Outcomes of Professional Conduct Hearings

Professional Conduct Hearings can result in five possible outcomes:

  1. Complaint not upheld

Based on the evidence that the Professional Conduct Panel was presented with and the work it has seen the complaint is not upheld.  We do not publish details of such inquiries unless the Member who was the Subject of the complaint specifically requests it.

  1. The Member receives a reprimand with advice

The Professional Conduct Panel upholds the complaint and makes the Member aware that, based on the evidence presented and the work it has seen, their professional practice has fallen short of the standard required.   The Professional Conduct Panel is satisfied that the Member is normally competent with respect to the work they undertake but may provide some advice as to future work.

  1. The Member receives a reprimand with sanctions

The Professional Conduct Panel upholds the complaint and makes the Member aware that, based on the evidence presented and/or the work it has seen, their professional practice has fallen significantly short of the standard required.   The Professional Conduct Panel can impose a range of sanctions proportionate to the seriousness of the breach. Typically, a Panel may require the Member to complete training within a specified time frame.   If the sanction is not met to the Panel’s satisfaction it may recommend further sanctions.

  1. Downgrading of the Member’s status

The Professional Conduct Panel upholds the complaint and, based on the Panel members serious concerns about the standard of work and conduct, recommends that the Member’s membership status and/or chartered status is downgraded to a category more appropriate for the level of competence demonstrated.

  1. Exclusion from CIEEM

The Member is excluded from the Institute for a specified period of time.  Re-application for membership can be made after this period has elapsed.

 

We publish the outcomes of recent Professional Conduct Hearings in accordance with our Professional Conduct Inquiries Publications Policy.

 

Complaints update: breaches of the Code of Professional Conduct

At a professional conduct hearing held on March 3rd 2021, Mrs Victoria Burrows CEnv MCIEEM was found in breach of clauses 3, 4, and 6 of the Code of Professional Conduct in respect of habitat survey, assessment and reporting. Mrs Burrows has been reprimanded with conditions.

At a professional conduct hearing held on March 3rd 2021, Mr Brian Robinson MCIEEM was found in breach of clauses 3 and 4 of the Code of Professional Conduct in respect of habitat assessment reporting. Mr Robinson has been reprimanded with conditions.

At a professional conduct hearing held on March 3rd 2021, Miss Amy Sharples ACIEEM was found in breach of clauses 3 and 4 of the Code of Professional Conduct in respect of habitat survey, assessment and reporting. Miss Sharples has been reprimanded with conditions.

Following review of the outcomes of a professional conduct hearing held on 6th November 2020, Mr David Bennett of Clwydian Ecology has been excluded from membership of the Institute for a minimum period of two years.