CIWEM Professional Standards Committee applications open

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is a leading chartered professional body and registered charity with an integrated approach to environmental, social and cultural issues, working for the public benefit of a safer, sustainable world supporting over 10,000 members in 90 countries.

As an independent charity we champion professional standards, impartiality and the use of scientific evidence in the management of the environment. We champion:

  • Highly qualified water and environmental managers, engineers and scientists who are recognised globally for their professional expertise and conduct.
  • Protection of the public from pollution, environmental destruction and natural hazards through the promotion and sharing of best practice.
  • Application of scientific and engineering rigour and impartiality to plans and policies ensuring the best outcomes for society, both now and in the future.

The role

We are seeking applications to fill vacancies on CIWEM’s Professional Standards Committee (PSC) with high calibre people who will be able to shape the future of the water and environment profession and safeguard and promote CIWEM’s professional standards, vacancies include Chairs of two sub-committees, the Engineering Standards Committee (ESC) and Business Science Sub-Committee (BSSC) in addition ordinary committee members.

The PSC is responsible for ensuring the admission process into membership and that professional registration meets the highest standards.

As a serving committee member you will have the opportunity to work in a team environment and together with other committee members uphold the standards and shape the strategy of the leading institution in the water and environmental sector.

Scientists, engineers and environmentalists contribute amazing things to this world, and joining the PSC means you are supporting future generations and helping CIWEM to build a global community of professionals who are dedicated to working for the public benefit.

Membership of this committee makes a very clear statement to your peers that you personally exhibit and uphold excellence in professional standards. You will gain experience from participating in a committee and governance environment, which will elevate your professional work and standing.

A fundamental principle of CIWEM’s culture is that we are accessible to all candidates. We are looking for a diverse range of driven candidates, who will bring a wide range of skills, thinking and perspectives to the committee.

About you

  • You must be a Chartered Member (C.WEM) of CIWEM.
  • Be willing to serve for a period of 3 years, up to a maximum of 6 years.
  • Be an ambassador for CIWEM to champion our work and membership.
  • Contribute to the decisions of CIWEM regarding admissions to all professional grades of membership and are committed to the principle of collective responsibility.
  • Engage actively with members of CIWEM and support the Chief Executive and the executive team in implementing the highest standards of membership.
  • Be willing to operate as a CIWEM Assessor and Interviewer of membership applications.
  • Be willing to commit typically 1 day per month, including attendance at 6 PSC meetings each year (attendance can be via video conference).

Appointment Process

  • Any active Chartered Member of CIWEM may apply.
  • Applications will be assessed and short-listed with the support of an independent advisor.
  • Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a selection panel, interviews are expected to take place on the 10 and 11 February 2020.
  • The Interviewing Panel will make its recommendations on appointments to the Trustee Board and Chief Executive in February, applicants will be notified of the outcomes by 29 February 2020.
  • New PSC members will be asked to attend PSC meetings from appointment, including an induction day, prior to full admission to the committee in September 2020.

How to Apply

To apply please send the following to

  • Your Curriculum Vitae (maximum 6 pages)
  • A covering letter explaining why you want to become a member of the PSC

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 03 January 2020.

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