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February Chair Update

Posted By Phil Underwood, 20 February 2019

A Busy Start to 2019 With New Opportunities on the Horizon


The Society has had a busy 2018 and early 2019, with much work and time being focused around a governance review and re-structure.

When the new governance structure is in place it is the intention that the Society will have a revised and more nimble governance mechanism (the current Council comprising up to 50 members is not always so nimble!). Over recent weeks the Society has made significant progress with Privy Council. For more information on this, please refer to this month’s CEO update from Emma Wilcox.

Registrant (CEnv and REnvTech) recruitment in the early part of 2018 was not as strong as forecast, and although this picked up in the second half of the year with a strong year-end, overall new CEnv registrants whilst greater than non-renewals were lower than expected.  It is no compensation that other professional bodies have appeared to fare worse in the year, and that GDPR and Brexit appear to have been a distraction across the industry. We have initiatives in place to impact recruitment in 2019 - if you think you can assist, please do get in touch.

In December 2018, after an extensive pilot with IEMA and testing by the Society’s Registration Authority, the Society has approved a "Bespoke Route" to CEnv and REnvTech registration (I paraphrase), which it is hoped will be attractive to those individuals who might otherwise just not feel the urge to commit to the traditional and time-consuming route(s). Following approval, the bespoke route opportunity has been made available to all Licensed Bodies. Keep an eye out for bespoke route options from your professional body soon.

The Society continues to support and contribute to the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), which had its busiest year ever, with 10 submissions influencing government and government policy in different ways, including actually getting the "Office for the Environment" on to the agenda and indeed likely delivery. Thanks goes to all professional bodies involved in EPF for their contribution to these efforts.

In other news, I have recently written to Prince Charles, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Society (HonFSE), inviting him to speak at the Society's annual World Environment Day event at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on 4th June. A similar letter has also been sent to Michael Gove MP. We look forward to their responses.

With the above in mind, please keep Tuesday 4th June 2019 free in your diary to join us at Kew for an afternoon of celebration and knowledge sharing. The event will include expert CEnv lectures focusing on the umbrella topic of “biodiversity net gain”. Remember, it’s free for CEnvs and REnvTechs to attend - you can already register, here. I look forward to seeing you on the day.

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