CIEH announces new group of Vice Presidents

19 July 2021, Ross Matthewman

CIEH has today announced a new group of Vice Presidents spanning politics, public health, local government, and academia.

CIEH's Vice Presidents support the charity and play a key role in helping to guide the organisation’s activities. The new group of Vice Presidents will be involved in some of CIEH’s major campaigns going forwards as we look to improve housing standards, promote food safety, enhance our environment, and protect the Nation’s public health.

CIEH’s new group of Vice Presidents include:

  • Dr Stephen Battersby MBE - Visiting senior fellow at the Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health
  • Christopher Brereton OBE – Welsh Food Advisory Committee member and former Chief Environmental Health Officer for Wales
  • Karen Buck MP – Labour Party MP for Westminster North
  • Professor Christopher Elliott OBE  - Professor of Food Safety at Queen's University, Belfast
  • Baroness Ilora Finlay – Crossbench Member of the House of Lords
  • Professor Tim Lang – Professor Emeritus of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy
  • Jim McManus – Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire County Council/Population Health Management Lead, Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System and Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire
  • Geoffrey Podger CB – Former Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive, the European Food Safety Agency, and the Food Standards Agency
  • Sarah Veale CBE – Former Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the Trades Union Congress (TUC)
  • Joan Walley – Chair of the Midlands Regional Greener NHS Delivery Board, former chairman of the Aldergsate group and former Labour Party MP for Stoke on Trent North

The new group of Vice Presidents will also work to promote the vital role of environmental health across our country and to highlight the essential role played by environmental health professionals in our communities.

Julie Barratt, CIEH President, said:

“We are delighted to announce this new group of Vice Presidents and welcome them into CIEH. Each and every one of them brings a rich and unique experience and will lend valuable insight to our work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the importance of environmental health and CIEH is already working hard on ensuring that this is acknowledged and reflected at the highest levels.

Having these new Vice Presidents involved with our activities will be a very positive boost.”

Dr Phil James, CIEH Chief Executive, Said:

“I am very pleased to be able to welcome our new Vice Presidents.

This new group is drawn from a range of backgrounds and experience. Being able to work closely with people heralding from politics, academia, public health, and local government, will strengthen CIEH as an organisation.

I am looking forward to working with them all as we continue with our efforts to promote the vital role of environmental health and the wonderful work of our members.”

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