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The Society for the Environment's boss recognised for female CEO excellence and Society also gives out Honary Fellowship to university professor

The Society for the Environment has been recognised twice in the inaugural Female CEO Excellence Awards, with an award for CEO, Dr Emma Wilcox, and for the Society's environmental professional register.

CEO Monthly launched the Female CEO Excellence Awards this year in recognition of the fact that the number of Female CEOs is currently at an all-time high around the globe. The reasoning behind the awards is described by CEO Monthly; "We feel that these innovative and hardworking businesswomen deserve to be recognised throughout their desired industry, and what better way to do so by winning one of our respected awards."

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CEO of the Society, Dr Emma Wilcox, picked up the award for 'UK Professional Certification CEO of the Year' and the Society was awarded 'Best Environmental Qualification Authority – UK'.

Emma was appointed CEO of the Society in July 2015, and since joining the organisation has led the development of a new five-year strategy to increase registrations and the profile for Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians. Emma's work to date caught the eye of the judging panel, who ranked Emma above her peers.

The organisations managed by female CEOs were also able to showcase themselves by winning an award. The Society was successful, and collected the award for 'Best Environmental Qualification Authority – UK'.

Chair of the Society, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, said; "It's very pleasing to see this truly well-deserved recognition both for Emma as our CEO, and for the Society's services as the custodian of the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registers - the formal accreditation and recognition of quality for environmental professionals.

That these prestigious awards come to our relatively young Society - at a point when we have now registered over 9,000 environmental professionals in total since gaining our Royal Charter in 2004 - is a great credit to Emma and the teams involved, both in the Society and in our 24 Constituent Bodies. I look forward to the continuing development of the Society as it further grows its register, supports its registrants and its Constituent Bodies, as well as becoming ever more influential when providing a voice for registrants who are dedicated to environmental improvement and sustainability across sectors."

CEO Monthly highlight that all of the awards are "based solely on merit, and not based on the number of votes received. We have a highly experienced research and judging panel who have ensured that only the very best are rewarded in this programme."

MEANWHILE ..... Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment Awarded to Professor James Longhurst CEnv

University of the West of England (UWE) Professor, James Longhurst CEnv, joins an exclusive group of environmental professionals and advocates as an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment (HonFSE).

At the Society for the Environment's winter Council Meeting and reception, Chartered Environmentalist Professor James Longhurst was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the Environment by Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, Chair of the Society.

society for environment Jim Longhurst copyAn HonFSE has been awarded to James to recognise the exceptional contributions he has made as a publicly recognised champion for the environment, and a person who has rendered outstanding service to sustainability and to the Society. HonFSEs are advocates of their field and role models for their peers. The work of an HonFSE can come in many forms – education, innovation, science, technology, policy and leadership, to name only a selection.

James – more commonly known as Jim – has been a national leader in sustainability initiatives in the UK, across a wide range of organisations, for many years. As a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Scientist, Jim maintains his primary academic research interest in air quality and carbon management. He has published more than 250 academic papers, book chapters and edited books, as well as regularly contributing to international conferences.

Jim is Professor of Environmental Science, in the Faculty of Environment and Technology, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Air Quality Management Centre and Executive lead for the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments.

In his role as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Jim provides cross-university leadership in all aspects of sustainability research, knowledge exchange and programme development. He also serves on the boards of many local and national organisations and is Honorary Vice President of Environmental Protection UK and Director and former Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC.

Jim has been a member of the Institution of Environmental Science's Council since 1998, serving as Chair of Council from 2002 – 2006. He was subsequently elected as Vice President upon his retirement as Chair. In addition, he is a former Society for the Environment board member, a former Chair of the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences, an inaugural Fellow of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC), and the winner of the EAUC 2016 UK and Ireland Green Gown Award, for sustainability leadership in academic realms.

Only 70 others have been recognised by receiving this prestigious honour from the Society. A full list can be found at
Information about the Society as a whole can be found at