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:
- Chair (vacant position)
- Vice-Chair (vacant position)
- Mr. Horst Buether (DE), Team Leader Expert Team Industry and Air
- Mr. Simon Bingham (UK), Team Leader Expert Team Cross-cutting
- Ms. Simonne Rufener (CH), Team Leader Expert Team Waste and TFS
- Mr. John Visbeen (NL), Team Leader Expert Team Nature Protection
- Mr. Marco Falconi (IT), Team Leader Expert Team Water and Land
- Mr. Juha Lahtela (FI), EU Presidency
Simonne Rufener is working as a Scientific Officer at Federal Office for the Environment Switzerland and is the expert team leader of the Waste and TFS group of the IMPEL network. She holds two masters – one in Geography and a second one in Development and Cooperation.
Before she was working for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA as well as for the private industry.
Simonne has profound international experience as she worked in international public health and environmental projects for the aquatic research Institute Eawag in Bolivia and for the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Empa in Ghana.
Dr. Horst Büther is a chemist. Since 1989 he is working in the environmental administration of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany. After different tasks in the areas of environmental analysis, water and waste management, and pollution control, he is head of the unit for permitting and inspection of industrial installations, air quality planning, and inspection of genetic engineering facilities at the NRW Regional Government Cologne.
For the last few years Horst has been manager of international projects dealing with European environmental inspection duties under the umbrella of the IMPEL network. As an example the integrated risk assessment method (IRAM) for inspection planning was developed in the ‘easyTools’ project. Now he is managing the Project “IED Implementation”. Horst is an IMPEL Board member and head of the Expert Team “Industry and Air”.