Chief Executive Professor Richard Parish to leave Royal Society for Public Health
Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Professor Richard Parish is to leave his position at the RSPH at the end of June 2013.
Professor Parish commented: “It has been a great privilege to lead the RSPH and its predecessors over what will have been an eight year period and to play the leadership role in restoring the fortunes of the Royal Society of Health and the Royal Institute of Public Health. We now have an organisation that makes an important and meaningful contribution to public health. It has been such a pleasure to lead the organisation through the huge changes of the last few years and at a time of major reorganisation. I am enormously proud of the national role the RSPH increasingly plays on behalf of the population at large and the community of public health professionals.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the RSPH and it was not an easy decision to leave. We have major developments in the pipeline for the immediate future and I shall be remaining in post to see these through to fruition. These new developments will enable us to play an ever more important role across all the nations of the United Kingdom.”
Professor Parish will continue as Chief Executive until June 2013. This period will allow sufficient time to appoint a new CEO. After leaving RSPH, Professor Parish plans to pursue other professional and business interests.
Lord Hunt of King’s Heath, President of RSPH said: “I have known Richard in a professional and personal capacity for many years and have been consistently impressed by his dedication to public health, he has spearheaded some major achievements and has been an outstanding champion for the RSPH and public health as a whole. I wish him every success.”
Vice Chair and Chair-elect of RSPH, Dr Fiona Sim said: “Having previously been on the Council at RIPH, I have worked with Richard since the formation of RSPH in 2008. The merger was handled expertly and I have watched RSPH grow in profile and reputation under his leadership. I look forward to working with Richard over the coming months to see the implementation of recent developments on which Richard has led.”
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, RSPH Treasurer said: “Richard has been a vital asset to the financial strategy at RSPH, the decisions he has made have ensured the organisation developed into an organisation that is well respected in the public health world. Prior to RSPH, I worked with Richard at RSH and he has consistently proved himself to be an excellent Chief Executive and colleague and I am proud to have worked with him.”
Dr Selwyn Hodge, Chair of RSPH said: “During my time as Chair it has been a great pleasure to work with Richard. He was an instrumental part of the merger and without his vision and leadership the RSPH would not have achieved the success it has."
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Notes to editors
- The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
- The RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world and enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen
- It is a registered charity operating under Royal Charter
- The RSPH is an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. Around 100,000 students take our qualifications each year through our network of over 1500 training centres throughout the UK. Our qualifications cover areas including health improvement, food hygiene, pest control, health & safety, nutrition and emergency planning.
- The RSPH is a membership organisation with almost 7,000 members. Membership of RSPH is a widely recognised mark of commitment to public health and brings real professional benefits.
- The RSPH run a wide variety of conferences covering topics such as food safety, water, infection control and occupational medicine as well as training programmes covering all aspects of health improvement
- The RSPH run an accreditation service for health and safety related products and manage the second largest food packaging certification scheme in the UK
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