Phil Underwood; Adam Donnan
18 July 2017

IES's Will Pope elected as SocEnv Chair

At the recent Society for the Environment (SocEnv) AGM, their Council unanimously elected Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv as Chair of the Society for his second spell in the position.

Will replaces Dr Peter Matthews CBE OBE HonFSE CEnv who completes his second term as Chair of the Society, which spanned between July 2015 and July 2017. Alongside Peter, Will was a member of the initial, ambitious group who formed the Society for the Environment in 1999. Since then, he has held a number of key roles in the Society including Chair, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Honorary Fellows Panel and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

CEO of the Society for the Environment, Dr Emma Wilcox, commented; “I look forward to working with our new Chair and drawing from his knowledge and experience to achieve further progression for the Society and develop opportunities for our registrants.”

Will has a wealth of experience, leadership and expertise gained from senior roles within industry, the NHS and academia, including at chairman and chief executive level. He was CEO of the UK’s largest integrated health, safety and environmental business for 10 years and has been one of the UK’s leaders in managing and developing environmental technology companies over the last 35 years. In addition, he has been a Council member and Chair of a Licensed Body of the Society, the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), and was elected as a Vice President of IES in 2005.

CEO of the IES, Adam Donnan, noted "The IES have always been an involved and influential member of SocEnv, which is one of our key partners. I am pleased that this history of involvement is continuing with the election of Will Pope. I can't think of a better candidate to Chair the organisation."

Committee Chairs also elected or re-elected at the AGM included:

  • Dougal Driver CEnv – Vice Chair
  • Martin Baxter CEnv – Chair of Registration Authority
  • Dr Peter Matthews CBE HonFSE CEnv – Chair of Remuneration Committee
  • Vacant – Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
  • Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv – Chair of Honorary Fellow Panel
  • Alan Harper CEnv – Honorary Secretary
  • Ian Byrne CEnv – Honorary Treasurer