Posted: Friday 28th February 2014

Dr. Simon Festing has been appointed as the Institution’s new CEO. Drawing on a strong environmental background, he leaves his post as Chief Executive at the Society for General Microbiology to lead CIWEM as the Institution enters an exciting new era of development.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is very pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. Simon Festing as its new CEO. Dr. Festing will take up his appointment on 1st March 2014.

Originally trained in medicine, Dr. Festing has previously worked at Greenpeace (as a volunteer) and Friends of the Earth. More recently, he has held executive roles as Director of Public Dialogue at the Association of Medical Research Charities and as CEO at Understanding Animal Research. For the past two years, he has occupied the position of Chief Executive at the Society for General Microbiology.

In announcing the appointment, Jim Oatridge, Chair of CIWEM’s Trustee Board, said:

"We are delighted to be able to welcome Simon to lead our Royal Chartered Charity as we enter a new and exciting era of development. CIWEM seeks to energetically and purposefully drive forward our aspirations as a forward-thinking and pace-setting Institution seeking to engage in transforming the long-term landscape in environmental and sustainable natural resource management in the UK and internationally. Simon’s appointment will enhance our capability in delivering our strategic objectives for the benefit of the public, our 10,000 Members working in various sectors globally, key policy makers in governments and financial institutions, and the wider sustainable environmental movement.”

Dr. Festing said: "I feel very pleased and honoured to be invited to lead the team at CIWEM and to help guide and steer the future direction of this prestigious, 120 year old Chartered body. Organisationally, CIWEM is one of the foremost Institutions in its sector and is ideally placed to deliver its ambitions from its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Saffron Hill, London. I am very pleased to be able to help CIWEM achieve its aspirations.”

Mr. Oatridge stated that the appointment process had attracted interest from more than 150 very capable and experienced individuals, saying: “We are grateful to all those people who took the time and effort to apply for the position. CIWEM’s thorough selection process, with both trustee and staff involvement, helped us reach a unanimous decision from a very strong, capable and well qualified shortlist. I am immensely grateful to the many people who contributed to the outcome we have achieved.”

For the immediate future until Simon Festing takes up his appointment, the Trustee Board of CIWEM has appointed Nigel Hendley as Interim Chief Executive.

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