The 50th IES AGM was held on 19th April 2023. The event was once again held online to allow maximum engagement from members.
Chair's Review of the Year
Julie Hill, IES Chair, reflected on the societal systemic weaknesses revealed in 2023: energy security, food security, decent homes for all, resilience to climate shocks, and reversing the inexorable decline in biodiversity. She reflected on the Burntwood Lecture given by Caroline Lucas and the role of environmental scientists in addressing those systemic weaknesses.
CEO's Reflections on 2022 & Plans for 2023
Adam Donnan, IES CEO, reflected on the 50th anniversary celebrations that took place in 2022, reviewed the work we had done on risk, and discussed the merger with the Foundation for Water Research (FWR). Other highlights include our new policy training, the 45 webinars held in 2022, the new Climate Action Community and our work on equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I).
He gave members a taste of what is to come in the year ahead with our horizon scanning project, the Turning the Tide initiative and further developments in ED&I.
He concluded this section by thanking trustees for their commitment. He thanked the more than 400 individuals who volunteered for the IES, sitting on committees, assessing applications, and providing content for our webinars, events and journals. The work of the IES would not be possible without their contribution.
Ian Byrne, IES Treasurer, gave a review of the 2021-22 accounts. He discussed how income and reserves have grown over the past 6 years. The deficit budget was planned after several years of surpluses.
Chris Rush, the new Chair of IAQM was elected to the IES Council. All resolutions were passed.
The Chair thanked the retiring trustees: Christine McHugh and Jackie Rogers.