New council members elected

18th June 2012



IEMA reveals new council representatives as voted in by the membership

As the current term of office for those elected to the IEMA council in 2008 is due to expire, IEMA members have since March been taking part in the process to elect new members.

Following a nominations period, ballots have been undertaken in those constituencies where there were more nominations than places available. The results were released on Wednesday 6th June and IEMA is pleased to welcome thirteen new council members.

The elected positions on council are based on members’ sectors (business, consultancy, education and public).

The new individual representatives are:

John Leader
Susan Smitherson
Toby Robins

Rufus Howard
Fiona Draper
Simon Cordingley

Jo Murphy
Richard Holdsworth
George Ablett
Education (uncontested)

Miklas Scholz
Martin Bigg
Maarten Van Der Kamp
In the corporate membership section, Louise Ellis from the University of Leeds was uncontested.

The new members will take their place on the council at the next meeting in September 2012, together with appointed members from IEMA’s regional steering groups.

Council is a key advisory body to the IEMA board on the Institute’s strategic direction and on issues relating to the Institute and the environmental management and sustainable development profession as a whole.

Council is also responsible for the appointment of the Institute’s non-executive directors and on advising on the extent to which IEMA’s strategy is being met.

To find out more about the role of the IEMA council visit the IEMA website.

Council working group

Many of the recommendations made by the group set up last year to look at how the IEMA council was working have been implemented. However, some issues remain outstanding.

At a meeting on 30 April, members of the board joined the group to discuss the role of the council, its objectives and the best way of achieving them.

The group agreed to address the connections between the council, regions and members, as well as the role of the council. The advisory role of the council was reaffirmed.

The meeting also agreed to consider the size of, and representation on, the council, possible overlaps with other groups and committees, and legacy issues. Proposals will be presented at the next meeting in the autumn.

Professor Martin Bigg, chair of the IEMA council ways of working group


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