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Members at heart of charity say new CIEH directors

Stuart Spear23/11/2016 - 15:15

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Richard Ashton and Debbie Wood
Richard Ashton and Debbie Wood

The appointment of two new directors at the CIEH has heralded an organisational shake up with a doubling of staff responsible for membership services.

The two new appointees are Debbie Wood, who will serve as executive director of membership and professional services, and Richard Ashton appointed as executive director commercial services.

To reflect the prioritisation of members under CIEH’s strategic program staff numbers focusing on membership services are set to increase from three to six. Debbie’s directorate will include membership services, policy, eternal affairs, education and member engagement.  

‘I want to make sure that membership is placed at the heart of the organisation,’ said Debbie. ‘I will be looking to draw on the skills, experience and knowledge of our membership to help achieve change and increase the voice and visibility of the organisation.

‘What we achieve is to the benefit of members but it will be the members that drive those achievements.’

Debbie joins the CIEH from the Society of Local Government Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace) where she was group director responsible for membership, events, organisational management and relationships with business and voluntary sector partners.

She previously worked for the Association of District Councils, the Local Government Association and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Richard’s responsibility at the CIEH will be the strategic development and delivery of CIEH’s income targets.

‘I am looking forward to delivering a commercial strategy informed by the knowledge and experience of our members,’ said Richard. ‘By putting members at the forefront of commercial decisions we will be able to deliver products and services that are relevant and attractive but more importantly raise professional standards.’

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 as executive director of Imperial War Museums (IWM) Duxford and as commercial director at The Caravan Club.

Commenting on the appointments CIEH chief executive Anne Godfrey 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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