Lecturer in Environmental Health at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

During my time in Singapore I developed a good cultural awareness about the issues of course and syllabus development and delivery to meet the needs of different ethic and cultural groups.

I was responsible for delivery of all aspects of environmental health on the Diploma in Environmental Engineering course. The syllabus was based on Royal Society for Health Diploma in Environmental Health and was fully revised under my guidance to cater for the delivery of a local, modern environmental health service.

I introduced a new Advanced Diploma in Occupational and Fire Safety to meet the local needs of industry.

In conjunction with the local Society of Environmental Health I organised and delivered the first Advanced Certificate in Food Hygiene in Singapore.

Lecturer in Environmental Health at University of Birmingham

Course Leader for the MSc in Environmental Health and MSc in Public and Environmental Health Science programmes.

Course Leader for the MSc in Environmental Health and MSc in Public and Environmental Health Science programmes.

Personal tutor to all overseas students undertaking the above programmes.

Headed up the University’s Environmental Noise Consultancy Service.

Developed and led the IOA short course in competence in environmental noise measurement

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health at University Derby.

Academic Lead for MSc in Environmental Health

This was the first online qualifying Masters level course for environmental health practitioners to be accredited by the CIEH in 2003.

I am responsible for the development of innovative distance learning materials for the delivery of the environmental health programme e.g. computer based virtual inspections.

Your Thoughts About Online Learning

Online learning has enabled many to qualify as Environmental Health Practitioners who would not have been able to access more traditional taught courses. I have a real sense of pride with the course that I have helped to develop and the opportunity to interact with colleagues from all over the UK, the EU and the world. Online learning has opened up a truly global market.


Professional Memberships

Member of Chartered Institute Environmental Health (MCIEH)

Member of Institute of Acoustics (MIOA)

Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner (CEHP)

Member of IOA Environmental Acoustics Group

Member of Expert Panel Reviewing Code of Practice on Environmental Noise Control at Concerts


M. Phil (Civil Engineering) – University of Birmingham

MSc. Acoustics, Vibration and Noise Control – Heriot Watt University

IoA Diploma in Acoustics – Institute of Acoustics

B.Sc. Environmental Health – University West of England


Academic Publications

An Assessment of Occupational Noise Exposure Amongst Bar Staff Employees Working in Night-Clubs. Whitfield, A. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. Vol. 8 No. 3 1998

Review of Noise Act on behalf of Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Assessment of Noise Annoyance in Three Distinct Communities Living in Close Proximity to a UK Regional Airport. Whitfield, A. International Journal of Environmental Health Research.

International Journal of Environmental Health Research Vol 13 (4): 361-372 Dec 2003

Quiet Homes For London: Review Of Options. An Initial Scoping Study. Whitfield, A., Higgitt, J. and Groves, R. Greater London Authority 2004

Quiet Homes for London Conference Paper 3rd November 2005: Quiet Homes For London: Review Of Options. An Initial Scoping Study. GLA, London

MUSEHA Annual Conference, Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda. The use of online resources to deliver Environmental Health Programme. April 2012.


Research interests

Control of Noise at Outdoor Music Events

Investigation of Noise Annoyance around Birmingham International Airport.

Entertainment noise and possible health effects and nuisance aspects.

Consistency amongst noise enforcement officers when assessing statutory nuisance

Re-evaluation of noise levels from long established Noise Abatement Zone

Assessment of nuisance from amplified music at pubs and clubs 


I can offer consultancy in the following areas:

Commercial and Industrial assessment of noise impact including:

•             Noise from fixed mechanical plant installations

•             BS4142 (2014) assessments

•             IPPC permitting noise assessments

•             Construction site noise impact assessment

Leisure and entertainment noise assessment including:

•             Live music in a concert, or festival noise monitoring

•             Entertainment, or licensed premises venues such as pubs, bars, wedding venues, hotels and clubs

•             Clay target shooting

All aspects of planning and noise

Road traffic noise

Legal representation as Expert Witness

Statutory nuisance complaint investigation