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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967
Northern Ireland


It is with great pleasure that I write this Foreword as the 29th Chairman of the NI branch of CIWEM, following in the footsteps of some very well known and respected members of the water and environmental industry. Since the first Chairman of the NI Branch, Mr G. A. Cooper in 1987/88, CIWEM has consistently set a high standard of facilitating the exchange of ideas, best practice and experience among a growing body of professionals with a passion for protecting the environment of Northern Ireland and helping our people enjoy this resource. I hope that in the coming year, this trend continues to go from strength to strength.

Of course, CIWEM could not operate without the generous financial contributions from our Sponsors, the logos of whom can be seen in this booklet and on behalf of the NI Branch I thank them all for their support.

While our Institution is prospering, the community of which we are all part is weathering a stormy period. Tough financial constraints on all aspects of our individual organisations and the pressing need to advance economic development means that the environment of Northern Ireland will face some very challenging conditions for the foreseeable future.

The theme for this coming year is 'The Environment: Escaping the confines of austerity'. Over the course of the year, I hope to explore how our members are fulfilling their responsibilities with dwindling resources. Have we managed to use new technology? Have we addressed old problems with new methods? Perhaps we are constrained and some areas are falling by the wayside? That in itself would be an interesting discussion. One thing I do know already is that the members of CIWEM will not be found wanting in their dedication to doing all in their powers to protect the environment.

Our coming programme for 2015 / 16 has been designed to explore some of these issues in as wide a context as possible. The first event will be our Annual Morning Conference, the topic of which is 'Difficult situations inspiring ingenious solutions'. At this event we will have an experienced line up of speakers who will talk about examples of where they have used new technologies or new ways of thinking to address old problems.

Five Technical Meetings will take place between October and April and will cover in depth a range of topics addressing various aspects of the environmental and water industry in Northern Ireland. Of course, the cross cutting nature of our industry means that there are frequent and close overlap with issues of interest to our fellow professionals and we will hold joint meetings with our colleagues in The Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineers Ireland and the Institute of Water.

Some light relief will be provided by our annual Golf Competitions and Table Quiz - which also allow us to raise some serious and much needed money to support our designated charity 'Water Aid'. On behalf of CIWEM, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Skates, David Hilary and Trevor Haslett for their continued support through the organisation of the Golf competitions.

Members wishing to progress to chartered status with CIWEM will be able to avail of our 'Masterclass' event in November where experienced CIWEM mentors will be available for advice on the path to becoming chartered. I would encourage all those interested in gaining chartered status to take up this great opportunity.

New and Young Members are also encouraged strongly to enter our annual Papers Competition to take place in March. While there is a great monetary prize on offer, past participants frequently note the experience that this competition provides has stood them in good stead for their careers ahead.

The end of the CIWEM year will conclude, as always, with our Annual Dinner and Annual General Meeting - both of these events will take place in May 2016.

Finally, I send my warmest best wishes to all existing CIWEM members and those thinking of joining our Institution. I hope to meet as many of you as possible over the coming year.


Paddy McEntee

CIWEM NI Branch Chair for 2015 / 2016







Kieran Madine

JACOPA Ltd, Carnbane Business Park, Newry

Tel: (028) 30254474


Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967