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
- Mr. Róbert Ružička (SK), Vice-Chair
- Mr. Simon Bingham (UK), Team Leader Expert Team Cross-cutting
- Mr. Horst Buether (DE), Team Leader Expert Team Industry and Air
- Mr. Marco Falconi (IT), Team Leader Expert Team Water and Land
- Ms. Simonne Rufener (CH), Team Leader Expert Team Waste and TFS
- Mr. John Visbeen (NL), Team Leader Expert Team Nature Protection
- Mr. Matthias Sauer (DE), EU Presidency
Kristina Rabe (DE), Chair
Róbert Ružička, Vice-Chair
Simon Bingham has an educational background in environmental management (to MSc) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Environmentalist.
He has worked in environmental regulation for more than 25 years and currently works for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as their International Development Manager focusing on capacity building.
Simon has worked on a wide variety of international projects since 2005. He is an ambassador for IMPEL’s Review Initiative programme (IRI) having worked on the review of 12 international regulatory organisations including 10 as team leader.
Simon has been a Board member since 2012 and is currently the Cross-Cutting Expert Team Leader.
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”.
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.
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.
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.