Chartered Institute of Environmental Health welcomes two new directors

Publication Date: 23rd November 2016

Subject: CIEH

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has appointed two new Directors in a boost to the organisation’s membership, commercial and external relations activities. 

debbie Wood richard ashton 

Debbie Wood has joined CIEH from Solace (the Society of Local Government Chief Executives and Senior Managers) and will serve as Executive Director of Membership and Professional Development.

At CIEH Debbie will lead the organisation’s membership and professional development services, as well as activities to boost CIEH’s voice and visibility amongst the Government, key partners, the media and the wider public. 

At Solace, Debbie was the Group Director responsible for membership, events, organisational management and relationships with the business and voluntary sector partners. Prior to that, she worked for the Association of District Councils, the Local Government Association and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Debbie is joined at CIEH by Richard Ashton, who has been appointed Executive Director of Commercial Services. Richard is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of CIEH’s income targets.

Previously Richard worked for Relate as their Interim Director of Income Generation, as well as serving as the Interim Chief Commercial Officer at the Campaign for Real Ale, with both roles focussing on the delivery of increased levels of commercial income. He has also worked for Imperial War Museums (IWM) Duxford and The Caravan Club.

CIEH is a membership body for Environmental Health Professionals (EHPs) and sets standards, supports professional development and acts as the leading voice on environmental health issues to Government, key decision makers and the general public.

Anne Godfrey, CIEH’s Chief Executive, said: “Debbie and Richard were the stand-out candidates and are joining CIEH with a wealth of experience and skills. We are at the start of a challenging and exciting time for CIEH and their expertise will help us ensure our future relevance and the delivery of new and better services to our members and the wider environmental health community.”   


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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):      

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

For more information visit and follow CIEH on Twitter @The_CIEH

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