Getting To Know Tamara Sandoul
16 February 2017
As things continue to change at CIEH, we welcome a new recruit to the team. Let’s get to know her a little bit more.
Meet Tamara. She’s a Policy Manager here at CIEH, looking after housing and air quality as well as keeping an eye on developments in health and safety.
What is your background?
“I’m a Philosophy, Politics and Economics graduate from Warwick University. I have a background in health policy, having worked for the Department of Health, British Lung Foundation and Breast Cancer Now.”
What is your relationship to environmental health?
“I’ve previously worked on public health issues and also on air quality. At the British Lung Foundation, our team led on the campaign to ban smoking in cars carrying children and supported the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products.”
Is air quality the biggest environmental health issue facing the UK right now?
“Concerns about air pollution have been growing in recent years. 37 out of 43 areas in the UK are still breaching EU limits on air pollution. This has not yet been properly addressed by the Government and it is nearly impossible for people to avoid being exposed to pollution in urban areas. However, there are many other environmental health concerns, which may be more hidden but pose an equally big threat to public health, such as poor housing conditions.”
If you were Mayor of London, what would be your first policy?
“I would look more closely at the private rented sector to see whether conditions could be improved for tenants, perhaps as part of the extra powers for devolution of the capital. I would also look at tackling air pollution by taking older and more polluting vehicles off the road and protecting schools in the worst affected areas.”
When she’s not working, one of Tamara’s passions is making ceramics.
“I tried my hand at it years ago and have been completely hooked ever since! This is the one hobby that has stuck with me and will continue to be a part of my life for years to come.” Her favourite place to visit is Rome: “It’s a fantastic city to visit – lots to see, lots of amazing food and lots of sunshine.”
What are you looking forward to getting stuck into at the CIEH?
“I look forward to meeting all of our stakeholders and setting up expert panels and communities for each of our policy areas, so that our members can get more involved in our policy work going forward. I would also like to make the work of environmental health officers better understood outside of the profession, so that the general public is more aware of the great work being done across the country to protect the nation’s health.”
To find out more about Tamara's work, take a look at our policy pages.
A Jersey Expedition
9 February 2017
Last month, our Chief Executive, Anne Godfrey, along with our president, Tim Everett, spent two days in the Bailiwick of Jersey.
The visit aimed to unite the CIEH with current and past members of the Environmental Health team out there. Whilst we revealed our plans for the CIEH this year, Tim and Anne were able to find out just how Jersey carries out the Environmental Health function. Being well aware that Jersey is a self-governing parliamentary democracy outside of the UK and the European Union – and so it may write its own legislation – both visitors were eager to see how this independence from UK law has allowed the island to develop an agility and robustness in its Environmental Health law-making.
Senior managers from the Environment Ministry and several retired CIEH members spent time with Tim and Anne, who both received presentations on the Environmental Health function in Jersey, Environmental Policy, Public Health Policy and Housing Policy. These were given by senior officials from 3 different Ministries and including the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Jersey.
Tim and Anne also met with The Minister for the Environment, whose responsibilities include Environmental Health, as well as a whole host of other senior Jersey politicians. Next, a trip to the newly refurbished desalination plant provided some light relief from a very busy schedule.
Lastly, the newest member of the environmental Health team in Jersey, Felicity Guest, was presented with her EHRB certificate by Tim. Felicity is the first Jersey-born Environmental Health Officer to join the team for some time.
On behalf of Tim and Anne, we’d like to thank Jersey’s Environmental Health team for their hospitality and generousness.