The Impact Evaluation Standard (IES) has announced the members of its 2022 Steering Committee. They will guide the direction of the IES in the coming year and ensure that both innovation and the environment are high on the agenda when measuring the social impact delivered by businesses and organisations throughout society.
The IES provides a series of metrics and proxy values that can be used to consistently assess the impact generated by organisations. The 109 different metrics included are mainly common activities that organisations undertake which have a significant social, economic or environmental impact on their communities. It is fully aligned with UK central government guidance and is used by private and public sector organisations from a diverse range of industries.
The Impact Evaluation Standard also provides guidance on how to value and assess the impact of these activities and the documentation to assist organisations in estimating and understanding the social value they are generating.
“The scale of humanity’s issues can feel daunting but that is why being able to consistently appraise and measure social impact is so important, because it can drive real change. Evaluating and improving the impact organisations are having at a social, economic and environmental level needs to be in sharp focus.
I’m incredibly proud that the Impact Evaluation Standard (IES) is helping organisations of all sizes ensure they are contributing to the solution to local and global problems, and that they can now evaluate and tell their story around this”
– Benjamin Fellowes, Board Member – The Impact Evaluation Standard
New appointments are made to the Steering Committee annually. They evaluate rapidly evolving best practices in the appraisal of social, economic and environmental impacts and makes clear recommendations for continual updates to the IES, making it the most up to date and innovative way to measure social impact and social value in the UK, and beyond. This ensures that organisations using the IES have access to the most current and innovative ways of measuring social impact in 2022.
The Steering Committee for 2022 will be:
Stephen is a specialist in corporate responsibility, ESG and social impact, with twenty years’ experience of working across business, government and civil society.
After working in strategy roles across government Stephen spent 12 years at PwC, where he was a senior management consultant, a senior corporate responsibility manager and finally their Head of Social Mobility. Stephen developed PwC’s community engagement strategy and created impact frameworks to evaluate the business and social benefits generated by PwC’s community activities, which were adopted by PwC globally. He also developed their first Social Return on Investment study, of PwC’s flagship community programme with the social enterprise Brigade. In addition, as Head of Social Mobility he developed PwC’s first social inclusion strategy, initiating a programme that has seen PwC become the top-ranked employer in the UK for social mobility.
Stephen founded Exogeny Consulting in 2018 and now works with organisations across sectors on a range of issues related to responsible business and inclusive growth, helping them to define and achieve their strategic goals, guiding their progress and enabling them to measure, understand and maximise their impact. He is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.
Rob has worked in physical and social regeneration at a front line and strategic level for 23 years and went on to set up CHY in 2006. Partnership working, creativity and social value are at the heart of his experience and expertise: ensuring projects and people achieve the combined objectives of all sectors, while benefiting the communities they serve. Rob’s influence within the construction industry and its stakeholders was reflected when CHY won 8 Constructing Excellence Awards for its business led, collaborative approach to social value and Rob himself won the National Achiever of the Year in 2011.
Rob has gone on to influence local, regional and national social value policy, delivery and measurement mechanisms and leading practice. Assisting the public sector to maximise the socio-economic/social impact of their procurement, planning and local plans and the private sector to embed, deliver and measure the socio-economic/social impact of their projects, products and services.
Rob believes in radical collaboration; bringing innovation, expertise and leading practice from across different sectors to benefit the built environment, their clients and the communities in which they work.
With over 20 years’ experience in the construction environmental and sustainability arena, Emma has a passion for supporting the delivery of projects that have purpose and lasting legacy. She has worked both operationally, including on landmark projects such as the Olympic Park, and strategically to embed sustainability and social value principles across organisations.
Emma became a Full Member of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist with the Society for the Environment in December 2013, and is a contributory editor for the CIP Environmental Manual
Huw is an accomplished business leader with over 25 years of management, strategy, development, delivery and operational experience in Social Impact and education. Huw is an accomplished business leader with over 25 years of management, strategy, development, delivery and operational experience in the Social impact, Construction industry and education . He is a highly experienced director specializing in corporate development and strategic planning. He has previously been responsible for leading a number of Tier One contractors strategy and delivery of social impact. He is currently Managing Director of Impact consultancy services helping organisations with their approach to social impact. Huw is a previous winner of Construction Excellence Achiever of the UK award along with numerous awards and recognitions for his work in the field.
Jo Gilroy is a sustainability professional specialising in the corporate sector. In her former role as Head of Sustainability for the Bunzl Group, she created and led their Sustainable Future Programme. She worked closely with government and key customers in the hospitality and retail sectors to address ocean pollution from single use plastics. Today she is Head of Sustainability & Environment for Kier Group, responsible for the group’s strategic direction on ESG and for leading Kier’s new sustainable framework, ‘Building for a Sustainable World’. Jo has an international background having worked for SAB Miller in India, IKEA in Sweden, and the mining sector in Australia and New Zealand. In recognition of her work within the corporate sector she was ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2021 Business Green Sustainability Leaders Awards, and previously won the Business Green Sustainability Executive award in 2017, and the Rising Star award 2016 at the Packaging Industry Awards.
Stephen is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) specialist with over 34 years of experience in the construction and infrastructure industry where he developed and executed strategic plans for growth and market entry for contractors and consultants. Other key areas include devising winning bid strategy, and client and stakeholder engagement, managing strategic partnerships, implementing change management and impact creation.
His experience also includes policy and framework development in the built environment to assist in embedding ESG in the construction lifecycle as well as working with organisations to identify opportunities and manage ESG risk and improve performance and enhance value.