About the network

What is the membership network?

The membership network is made up of regions, branches and special interest groups (SIGs). There are 12 regions which are based on the well-known government regions for convenience. Branches/subgroups are sub divisions within the region and reflect local need. Regions receive an annual funding allocation from us. Branches/subgroups receive their funding from their region. All members are allocated to a branch/region which they can change in MyCIEH.

Roles and responsibilities of regions and SIGs

The main functions of the region branches and SIG are stated within the region and SIG operational procedures.

The role of the region and branches is to provide a geographical identity and network for environmental health professionals as our members. The SIGs also act as a delegated committee of ours and have a dual role of representing the professional membership within their specialist area and acting as a delivery agent for our charitable aims and objects. This will include the opportunity for:

  • Networking and sharing good practice/experience/ broadening professional perspectives;
  • Co-ordination of local events and activity;
  • CPD/low cost events and other professional development;
  • Support for the consultation and contribution to policy at a local and national level;
  • Hub for local partnership activity with similar professional groups and stakeholders.

The operation of each region/SIG will be through a management board. The composition of the board will include:

  • Either one or two Assembly Representatives (depending on membership numbers);
  • Where there is an operational branch/sub group one member will be entitled to represent each branch or sub group;
  • Where there is no operational branch the management board will determine how members will be represented from the locality;
  • Student representative;
  • Other members as decided by the management board. Between two to four members can be self nominated from the general membership of the region to ensure a workable size and diversity of the management board. The management board may determine the make up of these additional places.

Regional management boards shall decide, though consultation with their membership, the nature of any subdivision into branches (or other geographical units such as hubs) relevant to the needs and geography of the area being served, and shall keep the nature of, or need for, subdivision under review. Where members are not served by branch or other subdivisions, the region shall remain responsible for service to those members. This may be managed centrally by the management board or take the form of email distribution to named co-ordinators as examples. SIGs do not operate through branches.

What is a branch and where does it fit in? 

There are about 50 branches (all operating at varying levels of activity). In practice, each branch may have between 70 to 350+ members, and members are a member of one branch only.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and North East regions do not operate a branch structure. In the London region there are optional technical subgroups, but no branch structure.

What do branches do? 

The main role that branches fulfil is to deliver local activity and CPD on ‘the doorstep’. They do also undertake other activities, but CPD is the prime role in practice. Their funding comes from their region.

Forming and running a branch committee 

There is no requirement to have a branch committee. Some of our successful branches work with just one person ‘co-ordinating’ everything. If you are the only volunteer in a branch there is plenty of support from HQ regional support to assist you, and your regional management board should also be able to help. However, the more support you can get, the less work there is to do individually, so we would strongly suggest you work with a small group of other volunteers so you can share the load. You may want to make it more formal and have a chairman, secretary and treasurer. Some branches have a full blown committee with several members, and have regular committee meetings. But remember that the main function of a branch is to deliver activity to all of its membership, on our behalf. So don’t let a branch committee be an end in itself.

CIEH Governance

The CIEH governance arrangements are designed to enhance the engagement and empowerment of members at all levels within the membership network.

Assembly of Representatives 

The Assembly of Representatives is our professionally focused forum designed to consider the current issues affecting the profession.

Mission and goals 

Read the mission, aims and objectives.

Complaints Policy 

If you wish to make a complaint, or are handling a complaint - please refer to our guidance.

Regional and SIG Vision 

Regional vision: To further develop regions to become a regional voice and hub providing the professional support structure dedicated to the delivery of environmental health solutions and the achievement of the charitable mission.

SIG vision: To encourage members in specialist areas to collaborate, develop their expertise, network, and inform and support the regional framework

What is Chadwick Court?

Chadwick Court is our headquarters in central London. It is home to the Chief Executive’s office and Executive Management Team and approximately 100 employees working across the organisation in the professional services (education, membership, accreditation, strategic projects and policy), commercial services (commercial, training products/services, consulting, international development), shared services (marketing and communications, IT, events, finance, HR).

Chadwick Court also houses the Library and information service for members and is where the Trustees and Committees meet during the year. There are rooms are also available to hire for the network at low cost (see event section). The library and information service is also accessible to members who cannot get into London, by speaking with our information officer.

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