The inaugural meeting of IEMA’s first ever Policy and Practice Committee (PPC) took place earlier today on Wednesday 12th January. The PPC was created following a review of the Institute’s governance structures in 2021 pertaining to policy and practice activity.


The review concluded that the PPC should be established to provide long-term and strategic oversight across all IEMA policy and practice activity. It will meet four times a year.

The membership of the Policy and Practice Committee is as follows:

  • Louise Nicholls, Managing Director, Suseco.org (Interim Chair)
  • Conor Savage, Climate Reporting Manager, Natwest
  • Andy Whyle, Sustainability Consultant, S-AW
  • Adrian Barnes, Senior Manager, Green Investment Group
  • Stefan Boss, Director of Environmental Planning, Stantec
  • Bret Willers, Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, Coventry City Council
  • Andrew Smith, Lead Research Environment and Sustainability, Crown Commercial Service
  • Cathie Mackay, VP Environment Health & Safety Services & Third-Party Oversight, GSK
  • Marie Fox, Evidence Advisor, Environment Agency
  • Laura Bartle, Net Zero Policy and Strategy Manager, National Grid
  • Dr Eric Twum, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Green Growth Solutions

The Committee will enable the Institute’s thematic member steering groups – climate & energy, impact assessment, global environmental & social assessment and circular economy – to be more effectively joined-up in the delivery of their respective activities.

In addition, and as set out in the governance review, the PPC will:

  • identify major projects for relevant member steering groups to deliver
  • advise on expert stakeholders for any task and finish groups required for policy and practice work
  • appraise the impact of policy and practice outputs and suggest process improvements
  • regularly consult and survey the IEMA membership to gauge views on policy and practice priorities.

For more information regarding the PPC and its activities please contact [email protected]

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Ben Goodwin

Head of Policy, IEMA

Ben joined IEMA towards the end of 2020 to take up the role of Head of Policy. In this capacity he looks after the delivery of IEMAs core policy and practice outputs across a range of environmental and sustainability issues.