Society for the Environment Annual Awards and Lectures on World Environment Day
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Society for the Environment Annual Awards and Lectures on World Environment Day

 Export to Your Calendar 05/06/2018
When: 5th June 2018
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Arup
13 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ
United Kingdom
Contact: Phil Underwood
+44 (0) 345 337 2951

Online registration is available until: 31/05/2018
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Annual World Environment Day Event

Event Overview

2018 Environmental Professional of the Year Award

Confirmed Expert Speakers

Pre-Event with Arup

Event Agenda


Event Sponsors

Event Overview

Celebrate the work of environmental professionals, network with current and aspiring Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technicians (REnvTech), meet representatives from our Constituent Bodies, learn from insightful expert lectures and discover how to register as a CEnv or REnvTech - all on World Environment Day 2018. A free event for current CEnvs and REnvTechs. 

World Environment Day celebrates and promotes environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe – a United Nations initiative held annually on the 5th June. The Society for the Environment champions World Environment Day and what it stands for. It has highlighted important global issues since its beginning in 1974 including climate change, marine pollution and wildlife crime.

The global theme for 2018 is “Plastic Pollution” – a topic that has hit the headlines recently through high profile campaigns, TV series such as Blue Planet II and a strong focus within DEFRA’s 25 Year Environment Plan. 

This is the second year the Society has showcased World Environment Day with an expert led event and a delegate list from across our 24 Licensed Professional Bodies that span a wide range of sectors. 

New to the 2018 event is the inclusion of the Society’s annual presentation of the Environmental Professional of the Year Award – recognising the outstanding work of Chartered Environmentalists (CEnvs) and Registered Environmental Technicians (REnvTechs) – as well as the award of three new Honorary Fellows of the Society for the Environment (HonFSE). These awards will contribute to an evening of celebrating and showcasing the achievements of those striving to protect and enhance the environment on a daily basis. 

Alongside the awards will be a series of HonFSE Lectures, providing expert insight into environmental issues and case studies. A fantastic learning opportunity for delegates, alongside the chance to network with leading experts during refreshment breaks.

For aspiring Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians, this is the event for networking with current registrants and for discussing the registrations and application process with the Society for the Environment team at our dedicated CEnv / REnvTech information stand. Join us on the 5th June 2018!

Basic Timetable:

Pre-Event: 16:00 - 17:15

Main Event: 17:00 - 21:00

See full timetable below.

Registration Now Open! 

Begin by clicking the blue 'Register' button above.


Environmental Professional of the Year Award

2017 Environmental Professional of the Year Dr Phillippa Pearson CEnv receives her trophy from Dr Peter Matthews CBE HonFSE CEnv, alongside commended runners up Graham Powell CEnv and Elaine McFarlane CEnv. Photo credit: Haymarket Events. 

This prestigious annual award celebrates an individual’s exceptional commitment or major achievement where their professional practice has made a real difference to protecting, preserving or enhancing the environment and advancing the principles of sustainability. 

In 2017 the Environmental Professional of the Year Award was presented to Dr Phillippa Pearson CEnv of the Institute of Water and working for utilities company Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. It was judged that she perfectly exemplified registered environmental professionals, especially in regards to her mentoring and communications work. Find out more »

Nominations for the 2018 Environmental Professional of the Year Award are now open. This is your chance to vote for someone you think has gone over and above with their work, or in a particular project. You can even vote for yourself!

For more details and to submit a nomination, please click here »


Confirmed Speakers

Dougal Driver CEnv, Vice Chair of the Society for the Environment

Event Chair

Dougal Driver has extensive experience in the public, private and NGO sectors. After a successful career managing the Defence Estate Environment, 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 is an advisor to the Natural Capital Coalition. He set up both the New Forest and South Downs National Parks and is an expert in lowering the impact of powerboat racing in the marine environment. 

Dougal is now a sought after Chairman, Director and advisor and is a board member for several environmentally focused organisations including Grown in Britain which has an aim to substitute unsustainable materials with home grown timber.

Dougal is passionate about the work of the Society and is our cabinet lead for World Environment Day.

Emyr Roberts

"Reflections on Environmental Policy in Wales"

Emyr was the first Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales (NRW), a unique organisation charged with the sustainable management of the natural resources of Wales. He led the establishment of the body in April 2013, formed from three previous organisations - Environment Agency Wales, Countryside Council for Wales, and Forestry Commission Wales. NRW has a wide range of responsibilities, including regulatory, advisory, enabling, delivery and commercial functions. It has some 1,900 staff located throughout Wales.

Prior to his appointment, Emyr was Director General for Education and Skills at the Welsh Government, and had worked in many policy areas in a civil service career of over twenty years. He studied Geography and Economics and Reading University, and completed a PhD in Geography at Aberystwyth University.

Since he stepped down from NRW at the end of 2017, Emyr has been elected as Chair of Council of Aberystwyth University. He is also a Trustee of the Alzheimer's Society and is an Honorary Professor at Swansea University.

Emyr lives in Cardiff with his wife Karen and their two children.

Professor Paul Leinster CBE CEnv

"Assessing Where We’re Going"

Professor Paul Leinster CBE has over 40 years of practical experience in environmental management, science, policy development and regulation. Paul has been Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield University since October 2015. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. He is a member of the government’s Natural Capital Committee, chairs the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership and is a board member of Flood Re, Delphic HSE and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Paul is a member of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s Transition Oversight Committee and of the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science Strategic Advisory Board. 

Prior to joining the Environment Agency in 1998 Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years. This included BP, SmithKline Beecham and Schering Agrochemicals. 


Pre-Event with Arup

Beat the rush hour! Prior to the main event, Arup will be running an interactive pre-event for those who would like to arrive a little early for added networking opportunities and an insightful tour of innovative facilities and recent work carried out by Arup. The pre-event will start at 16:15 (arrive at 16:00) and finish in time to join the main event.

Further details to follow. 

Please select the pre-event when registering for the main event. Pre-event tickets are only available when registering for the main event. Please contact us if you would only be available for the pre-event. 


Draft Agenda


16:00  Pre-event arrival 
16:15  Pre-event 
17:00  Delegate arrival and networking opportunity
17:15  Pre event returns
18:00  Introduction - Dougal Driver CEnv, Vice Chair of the Society for the Environment
18:30  Guest speaker
18:50 HonFSE presentations
19:00  HonFSE Lecture: "Reflections on Environmental Policy in Wales" - Emyr Roberts
19:30  HonFSE Lecture: "Assessing Where We're Going" - Professor Paul Leinster CBE CEnv
20:00  Environmental Professional of the Year Award 
20:10  Networking opportunity
21:00  Event close 



Chartered Environmentalist / Registered Environmental Technician    £0.00
Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment   £0.00
Non-Registrant (Early Bird)   £25.00
Non-Registrant (After 05.05.2018)  £50.00


Event Sponsors

A huge thank you to the sponsors for this event - we cannot run such events without your continued support. Please use the links below to find out more about our sponsors:

Event Sponsor(s)

This is your chance to a part of a unique, environmentally focused event that brings together environmental experts from sectors including engineering, agriculture, waste management, water, sciences, energy, ecology and forestry. To find out more about becoming an event sponsor, please view our sponsorship opportunities document »

A maximum of two event sponsors.

Venue Sponsor

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.

Arup has always recognised that great design includes a responsibility to the future. We help clients across the world to become more sustainable, while investing in research that can improve our own industry’s environmental impact. We also support our people in a wide variety of community activities – building schools, bridges and all kinds of infrastructure in areas of the world that need it most. »

Licensed Bodies for the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) Register:

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Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
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