Policy & Innovation Forum
Role of the Policy & Innovation Forum:
The Policy & Innovation Forum will be the main policy advisory group within CIWM, developing a three-year plan and advising the Trustee Board on policy and innovation for the resources and waste sector. The three-year plan will set out the key policy and innovation priorities for CIWM and the underpinning knowledge requirements related to these priorities, with proposals for forward thinking research and evidence. It
will also be a champion for CIWM and the work that the industry and its members undertake.
• Develop a three-year Policy & Innovation Plan that sets out the key policy and technical
priorities for CIWM,
• Develop budgeted proposals for supporting research and evidence,
• Support CIWM’s Five-Year Strategy and help guide work under a number of pillars within
• Oversee the establishment of Strategic Expert Groups (SEGs) to reflect the priorities in the
• Oversee the selection of appropriate chairs to lead these SEGs, and
• Steer/monitor the outcomes of the work undertaken by the SEGs, which will report into
the Policy & Innovation Forum.
Membership of the Policy & Innovation Forum:
The Policy & Innovation Forum is comprised of the following:
Philip Rushbrook (Chair)
Conor Walsh (Recycling & Waste Management)
Savina Venkova (Sustainability/Circular Economy)
Sophie Thomas (Product Design/Development)
Adam Read (Trustee)
Roque Duarte (Innovation/Technology)
Patrick Mahon (NGO/Charity/Think Tank/Regulation)
Elizabeth Graham (Academia/Research)
CIWM’s Policy & External Affairs Director is also be a member of the Policy & Innovation Forum.
Secretariat support for the Forum is provided by CIWM staff.
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Qualifications and Professional Standards Committee
The role of the Qualifications and Professional Standards Committee is to oversee the design and implementation of the CIWM’s Learning and Development Strategy, and to ensure that CIWM meets its responsibilities and obligations as an Awarding Organisation and End Point Assessment Organisation overseen by the educational regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also updates and maintains membership standards and commissions projects that further CIWM’s position as a Professional Body or its charitable objectives.
The committee are responsible for reporting recommendations to the CIWM Board of Trustees annually in relation to the organisation’s compliance with the Conditions of Recognition.