Streamlined Society Governance Structure Formally Implemented
07 June 2019
The custodian of the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) professional registrations, the Society for the Environment, is pleased to announce that the final stage of a governance review which began in 2017 is now complete, with the new Board having taken full responsibility ahead of the Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 4 June.
When the Society was established in 2004 it was a partnership of ten Constituent Bodies and with a Council of around 20 members. Since that time the number of Constituent Bodies has more than doubled leading to a Council with potentially up to nearly 50 members, and the Society has established itself as a highly credible organisation with ambitious plans for the future. It was therefore necessary to revisit and review the Society’s governance to take account of the increase in members, the future challenges to be faced and the need to continue to grow sustainably ourselves, whilst ensuring continued good practice governance, sound decision making and risk management.
In 2017 the Council elected to embark on this governance review and a task and finish group was created for this purpose led by the Honorary Secretary of the Society, Alan Harper CEnv.
The Society’s new governance structure features a new smaller and more agile Board, appointed by the Member Bodies in General Meeting, to run the organisation on behalf of members. In addition to the formal governance structure, an Advisory Council will also exist as a forum for debate of Society policies and to advise the Board on broader issues, taking advantage of the breadth of the Society’s membership and constituting an important mechanism for engagement and influence.
Earlier this year, confirmation was received that the Society’s amended Charter and Bye Laws had been approved by Her Majesty the Queen, giving the green light to move ahead with implementation. Beyond this, the Society will continue to continually improve, evolve and develop Good Practice in governance through a small committee of the Board.
The New Board formally assumed responsibility of the Society’s governance ahead of the Annual General Meeting earlier this week. It is fitting that this hugely positive step forward for the Society took part as part of our World Environment Day Awards and Lectures at Kew Gardens, where the Society was also celebrating its fifteenth birthday. The event was highly successful with more than one hundred attendees and was a great showcase for all the great work undertaken by the environmental profession.
Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, Chair of the Society for the Environment, said:
“The implementation of these governance changes is very positive news for the Society’s Constituent Bodies, registrants, volunteers and our staff, in providing reassurance that the organisation maintaining the CEnv and REnvTech registers is well governed.
It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the Society’s fifteenth Birthday having made such a positive change – giving us a solid foundation for the challenges which the environment, society and our profession will face in the years to come.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the extensive team of volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly on the governance review, and successfully brought it to fruition in good order. And, on behalf of us all - a very big “thank you” to all those members of past SocEnv Cabinets and Councils who have contributed so much over so many years. You have laid firm foundation stones for the future, for which we will be forever grateful.”