A Horsham man, who has worked in Environmental Health for more than 40 years, has become the president of the industry’s professional body.
Tim Everett, 62, has been appointed to the role in the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health last month.
His three main priorities for his three year term of office are encouraging research, promoting the values of environmental health practitioners to employers and raising the profile of mental health as part of public health.
The father of three, who is also a listener for the Samaritans and a Citizens’ Advice Bureau advisor, said: “We’ve tended to focus on the relationship between the environment and physical disease and overlook the mental health aspects.
“But it’s a reality that those living in low-quality and insecure accommodation, and the most polluted environments, are more likely to have mental health issues.
“One in four of the population will receive some kind of treatment for a psychiatric issue over the next year but mental health issues are still stigmatised.”
Qualified in housing, law and management as well as environmental health, Mr Everett’s last local government role was at Adur and Worthing Councils as strategic director. There he was responsible for services covering those areas of expertise.