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New route for agricultural consultants to become Chartered Environmentalists

The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) becomes our newest Licensed Member.

The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) becomes our newest Licensed Member.

The first BIAC members achieve Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration.

Officially confirmed in 2023, BIAC successfully applied for a licence to offer the CEnv registration to their members. Following the first two BIAC members securing CEnv status, both SocEnv and BIAC are delighted to announce the opportunity more widely.

By demonstrating their professionalism, commitment, and a high level of competence in the environmental aspects of their work, Philip Wynn OBE and George Whittaker were successful in their CEnv applications. Philip and George can now proudly add “CEnv” after their names – signalling a proven dedication to environmental good practice. They join nearly 8,000 CEnv professionals across the world, spanning a huge range of expertise and disciplines.


The first BIAC CEnv members

New BIAC CEnv, Philip Wynn OBE, Director at Wynn Business Partnerships and Chair of LEAF, reacted to his successful application:

“With sustainability now on every business agenda I was delighted to receive Chartered Environmentalist registration from BIAC. It demonstrates the level of understanding, experience, and commitment that you can apply in supporting clients on their journey of decarbonisation, care for the environment and improving nature.

It will require you to undertake CPD to improve your knowledge of science, innovation and practice – essential for setting out clear and robust roadmaps for your clients. The challenges ahead of our industry are immense with climate change impacting everyone in different ways. Supporting the development of more sustainable and resilient food and farming systems is now paramount.

CEnv status will set you apart from others demonstrating knowledge, leadership, and experience as a professional able to apply sustainable thinking throughout the work you undertake.”

The first CEnv registered with BIAC was George Whittaker MBIAC, Senior Rural Surveyor at Symonds & Sampson. He said:

“As a multidisciplinary firm, dealing with all manner of general professional work including land agency and planning consultancy, as well as advising on general property, estate and farm management, having an MBIAC and CEnv qualified surveyor will no doubt enhance our environmental credibility. Having been the first member to achieve the CEnv chartership simultaneously as qualifying as a member of BIAC, I can recommend the process to anyone considering it who has an influence on the environment in any way. This could be through giving advice or more practically.

The opportunity for close collaboration with fellow CEnvs in associated industries – ecologists, for example, who are instructed to produce reports in support of planning applications – will be of real value.”

This announcement coincides with the 20th anniversary of the CEnv registration. Our headline for this milestone year is fittingly for BIAC members and other professionals – “if not now, when?”.


Your new route to CEnv

Registration is now open to appropriately experienced members and fellows who meet the CEnv competences as agricultural consultants and related disciplines. These are the application of sustainability knowledge, leadership, effective communication, and personal commitment.

Members of BIAC can find out more about becoming a CEnv by contacting Alex Fowler on [email protected].
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