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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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