One of the aspects of IMPEL that is most appreciated by its members, and by those who deal with it, is its informal character. The IMPEL Statute reflects that character. Participation in projects and activities is open to environmental practitioners working in an environmental authority that is a member of IMPEL.
The General Assembly is the highest authority of the Association. The General Assembly determines the policy of the Association and decides on the budget, working programmes, project proposals and project reports. IMPEL members in one country designate a National IMPEL Coordinator who represents them in the General Assembly.
The Expert Teams are responsible for developing activities that address key implementation gaps, oversee the delivery of those activities and the quality of their outputs. A Programme Management Group brings together the team leaders of the 5 thematic areas, who then have the responsibility of organising the activities into a single integrated programme.
The Board is the executive body of the Association and is responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the General Assembly’s decisions. For example, it manages relationships with key external stakeholders such as the European Commission, drafts the budget of the network and manages and allocates funds where needed. The Board supervises the Secretariat.
Currently the Board consists of:
- Mr. Chris Dijkens (NL), Chair
- Ms. Ana Garcia (PT), Vice-Chair
- Mr. Horst Buether (DE), Team Leader Expert Team Industry and Air
- Mr. Simon Bingham (UK), Team Leader Expert Team Cross-cutting
- Ms. Marina de Gier (NL), Team Leader Expert Team Waste and TFS
- Mr. John Visbeen (NL), Team Leader Expert Team Nature Protection
- Mr. Giuseppe Sgorbati (IT), Team Leader Expert Team Water and Land
- Mr. Michael Nicholson, IMPEL Secretariat.
The network communications aspects are led by a Communications Group. This includes provision of support to IMPEL project leads by promoting their work and communicating the project outputs and results. The Group also supports the IMPEL Board and works closely with the Secretariat to share important messages with stakeholders. Members of the Communications Group are:
- Paul Meerman (The Netherlands)
- Lenka Nemcova (Czech Republic)
- Dominika Musialowicz (Poland)
- Rob Hayes (United Kingdom)
- Andrea Santos (Portugal)
IMPEL is supported by a secretariat which is the backbone of the IMPEL network. The secretariat staff is made up of a team of three officers: Michael Nicholson, Nancy Isarin and Carmen Herreras.
Michael (Secretariat Manager) has overall responsibility for managing IMPEL’s Secretariat. Amongst his specific responsibilities are the financial management of the network; supporting the IMPEL Board and General Assembly, particularly the work of the Chair and Vice Chair, in guiding the strategic direction of the network; and is the main contact point for key external stakeholders like the European Commission.
Nancy (Project Manager) is responsible for managing IMPEL Projects which receive external or additional funding:
- SWEAP – funded through the LIFE Action Grant (DG Environment)
- Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – funded by GiZ
- WasteForce – funded by the Internal Security Fund – Police (DG Migration and Home Affairs)
Carmen (Admin officer) is in charge of administering IMPEL’s internal communications, such as contact lists, document management and our internal communication tool Basecamp. She is responsible for arranging travel and logistics for IMPEL projects. And she supports the Secretariat manager with IMPEL’s financial management.