Vision 2020: powered by the members

7th October 2013

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IEMA's latest membership survey ended on 20 September, bringing to a close a summer-long member consultation on the development of Vision 2020

Chief executive Tim Balcon began meeting members in July to get feedback on how they want the Institute to change over the coming years to ensure they receive maximum value, benefit and recognition from their membership.

Through a roadshow of events, a series of webinars and an online survey, more than 1,500 members have contributed their views on how IEMA should develop.

In his latest Vision 2020 blog post, Balcon stated that the “sheer scale of passion, ambition, dedication and support” members demonstrated throughout the process has been hugely beneficial and appreciated.

“This whole process – which may have been sparked by head office but had been powered by members – has been about realigning IEMA to play to its strengths,” he said.

“I think that reflects the personality of the membership and the environment profession; using our combined passion to our advantage, maximising our impact by concentrating on what we do best, and working on the things we know could be better.”

The feedback gathered through the consultation has provided a sizable and credible evidence base, which has now been presented to the IEMA board as part of the “crafting” stage of Vision 2020.

A further consultation with corporate members and other partners is ongoing, allowing Balcon to work with the IEMA council, board and professional standards committee to finalise and approve the key elements of Vision 2020 before full details are revealed to members in the new year.

Meanwhile, Balcon and all at IEMA would like to thank every member who was involved with the Vision 2020 consultation. Your contribution is invaluable and will ensure that the Institute is fit for the future.

Members can read the full version of the chief executive’s latest blog at

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