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Thursday, 18 January 2024, Judith Hedgley
Happy new year to everyone. I hope 2024 is going to be a good year for you. At CIEH we have already started work to address our challenges and we are making positive progress, so this is an early new year update for you.
Firstly, I’ll start with informing you that Kirpal Tahim has resigned from the Board of Trustees. Kirpal has been a member of our Board for five years and also served as a member of the Welfare Fund Committee for three years. I’d like to thank him for the time and support he has given the Board and CIEH.
I’d like to formally welcome Mark Elliott, our President, to the Board. Whilst Mark has been attending the Board meetings in an observer role, his term formally started on 1 January. It’s great to have him on board in his full capacity as a Trustee.
On 8 January we held an additional Board meeting to discuss items which needed progression and decision, ahead of our Board meeting scheduled on 30 January. The monthly diarised Board meetings are already pretty busy. So, thank you to the Trustees for giving your time.
At this meeting we discussed the following:
In terms of other areas of work, I am very pleased that we will be meeting with REHIS representatives in February to consider how we can start working together in the future. Thank you to REHIS for this opportunity to develop a closer working relationship.
Mark and myself attended a meeting of the Association of Chief Environmental Health Officers and updated them on the Board’s work so far since the appointment of the new Trustees.
Mark and I are looking forward to taking part in a CIEH Conversations: meet the leaders event being held on Wednesday 14 February. This is an opportunity for CIEH members to engage with the CIEH leadership team and ask any questions. I hope to see many of you there.
In relation to the Motions supported by Members at the AGM we have made some progress, but there is more work to be done.
I want to finish with an apology to members. I'm sorry that we did not respond within the agreed timescale to the motions in relation to Board’s declaration of interests and details of consultants. There have been some significant matters for the Board to consider, some of which have been unforeseen such as ensuring the interim arrangements were in place for the Chief Executive post, and also financial and property matters. This meant the motions had to be deferred on the Board’s agenda. I know these are important to both Trustees and members and we have provided an initial response to the proposer and seconder, they have given us some feedback which we are now considering.
We will of course give a full update on the progress of the motions at the next AGM which will be held on 28 June.
As always, you can get in touch with myself by emailing [email protected].