Country Policy Working Groups

To make sure our policy work reaches all devolved nations and the Republic of Ireland, we have set up four Country Policy Working groups: England Policy Group, Wales Policy Group, Scotland Policy Group and Ireland Policy Group (including Republic of Ireland).

The purpose of the four country-specific working groups is to:

  • Provide strategic leadership on the development and delivery of our policy positions and activities in the relevant country.
  • Horizon-scan and monitor relevant policy issues to identify areas of policy that we could be proactive in.
  • Draft responses to country-specific policy issues, for example, through consultation and inquiry responses and developing position statements.
  • Organise and/or participate in relevant meetings and events.
  • Ensure that our views are represented to relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic oversight for partnerships and liaise with appropriate bodies in the group’s country of operation.
  • Build relationships with relevant partners and policy and decision-makers.

Recent examples of work by our policy group include:

The country policy working groups work in collaboration with the Strategic Policy Panel and CIEEM Policy Team and, where appropriate, with the relevant Geographic Section Committee(s) and Country Project Officers.

Policy Group Volunteer Vacancies

We are now recruiting more experts to our Country Policy Groups to help us to raise our voice and shape policy even more. To ensure we are incorporating views from a broad range of experiences, we are particularly keen to hear from members:

  • Based in Northern Ireland
  • Based in England and working in Local Authorities, academia and the marine environment
  • Based in Scotland

As a Country Policy Group member, we ask that you:

  • Review and comment on consultation responses that are relevant to your expertise.
  • Keep an eye out for opportunities for policy engagement.
  • Input into the development and production of Country Policy Group projects. These include, but are not limited to, advice notes, briefings, position statements and events.
  • Where possible, help with gathering contacts and setting up meetings to communicate our policy positions and build relationships.

If you’re interested in joining us, please send a biography setting out your experience and interest in policy to Applications are open to CIEEM members at all grades. Please do get in touch if you have any questions! Places are limited so all applications will be reviewed by existing Policy Group members.

Members of the England Policy Group

  • Felicite Dodd – Chair
  • Tom Gray
  • Niall Machin
  • Will Manley
  • Timothy Reed
  • Richard Arnold
  • Laura Hobbs
  • Will O’Connor
  • Phil Lomax
  • Mark Latham

Members of the Ireland Policy Group

  • Nick Marchant – Co-Chair
  • Aebhin Cawley – Co-Chair
  • Orla Maguire
  • Katherine Kelleher
  • Will Woodrow
  • Deborah D’Arcy
  • Gavin Fennessy
  • Maeve Flynn
  • Donncha Madden
  • Mary Tubridy
  • George Smith
  • Andrew Torsney
  • Kate-Marie O’Connor
  • Susan Iremonger

Members of the Scotland Policy Group

  • Julie Bhatti – Chair
  • Roger Crofts
  • Desmond B Thompson
  • Laura Dunn
  • Hannah Williams
  • Sarah Kydd
  • Cathy Mayne
  • Adrian Davis
  • Graham Russell
  • Andy Tharme
  • Irene Tierney
  • Julie Dewar

Members of the Wales Policy Group

  • Michael Willis – Chair
  • Penny Lewns
  • Matthew Harris
  • Jerry Langford
  • Emily Williams
  • Sarah Simons
  • Craig Llewellyn
  • Dan Leow
  • Richard Birch
  • Hannah Corcoran
  • Richard Howell
  • Donna Hall

For further information please contact