CIEH Year Ahead Conference


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7 December
London - 15Hatfields, London
  

Price
CIEH Member: £184 | Affiliate member: £284 | Non-member: £284 

CIEH is delighted to announce the launch of our annual flagship Year Ahead Conference: Regulation in a Changing World which will be held on Thursday 7 December in Central London. This year we are offering something new, with a jam-packed one day event programme and various workshop streams, where delegates can actively learn and participate in areas of focus of most interest to them!  

What issues will be covered and what will I gain from attending the CIEH Year Ahead conference?

The event will bring together senior stakeholders in both Business and Government sectors (local and national) to debate, discuss and develop future strategic plans for 2018 onwards, in a regulatory context. This intensive one day conference will then be followed by a festive networking drinks reception. By attending you will:

  • Explore the impact of Brexit on regulation
  • Discuss and debate the impact of the Cabinet Office’s Regulatory Futures Review
  • Engage in a ‘Question Time’ style panel discussion with high profile speakers
  • Be able to choose a stream of workshops to suit your role and strategic needs
  • Explore and debate the future for Primary Authority
  • Network with colleagues and industry professionals who will be exhibiting at the conference

Who should attend?

This one day conference is essential for those who work in Environmental Health and Trading Standards. Anyone interested in matters concerned with the regulation and management of businesses and communities, in order to deliver both environmental health and consumer protection should attend, including:

  • Directors and Senior Managers of both business and regulatory services
  • Local Authority Cabinet Members and Portfolio Holders
  • Senior Environmental Health and Public Health Practitioners
  • Senior Trading Standards Officers

The full programme and more information is available below.

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▼ Programme 

09.30   Registration 
     
10.00   Welcome and introduction
Chair: Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive, CIEH
     
10.10    Keynote Session: Implementing the Cabinet Office’s Regulatory Futures Model
Speaker: Jason Feeney CBE, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency

This session will provide an overview of the Regulatory Futures model; an analysis of what it means specifically for regulation going forward and will discuss how the Food Standards Agency intends to implement the model and its consequent implications for EH, Trading Standards etc.
     
10.45   Question time: Future of Regulation in a Post – Brexit World

Chair: Sarah Veale, Vice President, CIEH
Speaker: Graham Russell, Chief Executive, Regulatory Delivery 
Speaker: Leon Livermore, Chief Executive, Chartered Trading Standards Institute
Speaker: Jason Feeney CBE, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency
Speaker: Cllr Anita Lower, Regulatory Services, Local Government Association
Speaker: Ray Ellard, Director, Food Safety Authority, Ireland

This is a panel discussion and Q&A session that draws on the expertise of all the speakers in a format that follows the BBC’s ‘Question Time’ programme. The discussion will draw on issues outlined by Jason Feeney in the keynote but will go further to look at the implications for regulation in the short and long term ie post-Brexit. It is anticipated that Ray Ellard will set out some stark implications for the UK’s relationship with the EU in respect of food as a result of us following an assurance model.

     
11.45   Refreshments and exhibition 
     
12.15   Workshops: please pick one of four workshops

OPTION 1: Brexit and Food Control
Chair: Tony Lewis, Head of Policy, CIEH
Speaker: Prof.Tim Lang, City University, London

This session is an opportunity for Tim to work with attendees to clarify the implications of Brexit on food policy and the opportunity that Brexit presents to ensure that the UK develops a meaningful policy for food going forward.

OPTION 2: Brexit, borders & devolution: conundrums, challenges & consequences
Chair: Kate Thompson, Director, Wales, CIEH
Speaker: Gary McFarlane, Director, Northern Ireland, CIEH

This session will explore the profound implications of Brexit for the devolved administrations and will also look at the challenges that devolving key functions make to the Brexit process. The implications of the Good Friday Agreement in Ireland will be explored in detail.

OPTION 3: Impact of Sentencing Guidelines Changes
Chair: Leon Livermore, Chief Executive, Chartered Trading Standards Institute
Speaker: Kathryn Gilbertson, Director, (Regulatory) Greenwood Solicitors LLP

This session will enable Kathryn to review the recent changes to sentencing guidelines and to set out the implications arising from the changes and what these mean for regulatory professionals.

OPTION 4: Digital councils – what does the future look like?
Chair: Dawn Welham, President, CIEH
Speaker: Rob Halford, RHE Global

This session is from a digital and information management perspective. Specifically, Rob will look at how we could make better use of data and intelligence, share it more effectively and use IT systems to achieve this. Rob may use the FSA Regulating our Future programme as an example – with those engaged in delivering assurance to business being able to more effectively share their data with FSA and local government to enable all to learn from problems in one area and for that data to better inform FHRS scores etc. 
     
13.00   Lunch  
     
14.00   Workshops

OPTION 1: Brexit and Food Control
Chair: Tony Lewis, Head of Policy, CIEH
Speaker: Prof.Tim Lang, City University, London


This session is an opportunity for Tim to work with attendees to clarify the implications of Brexit on food policy and the opportunity that Brexit presents to ensure that the UK develops a meaningful policy for food going forward.

OPTION 2: Brexit, borders & devolution: conundrums, challenges & consequences
Chair: Kate Thompson, Director, Wales, CIEH
Speaker: Gary McFarlane, Director, Northern Ireland, CIEH


This session will explore the profound implications of Brexit for the devolved administrations and will also look at the challenges that devolving key functions make to the Brexit process. The implications of the Good Friday Agreement in Ireland will be explored in detail.

OPTION 3: Regulating our future and Primary Authority
Chair: Leon Livermore, Chief Executive, Chartered Trading Standards Institute
Speaker: Michael Jackson, Senior Business User, Regulating our Future Programme, Food Standards Agency

This session explores the FSA’s RoF programme and will look at the implications for Primary Authority that arise from it. Questions such as the relationship between assurance providers and Primary authorities and Competent Authorities will be explored.

OPTION 4: Digital councils – what does the future look like?
Chair: Dawn Welham, President, CIEH
Speaker: Rob Halford, RHE Global


This session is from a digital and information management perspective. Specifically, Rob will look at how we could make better use of data and intelligence, share it more effectively and use IT systems to achieve this. Rob may use the FSA Regulating our Future programme as an example – with those engaged in delivering assurance to business being able to more effectively share their data with FSA and local government to enable all to learn from problems in one area and for that data to better inform FHRS scores etc.
     
14.45   Refreshment break and exhibition viewing 
     
15.15   Progress to Partnership: The future for Primary Authority
Speaker: Graham Russell, Chief Executive, Regulatory Delivery
Speaker: Michele Manson, LGA
Speaker: Stuart Wiggans, Senior Director, Operational Compliance, ASDA 
Speaker: Christopher Dark, UK&I HSE Director, Service Operations, Sodexo

This session is an opportunity to not only review the PA scheme but to also look forward to how the scheme is likely to evolve in the future. It will explore the perceived and actual benefits that the PA scheme has and will continue to deliver for the consumer, business and for regulatory services.
     
16.00   Has Deregulation Gone Too Far?
Speaker: Polly Toynbee, Columnist, Guardian Newspaper (confirmed)

This session presents an opportunity for the high-profile journalist and broadcaster to set out her view of the regulatory world. Polly will undoubtedly make the case that de-regulation has already gone too far and is counterproductive for public protection, the economy and social cohesion.
     
16.30   Closing panel discussion and deliberation of conference outcomes
Speaker: Dawn Welham, President, CIEH

A wash-up session that draws together all of the themes for the day. The risks, the opportunities and sets out as positive a vision for 2018 as may be possible!
     
16.45 – 18.15   Festive drinks and networking opportunity 
 
▼ Speakers 


The following confirmed speakers will be leading the presentations, workshops and debates on the day:

 

Polly Toynbee
 
  Polly Toynbee, Journalist and Columnist, The Guardian
Polly is a political and social commentator for The Guardian. She previously worked as the BBC’s Social Affairs Editor, and has won several national press awards and the George Orwell prize. Her books include 'A Working Life'; 'Hospital'; 'Lost Children'; 'The Way We Live Now'; 'The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain?' (with David Walker); 'Unjust Rewards – Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today and Hard Work', and 'Life in Low Pay Britain'. Her latest book, (with David Walker), is 'Dismembered: How the Assault on the State Harms Us All' (2017). 
Jason Feeney 
 
Jason Feeney CBE, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency
Following the merger of The Pension Service and the Disability and Carers Service, Jason was appointed Strategy Director for the new agency. 2 years later, he was appointed its Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO and made a CBE in the New Year Honours List. Following a restructuring he became DWP Pensions Director, then DWP Benefits Director with responsibility for 22,000 staff delivering benefits worth c.£30b a year. Jason joined the FSA in January 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed CEO in April 2017. 
Tim Lang
 

 
Prof. Tim Lang, City University, London
Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London's Centre for Food Policy since 2002. He founded the Centre in 1994. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For years, he's engaged in academic and public research and debate about its direction, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the mixed challenge of being food for the environment, health, social justice, and citizens. 
Graham Russell
 
  Graham Russell MBE, Director, Regulatory Delivery
Graham Russell leads the efforts to improve the delivery of regulation in the UK within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In 2007, he was appointed to create the Local Better Regulation Office and develop the ideas put forward in the Hampton Report. In 2012, as Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Delivery Office, he took the organisation into a new era, joining the civil service and taking responsibility for policy advice as well as delivery. 
Leon Livermore
 
  Leon Livermore, Chief Executive, Chartered Trading Standards Institute
After 25 years in local government Leon joined CTSI as its Chief Executive in February 2013. He started his career in Kingston-upon-Thames as a trainee Trading Standards Officer. After qualifying he spent another 8 years working for Kingston before moving to Westminster, where he established 24 hour multi-agency in the West End. In 2003 he moved to Cambridgeshire and enjoyed a successful 10 years managing services such as Trading Standards, Waste Management and the Environment team. He finished his career at Cambridgeshire as Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities. 
Kathryn Gilbertson
 
  Kathryn Gilberton, Director (Regulatory) Greenwoods Solicitors LLP
Kathryn is renowned for her innovative approach that enables her clients to achieve their corporate goals without compromising their compliance strategies. She is a director and head of our Regulatory team. She advises international and national companies on UK/European regulatory issues, including providing advice on food safety, product liability, health and safety, environmental and corporate governance matters. 
David Travers
 

 
David Travers QC, Six Pump Court
David Travers is unique at the bar in being recommended as a leading barrister in the three fields of Health and Safety, Environmental Law and Consumer Law. He sits as a legal advisor to the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council and is an Accredited Mediator. David was a Member of the General Council of the Bar 1995 – 2000 and a member of the Law Reform Committee and the Bar Services Committee of the Bar Council 1996 to 1998. 
Ray Ellard
 

 
Ray Ellard, Director, Consumer Protection, Food Safety Authority, Ireland
Raymond Ellard is the Director of Consumer Protection at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. For 8 years he was Chief Environmental Health Officer with the Department of Health and Children. He moved to the then newly established Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) as Chief Specialist in Environmental Health, before taking up his present post there as one of the Directors. Within FSAI, as Director of Consumer Protection he is part of the Senior Management team and has held many responsibilities including service level agreements with official agencies. 
Anne Godfrey
 
  
  
Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health 
Anne Godfrey CCMI FCIM was appointed Chief Executive of CIEH in January 2016. Specialising in change management within the not for profit space she has a proven track record of delivering challenging targets while harnessing the skills, knowledge and passion of members, staff and external stakeholders. 
Michael Jackson
 

 
Michael Jackson, Senior Business User, Regulating our Future Programme, FSA
Since joining the team at the FSA in NI in 2002, Michael has been responsible for developing a wide range of legislation and policy in relation to food safety and food standards and in his most recent post had responsibility for oversight of delivery of food official controls delivered by district councils in NI. Michael has been involved with development of the UK’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme since 2009 and over the past 3 years led a project to make display of ratings at food establishments a statutory requirement in Northern Ireland. 
Dawn Welham
 

 
Dawn Welham, President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Dawn Welham FCIEH was appointed President-Elect of CIEH in July 2017 and following a 30-year career comes to the role with an in-depth knowledge of fresh food, grocery and retail sectors covering product development, store operations and global supply chains.
Tony Lewis
 

 
Tony Lewis, Head of Policy, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Tony ensures our Policy and Education team fulfil the objectives laid down by the Chief Executive and Board. This involves overseeing the development of policy covering all aspects of professional life in environmental health, including education and all the environmental health technical disciplines.
Kate Thompson
 

 
Kate Thompson, Director for Wales, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Kate joined the CIEH in June 2017 as Director for Wales. Prior to her appointment she was Head of Local Authority Support and Audit at FSA Wales where she led on the introduction of a new delivery model for animal feed official controls, reviewed the operation of the mandatory Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and oversaw the Smarter Communications project which transformed how the FSA communicates with local authorities in Wales. 
Gary MacFarlane
 

 
Gary McFarlane, Director for Northern Ireland, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Gary McFarlane holds a BSc (Hons) degree in environmental health and an MBA both from the University of Ulster. Gary was appointed as the Director for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in Northern Ireland in late 2001. As director he is involved in contributing to the development of healthy public policy working with government ministers and departments, local authorities, universities, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and the private sector. 
Robert Halford
 

 
Robert Halford MCIEH, CEnvH, BSc, MSc, Dip IOA
Robert Halford is the founder and Managing Director of RHE Global. Robert is a Chartered Environmental Health professional with 37 years experience in both the public and corporate sector. Robert has led RHE Global in developing digital technology for environmental health services in government and the private sector. Operating across the UK and Australia, RHE Global digital products have gained widespread recognition for their innovation and relevance to solving problems and improving citizens lives. 
Anita Lower
 

 
Cllr Anita Lower, Regulatory Services, Local Government Association
Councillor Anita Lower was first elected to Council on 5 May 1994 representing Blakelaw Ward. Following boundary changes in June 2004 Anita now represents Castle Ward. She has been a member of the Liberal Democrat Executive since June 2004. She was Deputy Leader of the Council from September 2010 until May 2011 and held the portfolio for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection. 
Michele Manson
 
  Michele Manson, Business Development Team Manager, Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards
Michele Manson is the Business Development Team Manager for Buckinghamshire and Surrey trading standards service. She is an experienced trading standards officer who now specialises in services delivered to support local and national businesses. Michele is credited with developing a modular package of options and establishing the Primary Authority service in Surrey. Recognised for her innovative approach, Michele challenges regulators to consider a more creative approach to addressing the needs of businesses whilst always remembering we are using these techniques to drive up compliance. 
Chris Dark
 
  Christopher Dark, UK&I HSE Director, Service Operations, Sodexo
Chris qualified as an EHO in the late 1990’s and spent the next 5 years working in Local Authority Environmental Health, starting in Environmental Protection before working in commercial food safety & health & safety enforcement teams. Chris’s operational experience and customer focus spans a wide range of areas the operations of Sodexo. They include Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Education (schools & universities), Sports & Leisure and Energy & Resources (including offshore). 
 Sarah Veale
 
   Sarah Veale CBE, Vice President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Sarah Veale was Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), where she worked since 1985. She was a member of the TUC team which negotiated the agreement with the CBI and the Government that formed the basis of the Temporary Agency Work Directive; she was also responsible for the development of TUC policy on employment law. Sarah was awarded the CBE for services to diversity in 2006. 
Stuart Wiggans
 
   Stuart Wiggans, Senior Director, Operational Compliance, ASDA
As Senior Director, Stuart has responsibility for Compliance within retail operations. This is no mean feat when you are working in a highly energetic multi-channel and multi-format environment with over 640 stores, 27 depots, 170,000 colleagues and serving 19 million customers per week. Stuart is also a member of the Regulatory Delivery Office Business Reference Panel and an active contributor on the benefits of the Primary Authority Scheme and the impact on business of regulatory change 
▼ Exhibitors 

RH_Environmental    Arcus builds innovative cloud-based products that help people doing the most important jobs to do them better. Jobs that keep our streets clean, our children safe and our communities thriving.
     
RHE Global    RHE delivers consulting, training and innovative technical and financial solutions for environmental and public health professionals, regulators and the people they serve. Founded by Robert Halford CMCIEH, MSc, BSc in line with his public sector background, the company is focussed on projects with a positive social impact.
     
Tascomi

(Silver Sponsor) 
  Tascomi are a dedicated team of individuals forging the future of innovative mobile working solutions. We have over 10 year's experience in delivering exceptional service and creating industry-leading web-based software solutions to help Local Authorities and Government departments throughout the UK and Ireland.
     
British Lion Eggs    British Lion Eggs is the UK’s most successful food safety scheme and is responsible for a drastic reduction to the presence of salmonella in UK eggs. Over 90% of UK eggs are now produced under the British Lion scheme and more than 130 billion British Lion eggs have been sold since its launch in 1998.
     
Kenyon Block    Kenyon Block Consultants provides recruitment services and business solutions to Government and private sector clients. We have a reputation for excellence and our vast experience in specialist sectors means we have one of the best databases around. This enables us to find the right people for our clients quickly and efficiently.
▼ Sponsorship 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of this conference provides your organisation a unique opportunity to engage with the leading stakeholders and show your support for the fantastic work of our sector, as well as great branding and networking opportunities.

We have various sponsorship opportunities available to suit organisations of different sizes and budgets. To discuss in more detail, please contact Paul Prior on 0207 8279 929 or email p.prior@cieh.org.

 

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