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The Society's CEO Dr Emma Wilcox provides an update on key work and plans at the Society for our email newsletter. Initially posting once every two months.


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August 2018

Posted By Dr Emma Wilcox, 14 August 2018

A CEnv’s Place in the Employment World

But first, a huge "congratulations" to the Nuclear Institute for being granted a licence to award the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) professional registrations to their appropriately experienced members. Find out more here


With increasing numbers of CEnvs across a broad range of professions and sectors, I wanted to this month focus on the employers of CEnvs and how they interact with the professional registration. For example, we see many cases of employers utilising the CEnv competences within their organisations to support their sustainability strategies.

How do you, as an employer, ensure that your team has the current level of professional competence to sign off your environmental management system? How do you prove to your clients that the environmental decisions for a project have been made by an expert with up-to-date knowledge in their discipline? CEnv status provides the reassurance required.

We know some employers require environmental matters to be approved are signed off by CEnvs, either in their staff or supply chain. This isn’t as wide spread as for Chartered Engineers currently, but the trend is in that direction – which the Society overwhelmingly supports.

The CPD element of professional registration ensures our registrants have proven, and subsequently maintained, their competence and are therefore ideal for leading on environmentally related decisions. It also highlights their commitment to their professionalism and to continual learning.

Employers are now starting to lead on the need for CEnvs within their teams and future plans. Staff development includes paths to CEnv registration and job adverts include CEnv as a requirement. We very much look forward to this continuing, and we will be boosting our efforts to ensure that it does.

To add to this, the requirement for CEnvs becomes apparent when noting the number of high level positions that CEnvs hold, including; Director of Environment, CEO, Chief Policy Advisor, Director of Engineering, Head of Environment Strategy, Group Head of Environment and the Managing Director of a bank. The likelihood of such individuals hiring CEnvs and creating company policy to ensure CEnvs are at the forefront of decision making is clear. 

From September, the Society is starting a programme of work to showcase those practices involving CEnvs, helping others learn and adopt a similar approach. Please get in touch to showcase the role CEnvs play in your organisation or if you would like to learn from others.

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Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO, Society for the Environment

Tags:  Careers  CEnv  CEO  Chartered  Chartered Environmentalist  CPD  Directors  Employer  Employment 

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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:
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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April 2018

Posted By Phil Underwood, 17 April 2018
Updated: 17 April 2018

Celebrating the Work of Environmental Professionals

Photo credit: Haymarket Events

This is one of my favourite times of the year because we launch our ‘Environmental Professional of the Year’ award where we celebrate achievements of registered environmental professionals. 

The award is open to both Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians and we will present the award to the successful nominee at the ‘Society for the Environment Awards and Lectures on World Environment Day’. If you would like to nominate an outstanding environmental professional (including yourself) for their inspiring work and dedication, please visit the dedicated 'Environmental Professional of the Year’ award webpage.

We have recently launched our first series of webinars helping people understand the process to become registered with the Society and hearing directly from current registered environmental professionals on what their registration means to them and why they decided to take the step to showcase their environmental knowledge and experience. We have seen audiences from around the world, which is testament to diversity of environmental professionals and the global need for experts. If you would like to join a future webinar, or watch a previous episode, please visit our webinar pages

In addition to the above, during the last couple of months we have been working to make sure we are ready for the new GDPR data protection requirements. Data protection and looking after privacy is something we take very seriously, which is why we ask you to opt in to receive news from us if you haven’t already done so. If you have received our April newsletter directly to your inbox, you are already opted in – otherwise, you may not be. 

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Good luck to those nominated for the Environmental Professional of the Year 2018 award and to everyone in the process of applying to become a CEnv or REnvTech. Plus, we look forward to welcoming many of you to our awards and lectures evening on the 5th June 2018. 

Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO, Society for the Environment

Tags:  Awards  CEnv  Environmental Professional of the Year  Event  GDPR  REnvTech  Webinar  Webinars  World Environment Day 

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February 2018

Posted By Dr Emma Wilcox, 21 February 2018

We’re Hitting New Heights

Over the last couple of months, we have been able to finalise some impressive Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) figures from 2017, we welcomed a new Constituent Body and the plans for World Environment Day 2018 are well underway. 

The Society continues to go from strength to strength, having recruited above target numbers of new Chartered Environmentalists in 2017, with over 7,300 now on the register, and closing in on registering 10,000 CEnvs since our inception. Plus, 2017 accounted for the highest number of new registrations via the traditional application route to date. Adding to this, 2018 also appears to have got off to an encouraging start. 

I am delighted to see that increasingly more individuals are showcasing their environmental knowledge and expertise by gaining professional registration, during a time where environmental issues and pressures are coming to the forefront in policy, government and with the general public. The Society’s position is clear when it comes to the need for experts to guide government, businesses and education on environmental matters in a so called ‘post truth’ era. 

In January, the Society welcomed the Nuclear Institute as a new Constituent Body (CB) following approval from the Council, taking the number of CBs to 25 in total. We look forward to this relationship and the future potential for new CEnvs to add value to a complex and multi-dimensional agenda.

2018 will see the return of World Environment Day – an annual, flagship UN Environment initiative taking place on the 5th June, championed by the Society. The preparations are in full swing for the Society’s annual World Environment Day event (taking place on World Environment Day itself), as well as opportunities for Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmentalist Technicians to get involved in the run up to the day. 

We want you to embrace World Environment Day to showcase your positive work as an environmental professional. What do you do for the environment? How does your organisation reduce its environmental impact? Have you been involved in a project that changed perceptions? We want to hear from you! Contact our Marketing Executive, Phil Underwood, to discuss how you can be involved. Remember, we’re always open to new ideas and suggestions. 
Further details about our World Environment Day event will be released soon, alongside registration. 

All for now. 

Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO, Society for the Environment

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Nuclear  Nuclear Institute  UN Environment  WED  World Environment Day 

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December 2017

Posted By Dr Emma Wilcox, 13 December 2017
Updated: 27 December 2017

We're Traveling in the Right Direction

I love the winter, it’s such a great time to reflect on the year and, in turn, look forward to the new year ahead and the opportunities that come with it. 

2017 has been a really productive year for the Society. We started off the year by welcoming our two new team members, Phil and Tatum, who are working on our marketing and policy work respectively. Both are working hard to ensure we maximise awareness of registered environmental professionals and the excellent work they do.  

This year we have again seen a further increase in the number of professionals on the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registers. Plus, having looked into the figures a little closer, it is really pleasing to see registrations increasing among females and consistency in a young average age of 39. 44% of new Chartered Environmentalist registrations in 2017 are female, which is a huge step in the right direction (the figure was 42% in 2016). Many congratulations to you all!

Looking forward to 2018 we have some exciting plans. We will be increasing our efforts to make sure employers and decision makers recognise and value CEnv and REnvTech, as well as looking for more ways to enable our registrants to share good practice and what works across the broad range of sectors we cover. 

This year we celebrated World Environment Day for the first time and have plans to continue this on the 5th June next year. In particular, we will be celebrating the successes of some of our registrants and welcoming some new Honorary Fellows

However, before we reach the summer, we will be getting all techy by broadcasting a number of live webinars for the very first time. The initial webinars will be based around how to become a CEnv or REnvTech and why you should make the step to professional registration as an environmental expert. These will be perfect for aspiring environmental professionals, employers thinking about staff development and professional bodies looking to offer their members an added benefit. 

As always, we love to hear directly from our registrants so if you have an idea or a thought please do get in touch and let us know. We would be delighted to hear from you. 

Finally, I would like to thank all our volunteers for the hard work they have put into the Society this year and wish you all a wonderful and sustainable 2018.

Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO Society for the Environment

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October 2017

Posted By Dr Emma Wilcox, 19 October 2017
Updated: 13 December 2017

Spreading the Word, a Collaborative Policy Response and we Continue to Ensure the Relevance of Required Competences

Welcome to the October issue of our e-newsletter and a really warm welcome to all of our new Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians who have gained their registrations recently. Massive congratulations from the Society for the Environment team! 

We always want to hear thoughts from our registrants on how we can ensure you get the most recognition for your registration so if you have ideas please let us know. 

The summer has been a busy time for the Society and we have been out and about meeting lots of current and future CEnvs and REnvTechs. Plus, our Policy and Parliamentary Lead, Tatum, has been working closely with our Constituent Bodies responding to the EU Withdrawal Bill. You can read more about our policy work in Tatum’s policy update in this e-newsletter. 

Our Registration Authority’s key responsibility is to ensure that our CEnv and REnvTech standards are consistently applied and the competences required continue to meet the needs of employers, decision makers and of course the environment. The RA have been setting their annual work programme and this year will be focussing on employer’s views of our standards. We will update you as their work progresses.

We were recently invited by Ashridge Communications to collaborate with a broad range of professional bodies to raise employer awareness of the benefits of individual Chartership status. The resulting communications campaign will aim to raise awareness, understanding and - ultimately - demand for Chartered professionals in all industries.

Over the summer the Society’s team have attended the following events to meet current and aspiring CEnvs and REnvTechs:

Over the next few months we will be at: 

Please come along and say hello.

Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO Society for the Environment

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August 2017

Posted By Phil Underwood, 23 August 2017
Updated: 13 December 2017

Congratulations, a New Chair Elected, ENEP Opportunities and Upcoming Events

Image: The Society's AGM in July.

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter and a really warm welcome to all of our new Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians who have gained their registrations recently. Massive congratulations from the Society for the Environment team!  

We always want to hear thoughts from our registrants on how we can ensure you get the most recognition for your registration so if you have ideas please let us know. 

The Society's AGM took place in July and we are delighted to welcome Professor Will Pope as our new Chair. We also cannot pass without saying a huge ‘thank you’ to Dr Peter Matthews for all of his hard work during his two years as Chair.

We are also delighted that Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA, was elected as the Registration Authority Chair. Martin will lead our Registration Authority to continue to ensure that our CEnv and REnvTech standards are consistently applied and the competences required continue to meet the needs of employers, decision makers and of course the environment.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight that the Society is a member of ENEP (the European Network of Environmental Professionals), which provides an excellent mechanism for our registrants to build and maintain European wide connections. ENEP has a web platform for its members, which include Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians. If you are yet to sign up please visit the ENEP website. Signing up gives you access to, and an individual profile on, the online directory of European environmental professionals, as well as access to additional website content. 

In addition to the above, in my new role within the Executive Committee at ENEP, I look forward to continuing to provide our registrants with a forum for collaboration across Europe.

Lastly, the Society’s team will be supporting and attending a number of exciting events over the next few months, including RWM, Flood Expo 2017, IAgrE Landwards Conference and the latest Castle Debate. Please come along and have a chat with the team.

Find out more: 

Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO Society for the Environment

Tags:  AGM  CEnv  CEO  Chair  ENEP  REnvTech 

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June 2017

Posted By Phil Underwood, 07 June 2017
Updated: 14 June 2017


I am delighted to welcome you to our inaugural Newsletter through which we will share with you the work of the Society and our professional registrants. We will highlight opportunities for you to get involved, be it through championing the work of environmental professionals, being part of our events or making sure your voice is heard. We will also share with you our insights on the environmental profession.

We hope that you will find great value in its content. 

Protecting your data is important to us. Where you have agreed to receive an email from us, you will have received this directly. However, if you ever find that what we offer is not for you, just click the 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of any email.

Where you haven’t given us permission to email directly, we have asked your Professional Body (one of our 24 Licensed Bodies), to forward this on to you. We want to ensure that all of our Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technicians (REnvTech) are offered the chance to see the work we do on your behalf. However, if you don’t wish to receive this, please let us know, and we will make sure you are removed from the distribution list. 

If you would like to subscribe to receive this directly, please find out how to do so by clicking here if you are a registered environmental professional, otherwise, please click here. We promise not to share your data with anyone else and will only contact you with our news and relevant events. 

Dr Emma Wilcox – CEO Society for the Environment

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The Society for the Environment Newsletter is available to all Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians, as well as all those interested in the work of the Society and our registrants. To find out how to sign up to receive these directly to your inbox, please follow the appropriate links below:

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Tags:  CEO  Chartered Environmentalist  Newsletter  Registered Environmental Technician  Update 

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