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Modernised CIEH board hits target

Katie Coyne27/09/2018 - 12:48

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Two new CIEH members elected to board
Two new CIEH members elected to board

A democratising overhaul of the CIEH board is complete following the recent election of two new members. 

Under the new system, board members are determined by an open election of the entire membership.

In previous years, there have been very few women elected to the board. However, the recent election has seen Jessica Tabois, environmental health technical officer at Westminster City Council elected, alongside David Newsum, freelance EH consultant.

Governance consultant Andrew Harvey advised on the shake-up of the CIEH election system. He said: ‘It means there are six on the board that have been elected from and by the membership.

‘Until recently people came up through the ranks. Now it doesn’t matter how old or how young you are, or where in the country you’re from.

‘The turnout rate, the proportion of the numbers of members voting was something like 18 per cent, which doesn’t seem a lot but in terms of member body elections it is - you never get into double figures.’

Under the new model six people from the membership will be elected by the membership on the 13-person board.

Completion of this recent election means that this is the first year the board has reached its full complement under the new system.

In the new model, a further six members are selected via an independent recruitment process and the president is selected by the board itself.

London based Tabois, said she was surprised to have been elected but added: ‘I put myself forward because I believe to have an effective organisation, you need representation from all groups. Through my years as a member of the CIEH, I have seen a predominant selection of men taking posts who have been in the industry for many years. 

‘As much as I value and respect and certainly look up too, many of them, I felt that the next generation coming through isn’t being engaged or necessarily regarded when it comes to changes. 

‘I don’t want to be a member that complains about issues, I want to be a member that helps resolve issues and finds solutions that fits everybody. I have been a member of the CIEH for nearly five years now, and I adore my profession.

‘I want to make sure that those coming through are represented and heard using my knowledge and experience of being a student, a single mum, having to beg for work experience, and getting a local authority job and working through my PPP.'

Manchester-based Newsum said: ‘Of course financial stability is critical for any organisation especially one with charitable status and a charitable mission.

‘Equally important for me is reputational stability, and the ability of the CIEH to attract a new and diverse membership while retaining the core values of environmental health.

‘Lastly, I expect to contribute to the trustee body as part of a team that has a formidable mix of expertise and skills, and I hope that those who voted for me will see that over the next three years. As they say, environmental health is always going through interesting times, and so is the CIEH.’



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