Phil Holmes

Vice President

Phil is a senior public engagement and museums specialist. Originally training and working in the environmental science sector, Phil now creates museum experiences, exhibitions and events which champions not only science and history, but social change too. 

In 2007 Phil co-authored a report with fellow IES Council member Jennifer Blumhof entitled “Mapping the Environmental Science Landscape”, an in-depth analysis on the state of Environmental Science in Higher Education, funded by GEES (the Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Subject Centre).

During his time as an the IES trustee, Phil has supported and advised the senior management team in their delivery of events, publications and initiatives designed not just to support the environment sector, but publics at large. Advocating for the need of good design, clear communication and their role in social and sector change, Phil has helped the institute reach and engage with wider audiences. As Honorary Secretary Phil works with the Chief Executive Officer and Project Team to make sure the IES is meeting its sector, membership and charitable aims. He is also the diversity champion for the organisation.

Within his own work, Phil brings the social, sustainability and scientific aspects of his to the creation of exhibitions and events around the world. He has brought together artists, designers, scientists and actors to create experiences which aim to bring about social change.

He served on Council from 2007-19 and was elected a Vice President in 2019. 

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  • Recognition of professional status
  • CPD recording tools
  • Use of post-nominal letters
  • Access to our exclusive monthly webinars
  • Regular reports on the environmental science sector
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