CIEH announces Sir Graham Brady MP as new Vice President

01 September 2021, Ross Matthewman

CIEH has today announced that Sir Graham Brady MP will be joining as one of its new Vice Presidents.

Sir Graham joins a new group of Vice Presidents spanning politics, public health, local government, and academia.

Born in Salford in 1967, Sir Graham was educated at Altrincham Grammar School and Durham University where he studied law. Prior to entering Parliament in 1997 Graham was Public Affairs Director at the Waterfront Partnership and had previously worked at the Centre for Policy Studies and Shandwick Plc.

Elected in 1997 to the Altrincham and Sale West constituency, Sir Graham has held a number of roles including opposition spokesman on employment, a whip, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chairman of the Conservative Party, Shadow Minister for Schools and Shadow Minister for Europe.

He is the current Chairman of the influential 1922 Committee for backbench Conservative MPs, having been re-elected to the role earlier this year, and also serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Board of The House Magazine.

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 now include:

  • Dr Stephen Battersby MBE - Visiting senior fellow at the Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health
  • Sir Graham Brady MP – Conservative Party MP for Altrincham and Sale
  • 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:

“I am pleased to welcome Sir Graham as one of our new Vice Presidents.

His extensive political experience and passion for improving the health and wellbeing of communities across the country will be a great asset for CIEH.

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.

Sir Graham’s support will be a real boost to our efforts.” 

Sir Graham Brady MP Said:

“I am delighted to be involved in CIEH. Environmental Health is key in our modern world. The past 18 months have shown us that health and wellbeing are more important than ever and CIEH will play a key role.”

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