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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 Policy Work


CIWEM's Policy Team works to utilise the strong technical expertise of our members to ensure that the Institution is able to deliver high quality, timely outputs on a wide range of environmental issues. Typical outputs include responses to public consultations and parliamentary committee inquiries, policy position statements on a range of topics and more detailed technical and policy reports. These can be found on the various topic pages throughout the policy section of the website. The team also works to raise CIWEM's profile in Government and Parliament and the media


Meet the Policy Team


Alastair Chisholm, Policy Manager


Alastair Chisholm manages the work of CIWEM's technical panels and networks and the other policy outputs produced by the policy team as a whole, as well as providing more direct support to the Sustainability and Environmental Management Panel, Wastewater Management Panel and Climate Change Network.  He is responsible for the operation of CIWEM's ISO 14001 accredited environmental management system, helping to reduce the Institution's own environmental impacts. Recently he has acted as project link between CIWEM's Trustee Board and Secretariat and the Design Team responsible for designing CIWEM's new office premises in Farringdon.

Alastair graduated with an BSc in Environmental Management and MSc in Coastal and Marine Resources Management, and arrived at CIWEM via the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Inland Waterways Association. He is working towards becoming a CIWEM member and a Chartered Environmentalist.



Laura Grant, Policy Adviser


Laura Grant leads on the Institution's policy and technical reports and consultations, aiming to advance the science and practice of water and environmental management by promoting the views of CIWEM's membership.  She produced our workstreams in the lead up to the Water Bill, led our planning campaign in the run up to the NPPF and more recently leads our work on shale gas. Laura also manages a number of CIWEM's technical panels and networks, producing policy position statements and lobbying material and also supports the delivery of the Environmental Management System.

Aside from water, her interests lie in climate change, planning, green infrastructure, social justice, and the more controversial topics of population and consumption, low carbon energy and transport.

Laura graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Sustainability and Environmental Consultancy and she is also a Member of CIWEM. Prior to working in the policy team she worked within a local authority working on climate change adaptation and mapping vulnerability. 



Twitter: @lgrantciwem


Joanna Rowe, Policy Adviser (Maternity)


Joanna Rowe leads CIWEM's parliamentary activities including events, meetings, and the flagship 'buddying scheme'. This includes maintaining close links with all party groups, organising co-hosted meetings, representing CIWEM at key parliamentary events, and monitoring government policy.  Jo strives to raise awareness of CIWEM within parliament highlighting the importance of the sector and the fantastic work CIWEM members are involved in.  She also provides support to CIWEM technical panels and networks including the Water Resources Panel, Natural Capital Network, Faith and the Environment Network, and Contaminated Land Network. Jo assists and leads in the production lobbying material, PPS's and policy reports, and is a regular contributor to 'The Environment' magazine. 

Jo is a member of CIWEM, has a BA in Politics and Social Policy and an MSc in Environment, Politics, and Globalisation.  Jo has held a number of roles at CIWEM including managing 2 journals, running CIWEM awards, and assisting in the production of CIWEM conferences. Her interests lie in deforestation, climate change, consumption, sustainability, political ecology and engagement.  Jo's research looks into the role that faith groups can play in influencing environmental policy within the UK.

Jo is currently on maternity leave.



Scott Edwards, Publications and Media Coordinator

Scott Edwards is responsible for CIWEM's publications and public profile. He manages CIWEM's editorial office and works to develop and enhance the Institution's profile, liasing directly with the media and producing press releases and communications. He also assists in the development of CIWEM policy outputs and the promotion of CIWEM events, manages CIWEM's diverse portfolio of environmental awards, and oversees its professionals directory.

Scott holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Bristol and a MA (with distinction) in International Relations from the University of Warwick. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the postgraduate political website



Lauren Goozee, Events Programme Manager


Lauren Goozee manages the development, organisation and promotion of CIWEM national and international conferences and events. She oversees and keeps website content for conferences, events and seminars up to date and is responsible for the co-ordination and financial administration of conference sponsorship.

Lauren joined CIWEM in 2007 after graduating from Leeds University with a BA Joints Honours in Spanish and Geography. A human geographer at heart her interests include population, consumption, behavioural change, resource use and sustainable development. She is a graduate member of CIWEM and is currently working towards full membership.


Twitter: @laurenhgoozee


Katerina Bompou, Events Coordinator


Katerina supports the Events Team with the programme development and market research for event topics. She is primarily responsible for coordinating national and international environmental conferences, seminars and parliamentary receptions alongside other events. Katerina also coordinates speaker liaison, sponsorship and promotion of events.

Katerina graduated from The University of Warwick with an MA in International Security. Her interests include human security and the stability of states from environmental degradation and climate change, current affairs, inter-cultural relations and foreign languages.



Natalie Brown, Events Administrator


Natalie Brown provides administrative support to the Events Team in the development and management of a diverse programme of environment sector conferences and events. These include annual conferences, one day conferences, seminars, formal dinners, parliamentary receptions and other events.

Natalie graduated from The University of Sheffield with a BSc in Physical Geography. Her interests lie in sustainable development, climate change, deforestation, wildlife and nonhuman animal rights.





Policy Forward Plan 2013-2014

CIWEM's Policy Team will be working on a range of planned outputs over the course of 2013-14.  Our forward plan outlines the topics and nature of these outputs.


Contributions to External Reports 

CIWEM has actively contributed to a number external reports which can be viewed below:


Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK                           


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Aldersgate Group

'Beyond Carbon': Towards a Resource Efficient Future 

February 2010


Aldersgate Group

Financing the Future: A Green Investment Bank to Power the Economic Recovery  

September 2010


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

'Valuation of Water'



National Audit Office

Value for Money Study 'Assessing the effectiveness of the Environment Agency's work to tackle diffuse pollution'


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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

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