A Governance and Brexit Update from Our CEO, Dr Emma Wilcox
It is certainly an interesting time to be an environmental professional. With our exit from the EU now imminent, the Society is focussed on ensuring that the UK’s environmental protections do not diminish, but are instead, enhanced.
An ambitious Environment Act is required to give legislative backing to relevant elements included within the EU Withdrawal Act and the overall outcomes of the 25 Year Environment Plan, alongside the creation of a new governance body outside of the EU. For this reason, the Society is supporting the efforts of the Broadway Initiative, which is developing ideas and proposals for how to make the ambition for enhancing the environment a reality over the longer term. Broadway members include senior representatives of organisations from business, NGOs, professional bodies, and policy thinktanks and nationally recognised environmental, legal, regulatory and governance experts.
I am also pleased our next webinar series has launched, with part one (of a three-part series) going live on Thursday this week (8th November). This is the first of a number of expert led series with the aim of increasing opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning and discussing different perspectives on a subject from a variety of sectors. The first series is titled ‘Waste Reduction: Six Months on from a Plastic Themed World Environment Day’.
As we move to the end of the calendar year, we are coming to the end of the Society’s governance review. At the AGM in July, the members voted unanimously to request some subtle changes to our Charter and Bylaws to ensure our governance remains fit for purpose. The proposed changes are currently with the Privy Council for consideration, and we will update you further on their progress in due course.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers who have supported the Society this year. They are critical to our work, and we would not be able to deliver the work of the Society without them.
Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO, Society for the Environment