The combined experience and expertise of our management team ensures the smooth running of CIEH.
Anne Godfrey CCMI FCIM, was appointed Chief Executive of CIEH in January 2016. Specialising in change management within the not-for-profit space, she has a proven track record of delivering challenging targets while harnessing the skills, knowledge and passion of members, staff and external stakeholders.
Anne has previously held leadership roles in a diverse range of membership organisations including CIM, where she was Chief Executive, the Law Society, where she was Director of Commercial and Membership Services, and the CBI where she was Commercial & Marketing Director.
She has a first class honours degree from Glasgow University and a postgraduate diploma in law from Nottingham Law School.
Debbie Wood joined CIEH as Executive Director of Membership and Professional Development in November 2016. Debbie leads CIEH’s membership and professional development services, as well as increasing the voice and visibility of the organisation to Government, key partners, the media and the wider public.
She joined CIEH from Solace (the Society of Local Government Chief Executives and Senior Managers) where she served as Group Director.
Prior to her role at Solace, Debbie started her career at the Association of District Councils, where she was a policy officer with responsibility for environmental health, before working for the Local Government Association and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Following a period of teaching analytical sciences to veterinary students, Abi stepped outside of the laboratory to work on national programmes such as the National Teaching and Learning Programme and the transformational QCF Readiness Programme.
Abi later took on the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, working with government agencies and the regulator Ofsted on quality improvement interventions. Over the last five years, she has worked with a range of professional membership bodies (CIPD, CIM, CIEH, IPM), providing strategic and operational direction.
Abi maintains her own continuing professional development in her roles as an advisory member of the College of Policing and as an assessor on the National Reader Panel.