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Environmental education is focus of incoming CIWEM President

Incoming CIWEM President, Mike Summersgill, will kick off his presidential year with a forum and debate on environmental education following his induction on 27th September.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is pleased to announce that Mike Summersgill will become President of the Institution after his induction at Haberdashers’ Hall on the 27th of September. The induction will be followed by a ‘Presidential Forum,’ where Mike will examine the influence of environmental education that is being delivered to the next generation, outlining the theme of his Presidential year.

A long-time advocate for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in senior schools in Kent, and an active Eco-School assessor, Mike believes more must be done to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental professionals.

“It is an honour to be entrusted with the Presidential duties; I look forward to championing environmental education throughout my tenure. Building upon the work of CIWEM’s Environmental Education Network, it is my goal to engage young CIWEM members to ‘take the message back’ to their schools and talk to teenagers about the scope and experience of environmental career paths,” he said.

Themed Earth, The Next Generation: Environmental Education for Tomorrow’s World, the forum will consider:

  • The importance of independent environmental education
  • Eco-schools and why they are relevant in today’s education system
  • Environmental education topics related to university course priorities

Additional speakers will include Morgan Philips, Education Manager for Keep Britain Tidy, and Alice Bell, academic and writer on science, policy and environment issues. A short panel debate involving all speakers will follow.

Mike is a Chartered Civil/Soils Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist, with almost 40 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of civil engineering and property development projects. He works part-time at SEnSe Associates LLP, advising on feasibility studies, site investigation, risk assessment, remedial strategies, site/soil remediation, waste management, and ground engineering of brownfield development.

A Fellow and Trustee of CIWEM, Mike has also been a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) since 1979. In addition, he is a Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC); a Qualified Person (QP) for waste spoil definition; and a Trustee of the CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land Applications in Real Environments) brownfield charity.

The induction will begin at 15:00 in the Livery Hall, Haberdashers’ Hall, London, with the forum and debate immediately following. Further details can be found on the CIWEM website at


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