The board room at 19 Torphichen Street has formally been named the ‘Forteath Room’ in recognition of Bernard Forteath’ s outstanding and distinguished service to the Institute and the Environmental Health profession.
Bernard was a founding member of the Institute during its formation in 1982 before becoming President in 1987, 2006 and in 2012. During his time with the Institute he was also actively involved with the International Federation of Environmental Health, most notably as President of the IFEH in 2008. More recently, Bernard was presented with the Award for Meritorious Endeavours in Environmental Health at the Environmental Health Update in November 2021 marking his significant contribution to the improvement and protection of health and well-being in Scotland and overseas. This coincided with Bernard’s decision to step down from Council at the AGM to spend more with his family.
This truly marked an end of era, an era that the Council wanted to ensure was never forgotten. It is for those reasons, Louise Cunningham, President of the Institute, welcomed Bernard and his wife Linda, to the REHIS Office on Monday 23 May 2022 to formally name the room. Louise hopes that all colleagues, using the Forteath Room, are reminded of the high standards of professionalism, wholehearted dedication to the important work of the Institute and the diplomacy and constructive contributions to the world of International Environmental Health that is synonymous with the Forteath name.