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:
- Ms. Kristina Rabe (DE), Chair
- Vacancies, Vice-Chair
- Ms. Martine Blondeel (BE), Team Leader Expert Team Cross-cutting
- Mr. Jaakko Vesivalo (FI), Team Leader Expert Team Industry and Air
- Mr. Marco Falconi (IT), Team Leader Expert Team Water and Land
- Ms. Allison Townley (UK) Team co-Leader Expert Team Waste and TFS
- Ms. Jenny van Houten (NL), Team co-Leader Expert Team Waste and TFS
- Mr. John Visbeen (NL), Team Leader Expert Team Nature Protection
- Ms. Ana Garcia (PT), EU Presidency
Kristina Rabe. After studies of law and political science in Kiel and Geneva and internships in prosecution, courts and administrations in Germany, Kristina Rabe added a stage at the European Commission and Master Studies on European Law at the EUI in Florence. Next was a service contract with the European Commission (DG Env), then she entered public service at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety. Her responsibility has covered EMAS, the post – Rio process, radiation protection, Impact assessment, cross-sectoral aspects of environmental criminal law and questions on implementation. Since 2006 she has been the German National IMPEL Coordinator, in November 2019, she was elected IMPEL Chair.
Marco Falconi is working as a Technologist at ISPRA (Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) and is the IMPEL Water and Land expert team leader. He holds two masters – one in Environmental Science and a second one in Geology.
Marco has international experience with projects with the United Nations in the Balkan countries and in GEO6 assessment. He is one of the EIONET National Reference Center for Soil. In ISPRA he is the coordinator of the “Soil and Land” chapter of the annual Urban Areas Report. He is also the scientific coordinator of Remtech Europe, an annual conference on contaminated sites. He teaches Environmental Assessment at the Polytechnical University of Marche and at the University of Camerino.
John Visbeen started his career as a Police Officer in Rotterdam in the Netherlands specialising in environmental crimes and working with environmental agencies and prosecutors. After becoming head of the environmental department at Dutch city Lelystad, then the province of Flevoland and the province of Utrecht, John got involved with IMPEL, where he acted as project-leader for IMPEL Nature Protection projects. Currently, John is board member and expert team leader on Nature Protection for IMPEL. John studied Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and strategic management at the University of Utrecht. Currently, John is deputy head of the unit Strategy & Policy in the province of Flevoland.