Governance

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management is governed by it’s Trustees Board. They are responsible for the overall control and delivery of the strategic aims and priorities of the Institution.

The Trustee Board consists of up to 15 Trustees (including a Presidential team of three Trustees) who volunteer their time and expertise. They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review the Institution’s strategies and policies. The role and function of the Trustee Board are laid out in the Institution’s Royal Charter and Bye-laws.


The Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct lays down the rules of professional conduct that all professional members need to abide by. This can be downloaded here.

Any complaint received by the Institution alleging that a member has broken Bye-Law 29 on Professional Conduct as set out in its Charter, shall be directed to the Chief Executive of the Institution. The Chief Executive (CEO), or another Director of the Institution, will make a preliminary assessment of the material that has been received. This will cover any potential conflict of interest with the CEO or other Director and will determine if there is a sufficient case to be passed to the Investigating Committee. This assessment will be made within 10 working days.

As a Registered Charity (No. 1043409), we are accountable to the Charity Commission in England and Wales, who have approved our charitable objects and monitor our performance against them.

We are governed by legislation in the Trustee Act 2000 and the Charities Act 2006. We are also a company limited by guarantee (No. 3166701) and registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Register (No. SCo38212).

Download Corporate Plan Download Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct

Our Trustees 

The 2021 Presidential Theme is CIWEM to 2050 and beyond: lifelong multidisciplinary professional development – Nicholas Howden

The physical, economic and professional worlds are changing rapidly and will continue to do so in the future. This will demand CIWEM members to have the flexibility to accumulate professional experience and embrace new ideas, technologies and ways of working throughout their working life so they are equipped to provide the multidisciplinary solutions needed to address the complex problems that lie ahead.

The imperative of professional competence will be ever present for our industry, and our members, and will demand more intense interdisciplinary working, lifelong learning and continuing professional development. We also recognise that perhaps the greatest changes will be experienced during the professional lives of our now more junior members – those whose careers will extend well into the middle of this century and possibly beyond: the newly qualified engineers, scientists and technicians of 2021 will likely finish their careers in a very different world to that we face now.

We must ask ourselves what can we as an institution, an industry, and as individuals can do to support and maintain those already in our sector, and to nurture the next generation of CIWEM professionals so they are ready to meet future challenges as they become the new leaders of our profession.

Learn more about CIWEM president Nicholas Howden here.

Become a member

Whether you are studying, actively looking to progress your career, or already extensively experienced, our membership will add value and recognition to your achievements. We can actively help you progress throughout your career.

Become a member

Our Communities

We provide a forum for professional debate and the opportunity for members to meet and socialise through a strong network of local branches and groups. You can drive knowledge and best practice by getting involved with our special interest groups.

Find out more