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New CIEH president and chair appointed

Will Hatchett20/09/2017 - 14:57

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Dawn Welham and Siraj Choudhury
Dawn Welham and Siraj Choudhury

A retailing and food expert has been appointed to serve as the next president of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

With a 30-year career in retailing and management Dawn Welham, who will begin her role in January, is a specialist in business planning, change management, product integrity and development and global supply chains. She was formerly technical director of Asda-Walmart and a member of the BRC’s international advisory board.

A chartered EHP and CIEH member since 1987, Dawn is currently technical director at Authenticate IS. She took her environmental health degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and was an EHO for Wakefield MDC before joining Asda as an environmental health team manager in 1999. Holding an MSC occupational health and safety and PgDip in environmental health studies, she has worked across the EU and in the US, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia and China.

She says: ‘I am humbled and honoured to be named as the next president of my professional body, CIEH, which I have been a member since the start of my career. I worked for over 10 years in local government before moving to the private, so I have experienced both sides of the fence – regulator and regulated.’

Following Andy Statham as chair from next year, Siraj Choudhury, is a local government manager and solicitor with Spelthorne Borough Council. Siraj has served as an appointed member of the CIEH’s board of trustees since 2015.

Siraj graduated in law from Queen Mary, University of London completing his legal practice diploma at the College of Law, London. A qualified solicitor he holds a masters in spatial planning and a further diploma in local government law. He is studying for a distance masters in public administration (MPA) with the University of Birmingham.

Siraj said: ‘I first encountered environmental health issues as a legal aid housing lawyer, helping people who were experiencing statutory nuisance and disrepair. While for the legal team at Spelthorne, I helped EHOs to bring prosecutions on a range of environmental health offences. I also advised on licensed premises, taxi licensing, gambling offences, planning law and homelessness.’

Anne Godfrey, CIEH chief executive, said: ‘The new appointments will be of great benefit to CIEH as we move forward. Dawn brings a wealth of commercial and international experience and Siraj is a legal expert who has an extensive knowledge of environmental health. I look forward to working with them in their new roles.’




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