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About Us

CEDHE is a non-profit organisation seeking to inspire individuals to undertake a career in the environment, and to support students studying the environment and the academics who teach them.

Founded in 1991, the organisation formerly known as CHES (the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences) plays a leading role in the Higher and Further Education environmental science communities, representing member interests on a national stage. In 2012 CHES merged with the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and now acts as the education committee of the IES.

In 2022, the organisation rebranded as CEDHE to reflect the diverse representation of the committee, in both their academic roles and disciplines

CEDHE has played a key role in shaping the ES3 benchmark and embedding employability skills in environmental programmes. We have member institutes in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

The business of CEDHE is managed by an elected Committee. There is the opportunity for new committee members to be elected each year at the AGM and Executive positions are normally held for three years. 

We currently have vacancies on the Committee and are looking for members who want  a unique opportunity to contribute to, and shape the future of, the environmental sector from within the education sector.  For more information about the role, what we are looking for and how to get involved please see our “Join Us” information pack. 

Strategic partnerships
CEDHE is connected to a number of organisations including:

Institution of Environmental Sciences –  CEDHE acts as the education committee for the IES, linking education with employers.

Teach the Future – CEDHE is a supporting partner in this campaign to repurpose the education systems of the world, around the climate emergency and ecological crisis.

Nature Premium – CEDHE is a supporting partner in this campaign to fund regular nature experiences for every child.

The Science Council and Society for the Environment – provide professional standards for practising scientists and environmental professionals. As a member of both organisations, we can ensure that we can influence these standards and set your students on a pathway to achieving Registered Environmental Professional, Chartered Scientist or Chartered Environmentalist.

Contact Us

Email: education@the-ies.org 
Telephone:  +44 (0)20 3862 7484


Our Team

Our Committee are nominated by our member institutes and then elected at the AGM.

They are either academics in environmental departments – so they are aware of the challenges and opportunities the sector faces – or staff of the Institution of Environmental Sciences – who keep the organisation aligned with professional practice.  

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Prof. Liz Price

Liz is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor Sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan University. Elected Chair in 2020, she previously served as Vice Chair from 2017-2020.

Dr Michelle Hale
Vice Chair

Head of the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences at the University of Portsmouth, Michelle was elected as Vice Chair in 2020 and leads on CEDHE reports and publications.

Dr Alison Stokes
Vice Chair

Alison is the Programme Lead for undergraduate environmental programmes at the University of Plymouth. She was elected Vice Chair in 2020 and leads on our equality, diversity and inclusion work.

Adam Donnan

CEO of the IES, Adam sits on the Committee to align the strategies of the organisations. He is Chair of the Science Council and Chairs the Technical Pathways Programme, engaging the science community with technical education.

Rebecca Finbow

As the Education & Professional Development Officer at the IES, Rebecca is the secretary for the Committee and is responsible for managing the university accreditation scheme and student and early career membership support.

Dr Naomi Holmes

Naomi Holmes is a Lecturer in Environmental Education at the University of York.

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Prof. Diane Purchase

Diane is Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at Middlesex University. She She is a Fellow of the IES and the Royal Society of Biology.

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Dr Nicholas Ray

Nicholas works as the NTU Doctoral School Standards and Quality Manager at Nottingham Trent University. He oversees CEDHE's international expansion.

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Dr Jackie Rogers

Associate Dean of Learning Teaching, and Student Experience, Jackie is the immediate past Chair of CEDHE and leads on keeping CEDHE informed on the HE landscape.

Dr Pete Shaw

Pete is an Associate Professor in the International Centre for Environmental Science at the University of Southampton. He leads on our employability work.

Dr Phil Wheeler

Phil is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology at The Open University. He leads on our work on education pathways, including T Levels and A Levels.

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Dr Clare Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Stirling, Clare leads our work on the education landscape in Scotland.

Dr Hameed Sulaiman

Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).