IEMA Board of Directors- New Chair

The board at IEMA consists of individuals recognised and committed to the ongoing work of sustainability and environmental management. We are delighted to announce that Paul Leinster is IEMA's new Chair of the Board with Louise Nicholls appointed as Vice Chair of the Board.

Posted on Jun 27, 2019

Professor Paul Leinster CBE has over 40 years of practical experience in environmental management, policy development and regulation. Paul joined Cranfield in 2015 as Professor of Environmental Assessment. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and before that had been Executive Director of Operations and Executive Director of Environment and Business at the EA. Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years, before joining the EA, for companies including SmithKline Beecham, BP and Schering Agrochemicals.

He has a particular interest in translating research into effective policy, regulatory, operational and governance measures and in natural capital and ecosystem service approaches to environmental management.

Paul has a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in environmental engineering both from Imperial College, London and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. He is a Fellow of IEMA and of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a chartered environmentalist and a chartered chemist.

Louise Nicholls is Managing Director of Human Rights and Sustainability consultancy Previously she worked for Marks & Spencer most recently as Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food sustainability and Food Packaging. She led M&S's approach to Food sustainability and Corporate Human Rights programme for over 18 years from inception, through the development of Plan A, to their approach, being consistently recognised for its leadership, including Top of UK FTSE 100 modern slavery statements 2016, 2017, 2018 and recognised for leadership in Corporate Human Rights Benchmark.

Louise is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and was also part of the M&S Food technology leadership team for over 26 years, where she led packaging and sustainability experts supporting buying teams and supply chain on a daily basis with issues affecting plastics, food waste, Fairtrade and sustainable raw material procurement. She was instrumental in development of Sedex sitting on the board for 16 years and chairing Sedex stakeholder forum (SSF) establishing SMETA, globally the most widely used ethical trade audit methodology. She also play a leading role in the formation the Gangmaster and Licensing Abuse Authority. In addition Louise has held Board positions at the Ethical Trading Initiative, LOCOG Stakeholder oversight board, Consumer Goods Forum and is currently a trustee of the Bread and Butter thing and a director of IEMA.

We also want to take the time to thank Diana Montgomery as our outgoing Chair on the Board of IEMA for her work of over 8 years, bringing to the role extensive experience in strategy and policy development backed up by a strong track record of operational delivery. We wish Diana all the very best in her future work.

Read more about IEMA's Board of Directors HERE

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