IEMA chief executive steps down

Tim Balcon, chief executive of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, has left his role for personal reasons, to be replaced by Toby Robins.

Balcon’s move follows a period of compassionate leave to look after his seriously ill wife, said the body.

In an open letter to members, he said “I have felt hugely privileged to be the IEMA chief executive. I have been inspired by the passion, expertise and sheer determination of our members to change the world to be a better place. I leave you with a very capable team in IEMA who will continue to take forward our vision.”

Professor Paul Leinster CBE, chair of IEMA board and former chief executive of the Environment Agency, thanked Balcon “for the way he has led our organisation since 2013. He leaves IEMA strongly positioned for the future with a growing membership both in the UK and internationally. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Tim and his family at this difficult time.”

Balcon’s tenure saw a restructuring of its membership levels, an educational collaborations with City & Guilds and BRE Academy and the acquisition of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers.

IEMA fellow Robins joined the organisation as operations director in the summer, having served for six years on IEMA’s strategic advisory council. He had formerly run his own business, which gained the Queen’s Award for Sustainability.

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