George Fairgrieve, a long standing member and Fellow of the Institute, has rounded off an eventful 2012 by being awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List. Prior to his retirement as Food and Safety Manager with East Lothian Council, after 42 years of service, in August George stood down as the Chairman of the Scottish Food Law Enforcement Committee (SFELC). During his tenure as SFELC Chairman George oversaw the development and strengthening of the committee and it is now widely respected and envied across the UK . SFELC is a true liaison committee with all food sectors represented and contributing to formulation of workable policy, good guidance and an excellent sounding board for all food issues. George was also elected to the Institute’s Council at its Annual General Meeting in November. The Institute offers its hearty congratulations to George and its best wishes to him and to his family.

Tom Bell

Chief Executive

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland