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IEMA appoints new CEO

Sarah Mukherjee, former award-winning environmental BBC journalist and current Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association (CPA), has been appointed as Chief Executive of the UK’s leading professional body for environment and sustainability professionals, IEMA.

She joins with a dynamic track record of leading and developing effective strategy, policy and communications across both the water industry, as previous Director of Environment of Water UK, and crop protection and environmental science in her role at the CPA.

Professor Paul Leinster CBE, Chair of IEMA’s Board, said of the appointment;

“We are delighted to welcome Sarah to IEMA – she is joining at a critical time for both the organisation and the profession as a whole. As the leading professional body in this space, we are proud to be on a mission to help businesses and other organisations transform the world to sustainability and it is imperative we have an influential leader at the helm, at this time, to help us achieve this. I believe Sarah will provide visible leadership and will represent and continue to grow IEMA’s significant membership of 15,500 professionals, who are the specialists and change-makers at the forefront of tackling key issues of our time, such as the climate and environmental emergency and transitioning to Net Zero and net environment gain.”

Sarah Mukherjee said; “I have enjoyed my time at the CPA enormously and it has been my privilege to lead such a fantastic team. I am proud of the work we have done in the last three years; the Association is well-placed to make the case for safe, affordable food and for agri-science in the post Brexit world. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the CPA’s members for their support and the staff team members for their dedication and energy.

I am delighted to be joining IEMA at such a crucial time for sustainability management in the UK and globally. In the year that the COP comes to the UK, it’s clear that our members are walking the walk when it comes to delivering a low carbon future and I am very much looking forward to leading IEMA’s dynamic team.”

Paul Leinster adds; “We look forward to Sarah taking up her post at IEMA in June. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Toby Robins for the way he continues to lead and manage IEMA in the interim.”


Sarah Mukherjee studied law at St Hilda’s College Oxford and completed her MBA at the University of Warwick. She also holds qualifications in French and journalism. After working as a research for MPs, she spent just over 22 years working for the BBC, becoming the BBC’s Environment Correspondent from 2001-2010.

In 2010 Sarah was appointed as Director of Environment at Water UK and in 2017 took up the role of Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association.  In 2019 Sarah was appointed to the UK Government’s Review of National Parks.

In addition to her communication skills, Sarah’s expertise includes agricultural and environmental policy, promoting good science and better regulation, carbon management and ecosystems.  She is also passionate about promoting and delivering change in relation to social inclusion including equality and diversity.

Key facts – Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

  • Is the largest professional body for environmental practitioners in the United Kingdom and worldwide, with more than 14,000 members in over 100 countries, working together to make businesses and organisations future-proof
  • Approves training course providers to deliver environmental training
  • Is in the process of applying for a Royal Charter. As a chartered body, IEMA would be formally recognised by the UK Government to develop and regulate the profession (corporate sustainability, environmental management, and impact assessment). If IEMA achieves a Royal Charter it will become CIEMA – the Chartered Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
  • CPD – Continuing Professional Development is a mandatory requirement to maintain membership
  • IEMA Training Partners: IEMA works with training partners to share environmental and sustainability training solutions




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