fter only a few weeks in role, it’s already clear to me that the membership of EIC has a unique role to play in delivering the sustainable and carbon free world of tomorrow. By developing the technology and services that will help to get us there, it provides a strong foundation for political engagement and a voice that deserves to be heard by policymakers.
As we emerge from two extremely challenging years for the economy, and UK PLC more generally, I believe that with a refreshed approach and renewed enthusiasm, the ACE/EIC Leadership Team will ensure that EIC continues to deliver policy wins for its members.
Working closely with the Advisory Board, member companies and the EIC team, I want to define a clear set of value-adding policy priorities and positions for the environmental technology and services sector. This will in turn unlock tangible results which improve the bottom-line while supporting members to seize the opportunities provided by society’s move to Net Zero and creating sustainable communities.
In order to do this, we will need to increase EIC’s profile among stakeholders and decision-makers and build on our already strong relationships with organisations such as Defra, BEIS and Natural England. The new EIC website, launched in January, will help us to better showcase what our members offer and will provide an interactive platform for more proactive engagement on your behalf.
As an enabler for a Net Zero future, our members are delivering solutions to society’s biggest challenge to date. In turn this gives us a unique position from which to engage. My job is to ensure we’re in the best possible position to do so on your behalf. Stephen Marcos Jones
EIC’s collaboration is at the heart of delivering increased member value. Your experiences of working in often cutting-edge sectors, of impactful delivery and years of collective industry experience provide an additional string to our bow and I’m keen to see how not only EIC, but the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and group magazine Infrastructure Intelligence, can provide a great platform to showcase all of this.
I know that EIC’s closer working relationship with ACE has already delivered increased levels of member-support recently through the HR forum and new opportunities with the Net Zero group, but I would like to see even closer collaboration. This is especially true in the policy area where the two membership bases are often reaching for similar end-goals.
To help me get up to speed with a new sector and expectations of a new membership base, I am aiming to meet as many members as possible over the coming weeks and months. Whether through the Advisory Board, at some of EIC's upcoming group meetings, or even at an external industry event, please do not hesitate to introduce yourself. Alternatively, you can always email me at any time with any feedback.
EIC members have a unique role to play in delivering a better world. As an enabler for a Net Zero future, our members are delivering solutions to society’s biggest challenge to date. In turn this gives us a unique position from which to engage. My job is to ensure we’re in the best possible position to do so on your behalf and, while it is still early days, I can already see plenty of opportunities. I am looking forward to becoming more involved and helping to realise them as the weeks and months progress.
Stephen Marcos Jones is chief executive of EIC.