SocEnv Annual World Environment Day Awards and Lectures - "A Spotlight on Net Gain"
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SocEnv Annual World Environment Day Awards and Lectures -

When: Tuesday, 4th June 2019
14:00 - 19:30
Where: Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre
Jodrell Laboratory
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
London TW9 3DS
United Kingdom
Contact: Phil Underwood
+44 (0) 345 337 2951

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A Spotlight on "Net Gain"

Event Overview

Celebrate the work of environmental professionals, network with current and aspiring Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technicians (REnvTech), meet representatives from our Licensed Bodies, learn from insightful expert lectures and discover how to register as a CEnv or REnvTech - all on the eve of World Environment Day 2019. Plus, it's our 15 year anniversary!

» A free event for current CEnv and REnvTech registrants «

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World Environment Day celebrates and promotes environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe – a United Nations initiative held annually on the 5th June. The Society for the Environment champions World Environment Day and what it stands for. It has highlighted important global issues since its beginning in 1974 including climate change, marine pollution and wildlife crime.

The Society will be showcasing World Environment Day with an expert led event and a delegate list from across our 25 Licensed Professional Bodies that span a wide range of sectors. 

The 2019 event will include the Society’s annual presentation of the Environmental Professional of the Year Award – recognising the outstanding work of Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registrants. This prestigious award will contribute to an evening of celebrating and showcasing the achievements of those striving to protect and enhance the environment on a daily basis. 

Alongside the awards will be a series of Expert Lectures on the chosen topic of "Net Gain", which we will provide links to the recently announced global UN Environment theme of "Air Pollution". A fantastic learning opportunity for delegates, alongside the chance to network with leading experts during refreshment breaks.

For the aspiring CEnv and REnvTech, this is the event for networking with current registrants and for discussing the registrations and application process with the Society for the Environment team at our dedicated CEnv / REnvTech information stand.

There are many more details to follow, so watch this space. Sign up to our e-newsletter to stay up to date with the event. But, for now, registration is open, and we'd be delighted if you could join us on the 4th June 2019!


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Arrival for Kew Tours (now sold out)
Kew Tours Commence (now sold out)
Arrival for Awards and Lectures Main Event 
Lectures and HonFSE Awards

A Welcome from Kew
  Richard Deverell, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Banking seeds for the future: the work of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
  Michael Way CEnv, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A Special Insight from Defra - Net Gain and the 25 Year Environment Plan
Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Biodiversity Net Gain: the next big thing for UK nature conservation?
  Claire Wansbury CEnv
, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins

From Biodiversity to Environmental Gain – Principles and Ambition
  Nick Blyth CEnv, IEMA

Honorary Fellow (HonFSE) Lecture - "Integrated approaches to environmental protection and restoration: benefits and pitfalls"
Sir Graham Wynne, Global Commission on Adaptation (Advisor) and former CEO of the RSPB

Event Chair
  Dougal Driver CEnv, Grown in Britain

2019 Environmental Professional of the Year Award 
Drinks Reception and Networking
Event Close 



Dougal Driver CEnv - Vice Chair of the Society for the Environment and CEO of Grown in Britain

Dougal Driver has extensive experience in the public, private and NGO sectors. After a successful career managing the Defence Estate, he became a Defra Director and Ministerial advisor on environmental matters. He played a vital role in the first green infrastructure and natural capital polices and was a leading advisor in the Secretary of State's team that set up the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Dougal is now a board member for several environmentally focussed organisations and is CEO of Grown in Britain. He is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Fellow of RICS (FRICS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (FICFor).

Dougal is passionate about the work of the Society and is determined to ensure that environmental professionals are at the heart and start of decisions affecting the world we live in. He is the Cabinet lead on the Society’s World Environment Day activities and a huge advocate of communicating the positive work of environmental professionals.

Dr Thérèse Coffey MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Thérèse Coffey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on 17 July 2016 working alongside Michael Gove MP. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010. Her responsibilities as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra include: 

  • air quality
  • floods, water and waterways
  • 25 Year Environment Plan
  • natural environment, including biodiversity, the marine environment, and international wildlife trafficking
  • resource and environment management. 

Claire Wansbury FCIEEM CEcol CEnv - Associate Director of Ecology: Infrastructure | UK & Europe at SNC Lavalin’s Atkins business

Claire is Associate Director of Ecology at SNC Lavalin’s Atkins business and has over twenty five years’ professional experience.  Claire is a highly experienced ecologist with particular knowledge of ecological mitigation and creating biodiversity opportunities in development schemes.  She is also very engaged in the latest thinking on biodiversity net gain, including recently chairing CIRIA’s project steering group creating a best practice guide on the topic. 

For the last few years Claire has been working with environmental economists to build shared understanding of the value of benefits the natural world provides to people through ecosystem services and natural capital valuation. 

Nick Blyth CEnv - Policy & Engagement Lead at IEMA

Nick Blyth leads IEMA’s policy and practice work on Climate Change, Corporate Sustainability and Natural Environment. In 2015, he led IEMA work with the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO) and its merger into IEMA. He is also Vice Chair of the International Standardization Organisation’s (ISO) Task Force on Climate Change Coordination. 

On Natural Environment, Nick has a longstanding interest in collaborating across disciplines. He led IEMA’s response to Defra’s first consultation on biodiversity offsetting and subsequent contributions into the work of the Ecosystems Market Task Force. He has worked with ecological professionals (CIEEM), with finance professionals (ICAEW) and with environmental economists. He has advised wider initiatives including the Woodland Carbon Code and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. In 2016 Nick ran engagement sessions with CIEEM and CIRIA that led to the establishment of the UK’s first principles for achieving Biodiversity Net Gain. Nick continued this collaboration, supporting the development and launch this year, of the UK’s first industry guidance on Biodiversity Net Gain. 

In his wider work, Nick has delivered a range of practitioner evidence, guidance and resources. These include Beyond the Perfect Storm – The Corporate Sustainability Challenge (2015), Special Report on GHG Management and Reporting (2010), Business Case Guidance for Climate Adaptation (2013) and IEMA’s Climate Change Position Statement (2014). Also, consultation responses influential in standards developments such as BSi PAS2050 and PAS2060 and in the UK introduction of SECR, ESOS and Mandatory GHG reporting. 

Nick has worked in a number of sectors including Consultancy, Local Authority and the NGO sector. He is a fellow of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Michael Way CEnv - Partnership Coordinator (Americas), Conservation Science Department at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Michael Way CEnv MCIEEM is an ecologist at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew specialising in the conservation of plants through seed banking. He is currently responsible for the Millennium Seed Bank’s conservation partnerships in North and South America, with an emphasis on Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Through an international network of over 100 partner organisations in 50 countries, RBG Kew provides technical leadership in the collection and long-term storage of wild plant germplasm in seed banks. Based at Kew’s wild botanic garden of Wakehurst in Sussex, Michael is one of the founders of the UK Native Seed Hub initiative, which provides high quality seed and technical advice to UK wildflower growers in order to stimulate more effective habitat restoration with appropriate origin seed.

Michael has a degree in Applied and Environmental Biology from the University of York, UK (1988) and has field experience primarily from UK and from the Americas, where he set up and ran Kew’s seed conservation projects until 2010. He develops and shares best practice in access to genetic resources and seed collecting through a wide range of projects and through the MSB technical training programme.

Richard Deverell - Director at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Richard joined Kew in 2012, after 20 years at the BBC where he helped to launch and then ran the BBC News website, led the Children’s Department and finally was part of the team that set up BBC North in Salford. While working at the BBC, Richard was a Kew Trustee for six years. He was the first person appointed to the role of Director who was not a professional botanist and since taking up the role has led Kew through a period of significant change. He appointed Kew’s first Director of Science which in turn led to the publication of Kew’s Science Strategy.  Richard is also a Trustee of the Gorilla Organisation, a Visitor of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Champion for the Food Forever Initiative.  He read Natural Sciences at Cambridge.

Richard’s priorities for Kew are:

  • ensuring excellent development and curation of our collections for global benefit
  • raising the quality and impact of our science – helping to address some of the critical challenges facing humanity
  • ensuring our botanic gardens are world-class
  • improving our educational impact for all ages
  • ensuring Kew is sustainable, financially secure and well run.

Sir Graham Wynne - Advisor for Global Commission on Adaptation and Former Chief Executive of the RSPB

Graham Wynne is a Distinguished Fellow with the World Resources Institute (WRI), currently working as an advisor to the Global Commission on Adaptation. He is also a Trustee of Green Alliance. He was formerly Chief Executive of the RSPB (1998 to 2010) and a special adviser to the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit (2010 to 2018). Graham was a member of the Adaptation Committee of the CCC, the Lawton Wildlife Review Panel, the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food, and the Sustainable Development Commission.

Graham will be presented with his Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment (HonFSE) during this event.


2019 Environmental Professional of the Year Award

This prestigious annual award celebrates an individual’s exceptional commitment or major achievement where their professional practice has made a real difference to protecting, preserving or enhancing the environment and advancing the principles of sustainability. 

In 2018, the Society for the Environment presented the prestigious Environmental Professional of the Year award to Anglian Water CHP (Combined Heat and Power) Manager and Chartered Environmentalist, Graham Powell. Immediately after the presentation, Graham expressed that he was “delighted to receive the honour” and was “in shock” when his name was announced. Find out more »

Nominations for the 2019 Environmental Professional of the Year Award have now closed! To find out about the nine finalists for the 2019 award, please click here.



Chartered Environmentalists, Registered Environmental Technicians and Honorary Fellows of the Society | FREE

Non-registrants and aspiring CEnvs and REnvTechs | £50.00


Event Sponsors

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Severn Trent Water were founded in 1974 as a regional, state-owned water authority based in the Midlands and responsible for water supply management, and waste water treatment and disposal. Located in the catchment areas of two of Britain's largest rivers - the Severn and the Trent, it's from these rivers that they get their name. 

"We want our activities to protect and enhance the rivers, lakes and streams across our region. How we operate - from the energy we use to how we manage our waste - affects the wider environment in which we work. Our objective is to protect our local and wider environment."

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This is your chance to be a part of a unique, environmentally focused event that brings together environmental experts from sectors including engineering, agriculture, waste management, water, sciences, energy, ecology and forestry.

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If interested, please contact Phil Underwood on +44 (0) 345 337 2951 or email

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