16 Oct

Pest Control Conference: Safeguarding Public Health

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Non-member: £149

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15Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ

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Recent cuts in local authority budgets have had an adverse impact on the availability of pest services in the UK. According to the latest surveys over one fifth of councils already lost pest control staff and 35% currently have no in-house pest control service at all.

The lack of adequate resources to deal with the growing pest population presents a major challenge to local communities and in consequence to public health. The CIEH Pest Control Conference organized in partnership with the National Pest Advisory Panel (NPAP) aims to gather pest control professionals and experts to debate the key developing issues, to evaluate risks and challenges, and to discuss actions needed to protect the public health from the threats posed by uncontained pest proliferation.

Key topics include:

  • Ticks, Mosquitoes and Vector-Borne Diseases
  • What Does Brexit Mean for Pest Control
  • Arthropod-Borne Diseases in Housing
  • How Food Technology, Innovation and Consumer Trends Impact Pest Management Service
  • CPD Schemes in Pest Management

The conference will be chaired by Bob Mayho, Chairman of the National Pest Advisory Panel.


CPD: 5 Hours

photo of Chris Swindells

Chris Swindells, Technical Consultant, Acheta Consulting Ltd is a technical consultant at Acheta Consulting Ltd, who has worked in the pest control industry for 18 years; the last eight years with Acheta. Chris carries out independent biologist and troubleshooting inspections to a varied client base in the UK and Europe. Chris has experience of working in complex and challenging sites, some with significant pest problems, or pest control service issues. Whilst at Acheta, Chris has gained experience of using remote rodent monitoring technology and using the information it provides to inform clients and contractors.

photo of Federica Boiocchi

Federica Boiocchi, PHD Fellow, University of Aston is a second-year PhD student in biomedical sciences at Aston University, Birmingham. Her project is supported by Aston University and Killgerm Chemicals Ltd. The aim of her research is to explore the diversity and distribution of indoor arthropod communities and evaluate the microbiological risks related to arthropod presence in the household environment. She is particularly interested in all the arthropods that enter homes and bacteria that such arthropods may carry.

photo of Ferenc Varga

Ferenc Varga, Food Safety Manager, Nestlé Nutrition has worked in a number of diverse food safety and food hygiene roles for the global food industry giant Nestlé. These have included roles in factories, Product Technology Centres and Corporate Technical functions based in Hungary, Switzerland and the United Kingdom with assignments throughout the world. He now serves as the Microbiological Contaminants and IPM Manager for Nestlé’s Nutrition Strategic Business Units factories globally.

photo of Jolyon Medlock

Dr Jolyon Medlock, Head of Medical Entomology, Public Health England has worked on vector-borne diseases for 20 years. Trained at the Universities of Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool, he spent several years in Africa for LSTM and Oxfam on malaria and lymphatic filariasis control. Since 2002, he has led the Medical Entomology group at HPA/PHE (Porton Down) advising UK government on VBD risk; managing UK-wide vector surveillance [including invasive mosquitoes] and research, publishing >100 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

photo of Matthew Davies

Dr Matthew Davies, Head of Technical Department, Killgerm Chemicals Ltd is the Head of Technical Department at Killgerm Chemicals Ltd, the Technical Editor for Pest Control News, was the Chair of the 9th International Conference on Urban Pests 2017 and holds a PhD from Aston University. At Killgerm, Matthew advises on all aspects of public health pest control, particularly entomology and provides pest control training, product testing, insect identification, pest control audits and technical literature.

photo of Robert Mayho

Robert Mayho, Chairman, National Pest Advisory Panel (Conference Chairman) worked as a policy officer at the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health from 2002 until 2016. He managed a wide policy portfolio that majored on housing and health issues, with a particular focus on the private rented sector. He also has considerable recent experience in pest control policy and practice. He has been the chairman of the National Pest Advisory Panel since 2012 and represents the CIEH on the Government’s Cross Sectoral Planning Group on Invasive Mosquitoes.

photo of Stephen Jacob

Stephen Jacob, Chief Executive, BASIS Registration Ltd. is the Chief Executive of BASIS Registration Ltd. He leads the team responsible for conducting pesticide store audits as well as administering exams and training in the crop protection and crop nutrition industry. Under his leadership they assess over 3,000 candidates per year.  BASIS also manages the CPD of over 11,000 members, including the BASIS Professional Register, FACTS and BASIS PROMPT, a register of professional pest control technicians.

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