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Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv

Chair

Dougal Driver CEnv

Vice Chair

Sandra Norval CEnv

Vice Chair

Dr Emma Wilcox CEnv

Chief Executive

Geoff Atkins

Head of Licensing, Registration and Standards

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Elaine Rutherford

Operations Manager

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Phil Underwood

Engagement Manager

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Sarah Ridgeon

Policy and Communications Officer

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Katie Wilcox

Operations Executive

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Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv

Chair

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 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.

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.

Sandra Norval CEnv

Vice Chair

Sandra is the Future Growth Lead at Southern Water and a Fellow of IEMA.

Alongside her Vice Chair role, Sandra is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Society for the Environment.

Dr Emma Wilcox CEnv

Chief Executive

Emma began her career at the National Physical Laboratory after completing her PhD in physical metallurgy at the University of Surrey and her degree and Masters in Materials Science at Brunel University. Building on her academic background, Emma’s career has spanned knowledge transfer, training and skills across various technical disciplines. Having established the Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership and playing critical roles in creating two Skills Academies, Emma became the Chief Executive of the Society for the Environment, the Chartered Organisation responsible for registering environmental professionals, in 2015. Emma is a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of IOM3 as well as a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Programme.

As well as the Chair of the IOM3 Sustainability Development Group (SDG), Emma is a member of the UK Government’s Green Apprenticeships Advisory Panel (GAAP) and a Board Member of the Future Water Association.

Emma is passionate about sustainable development, noting that ‘many of the environmental challenges we face stem from our use of materials’. She strongly believes materials professionals are vital to a sustainable future and the SDG is a body of expertise to respond to critical issues about sustainable development and the environment.

Geoff Atkins

Head of Licensing, Registration and Standards

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Geoff joined the Society in July 2016 from the Engineering Council where he was Licensing Executive for almost four years. Prior to this Geoff spent 24 years in various roles within the City & Guilds Group, including six years with the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). During his career, Geoff has gained an excellent knowledge of quality and audit procedures within the educational field and brings with him a wealth of experience, particularly in process improvement.

Geoff says “I am really enjoying being part of the challenging, yet exciting future of the Society for the Environment, and working closely with the Licensed Members.”

At home, Geoff is kept busy by his twin daughters, two cats, listening to music and watching live sport.

Elaine Rutherford

Operations Manager

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Elaine joined the team in 2009 after numerous years in the Construction and IT sector. Having been a freelance IT trainer for a number of training companies, including being involved in training staff for a national bank rolling out new in-house software. She has also been a supply teacher for CLAIT and RSA and for Business Studies in IT. As well as holding managerial roles in a number of steel fabrication companies, she was also PA to a Finance/Personnel Director in the fashion industry and a clerical officer for a microbiology and public health laboratory in the Midlands.

As well as the day to day running of the office, she processes the CEnv and REnTvech registrations and supports the Head of Licensing in the administration of Licence Reviews and the Chief Executive at Committee meeting and responsible for the implementation of GDPR.

Phil Underwood

Engagement Manager

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Phil graduated from Coventry University with a 1st class honours degree in BA Sports Management. He gained valuable experience of stakeholder management, communications and event management as a Sports Regeneration Officer before moving into the events industry. He moved up the ranks at a corporate events company for 7 years, finishing as the Sales and Marketing Manager.

Phil joined the Society in 2017 in a newly created role as Marketing Executive. Since then his eye for detail and ability to develop relationships have proven to be valuable to the team. He’s always keen to hear ideas and develop opportunities for Licensed Members, partners and registrants alike.

Outside of work Phil doesn’t stop. In the winter months hockey is the activity of choice (with the odd opportunity to hit the slopes with a snowboard), but in the summer it’s all about bouldering, camping, hiking and kayaking. However, overriding all of this is his love of photography – you’ll be lucky to catch him without a camera in hand.

Sarah Ridgeon

Policy and Communications Officer

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Sarah Graduated with Distinction from the University of Nottingham with an MA in International Social Policy. Her work experience is also in the Policy sector, having previously held a role in the Policy department at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. In addition, she volunteered as a Research and Campaigns Trainee at Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau.

Her role at the Society involves co-ordinating the Society’s communication channels, as well as collecting the views and concerns of our Licensed Members, registrants and partners and ensuring these are heard by key influencers.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, travelling and watching sports- in particular cricket. Top of her bucket list is going to watch a Test match in Cape Town!

Katie Wilcox

Operations Executive

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Committee Chairs

Chair of the Board
Will Pope HonFSE CEnv

Vice Chairs of the Board
Dougal Driver CEnv
Sandra Norval CEnv

Honorary Secretary
Alan Harper CEnv

Honorary Treasurer
Sandra Norval CEnv

Registration Authority Chair
David Lloyd-Roach CEnv

Honorary Fellows Panel Chair
Tapiwa Gavaza CEnv

Audit and Risk Chair
Alan Harper CEnv

Governance Committee Chair
Alan Harper CEnv