Joseph Lewis
17 November 2023

IES Policy Committee opens expressions of interest for new members

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The IES External Policy Advisory Committee is now accepting expressions of interest to join the Committee in 2024. The Committee exists to help devise and develop IES policy influencing activities to maximise impact.

We are inviting expressions of interest from current and prospective IES members (Fellows, Full Members, or Associates) to join the Committee. 3-5 ordinary members of the Committee will be appointed, with the goal of representing a range of specialisms and professional backgrounds.  The Committee also includes 3-6 others, representing IES governance, the Environmental Policy Implementation Community, and external advisors.

Current terms of Committee members expire in April 2024, so we are now receiving expressions of interest for members to join (or re-join) the Committee. Terms will last for 1 or 2 years (we are expecting to appoint Committee members for both periods to stagger future appointments) and we encourage expressions of interest to state for which term length they are expressing interest. 

Benefits of joining the Committee

  • Help shape the IES’s voice in policy, as well as the priorities for our Policy Programme;
  • Engage in joint horizon scanning with other members and policy experts from across the sector as part of a small team of highly-skilled volunteers;
  • Expand your leadership and policy engagement skills and support your continuing professional development;
  • Play a key and rewarding role in supporting the IES's work to stand up for the voice of science, scientists, and the natural world;
  • Deepen your connection to the IES and support us as a volunteer.

 If you would like to express your interest in joining (or re-joining) the Committee, please get in touch. Please send the following information to Joseph Lewis (

  • Your CV
  • A short statement (max 500 words) covering why you want to join the Committee and why you believe you should be appointed
  • Whether you have a preference for a 1 or 2 year term on the Committee.

This information will be used to process your expression of interest and will be shared with the Chair of the Policy Committee, as well as other members of the IES staff team.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 8th January 2024, 12 noon GMT. Ordinary members of the Committee will be appointed by the Committee Chair by the end of February 2024.

The Institution of Environmental Sciences is committed to fostering an inclusive culture for our staff and volunteers which reflects the diversity that exists within society, enabling us to deliver outputs that reflect the diverse needs of our members. After completing your expression of interest, we also request that you fill out our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring form. We collect this data to monitor the effectiveness of our advertising and recruitment strategies, ensuring they are open to all sections of the community. It is anonymous and held separately to your expression of interest.

If you have any questions about the application process, would like to have an informal conversation about the roles, or you anticipate needing any type of assistance to apply for this role, please email Joseph Lewis ( Alternatively, you can call the IES office on +44 (0)20 3862 7484.