CEO announces summer roadshows

5th July 2013



Tim Balcon is to visit 14 towns and cities across the UK to gather feedback from members on what the future direction of the Institute should be

After promising to instigate a thorough, long-term programme to connect with as many members as possible, IEMA’s new chief executive, Tim Balcon, has announced a “CEO roadshow” of events that will give thousands of members the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Institute (see the panel below for locations and dates).

IEMA’s current plan for the Institute’s focus and goals ends in 2014, and Balcon believes that this provides the perfect opportunity to put in place measures to equip members with the right support and skills to enable them to drive change in their organisations.

Along with key staff, committees and representatives, Balcon is developing IEMA’s succeeding agenda – Vision 2020 – that will guide and measure IEMA’s performance over the next seven years. The project has now reached the stage where member views are being sought, and they are crucial to its progression.

“With the clarity that comes with 20:20 vision, our Vision 2020 will give IEMA ultimate direction, transparency and purpose,” Balcon says. “But we cannot and will not form the content and anticipated outcomes of Vision 2020 alone. We need input from members to ensure that we not only become what you want and need us to be in seven years’ time, but that we provide the right leadership.”

Between now and mid-September, Balcon will personally attend 14 events around the UK to gain face-to-face feedback on the proposed structure and content of Vision 2020.

Webinars on 29 July and 22 August will enable everyone who cannot attend the regional events to engage in the consultation process and offer their perspective on what has been drafted. A third webinar, on 5 August, will be held specifically for international members.

“What we have worked on so far puts the individual IEMA member at the centre of our being, with a supporting framework of community, development and influencing opportunities that we hope will inspire and enable every single person to become exactly the professional they want to be,” explains Balcon.

“But I need more detail particularly around what adds value, which can only come from the membership, so that I can tell our board why Vision 2020 will work.

“In last month’s issue of the environmentalist I explained that I intended to make champions out of our members. It’s a bold statement, but an achievable one. Getting everyone involved in the development of Vision 2020 is the first rung of that ladder so I genuinely hope to meet as many of our members as I can over the coming months.”

Members will have received an email inviting them to attend the events but, for more information or to book your place, visit

If you would like to contact IEMA about Vision 2020, email

Future issues of the environmentalist and IEMA Downloaded will contain details of further engagement opportunities and the development of Vision 2020.

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