Use your influence at this month's Royal Charter EGM

1st May 2018

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With the crucial vote to progress IEMA's journey towards chartership less than two weeks away, members are powering up to influence the biggest-ever change in the institute’s history.

IEMA is working to achieve a Royal Charter to catalyse recognition and value for IEMA members on a completely new scale. We have successfully completed all preliminary requirements set by the Privy Council (advisers to the Queen), which means the next and most important step is for members to give permission to progress to the formal application stage.

A Royal Charter to boost value, respect and influence for members across the globe. Being a member of a chartered body will add sought-after professional gravitas to your CV and help your employers, clients and colleagues to view your work and membership with the same respect as other established professions. This is a critical decision, as achieving a Royal Charter will recognise all that IEMA has already achieved and provide a new platform to grow, influence and transform the world to sustainability.

Later this month, all members will have the chance to vote through a special resolution, granting permission for IEMA to officially petition for a Royal Charter. The vote will be held during an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Tuesday 15 May at the historic Vintners’ Hall in London. All members are entitled to attend in person or vote via an easy proxy process. Many members have already registered to attend the EGM or submitted proxy votes in advance, and IEMA is encouraging as many members as possible to follow suit and get involved at this unique point in IEMA’s history.

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What the IEMA Royal Charter means to me

IEMA has come a very long way in the past few years, and what we’re aiming to achieve from 15 May will validate everything we’ve done and every brave change made. The vote at the EGM will become a landmark date for us, and I’m extremely excited about seeing IEMA members make our history.”

IEMA CEO Tim Balcon

“This is a very exciting time to be an IEMA member, and I would like to thank you for your enthusiasm during our work towards a Royal Charter. Achieving our goal will provide a prestigious recognition for our membership and each one of us in our careers.”

Chair of the IEMA board, Diana Montgomery

“We fully support IEMA’s application for a Royal Charter. As one of the founding members of the Society for the Environment, IEMA has made a significant contribution to registering chartered environmentalists and supporting professional development. We wish IEMA success in its journey to chartered status and look forward to maintaining our collaboration in the years to come.”

Emma Wilcox, CEO of the Society for the Environment

EGM date: Brexit and Beyond and Transformative Leadership Lecture events

The day of the EGM will provide three opportunities for members to learn and network as well as influence our journey towards chartership.

On the afternoon of 15 May, IEMA will hold a ‘Brexit and Beyond: Future UK Environment Policy and Legislation’ event at Vintners’ Hall, the venue for the evening’s EGM.

Members (and non-members) are invited to join leading industry experts from 2pm-5pm to explore the latest developments in the transposition as the UK draws closer to finalising Brexit, and planning for the future of the profession. Speakers include:

  • Simon Colvin – environmental lawyer and partner, Weightmans
  • Amy Mount – head of the Greener UK unit, Green Alliance
  • Edward Lockhart-Mummery – convenor at the Broadway Initiative
  • Martin Baxter – chief policy advisor, IEMA
  • Roz Bulleid – head of climate, energy and environment policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.
  • Members attending are encouraged to stay on after the event concludes at 5pm to cast their votes at the EGM.
  • Pricing for IEMA members and chartered environmentalists is £25 + VAT + booking fee. Non-members can attend for £100 + VAT + booking fee.
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Any members arriving just for the EGM can arrive from 5.30pm, ahead of the EGM and vote taking place at 6pm prompt. The EGM business will take around 20 minutes.

The EGM will be followed by a landmark evening event, featuring presentations from former Welsh Assembly environment, sustainability and housing minister Jane Davidson and IEMA fellows Mike Barry, M&S director of sustainable business, and Paul Leinster, former chief executive of the Environment Agency.

As well as the opportunity to hear from these inspiring leaders firsthand, you’ll enjoy refreshments and networking opportunities with the IEMA team and other members.

Book your free place for this exciting session and the EGM at

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