Phil Holmes

Honorary Secretary

Phil is a public engagement specialist working in the museum and science communication sector. He has delivered public programmes, exhibitions and events for over 10 years, to many different audiences. Specialising in communicating climate change and environmental science, Phil has developed award winning exhibitions, working with the Zoological Society London, Science Museum, At-Bristol, and more recently as Head of Content for Outside Studios. Phil holds an Environmental Science degree from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College where he specialised in dialogue in museums.

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).

Phil has been on the IES Council since 2010 and previously held the position of Project Officer. “During my time as Project Officer I saw the power in representing what I call “the silent majority” those are the environmental scientists out there, standing in rivers, measuring contaminates, shaping massive construction projects. Supporting those individuals, and making their voice as loud as campaigning groups, is in important endeavour, one which protects our environment on the frontline. This is why I joined the IES Council.” 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.

Phil was elected Honorary Secretary in 2010.

Joining the IES helps your personal and professional development. Whatever stage you are at in your career, the IES has membership services that will help you gain recognition and progress to the next level. Members come from all areas of the environment sector, wherever jobs are underpinned by sound science. Your membership grade within the IES depends on what stage you are at in your career.

Membership provides an extensive package of benefits including:

  • 4 journals, the environmental SCIENTIST, per annum
  • Regional and national events
  • Contribute to our policy and guidance work
  • Chance to apply for Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist
  • 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