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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


CIWEM's Sustainability Panel is one of the six Technical Panels that have been formed to ensure that the Institution is able to fulfil all aspects of its Royal Charter. Panels are the technical backbone of the Institution.



The panel provides a focal point within CIWEM for professional expertise in the areas of sustainability and environmental management tools and principles and related practice, policy and legislation, and contribute to a global view, with emphasis on sustainability and wise use of resources.


Terms of Reference

  • To provide a focal point within CIWEM for professional expertise in the areas of Sustainability and Environmental Management tools and principles and related practice, policy and legislation, and contribute to a global view, with emphasis on sustainability and wise use of resources.
  • To keep developments in these areas which are relevant to members under continuous review and to provide advice to CIWEM accordingly.
  • To identify and utilise knowledge of developing topics and to anticipate requests to CIWEM for comments, in relation to Sustainability and Environmental Management and related practice, policy and legislation.
  • To provide guidance to the Institution in relation to policy development in the areas of Sustainability and Environmental Management and related practice, policy and legislation, prepare and update Policy Position Papers as necessary and contribute to consultation responses.
  • To assist in CIWEM's response to consultation papers, information requests and media enquiries.  To assist CIWEM in planning responses to consultation papers which may involve several technical panels.
  • To identify topics within the scope of Sustainability and Environmental Management techniques and related practice, policy and legislation which would be appropriate subjects for conferences, publications and education and training activities.
  • To identify and utilise the expertise of other members of CIWEM in the areas of Sustainability Management tools and principles and related practice, policy and legislation as necessary.
  • To promote links and collaborative ventures with other stakeholders in relation to Sustainability Management tools and principles and related practice, policy and legislation, thereby raising the profile and credibility of CIWEM as a lead organisation for the environment.
  • To liaise with other CIWEM Technical Panels, Branches and Special Interest Groups in areas of common interest.

Sustainability Panel Members

The Sustainability Panel has an active and knowledgeable membership with a wide range of expertise but we are always looking for new panel members. If you are interested in this or any other panel and would be happy to devote some time to the work of the Institution in a voluntary capacity, please forward your CV to Alastair Chisholm, Policy Manager. Panel members include:

Ruth Allen

Ruth is currently a director of RSK Group, who are a multidisciplinary environmental consultancy with 900 staff across 40 strategic locations in the UK, Europe, The Gulf and Caspian regions. 

She is the director responsible for all of RSK's businesses working in the Environment and Planning Sector.  This encompasses some nine companies covering such areas as Water, Carbon, Heath & Safety, Ecology, Environment, Buildings, Materials and Communications.  The turnover of these companies is around £35m.  The turnover of RSK Group is circa £65m.  RSK Group's clients cover the energy, oil and gas sectors, water, property, rail and private industries.

Prior to working with RSK, Ruth was Chief Executive of Ewan Group plc - an award-winning specialist water consultancy business with 9 regional offices and over 300 staff with an annual turnover of some £18 million.  Following the sale of the Ewan Group to Mouchel Parkman in 2006, Ruth took on the role of Strategy and Business Development Director for Mouchel's Utilities businesses then joined RSK in October 2007.

In 2001 Ruth became the first female National Chairman of the Pipeline Industries Guild in their 50 year history.  She is currently their International Panel Chairman.

Ruth has worked in the water sector for over 25 years, having previously worked for WRc and Severn Trent Water.  A chartered Civil Engineer, she has acted as an advisor nationally and internationally to all major UK water utilities and utility companies internationally including Italy, Greece, Portugal, USA and Brunei. 

Ruth has also advised investment banks and bidding consortia in the  area of asset management and utilisation in private sector water company concession development and was an advisor in the privatisation of London Underground.


Bruce Blaine

Bruce is a Director of Environment and Sustainability at Peter Brett Associates Consulting Engineers. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a masters degree in Environmental Management. He uses his wide ranging engineering expertise in land development and infrastructure planning alongside his knowledge of environmental issues and sustainability to resolve often contradicting interactions between development and the environment. He is a CABE Design Review Panel member for Major Infrastructure Projects and represents PBA on the ACE Sustainability specialist interest group. He has a particular interest in conservation of water and energy resources in development planning.


Bob Earll

I have followed the development of thinking in sustainable development since Brundtland and worked it in to the MCS approach to its policies during the late 1980's and early 1990s. This often involved working on the key principles that have gone on to be long standing and key to thinking including the precautionary principle and integration - through integrated coastal zone management and participation and stakeholder engagement. Just viewing the conferences I've run over the last 20 years the most coherent approach to thinking on policy, programme and project delivery has developed around sustainability. The need for a clear vision of the future, to integrate environmental, societal and economic issues and working with people  has become almost universally embedded in this process not least because many projects have to work on a long time scale. Clearly the packages people use to promote sustainability differ, often depending on audience, but the principles are the same. There is a challenge as highlighted by the recent CIWEM report is hardening delivery to achieve better goals but at least there is clarity on the big ideas need to do this. Communicating how all the elements of sustainability thinking link together is still a huge challenge and that is what I will be working on over the next few years.




Kevin Gatt

Kevin Gatt is a Trustee of CIWEM.  He graduated as an architect and civil engineer from the University of Malta. He also has an MSc from Imperial College, London, in Hydrology for Environmental Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Malta. Kevin is a visiting Senior Lecturer and a member of the academic staff of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Malta and is responsible for the water and waste disciplines.

Kevin has a special interest in sustainable development, climate change and policy related matters on environmental issues which are factored in his university work. Also as a management consultant, he is interested and involved in matters related to public policy and the public administration including public sector management, governance issues, training and development, National Reform Programmes, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and the evaluation of EU projects.

Throughout his career Kevin has carried out assignments for various international agencies including the Food and Agricultural Organisation as a national water demand consultant for Malta and the UNFCCC in contributing in the areas of water resources and climate migration in Malta's national communications. He has undertaken management and environmental consultancy work for a number of public and private entities in Malta.

Kevin has been involved extensively as an evaluator of EU projects having carried out such work for the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation and the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels as well as for the Managing Authorities in Malta responsible for Cohesion and Structural Funds, EEA/Norwegian Funds and that for the Lifelong Learning Programme. Kevin led Malta's representation on the negotiations of the revised EU Sustainable Development Strategy in 2006. Kevin is currently Chair of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Focal Point (Malta), responsible for the implementation of the SEA Directive and Chair of the Registration Board responsible for the registration of environmental and other consultants.


Rob Jarman

Rob Jarman is a professional ecologist who has worked for
nature conservation, environmental management and sustainability purposes since
the 1970s, in local authority, statutory body and NGO sectors. Rob's main areas
of interest have been in woodlands, rivers & wetlands and coastal
ecosystems - conserving and enhancing them for nature, environmental protection
and for social and human benefit. Rob's experience lies in assessing the significance
of a place, scoping the possible conflicts and synergies of interest and
developing and negotiating practical solutions for optimal benefit to people
and their environment.

Rob is currently working for a PhD researching the
significance of sweet chestnut Castanea sativa in terms of woodland
history and genotype conservation; and also delivering project-based advice on
environmental management.


Johanna Jarvinen

Johanna Jarvinenis BREEAM Manager and BREEAM Accredited Professional at BBS Environmental Ltd and is responsible of BREEAM Consultation and Assessment services within the company. She has first degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Masters in Environmental Management for Business.

She has been a BREEAM assessor for six years and is qualified almost under every assessment scheme provided by BRE. In addition to standard building assessments like Healthcare she is also qualified to carry our BREEAM In-use Audits and Communities Assessments as well as Code for Sustainable Homes assessments. Before she specialised to build environment assessments she was mainly involved on contaminated land assessments and other environmental impact assessments especially on railway environment as well as Management Systems such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 implementation and auditing.


Frederick Leong

Fredrick Leong BSc(Hons), MPhil, CSci, CEnv, C.WEM, FCIWEM, CBiol, FSB, FRSC, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), GSAP, BEAM Pro, GBL Manager, is an environmental practitioner with over 16 years of experience in the management of projects involving EIA, environmental monitoring and audit, waste management, land and marine sediment contamination assessment and remediation, landfill gas hazard assessment and mitigation, ecological and fisheries impact assessment and monitoring, environmental due diligence, indoor air quality, industrial pollution control, and green buildings assessment and sustainability design, etc.

He is currently a Principal Environmental Consultant in Meinhardt Infrastructure & Environment Ltd in Hong Kong to manage EIA, environmental monitoring and audit and green buildings projects.  Before joining Meinhardt, he has worked for Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Friends of the Earth Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

He was an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Land Contamination and Remediation journal, and is a reviewer for the CIWEM's Water and Environment Journal, and Waste Management journal. He was a BEAM Interim Update Working Group member of the BEAM Society for reviewing the updating issues of the BEAM Plus system.  He was appointed by the Green Building for China Green Building (Hong Kong) Council as an Expert Member for the review of GB/T 50378 Evaluation Standard and compiled the Hong Kong Version of the Standard. 

He is serving the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) UK as a Professional Reviewer, and Sustainability and Environmental Management Panel member, and was a Global Contaminated Land Network Steering Group member. He was the Senior Vice Chairman (2010-2011), Honorary Secretary (2008-2010), Honorary Treasurer (2005-2008), and Honorary Auditor (2011-2012) of CIWEM's Hong Kong branch. 


Nick Murry

Dr Nick Murry has a background in international development, economics, environment and sustainability. With a PhD in an international sustainable development context, he also has post-graduate qualifications in environmental policy and sustainable business, the latter through Cambridge University's Sustainability Leadership Programme.

Nick is currently Chief Sustainability Officer at Ecodesk, where he also heads op the global client accounts team, supporting large corporates in driving sustainability in their supply chains through measuring and reporting energy, carbon, water, waste and other issues and impacts. 

Nick was formerly Associate Director and Group Sustainability Manager at Halcrow, a role involving improving the company's sustainability performance and internal capacity for delivering sustainable solutions to its clients. He led Halcrow's participation on a number of collaborative research programmes, including developing sustainability tools for specific applications (e.g. with Forum for the Future and the Environment Agency, as part of the Engineers of the 21st  Century programme) and in developing Halcrow's own sustainability appraisal and management toolkit, which was rolled out internationally for use on a range of cleints' projects.

During the course of his career, Nick has directed, managed and inputted into numerous projects for a range of client organisations, including the European Commission, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations FAO and DFID, as well as national governments, local authorities, utility companies and regional development agencies. His technical experience includes rural development, economic appraisal, programme evaluation, environmental policy, environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, sustainability appraisal and sustainable business strategy and planning.


Stefanie O'Gorman

Stefanie is the Director of Economics and Policy at Jacobs, one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services, and has over a decade's experience in sustainability, environmental valuation and economics. 

Stefanie graduated from Trinity College with a BA in Natural Science, after which she completed an MSc in Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh.  Since joining Jacobs in 2002 she has worked in a broad range of roles across the environment business, in projects including benefit-cost analysis, cost effectiveness analysis and socio-economic impact assessment, and in water management, infrastructure development, flood alleviation and protection and coastal, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. 

Stefanie has led the socio-economic assessment of the International Container Terminal at Rosyth, the business impact assessment of the Forth Replacement Crossing; she has provided expert witness capabilities on the Water Framework Directive for the development of hydro-power in Scotland, and has recently produced guidance of environmental valuation for Defra and worked on a public benefits assessment of the Environment Agency navigations.

Stefanie is particularly interested in improving decision making within the environmental and sustainability sector and promoting a wider accounting of the benefits and costs of sustainability decisions.


Richard Pagett

Richard is an environmental advisor working on resilience and sustainability issues and climate change through his consultancy practice FutureStates. FutureStates specialises in post-conflict countries and countries that are often regarded as "challenging".

He has been focussed on international development for more than 30 years with assignments in more than 120 countries. This has allowed a unique perspective to develop and more recently he has become a regular blogger on international, national and local issues, based on his very wide experience in so many countries.

His blog may be found at This site is also home to some special projects. Recognising that everyday life still carries an unavoidable climate change "penalty" (even when carbon efficient) he established a carbon sequestration project in Burkina Faso some seven years ago to offset his remaining carbon footprint ( from his international travel. The project is also increasing biodiversity, and in the future will halt local soil erosion and slow down desertification. 

Firmly committed to putting words into action, he has established a family-run renewable energy business ( employing six full-time staff with several part-timers, and has built demonstration projects in solar hot water and space heating, solar electricity, ground- and air- source heating, rainwater harvesting, grey water re-use, green roofs, and composting to which he regularly hosts Open Days so that members of the public, businesses, churches, schools, local authorities, local green groups and others are able to become familiar with these technologies.

His international development consultancy may be reviewed at



Chris Shirley-Smith

Chris Shirley-Smith's areas of work include:

15 years as community environmentalist in Central London assisting local people to take responsibility for temporary amenity use of derelict land.

15 years in the 'alternative' and 'sustainable' water industry including the reuse of grey water and specifically the identification of alternative sources of water for secondary purposes ('green water')

Long term engagement with GARDIT (General Aquifer Research, Development and Investigation Team) to address the threat of rising groundwater in London.

Member of CIWEM Environment Group (subsequently the Sustainability Panel) since 2003.

Sustainabiity Manager at Albion Water Ltd since 2010, but with an association with the predecessor of Albion going back to 1996.

Member of the SARASWATI India/ EU panel and contributor  (with GROW systems) to a new initiative aimed at up-scaling simple technology to meet the needs of India's small rural communities.



Steven Smith

Steven Smith BSc MSc PhD is a Technical Director at URS with over ten years' experience in environmental policy and sustainable development.  Steven's specialisms include spatial planning, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) / Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and biodiversity / ecosystem services.  He has been retained by the Planning Advisory Service since 2007 to advise local authorities on the preparation of Local Plans, including in relation to evidence base, options generation, SEA/SA and councillor engagement. 

Steven completed his PhD thesis on the implementation of the 'SEA Directive' and has led numerous SEA/SAs for plans and programmes at national, regional and local levels covering sectors including spatial planning, minerals, transport and waste.  For example, he led the SEA/SA of the former government's eco-towns planning policy statement and also led an evaluation for CLG of the way in which SEA/SA has been implemented in the context of spatial planning. 

Steven has undertaken numerous research studies for Defra and others in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services.  Recent examples include leading the preparation of Defra's Best Practice Guide on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES); research on the scope for introducing PES in England; and evidence gathering for the Ecosystem Markets Task Force.  Steven also works on forestry policy and marine planning.  Recent projects include  'Analysis of the potential effects of various influences and interventions on woodland management and creation decisions, using a segmentation model to categorise sub-groups'(Defra, 2012-ongoing) and'Economic evidence, analysis and appraisal for the Independent Panel on Forestry'(Defra, 2011-12). 

Steven is currently leading URS' input to the SEA/SA for the first Marine Plans for England on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and also led a study for MMO looking at how to foster a plan-led approach to decision-making within the organisation.  Steven's international experience includes a study into the resources and incentives necessary to promote sustainable land management in Guyana (UNDP, 2011) and the input to the Yunnan Environmental Development Programme (DFID, 2003-06).



Work of the Panel

The panel contributed extensively to a sustainability toolkit, 'Signposts to Sustainability'  to provide clarity on the wide range of sustainability tools that can be applied throughout the project lifecycle. It includes information on approaches to sustainability and methodologies such as appraisals, impact assessments, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Management Systems, and valuation techniques and will be added to and updated periodically.

The panel were the main contributors to the 2009 CIWEM Manifesto and have provided input to the following Policy Position Statements and Policy Reports:





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Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
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