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Directly elected trustees herald a more open CIEH

Stuart Spear11/01/2017 - 16:36

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Graeme Mitchell and Tim Nichols
Graeme Mitchell and Tim Nichols

CIEH members have for the first time in 60 years directly elected two new trustees as part of a series of reforms to make the charity more transparent and accountable.

All current members of the CIEH were invited to elect the new trustees by post or on-line with voting opening on 11 November.

The two successful candidates are Tim Nichols, the former head of regulatory services at Brighton and Hove, and Graeme Mitchell, programme leader for environmental health at John Moores University.

In the past the 13-strong board of trustees were either asked directly to join or were appointed through the Assembly of Representatives. Trustees are responsible for making sure the CIEH meets its charitable and legal objectives.

Mr Mitchell has been a member of the CIEH since 1988 with nearly 20 years experience in local government and 10 years in academia. Describing this as a period of ‘change and challenge’ for the CIEH Mr Mitchell said in his candidate statement: ‘I believe I have an insight into the concerns of current and future EHPs and how they would like to see their profession grow and progress.’

Mr Nichols joined the CIEH in 1981 and has worked in all aspects of environmental health within local government as well as having been a food microbiologist in the private sector.

In his statement Mr Nichols described himself as having a particular interest in the ethics of local authority services with a particular focus on improving air quality and using licensing to improve public health.

Under the new model six trustees will be appointed based on their skills and experience through an open a transparent appointment process. The other six will be directly elected by CIEH members while the President will remain as a direct appointee.

Voting for two further elected appointees will take place later this year in the summer with elections for the final two taking place in 2018.

Candidates interested in standing for election should look out for announcement on the CIEH website and in EHN.

‘Having directly elected trustees is part of a broader series of organisational changes that aim to make the CIEH a more relevant professional body and so I would encourage anyone who wants to play a part in both driving the profession and the CIEH forward to look out for further announcement of future candidacies,’ said Jon Buttolph head of membership and professional services.

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