Course #11.  Leadership in EIA






This course is based on the belief that enhanced leadership skills are required within the IA community to maximize their influence of IA projects and in delivering sustainability outcomes.


Leading (and managing) an EIA process + team is a complex activity. To maximize sustainability

outcomes, team leaders must work productively with technical specialists but just as importantly, must

also engage effectively with the broader Project team, including project managers, design managers and

many other roles. The increasing risk that environmental, social and compliance issues present to project costs and delivery schedules provides a particular opportunity for EIA leaders to embed environmental considerations into project planning and design decisions.


To do this effectively, EIA team leaders need skills and knowledge beyond those taught in professional and academic institutes. This course fills the gap, examining the leadership roles IA professionals perform, and Which leadership tools can assist in communication, negotiation and influencing. It will

provide insights into how project teams work together, and the opportunities to put your learning into practice. With a strong emphasis on personal reflection and self-development, the intention is to draw out the skills you already possess, and to help you develop the mindset of an IA leader.


Note: Pre-reading will be provided in electronic format.


Level: Intermediate/Advanced professionals who have started to, or who have extensive experience of team and project management. To aid in the planning and update of this course's content the following definitions have been adopted:

  • Intermediate level IA practitioner: Actively involved in EIA on a day-to-day basis either as an EIA 'generalist' or specialist providing impact assessment studies, with a good appreciation of a range of environmental impacts and assessment techniques, be competent in the areas in which you operate, and have some EIA project management experience.

  • Advanced IA practitioner: An experienced and senior EIA professional with a wealth of EIA expertise and experience, an excellent appreciation of a wide range of impact assessments and the issues pertaining to EIA. You will also be expected to have led, managed, and directed large EIA teams and have experience of liaising with senior stakeholders.

  • (Adapted from EIA Practitioners, IEMA,

Prerequisites: General experience in managing or coordinating IA professional teams through to Impact Statement submission. An interest in self-development, particularly leadership & management skills to enhance personal and project team performance. Increase ability to influence IA professional outcomes within projects and improve the effectiveness of IA practice in general.

Language of delivery: English

Duration: 2 days (2-3 May)

Price: US$475

Min/Max: 10/25

Instructors: Ross Marshall, Founder and Director, Leading Green (UK); Claire Gronow, Lecturer and Programme Director, University of Bristol (UK)




Ross Marshall


Dr. Marshall has been conducting EIA since 1989, building up EIA teams and providing executive oversight to major infrastructure projects in the UK Power & Energy, Waste & Water, Utility and Climate Change Adaptation sectors.  Between 2004-17 he was a Deputy Director of the UK Environment Agency with responsibility for EIA & SEA, before leaving to create Leading Green, a training and advisory consultancy uniquely specializing in EIA, EMS and Sustainability leadership development and team performance, working closely with industry and governmental organization internationally.  Ross is a Past-President of IAIA, sits on the Training & Professional Development Committee, and is an active IAIA coach & mentor for IAIA's PDP Course: "Foundations of Impact Assessment'.  He is also a former IEMA director (UK) and EIA professional competency examiner and loves bad jokes.



Claire Gronow


Dr. Gronow has been involved in impact assessment since 1990 and has led successful EIA teams for major projects in mining, infrastructure, industry, and tourism sectors, where she developed her ability to work closely with project planning and design teams to maximise the integration of environmental considerations into proponent decision-making.  Currently a Lecturer and MSc Programme Director at the University of Bristol, Claire has strong teaching and training experience including lectures and seminars at undergraduate and master's level, and delivery of professional development programmes and workshops on impact assessment and community engagement.  Claire is a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and a certified environmental practitioner with special certification in impact assessment.