CIEH Public Health Conference: Winds of Change


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 25 & 26 April - Cardiff - Hilton                  

Early Bird Offer - Book before 26 March and save £30 on two-day residential tickets  

Early Bird Prices:
Residential (both days including dinner) |
CIEH member: £220 | CIEH Affiliate Member: £270 | Non-member: £270  

Standard Prices:
Residential (both days including dinner) | CIEH Member: £250 | CIEH Affiliate Member: £300 | Non-member: £300 

Day 1 | CIEH Member: £160 | CIEH Affiliate Member: £210 | Non-member: £210   

Day 2 | CIEH Member: £160 | CIEH Affiliate Member: £210 | Non-member: £210 

CPD: Both Days: 9 hours | Day 1: 5 hours | Day 2: 4 hours


CIEH Public Health Conference: Winds of Change will be a topical two-day conference, covering a range of areas of interest to those working in public and environmental health. It will explore new approaches to tackling important public health issues and challenge us to consider how we can best effect change. 

With recent events in the High Court highlighting illegal air pollution in England and Wales, the Welsh government will be setting out its plans for delivering clean air. FSA will be outlining the work it is doing to ensure that food standards, public health and business interests are protected once we leave the EU. There will be discussions around the challenges of open policy making relating to the FSA's Regulating Our Future Programme.  

The conference will also discuss new technology for food safety in the food industry, and what's next in tobacco control is the question that will be put to the Chief Executive of ASH. To round off the conference you will hear about a significant outbreak of legionnaires disease in Serene City and lessons learnt. 

CIEH Public Health Conference offers excellent opportunities for updating your knowledge and skills, gaining CPD and professional networking. The conference will also include a social welcome reception and a three-course dinner the first night for those booked with two-day residential tickets.

Full programme and speakers to be announced soon!  

▼ Programme 

Day 1 - 25 April

10.00 - 11.00      Registration and exhibition   
11.00 - 11.05        
Welcome and opening statement
Speaker: Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
11.05 - 11.30     Ensuring the Safety and Integrity of Our Food Environmental Health Professionals - A Credible Voice?
Speaker: Dawn Welham, President CIEH
11.30 - 12.05      Air Quality: Delivering Clean Air for Wales
Speaker: Hannah Blythyn, Minister for Environment, Welsh Government  
12.05 - 12.20      Questions and answers   
12.20 - 12.50      Preparing for Brexit: A to-do List for the FSA
Speaker: Richard Bowen, Interim Director, Food Standards Agency (Wales)
12.50 - 13.00      Questions and answers   
13.00 - 14.00      Lunch and exhibition  
14.00 - 15.00      Afternoon Parallel Sessions: Food and Environmental Protection  
15.00 - 15.30      Refreshments and exhibition   
15.30 - 16.30      Afternoon Parallel Sessions: Food and Environmental Protection   
16.30      Day 1 ends   

Day 2 - 26 April

09.00 - 09.30      Registration and exhibition   
09.30 - 09.35      Opening Remarks
Speaker: Mark Elliott, Chair Directors of Public Protection Wales
09.35 - 10.35      Linking housing, health and wellbeing, the 'Art of the possible'- time to think, see and act differently
Speakers: Jonathan Cosson, Warm Wales
Joanna Seymour, Project Manager, Healthy Homes Healthy People North Wales
10.35 - 10.45      Questions and answer session   
10.45 - 11.15      Coffee /Exhibition Viewing   
11.15 - 11.45      Noise Policy in Wales
Speaker: Martin McVay, Policy Advisor, Welsh Government
11.45 - 11.55      Questions and answer session   
11.55 - 12.35      Impact of Sentencing Guideline Changes
Speakers: Kathryn Gilbertson, Director (Regulatory) Greenwoods Solicitors LLP
David Travers QC, Six Pump Court
12.35 - 12.45      Questions and answer session   
12.45 - 13.45      Lunch & Exhibition Viewing   
13.45 - 14.15      Tobacco Control What Next?
Speaker: Suzanne Cass, Chief Executive Officer, ASH (Wales)
14.15 - 14.20      Questions and answer session   
14.20 - 14.45      How big organisations use science to gain money and attention and you can too!
Speaker: To be confirmed
14.45 - 14.50      Questions and answer session   
14.50 - 15.25      A Major Legionella Outbreak in Serene City - lessons learned from a simulation exercise
Speaker: Dr Gwen Lowe, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health Wales
15.25 - 15.35      Questions and answer session   
15.35      Closing Remarks
Speaker: Mark Elliott, Chair, Directors of Public Protection Wales
15.45      Close of Conference   
▼ Speakers 

 Kathryn Gilbertson    Kathryn Gilbertson, Director (Regulatory) Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Kathryn is renowned for her innovative approach that enables her clients to achieve their corporate goals without compromising their compliance strategies. She is a director and head of our Regulatory team. She advises international and national companies on UK/European regulatory issues, including providing advice on food safety, product liability, health and safety, environmental and corporate governance matters.

Kathryn has a unique insight into the regulatory regime within which all companies trade in the UK and Europe, because of her 10 years of experience as a prosecutor/compliance officer for various government agencies. She assists clients by developing self-auditing compliance protocols and reviewing due diligence defences through to defending companies and their directors in corporate manslaughter prosecutions following workplace accidents. In addition, she has the technical skills to assist site and project managers on specific issues as well as being able to advise company directors on both their own personal and their company’s liability following an incident.

Anne Godfrey    Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

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.

Previously Anne had 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.

Anne’s earlier career in academic and professional publishing included senior sales, marketing and product development roles for publishers including Prentice Hall and Thomson Reuters. She has a first class honours degree from Glasgow University and a postgraduate diploma in law from Nottingham Law School.

 David Travers

  David Travers QC, Six Pump Court

For over three decades the core elements of David Travers QC’s practice have been Consumer law in general and food law in particular, as well as Health, Safety and Environment. He is recognised in the leading UK directories as a leader in these fields. The current edition of the Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession says he is “a fearsome opponent and a very able barrister. He unquestionably knows as much about consumer law as any silk at the Bar. He is at the pinnacle of criminal consumer law." He has also been named for his work in Health and Safety by the US based ‘Best Lawyers’. On a numerous occasions he has been named Food Barrister of the year, Regulatory Barrister of the year or Consumer Barrister of the year. David was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology for his work in the sector.

David acts for businesses of all sizes as well as directors and individual traders and litigates, arbitrates, mediates and negotiates for his clients in disputes with regulators. He also acts from time to time for regulators and advises on related matters including food labelling and importation. He also has experience of cognate corporate governance issues.

David recently defended the longest ever food poisoning trial and advised in a very challenging food product recall case and is currently instructed in a number of major regulatory matters including defending a food sector client for alleged breach of Environmental Permit obligations.

 Dawn Welham
  Dawn Welham, President-Elect, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Dawn Welham FCIEH was appointed President-Elect of CIEH in July 2017 and following a 30-year career comes to the role with an in-depth knowledge of fresh food, grocery and retail sectors covering product development, store operations and global supply chains.

Having first joined CIEH as a member in 1987, today Dawn serves as Technical Director for Authenticate IS, supply chain mapping service, having recently joined from SAI Global, a multi-national risk management consultancy with head offices in Sydney, Australia where she was Global Technical Director.

Most of Dawn’s career was spent working with Asda Walmart as Technical Director which covered the whole of the supply base and operational food compliance. Prior to this role, Dawn served as Asda’s Head of Trading Law focusing on the operational side of the business. Dawn started her career with Wakefield Council where she stayed for 12 years.

Maurice Brennan

Maurice Brennan, Director of Brennan Consultancy- Environmental Health Science and Technology Consultants

Maurice is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health and a Masters in Business Administration. He spent the first part of his career working in local government achieving senior management position as Head of Environmental Health Services. In 2003, he joined the University of Birmingham as Head of Teaching in Environmental Health. The principle responsibility was the delivery of four environmental health related MSc courses externally accreditation by the CIEH and IOSH. It was at this time Maurice developed his research interest into nanoscience and technology. Maurice has spent the last 10 years teaching and researching nanoscience and technology at the University of Birmingham, and he has been invited to give conference presentations to a wide range of audiences worldwide. Maurice is currently in the process of finishing a Phd on this subject. In 2013, he formed BrennanConsulting which offer clients access to a modern environmental, health and safety science and technology service.


Avis John

Avis John, Co Founder, Social Engine

Avis is the co-founder of Social Engine and brings her skills as an engagement specialist with extensive experience of applying behavioural insights and social marketing to improve uptake of public health and policy matters. She is market research trained and brings 25 years’ experience of working with disadvantaged communities and service providers to develop forums for participation and feedback. Avis has worked with local and national government, including with Department for Education, Department of Health, and Home Office to develop strategies to engage communities with public health initiatives including alcohol and drug misuse and associated risky behaviours. She has trained diverse teams across a range of council, charity and public service providers in the use of behavioural insights in intervention design, delivery and evaluation. Avis is the co-founder and Chair of Governors of the Archer Academy, a comprehensive secondary school in North London which opened in 2013.
Martin McVay
  Martin McVay, MMath PhD MIOA, Cynghorydd Polisi (Sŵn, Cemegion ac Ansawdd Aer Lleol) / Policy Advisor (Noise, Chemicals and Local Air Quality) Is-adran Amgylchedd a Chymunedau / Environment and Communities Division Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government

Martin worked on industrial noise and air pollution modelling in the Environment Agency before moving across to the Welsh Government in 2007, where his focus has been on noise policy and chemicals regulation, as well as some aspects of air quality policy, notably the 2017 revision of policy guidance on local air quality management
Hannah Blythyn
  Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, Welsh Government

Hannah Blythyn is from Flintshire in North East Wales. A proud North Walian she went to school in the constituency she now serves. Hannah was elected as Assembly Member for Delyn for the first time at the 2016 election. In her first eighteen months in the Assembly she chaired the Cross Party Group for North Wales and the Mersey Dee Alliance and sat on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills and the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committees. Prior to being elected, Hannah led on political and policy work for Unite Wales, active in a number of successful campaigns that led to legislative action and positive change both in Wales and across the UK. She is also a former co-chair of LGBT Labour and was active in the campaign for equal marriage. Outside of politics, Hannah likes spending time outdoors and is a keen cyclist, having previously taking part in a charity bike ride across Kenya
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