Pest Control News congratulates Graham Jukes on his OBE in the New Year’s Honours

Graham Jukes has been awarded an OBE in the New Years’ Day Honours.

The CIEH have issued a press release as follows:

Graham Jukes, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) since 2000, has been awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Years Honours list for services to environmental health in the UK and overseas.

Under his leadership, the CIEH has played a critical role in influencing campaigns to address public health issues such as smoke free workplaces and tobacco control, sunbed use, emergency preparedness, food safety, nutrition and obesity, climate change and sustainable development, contaminated land, noise control, public health infrastructure, disease control and international health.

A world expert in the control of pest-borne diseases, Graham played a pivotal role in the publication of the landmark World Health Organization (WHO) document Public health significance of urban pests, alerting governments to the importance of pest control in preparing for emerging diseases.

A passionate campaigner on the public health implications of climate change, he has lead the transformation of the CIEH’s headquarters into a beacon for sustainability, commissioned major pieces of research on global warming and organised a number of high profile conferences and events.

On an international level Graham has promoted the ‘environmental health message’ from as far afield as Mongolia and China and throughout Europe. His expert knowledge and expertise across all the main areas of environmental health has resulted in him being a regular speaker at high profile conferences both at home and abroad.

Commenting, Graham Jukes, said:

“I am honoured and delighted that my service and commitment to environmental health has been recognised with an OBE.

“For the past 25 years, while at the CIEH, I have worked hard to position the environmental health profession at the very heart of the public health agenda. A major achievement for me has been that environmental health remains such an essential and vital force in ensuring health and wellbeing and reducing health and social inequalities.

“In addition, I am very proud that as an organisation the CIEH has succeeded in ensuring our members have the right skills to be flexibly employed in the private, public and non-profit sectors where they are making a positive and highly regarded contribution.

“I could not have achieved that without the support from my excellent colleagues at the CIEH, past and current Presidents, Chairs and Trustees and of course without the support from my family.”

Adding, Andy Statham Chair of the CIEH Board of Trustees said:

“I know that every one of our members, and all those who work with Graham, will join me in congratulating him on this wonderful news. His OBE represents much deserved recognition for his many years of dedication to the profession. He has and continues to lead us successfully through some extremely challenging times and his record of achievement is outstanding. This is a rich and fitting honour to a man who has lead the profession for so many years and been part of the development of all the key legislative instruments currently in place for all aspects of environmental health.”

The award of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire awarded by the Queen is in recognition of his outstanding service to the public through the environmental health profession and the role he has played in improving environmental health conditions both nationally and internationally over an environmental health career spanning 43 years.