CIEH says a fond farewell to Chief Executive extraordinaire – Graham Jukes

Graham Jukes (leaving) Following a 28-year career at the CIEH, the last 15 as Chief Executive, today (Friday 11 December) will see the CIEH raise a glass and share a few fond memories in honour of Graham Jukes OBE who will be leaving the organisation at the end of the month.  

Graham first joined the CIEH or as it was known at the time, the Institution of Environmental Health Officers (IEHO), in 1988 following a brief stint at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as their Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer.

He first joined the CIEH as an Under-Secretary and during his 28 years, Graham has served in a multitude of roles, later becoming the Chief Executive in the year 2000.

Graham’s CIEH career has taken in five Prime Ministers, 12 Secretaries of State for Health, three Chief Medical Officers, three Royal Commissions on environmental pollution, eight Health Select Committees, four new regulatory quangos and three recessions.

And the changes don’t stop there as internally within the CIEH, Graham has experienced three major professional reorganisations, four Chief Executives and six Presidents.

While Graham will be relinquishing his day-to-day responsibilities at the CIEH, he will not be leaving completely as Graham will be taking on a new role as a Vice President of the CIEH.

Graham will also be supporting the CEO-elect, Anne Godfrey, in getting up to speed on the current policy agenda through the newly created ‘Presidential Team’ working alongside the CIEH’s President, Tim Everett, immediate past President, Janet Russell, and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Andy Statham.

Despite all these changes, there have been several constants during his time at the CIEH, none more so than his PA, Tricia Keen, and Sharon Smith, Regional Stakeholder Manager.

Tricia, who has worked with Graham for the past 20 years, said: “Having worked with Graham over so many years, I can honestly say I couldn’t have asked for a better boss, colleague and friend.

“We’ve had a few laughs and cries along the way but Graham has been a constant presence and we have had such a strong working relationship.

“Graham’s shoes will be hard to fill but it’s good to know he isn’t leaving the CIEH completely and I wish him the best of luck in all his future adventures.”

Sharon Smith, who has also worked with Graham for more than 10 years, said: “Environmental Health Practitioners are fiercely proud and quite often vocal and Graham typifies this in everything he does.

“He’s passionate about environmental health, our members and the wider profession and he has taken this drive and determination to make the CIEH the best organisation it can be.

“Environmental health services are so important for our health and wellbeing and while he won’t be here day-to-day, it’s great to know that Graham will still have a role to play in the success of this organisation and helping to achieve our charitable aims.”

We look forward to welcoming Anne Godfrey when she arrives in January and on behalf of everyone at the CIEH, we would like to wish Graham Jukes OBE the very best of luck!!!

There is a fuller interview with Graham in the December edition of Environmental Health News, which is sent to all members, and if you are not a subscriber email Paul Prior.

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