously championed the registration to peers, colleagues and associates with the aim to showcase their expertise in their roles that impact the environment. A professional, Chartered registration provides credibility and a standardised benchmark of knowledge and competence. I am therefore proud to be involved in steering the organisation towards its aims outlined in the 2020 Strategy.
Since my election as Chair at the Society’s AGM in July, I have been delighted with the positive, proactive work that is being completed and planned for by the Society’s team. The team is striding forwards with its policy work by working collaboratively with stakeholders on a number of key projects. The engagement levels with our 24 Licensed Bodies, registered environmental professionals and aspiring registrants are ever increasing, and the continued refinement of the CEnv and REnvTech standards is great to see.
We have spent some considerable time developing the Governance Review and the task and finish group which the Society’s Council requested. We'll hear more about this at a consultation session for Council members on the 9th November, which I am looking forward to – please encourage as many of your Council members as possible to attend.
We have also:
- worked hard to develop and implement our strategy for engagement with fellow environmental professionals throughout Europe and indeed around the world; we expect outcomes from this work in the early part of 2018
- developed and issued a number of communiques with colleagues regarding Brexit and related "EU Withdrawal" issues, seeking to protect and enhance the hard-won environmental gains of recent years.
We are aware of challenging times ahead, but I won’t dwell on the potential implications of Brexit, and indeed the upcoming GDPR, in this update. However, I do encourage you to sign up to the Society’s e-newsletter to keen up to date with the latest goings-on and our responses to key items. Please be aware that current and new CEnvs and REnvTechs will not automatically receive these newsletters, so please opt in here.