Claire Lea appointed to IEMA's board

12th November 2012



IEMA's director of membership strategy and development has been appointed to the IEMA board as an executive director

At the IEMA board meeting on 14 September, Claire Lea IEMA’s director of membership strategy and development, was appointed to the board as an executive director.

Lea joins the Institute’s chief executive Jan Chmiel and policy director Martin Baxter as IEMA’s third executive representative on the board.

As well as the three IEMA executives, the board is comprised of three independent non-executive directors who are recruited from external businesses, and five non-executive directors who are members of the Institute.

The board provides oversight and support to the chief executive, and the rest of the IEMA team, in developing and implementing the Institute’s corporate strategy.

At this year’s annual meeting three board members stood down, and three new members were elected to replace them, including Lea. She has been with IEMA since 2000 and now leads the direction and development of the Institute’s membership, overseeing its work on professional standards and skills, including the IEMA skills map.

Lea is looking forward to working as part of the board to deliver IEMA’s vision for environment and sustainability skills, bringing together the strategy for training, professional standards and assessment, and professional development. Along with the other executive members, Lea will report to the board every business quarter on issues surrounding professional development and membership projects.

Chair of the board Adrian Belton, who is chief executive at the Food and Environment Research Agency, welcomed Lea, saying that the board would benefit from her wealth of experience and knowledge.

“The board is keen to provide opportunities for the personal development of IEMA’s senior staff who have the potential to become members of the board. I am therefore delighted to welcome Claire Lea as a new member, bringing the complement from the executive up to three. She will bring a particular perspective to the board, based on her knowledge of, and interest in, developing membership services.”

Details of the other non-executive director additions will feature in the December issue of the environmentalist.

To find out more about the IEMA board and its role in the Institute’s governance, visit A list of the board’s members and their biography’s are also available.


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