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Governance & Committees

Board

The principle objectives of the Board are to direct the affairs of the Society within the framework of the Society’s Business Plan and Budget, and achieve the policies, strategies and objectives approved by the Members in General Meeting.

The Board acts on behalf of the Member Bodies with due regard to the Society’s Royal Charter in overseeing operational implementation of the Society’s strategic plan, annual business plans and risk management strategies, including:

  • Financial management in accordance with the budgets, policies and procedures approved by the Member Bodies;
  • The preparation and implementation of strategic plans for discussion at the General Meetings;
  • The Risk Register;
  • Staff remuneration;
  • Promotion of the CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech designations; and
  • Policy development, including furtherance of environmental policy.

Board Members

Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv

Chair of Board

Dougal Driver CEnv

Vice Chair

Sandra Norval CEnv

Vice Chair & Honorary Treasurer

Professor Ian Barker HonFSE CEnv

Board Member

Martin Baxter CEnv

Board Member

Simon Benfield CEnv

Board Member

Francesca Berriman MBE

Board Member

Colin Church CEnv

Board Member

Alan Fitzpatrick CEnv

Board Member

Alan Harper CEnv

Honorary Secretary of the Board

David Linsley-Hood CEnv

Board Member

David Lloyd-Roach HonFSE

Board Member & Chair of the Registration Authority

Brian Robinson CEnv

Board Member

Kirsten Röttcher CEnv

Board Member

Ross Weddle CEnv

Board Member

Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv

Chair of Board

Will was a member of the initial, ambitious group who formed the Society for the Environment in 1999. Since then, he has held a number of key roles in the Society including Chair, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Honorary Fellows Panel and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. Will is also a current Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

Will has a wealth of experience, leadership and expertise gained from senior roles within industry, the NHS and academia, including at chairman and chief executive level. He was CEO of the UK’s largest integrated health, safety and environmental business for 10 years and has been one of the UK’s leaders in managing and developing environmental technology companies over the last 35 years. In addition, he has been a Council member and Chair of Licensed Body IES, IES Chair from 1999-2002 and was elected Vice President in 2005.

Dougal Driver CEnv

Vice Chair

Dougal is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registered via the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and the Vice Chair of the Society for the Environment.

He is Chairman of Judges for the annual SocEnv Awards and he is SocEnv’s Board champion for World Environment Day.

Dougal is a founder and CEO of Grown in Britain, a not for profit organisation that sets standards for our trees, woods and forests and delivers research to improve local supply chains for forest products.

He is also Chairman of the Forestry Commission’s SE Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee and a passionate advocate for the promotion of technical qualifications in the UK.

His long and varied career includes positions as Head of Profession for the Defence Estate, Regional Director for the Government Office South East and a Rural Director at Defra. Whilst at Defra, he undertook a career highlight in creating the South Downs National Park.

Sandra Norval CEnv

Vice Chair & Honorary Treasurer

Sandra Norval is a Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of IEMA and a member of the Institute of Water and the Energy Institute. She has been Honorary Treasurer since joining the Board and recently added Vice Chair to her responsibilities. Sandra is passionate about sustainable development in infrastructure and is keen to support the development of green skills and increase diversity in the sustainability profession to enable the projects that our society needs to address climate change, biodiversity loss and water scarcity. In her current role as Future Growth Lead with Southern Water she is bringing all her skills to support developers and local authorities to enable a resilient water future.

Professor Ian Barker HonFSE CEnv

Board Member

Professor Ian Barker is Vice-President Environment, Fellow and non-executive Director at the Institute of Water, and Managing Director of Water Policy International Ltd, an independent consultancy and commentator on water management, regulation, policy and governance. He is also a non-executive Director of the Society for the Environment, and of the Water Industry Forum, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems.

Ian is a Chartered Environmentalist with over 35 years’ experience in the water sector. He had overall responsibility at the Environment Agency for water planning, regulation and management, as well as fisheries, biodiversity and land management, across England and Wales. At the EA Ian worked closely with the government and was responsible for specifying the water companies’ programmes of environmental investment totalling £1 billion per annum, and for reviewing their performance. He also had oversight of their long-term plans for water supply security and drought management, and the management of all abstractions and discharges by all sectors.

He is an expert advisor to the OECD, and has worked with them on water governance and management reviews in the Netherlands, South Korea and Brazil, as well as on various global projects. His other clients have included UNESCO, development banks, the UK and other governments, water companies and major consultancies. He typically works as a ‘critical friend’ and helps clients improve their plans and processes to support sustainable and resilient water management. Ian is proud to be a member of the SocEnv Board and Honorary Fellow Panel, and brings to them his ethos of continuous improvement and customer focus.

Ian was awarded Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment (HonFSE) in 2021.

Martin Baxter CEnv

Board Member

Martin Baxter leads on IEMA's policy and external engagement activity and is a member of the The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Board.

He works in the UK, and internationally, to support the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient, and sustainable economy. Martin is a regular media spokesperson on a range of business sustainability topic areas. He has extensive experience of networking and communicating at all levels, including with senior parliamentarians, Government officials, business leaders, and academia.

Martin has national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation. He is chair of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) sub-committee on environmental management systems and head of the UK delegation.

Martin sits on the SocEnv Board and the Audit and Risk committee; his also a past-chair of the SocEnv Registration Authority. He is a Fellow of IEMA and the RSA, and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) through IEMA.

Simon Benfield CEnv

Board Member

Simon is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Chartered Technological Product Designer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers. He is also a Member of the Association of Project Management. He is a Director for the multinational Danish consultancy Ramboll, working predominately in the field of bridge and other civil structure design. He has worked on some of the most iconic projects in both the UK and overseas with stints working in Hong Kong, Pakistan and India including the Queensferry Crossing, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Hong Kong’s international airport at Chek Lap Kok.

In recent years Simon’s professional focus has been the standardisation, automation and productization of civil engineering structures to facilitate savings in both materials and processes with the attendant benefits to the environment from reduced wastage and emissions. He is also part of the working group charting Ramboll’s response to the Climate Emergency and their own journey to Net Zero.

Simon is a Councillor and former Chair of the Institution of Engineering Designers and current Chair of their membership committee where he supports the professional development and registration of others.

Francesca Berriman MBE

Board Member

Francesca Berriman has been Chief Executive at Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists since 1995 and has worked within the Architectural Technology and built environment sector for over 30 years. Amongst her many achievements, Francesca led the Institute in gaining its Royal Charter in 2005; and also its recognition as a Competent Authority within the European Union. In 2008 she undertook the first built environment UK Institute AGM in Hong Kong.

In addition to this Francesca is: a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and current Chair of its Programmes Committee; a Council member of (and former Vice Chair of both) the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), the Construction Industry Council (CIC); and is a member of Edge, a think tank for the built environment. Francesca has been a judge for a variety for awards such as the Women in Construction and Engineering Awards, and the Landscape Institute. She also sits on Panels and speaks at events and seminars internationally, most recently related to the Grenfell Tower fire and COVID-19.

Francesca was made an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Birthday Honours for services to the Architectural Technology profession; in 2014 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Southampton Solent University; and was the keynote speaker at the 2016 National Building Design International Conference in Australia.

Colin Church CEnv

Board Member

Dr Colin Church is a Chartered Environmentalist via Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and is the Chief Executive and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), the global network for the materials cycle. He is Chair of the Circular Economy Task Force, a business led group convened by Green Alliance that aims to lead policy discussions with ambitious business thinking. Prior to working in the professional membership sector he spent over twenty years in the UK Civil Service covering a range of policy issues in the UK, EU and internationally.

Alan Fitzpatrick CEnv

Board Member

Alan is an experienced engineer in the power and renewable sector and has also served as an engineering officer at sea, an engineer surveyor and a head office engineer for RSA.

Plus, he has had teaching / training roles with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Having retired in late 2020, Alan now volunteers with Citizens Advice providing guidance to the public and specialising in being an Energy Adviser. This ensures those members of the public in hardship and or in need of information are well proved. This specialist knowledge will also be helpful to both the SOE, the Society for the Environment and their members / registrants.

Alan is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registered via his membership of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).

Alan Harper CEnv

Honorary Secretary of the Board

A Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Alan has been fully active in environmental topics since 1990 with significant involvement in gas scrubbing and dust suppression before this. Serving in ICI, Zeneca, AstraZeneca (very briefly, worked for three different companies in a month without moving his desk) and its spinout - Avecia - successively with business cards with the titles Environmental Process Engineer, Principal Environmental Process Technologist and Principal Environmental Technology Consultant as business and available technology developed. Led industry groups to develop non vertebrate environmental testing (Biowise Award 2002). Leaving industry in 2005, Alan joined Heriot-Watt to teach Sustainability Engineering at Masters level while continuing consultancy. Served as Technical Manager for Scotland for the Resource Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability KTNs and led an industry team on 'Irrecoverable Residual Polymers' since subsumed into the 'Circular Plastics' initiative. Worked with the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme with work supporting pharmaceutical, chemical and whisky sectors.

Alan has been heavily involved with professional institutions since 1986, organising public understanding events including the successful 'Family Physics' events at the Edinburgh Science Festival; Council member and Chair of Professional Standards with IoP, various positions at IChemE and also with both the Engineering and Science Councils. Alan joined the SocEnv Council in 2018, chairing the Governance Task and finish Group and becoming Honorary Secretary in 2019.

Alan is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registered via his membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

David Linsley-Hood CEnv

Board Member

Consultancy Director at Locogen.

David Lloyd-Roach HonFSE

Board Member & Chair of the Registration Authority

David is the Director of Qualifications at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He is a mechanical engineering graduate and served 20 years in the Royal Air Force as an AeroSystems Engineer Officer. During this time, he was primarily responsible for aircraft maintenance although he specialised in weapons systems safety and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). He holds a master’s degree in explosives ordnance engineering. His service included an EOD tour in Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War during which time he worked with a small UK team supporting the Kuwaitis clear the country of unexploded munitions. On leaving the RAF, he spent 4 years working in the IT sector in operations management and business development.

He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers in late 2002, where he spent 12 years including 10 years as Director of Membership. Whilst there he was one of ICE’s two representatives on the SocEnv Board and chaired the Registration Authority.

He joined IChemE in 2017 initially undertaking a project and then providing interim cover as Director of Qualifications. He became permanent in the role in early 2018.

David is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment (HonFSE), and currently chairs its Registration Authority (RA).

Brian Robinson CEnv

Board Member

Brian runs his own consultancy business, BJR Solutions Ltd, delivering engineering and research project management services to a range of clients including Department for Transport, Transport & Environment, the University of Exeter and Zemo Partnership. Brian’s work for Zemo involves running its Commercial Vehicle Working Group and overseeing various van and truck-related emissions reduction initiatives, as well as acting as their main point of contact on all freight transport emissions issues. Brian is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, and has over thirty years’ experience in transport, energy and climate change policy, sustainability and vehicle safety. Before forming his own business in 2014, Brian spent many years in increasingly senior roles at TRL Ltd, carrying out mostly HGV-related safety and environmental research. Brian also has various voluntary roles, being on the Board of the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) and an active member of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Particular areas of interest include transport sustainability and decarbonisation, zero emission vehicle technologies and adoption and Energy system optimisation.

Kirsten Röttcher CEnv

Board Member

Kirsten is a consultant currently working as a technical director at Mott MacDonald Brighton in the field of environmental and social safeguards.

Her work encompasses construction and operations monitoring, acquisition due diligence, environmental and social due diligence, red flag reviews, technical and environmental due diligence, environmental and social management planning and impact assessment, environmental and socio-economic baseline studies, strategic environmental and social assessment, stakeholder engagement plans, stakeholder engagement across government and society (PRA/RRA, KII, FGD, HH interviews), resettlement action plans, land use planning, management of resources, promotion of national content and local economic development, HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and institutional capacity assessment. She has managed and supervised multi-disciplinary teams and projects to international financing institute and regulatory requirements.

Sectors Kirsten has worked in include: transport, energy, renewables, urban development, decentralized rural development and natural resource management.

Kirsten has worked long-term in Tanzania, Lesotho and Azerbaijan, medium-term in Oman and Uganda, short-term in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia, Zambia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Germany, UK and the Falkland Islands. She has input remotely to projects in Nigeria, Angola, Israel, Mozambique, UK, Qatar, Cameroon, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Kurdistan and Uzbekistan.

She advocates use of virtual site visits and cooperation with local consultants whenever possible to reduce carbon emissions from travel.

Kirsten is registered as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) via her membership with Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Ross Weddle CEnv

Board Member

I am a Forester. This career choice was partially made because of a personal pleasure in, and a commitment to, the environment. So, after working up to becoming a Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), I jumped at the chance to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). As my experience and expertise have accumulated I have been lucky enough to be able to specialise in Natural Capital, Continuous Cover and Urban Forestry. My work is aligned with understanding and nurturing the environment and my role with SocEnv is a small part of a global movement acknowledging that life is nature.

Registration Authority

The Registration Authority (RA) is appointed by the Board in accordance with the relevant Bylaws.  The RA is responsible to the Board for the developing and maintaining definitions and standards for admission to the Registers and setting standards for the award of the professional designations, including:

  • licensing bodies to award and remove the professional designations authorised by Regulations;
  • monitoring the activities of Licensed Members with respect to the Registers;
  • giving guidance, specifying information required and giving directions on the format of applications;
  • establishing a Code of Professional Conduct pursuant to the Bylaws;
  • establishing procedures for the consideration of complaints of unprofessional conduct and any related appeals;
  • establishing disciplinary procedures for Registrants following a finding of unprofessional conduct;
  • ensuring that Licensed Members adopt and pursue all such procedures;
  • monitoring the professional conduct of Registrants normally through their Licensed Member body;
  • monitoring the professional development of Registrants normally through their Licensed Member;
  • carrying out any other functions that may from time to time be prescribed by the Board;
  • publishing, from time to time, a list of licences granted;
  • undertaking a self-evaluation of its effectiveness each year and submitting an annual review report to the Board.

Registration Authority Members

David Lloyd-Roach HonFSE

Chair of the RA & Board Member

Alastair Taylor CEnv

Chief Licence Reviewer & RA Member

Sue Buxey

RA Member

Robert Bradley CEnv

RA Member

Sophie Dunajko

RA Member

Alan Fitzpatrick CEnv

RA Member & Board Member

Simon Heathorn CEnv

RA Member

Peter Holloway CEnv

RA Member

John Klahn

RA Member

Karl Moreton-Jones CEnv

RA Member

Sally Mousley CEnv

RA Member

Professor Parneet Paul CEnv

RA Member

Toby Underwood

RA Member

Rodney Wilkinson

RA Member

David Lloyd-Roach HonFSE

Chair of the RA & Board Member

David is the Director of Qualifications at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He is a mechanical engineering graduate and served 20 years in the Royal Air Force as an AeroSystems Engineer Officer. During this time, he was primarily responsible for aircraft maintenance although he specialised in weapons systems safety and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). He holds a master’s degree in explosives ordnance engineering. His service included an EOD tour in Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War during which time he worked with a small UK team supporting the Kuwaitis clear the country of unexploded munitions. On leaving the RAF, he spent 4 years working in the IT sector in operations management and business development.

He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers in late 2002, where he spent 12 years including 10 years as Director of Membership. Whilst there he was one of ICE’s two representatives on the SocEnv Board and chaired the Registration Authority.

He joined IChemE in 2017 initially undertaking a project and then providing interim cover as Director of Qualifications. He became permanent in the role in early 2018.

David is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment (HonFSE), and currently chairs its Registration Authority (RA).

Alastair Taylor CEnv

Chief Licence Reviewer & RA Member

Alastair is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and following retirement from his role as CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers continues as a freelance specialist in engineering and technology for agriculture. As part of this, and through his association with the Royal Academy of Engineering, Alastair has travelled extensively across Southern Africa and as such has a comprehensive understanding of the context and challenges of agricultural engineering in the region.

During the past year, Alastair has been editing a report for the Pan African Society of Agricultural Engineering titled: Agricultural Engineering in Africa: A Key Driver for Transforming Agriculture to Deliver Food Security and to Support Economic Prosperity. Alastair is active in the developments of professional engineering standards for Engineering UK and acts as Chief Licence Reviewer for the UK Society of the Environment.

Alastair was bought up on a farm in the eastern part of England and originally trained as an Agricultural Engineer. He spent over forty years immersed in the agriculture, engineering and emerging Agritech industries. He spent 20 years working in front line education where he undertook various roles within the teaching and management of agriculture and mechanisation, including irrigation, farm buildings, waste management and financial management.

In 2000, Alastair joined UK national inspectorate for vocational education becoming well known as an inspector of the subject and leader of inspection teams. From 2013 to 2019, Alastair was the Chief Executive of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, the professional body for professional engineers working in the industry.

Sue Buxey

RA Member

Sue joined the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment at the end of 2016 and is currently Head of Operations with responsibility for Membership, Professional Standards, IT, Finance and the Business Management System.

Sue is a senior level operations leader with experience gained in the private and public sectors including financial services, telco and utilities. Experienced in leading multi-site, multi-channel customer service operations in B2C, B2B, international and regulated markets. Previous companies include Severn Trent Water, Vodafone, The Medical Defence Union, Barclays, and the Cabinet Office.

Robert Bradley CEnv

RA Member

Rob Bradley gained his Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status in 2013 with the Institute of Water and has subsequently become an assessor and active mentor. He led the Scottish Area's Mentoring & Registration sub-committee for 3 years, leading to being awarded Distinguished and Committee member of the year for 2020.

He joined the SocEnv Registration Authority (RA) in 2019 and brought with him extensive knowledge and experience of assessing CEnv and REnvTech applicants. His opinion is respected, and he has made many notable contributions to RA discussions. Rob’s input to the development of the REnvP standards and assessment model has been invaluable. 

Sophie Dunajko

RA Member

Sophie Dunajko is the Head of Membership and Professional Standards at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), having previously worked across a number of senior roles in the organisation including events and international development. The institution represents a community of over 10,000 experts managing the natural environment around the world and answering the urgent challenges posed by the climate and ecological emergencies.

Sophie is committed to developing the professional skills of future generations and promoting diversity and inclusion across all areas of professional registration, working towards an inclusive profession, supporting those from diverse backgrounds and advancing individuals throughout their careers.

Alan Fitzpatrick CEnv

RA Member & Board Member

Alan is an experienced engineer in the power and renewable sector and has also served as an engineering officer at sea, an engineer surveyor and a head office engineer for RSA.

Plus, he has had teaching / training roles with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Having retired in late 2020, Alan now volunteers with Citizens Advice providing guidance to the public and specialising in being an Energy Adviser. This ensures those members of the public in hardship and or in need of information are well proved. This specialist knowledge will also be helpful to both the SOE, the Society for the Environment and their members / registrants.

Alan is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registered via his membership of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).

Simon Heathorn CEnv

RA Member

Simon is both a Chartered Civil Engineer CEng MICE with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Society for the Environment. He has a variety of work experience, mainly as a Director of a Limited Company, as a contractor working for Southern Water Authority, Local Authority, Consultants and Contractors and more recently is currently employed as a staff member on an MoD site. During his employment Simon has been engaged as an Engineering Manager, a Senior Project Manager and as both a Civil and Structural Engineer. Simon was firstly an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2000 and then a Chartered Civil Engineer in 2005 and also a Chartered Environmentalist in 2005. He became a Member of the Society for the Environment Registration Authority in 2021.

Peter Holloway CEnv

RA Member

John Klahn

RA Member

John has worked at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) since 2008, building his experience across publishing, education and qualification standards. He has developed new qualifications and assessments that have been successful in widening access to professional registration across disciplines within the built and natural environment.

He is currently responsible for content creation across all RICS qualifications and assessments, focussing on supporting candidates, assessors and employers.

Karl Moreton-Jones CEnv

RA Member

Karl is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) through Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) & Chartered Landscape Architect with over 24 years’ professional experience (including Expert witness) in landscape and environmental sectors. Experienced in LVIA, LCA, Green Belt Review, landscape planning and design and restoration detailing of industrial, mineral, landfill and brownfield sites and supervision of EIAs and planning applications for utilities and wind farm, housing and mixed-use masterplan schemes, EMPs and landscape contract administration work. He is Managing Director of Crestwood Environmental Ltd.

Karl is a current member of the Registration Authority for the Society for the Environment, a recent long-standing member of the Technical Committee of the Landscape Institute (LI), previous LI Mentor for ‘Pathway to Chartership’ and previous committee member of the ialeUK. Karl as contributed to a number of publications including BS42020 Biodiversity: Code of Practice for Planning & Development. Author of forthcoming Technical Information Note on Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment of Artificial Light & Lighting and on committee reviewing PLG04: Guidance on Undertaking Environmental Lighting Impact Assessment.

Sally Mousley CEnv

RA Member

Sally is a Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with over 35 years’ experience as a professional ecologist in the public sector. Sally currently works for Natural England, the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, where she is leading the production of definitions of favourable conservation status.

Sally is also a member of CIEEM’s Membership Admissions Committee and Registration Authority and has for many years assessed applications for membership of CIEEM.

Professor Parneet Paul CEnv

RA Member

Professor Parneet Paul is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Engineer who has broad industrial and academic experience gained in the UK and overseas environments. He is a specialist water engineer experienced in project management and systems design up to Principal Engineer level. For the past eighteen years or so, Professor Paul has been an academic researcher at De Montfort, Brunel, Kingston, East London, and Leeds Beckett Universities with a specialist interest in wastewater treatment system’s design and development.

Prior to joining academia, he carried out several civil engineering assignments in the South Pacific, Southern Africa, West Africa, and South East Asia with VSO, Skillshare International, Oxfam GB, Oxfam Australia, and PADCO AECOM (via USAID). He has also worked for UK engineering consultancy firms, namely Arups in Central London and Bullens (now part of AECOM Group) in North West England.

Professor Paul is a Trustee Board member of REDR UK (Registered Charity and INGO); a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management; a Liveryman of the Worshipful of Company of Water Conservators, and a Freeman of the City of London.

Toby Underwood

RA Member

Toby Underwood CChem CSci MRSC works at the Royal Society of Chemistry as the Manager for Accreditation & Careers.  His responsibilities include career management; degree accreditation; all Charter designations including CEnv; and support for vocational pathways. He has a knowledge and expertise of overseas degree programmes through development of the RSC International Accreditation project, and apprenticeship reforms in the UK by increasing RSC support for that sector. 

Toby previously worked in multinational pharma, working within synthetic and medicinal chemistry and has publications and patents in those areas.  This led to management of a chemical technology group with multiple academic collaborations, which fostered an enthusiasm in working in both these arenas, and hence moving to the Royal Society of Chemistry to support that work.

Rodney Wilkinson

RA Member

Rod is a hydrologist by qualification, who worked for Severn Trent Water Ltd and its predecessor organisations until his retirement in 2012. He continues as a Consultant Hydrologist with a specialist area in strategic water resources planning. However, his experience extends to water treatment and operational planning, along with reservoir safety assessments and operational risk analysis.

Rod is also a member of four Standards Committees on hydrometry and flood risk at the British Standards Institution (BSI). He is also a regular UK delegate at meetings of the mirror committees of CEN, the European standards organisation, and ISO, the International Standards Organisation. With ISO, he is the Chair of the technical sub-committee on flow measuring structures.

Rod is a Fellow of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), with which he is a Professional Reviewer and member of its higher education course Accreditation Board. He has also mentored several C.WEM and CENV candidates over the years. He has been associated with SocEnv since its inception and has extensive experience as a Licensed Body Reviewer. He is Lead Assessor with the RA’s Review Panel.

Rod is also a member of the British Hydrological Society.

Honorary Fellows Panel

The Panel assesses nominations for Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment (HonFSE). It receives nominations from Member Bodies, supported by another Member Body. The Panel is responsible for making a favourable determination if at least five of the Panel agree the nomination meets the requirements of the Society.

All members of the Honorary Fellows Panel hold their places by the authority of all Voting Members and are not representative or subject to influence of any particular body.

Honorary Fellows Panel Members

Tapiwa Gavaza CEnv

Chair of Panel

Professor Ian Barker HonFSE CEnv

Panel Member & Board Member

Richard Cooksley CEnv

Panel Member

Alan Fitzpatrick CEnv

Panel Member & Board Member

Professor Mark Jolly CEnv

Panel Member

Ross Weddle CEnv

Panel Member & Board Member

Tapiwa Gavaza CEnv

Chair of Panel

Professor Ian Barker HonFSE CEnv

Panel Member & Board Member

Professor Ian Barker is Vice-President Environment, Fellow and non-executive Director at the Institute of Water, and Managing Director of Water Policy International Ltd, an independent consultancy and commentator on water management, regulation, policy and governance. He is also a non-executive Director of the Society for the Environment, and of the Water Industry Forum, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems.

Ian is a Chartered Environmentalist with over 35 years’ experience in the water sector. He had overall responsibility at the Environment Agency for water planning, regulation and management, as well as fisheries, biodiversity and land management, across England and Wales. At the EA Ian worked closely with the government and was responsible for specifying the water companies’ programmes of environmental investment totalling £1 billion per annum, and for reviewing their performance. He also had oversight of their long-term plans for water supply security and drought management, and the management of all abstractions and discharges by all sectors.

He is an expert advisor to the OECD, and has worked with them on water governance and management reviews in the Netherlands, South Korea and Brazil, as well as on various global projects. His other clients have included UNESCO, development banks, the UK and other governments, water companies and major consultancies. He typically works as a ‘critical friend’ and helps clients improve their plans and processes to support sustainable and resilient water management. Ian is proud to be a member of the SocEnv Board and Honorary Fellow Panel, and brings to them his ethos of continuous improvement and customer focus.

Ian was awarded Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment (HonFSE) in 2021.

Richard Cooksley CEnv

Panel Member

Richard Cooksley, CEnv, FRAgS, PFIAgrM originally trained as an electrical engineer but made the change from engineer to general management. He has some 40 years knowledge of the agricultural, animal feed manufacturing, feed materials processing, biomass and storage industry within the UK and overseas having held a number of senior roles. In 2000 he set up his own company providing project management and evaluation services within the agricultural/power supply industry.

In addition to the consultancy Richard is a Chairman of the Corn Exchange Benevolent Society, Past President of the North Somerset Agricultural Society, Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and Liverymen of The Worshipful Company of Farmers.

He has a number of interests outside of the industry one of which is giant onion growing and also a member of the Portishead International Ski Team.

Alan Fitzpatrick CEnv

Panel Member & Board Member

Alan is an experienced engineer in the power and renewable sector and has also served as an engineering officer at sea, an engineer surveyor and a head office engineer for RSA.

Plus, he has had teaching / training roles with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Having retired in late 2020, Alan now volunteers with Citizens Advice providing guidance to the public and specialising in being an Energy Adviser. This ensures those members of the public in hardship and or in need of information are well proved. This specialist knowledge will also be helpful to both the SOE, the Society for the Environment and their members / registrants.

Alan is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registered via his membership of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).

Professor Mark Jolly CEnv

Panel Member

Mark is Professor and Director of Manufacturing. He has almost 40 years’ experience in manufacturing. He spent 13 years working in industry in automotive and tier 1&2 suppliers into manufacturing both in the UK and abroad before moving into academia in 1995. In 2012 he joined Cranfield after 17 years at the University of Birmingham. He has managed over £17.5 M of research projects since 1999 and has over 350 publications, technical reports, articles and books. He is Director of the recently announced UKRI Transforming the Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub (TransFIRe), co-Director of the Circular Economy Network plus in Transport Systems (CENTS), and co-Director of the Engineering and Physical sciences Research Council Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing which offers a triple degree with the Universities of Warwick and Exeter. Mark has sat on the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2003 and sits on the council of the Cast Metals Federation, is a reviewer for the European Space Agency (ESA) and Enterprise Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and sits on the Society for the Environment Honorary Fellows Panel. He is a Trustee, Member of the Executive Board and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), and is the current chair of the Materials Science and Technology Division. He also sits on the IOM3 Sustainable Development, Casting and Solidification and Light Metals Groups. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME). He was Chair of the Solidification Committee of The Mineral Metals and Materials Society (TMS, USA) for two years until 2018. Mark is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Founders and Freeman of the City of London.

Mark is the recipient of the 2019 John Campbell Gold Medal awarded by ICME for “continual advancement in sustainable manufacturing and promotion of excellence in casting technologies”. He was the 2010 Winner of the University of Birmingham Josiah Mason Founder’s Award for Business Advancement and in 2008 was the recipient of the Oliver Stubbs Medal (ICME).

His main areas of current research are in circular economy and sustainability including resource efficient manufacturing, process modelling and novel casting processes. He has worked with many well-known names across a number of sectors including Rolls-Royce, Depuy-Synthes (Johnson & Johnson), Bentley, Aston Martin, BAES, Finmechanica, GKN and Coca-Cola. He has also championed working with many small companies especially SMEs who supply to large companies.

Ross Weddle CEnv

Panel Member & Board Member

I am a Forester. This career choice was partially made because of a personal pleasure in, and a commitment to, the environment. So, after working up to becoming a Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), I jumped at the chance to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). As my experience and expertise have accumulated I have been lucky enough to be able to specialise in Natural Capital, Continuous Cover and Urban Forestry. My work is aligned with understanding and nurturing the environment and my role with SocEnv is a small part of a global movement acknowledging that life is nature.