Meritorious Endeavours Award – Bernard Forteath 2021
The name Bernard Forteath is synonymous with high standards of professionalism in Environmental Health practice; with positive and proven leadership and delivery of the Environmental Health service within the local authority sector in Scotland; with wholehearted dedication to the important work of the Institute; and with diplomacy and constructive contribution to the world of international Environmental Health.
It was for these reasons and more that on behalf of the Institute, Lisa McCann was delighted to present the Meritorious Endeavours in Environmental Health Award to Bernard Forteath in acknowledgement of a long and distinguished contribution to Environmental and Public Health protection and improvement.
Bernard began his career in Environmental Health as a Student Environmental Health Officer in 1965, then once qualified, he worked his way through various positions to eventually Executive Director of Renfrewshire Council until his retirement in 2006.
A member of the Institute’s Council for many years Bernard was elected as a Fellow in 1985 and as an Honorary Member in 2001. He was a three-time President having been elected to the post in 1987, in 2006 and again in 2012. He was also elected President of the Scottish Institute of Environmental Heath (which pre-dated the formation of REHIS) in 1980.
On the international front Bernard has been one of the Institute’s three representatives on the Council of the International Federation of Environmental Health for many years, he was President of the Federation from 2008 to 2010 and its Public Relations Officer from 2010 to 2013.
Bernard was pleased and honoured to receive the esteemed award at the Institute’s Environmental Health Update on Friday 19 November. As part of the Working Group established in the early 1980s between the Scottish Institute of Environmental Health and the Royal Sanitary Association of Scotland to explore the possibility of merging to form REHIS, Bernard gave a fascinating presentation about the Institute, and on how we got to where we are today and the importance of being a REHIS Member. Thank you, Bernard and congratulations!