Graham Jukes awarded OBE in New Years Honours list

Publication Date: 2nd January 2014

Subject: CIEH

Graham Jukes, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) since 2000, has been awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Years Honours list for services to environmental health in the UK and overseas.

Under his leadership, the CIEH has played a critical role in influencing campaigns to address public health issues such as smoke free workplaces and tobacco control, sunbed use, emergency preparedness, food safety, nutrition and obesity, climate change and sustainable development, contaminated land, noise control, public health infrastructure, disease control and international health.

A world expert in the control of pest-borne diseases, Graham played a pivotal role in the publication of the landmark World Health Organization (WHO) document Public health significance of urban pests, alerting governments to the importance of pest control in preparing for emerging diseases.

A passionate campaigner on the public health implications of climate change, he has lead the transformation of the CIEH’s headquarters into a beacon for sustainability, commissioned major pieces of research on global warming and organised a number of high profile conferences and events.

On an international level Graham has promoted the ‘environmental health message’ from as far afield as Mongolia and China and throughout Europe. His expert knowledge and expertise across all the main areas of environmental health has resulted in him being a regular speaker at high profile conferences both at home and abroad.

Commenting, Graham Jukes, said:

"I am honoured and delighted that my service and commitment to environmental health has been recognised with an OBE.

“For the past 25 years, while at the CIEH, I have worked hard to position the environmental health profession at the very heart of the public health agenda. A major achievement for me has been that environmental health remains such an essential and vital force in ensuring health and wellbeing and reducing health and social inequalities.

“In addition, I am very proud that as an organisation the CIEH has succeeded in ensuring our members have the right skills to be flexibly employed in the private, public and non-profit sectors where they are making a positive and highly regarded contribution.

“I could not have achieved that without the support from my excellent colleagues at the CIEH, past and current Presidents, Chairs and Trustees and of course without the support from my family.”

Adding, Andy Statham Chair of the CIEH Board of Trustees said:

"I know that every one of our members, and all those who work with Graham, will join me in congratulating him on this wonderful news. His OBE represents much deserved recognition for his many years of dedication to the profession. He has and continues to lead us successfully through some extremely challenging times and his record of achievement is outstanding. This is a rich and fitting honour to a man who has lead the profession for so many years and been part of the development of all the key legislative instruments currently in place for all aspects of environmental health."

The award of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire awarded by the Queen is in recognition of his outstanding service to the public through the environmental health profession and the role he has played in improving environmental health conditions both nationally and internationally over an environmental health career spanning 43 years.

Notes to editors:

  • The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 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
  • The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a leading provider of accredited qualifications in health and safety, food safety, environmental protection, fire safety and first aid and operates in 50 countries. Over 10 million people around the world from the UK to the USA and the Middle East hold a CIEH qualification
  • The CIEH’s clients range from small businesses to multinational enterprises like the Intercontinental Hotel Group. We work with governmental bodies in Hong Kong as well as international agencies like the United Nations
  • The CIEH’s 60 qualification training programmes are delivered through a network of over 10,000 registered trainers. The training is developed for the varied skill levels within organisations. They cater to different learning styles and preferences through a series of flexible structures. CIEH qualifications are valued and recognised throughout the world
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Additional and biographical notes

Graham Jukes is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) the professional and educational Royal Chartered body for the environmental health profession established in 1883.

After a local government career in environmental health commencing in 1971, Graham Jukes was appointed Under Secretary at CIEH in 1988 and later as Director of Professional Services took responsibility for all legal, technical, policy and educational matters for the profession. He was appointed Chief Executive in January 2000 and has led the CIEH policy and professional responses to all the principle legislative frameworks currently in place for Environmental Health. In 2003 He was appointed to the UK government sustainable development task group chaired by the Secretary of State for the Environment.

Following the democratisation movement in the 1990s in Europe he worked closely as an adviser, and consultant with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the introduction of environmental health solutions to countries in political transition. He has worked throughout the world in promoting environmental health solutions to improve the health of communities and is company secretary to the International Federation of Environmental Health, a federation of 42 professional organisations throughout the world.

Over his 43 year career he has held a number of key elected, volunteer and organisational positions within the environmental health community and has been at the forefront of the changes affecting the profession over the past 25 years.

On 31 January 2014 the book "Putting wrong things right" a history of the work of environmental health over the 60 year reign of Her Majesty the Queen will be published. A work inspired by Graham and featuring recollections from colleagues who collectively have increased life expectancy in the UK by over 11 years by the work they have done.

He holds five voluntary directorships in environmental health associated companies and organisations and is Chair of Governors of his local primary school where he has been a Trustee since 2008.

He was elected a fellow of CIEH for his services to environmental health in 1990 and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2004.

He is married to Barbara Jukes, who is also an environmental health practitioner, a psychotherapist, counsellor and NLP practitioner. His son Harry Jukes is a pupil of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hertfordshire where he is studying for his A levels.

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