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Cody Levine CEnv MCIEEM

I am committed to the development of our professional institute and, if privileged to contribute to CIEEM's Governing Board, would assist the institute's work raising the profile of professional ecological and environmental managers and promoting the highest standards of environmental practice.  

My commitment to CIEEM's work can be demonstrated by my service standing on the West Midlands CIEEM committee, having organised regional events and workshops to facilitate sharing of knowledge and best practice, and by raising the Institute's profile whilst acting as ambassador for CIEEM at local universities, engaging with future ecologists. I’ve also participated with colleagues in ALGE and CIEEM's Professional Standards Committee on the preparation of CIEEM's Biodiversity Advice Note on Permitted Development Rights. 

I’m the planning ecologist in a County Council where I lead on developing, monitoring and reviewing environmental and ecological policies, plans and strategies. I’ve contributed to the work of our LNP and played a key role in drafting the Terms of Reference for the County's Green Infrastructure Partnership. I've engaged with local and national policy preparation and have experience as a robust advocate for biodiversity in these areas. I'm also experienced in managing both budgets and staff.  

I believe that Brexit brings profound change to our sector and that CIEEM must identify and develop the opportunities which these changes will bring. I believe my broad experience qualifies me to help convert opportunities to outcomes; my experience spans both private and public sectors, as both ecological consultant and planning ecologist, together with roles in academia and in environmental charities, which confers a perspective across the wide-ranging interests of our membership and stakeholders. 

If given the opportunity to serve on CIEEM's Governing Board, I will work towards: 

  • Developing a lean and targeted Strategic Plan, responding to the opportunities Brexit will offer.   I will support prioritisation of resources to expand CIEEM's influence in government policymaking. We will partner with other professional bodies to positively influence development of new environmental policies which accomplish ecological net-gain.  
  • I will actively promote initiatives to facilitate better sharing of best practice across the profession.  We collectively hold a wealth of knowledge and skill, but must do more to achieve consistent positive conservation outcomes.  For example, I wish to see industry practice shift towards routinely auditing and sharing mitigation outcomes in order to raise best practice in a sustainable manner.  
  • Our profession should advocate for greater emphasis in considering the natural environment at the earliest stages of proposals, so that biodiversity will not be an 'afterthought' but is fully integrated at the beginning of plans and projects. I will actively promote initiatives which encourage a clear vision for well-integrated Green Infrastructure as a fundamental and early approach, for example: within the strategic site allocation process. In this way biodiversity becomes a fundamental component of ecologically functional GI in every major development.