Chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Graham Jukes OBE CFCIEH, has announced that he will step down from his post at the end of 2015 after 15 years at the helm of the organisation.
He will take up a new role as vice president of the CIEH at the beginning of 2016 and in the coming months he will concentrate on maintaining the momentum of the Institute as the process of recruiting a successor takes place. He has announced his decision now, to allow a smooth transfer of management responsibilities.
|Graham began his career in 1971 working as an infectious disease clerk in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham before going on to train as an environmental health officer (EHO).
He worked in all technical disciplines and a variety of senior management roles in two further authorities before joining CIEH in 1988 as under-secretary. His appointment with CIEH coincided with the democratisation of the former Soviet Union leading Graham to work closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for more than a decade,supporting the development of environmental health systems in a wider Europe.
In the UK during the same period, he produced the CIEH’s evidence to the BSE inquiry and worked closely with government to help introduce the Environmental Protection Act, Food Safety Ac and to implement government policies on health and sustainable development.
He was appointed CIEH chief executive in 2000. During his tenure he has led the changes in the governance of the Charity, increased CIEH engagement with partner organisations, worked with government in improving regulatory compliance and on better regulation strategies, supported the enhanced role of CIEH members in public health improvement and developed wider employment roles for members of the profession.
Graham Jukes is to step down form CIEH at the end of this year
|Last year, in the light of the recommendations from the Elliot Review into Food Fraud, he introduced on behalf of CIEH a new membership organisation aimed at supporting all those working in the food industry, The Institute of Food Safety Integrity & Protection (TiFSiP).
He represents CIEH as director or trustee of several organisations, including the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSCHR), Specialists in Land Contamination (SiLC) and the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH). Graham was elected a fellow of the CIEH in 1990, a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2004 and appointed OBE for his services to environmental health in the UK and abroad in 2014.
He commented: “After 15 years as chief executive, I have agreed with the trustees that we are at the right point in time to execute the planned succession strategy and for me to step down at the end of the year and continue into 2016 in a supporting role.
“I am leaving the CIEH at a time when the strategies for the future have all been planned and commenced and I am confident that my successor will be able to continue the good work of the CIEH, protect the interests of our members and drive the importance and relevance of environmental health in the 21st century.”
President of the CIEH, Tim Everett, said: “Over his 44 years in environmental health roles and his 28 year career with CIEH, Graham has made a substantial contribution to the organisation, to the profession, and to the wider public health arena.
“We will be working to make sure an equally high quality successor can take over the leadership of the CIEH from 2016 and beyond and we will be celebrating Graham’s many achievements later in the year.”