June 4, 2018

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Rising Star

Finalists announced for SHP Rising Star Award 2018

SHP is delighted to announce the finalists for 2018’s SHP Rising Star Award.

The annual award, open to anyone under the age of 30 and based in the UK, seeks to recognise the role that young people are playing in health & safety and acknowledge the rising stars within the new generation of health & safety professionals.

The list of finalists will be deliberated by a panel of experts, before the winner is chosen and announced at this month’s Safety & Health Expo.

Rising Star


Calum Brown HSQE Manager UK, ALE Heavylift

Calum challenged regional leadership within the organisation to improve health and safety and has worked with his regional management team to develop and refine systems regarding health & safety reporting culture. Calum took a culture where reporting was sporadic and lacking in detail due to issues like mistrust, lack of communication and training and poor access to systems, and within one year has raised the level of reporting by 450%, as well as improving the quality of reports. His hard work has created a sustainable reporting culture based on empowerment and engagement.


Adam Chambers Divisional Health and Safety Manager, McCarthy and Stone

Adam has produced procedures and training programmes for the benefit of trainees at the nationwide construction company, supporting trainees in and outside of his region. His work, says his nominator, has “drastically improved the company’s health and safety culture across the country”. His passion and enthusiasm has seen him promoted from Regional Safety Advisor to Divisional Safety Manager. Last year, Adam also raised funds for the company’s health and illness campaign through a charity bike race.


Charlotte Downs Interim Deputy Health & Safety Manager, University of Portsmouth

Charlotte has led a project to create and launch a new in-house online DSE safety training, as well as launching an online Fire Safety training course developed by a colleague. Charlotte liaised with course developers and ensured the content was verified by experts in the subject matter to enable launch across the university. Since joining the university in 2015 with no health & safety experience, Charlotte has completed her NEBOSH General Certificate, Fire and Safety certification and Diploma course, and has taken on management of the University’s National Examination Board of Occupational Safety and Health Centre.


Amber Dyson Conservation & Research Advisor, Zoological Society of London

Amber has applied the foundation of safety risk management in an innovative and effective manner for the ZSL’s overseas and UK projects. She breaks down health & safety myths to create a working environment where risk is properly appreciated and managed, growing ZSL’s network and sharing best practice. Her nominator said: “Amber is always mindful of our overseas cultures, personalities and the needs of our colleagues.” This included managing an incident in which four ZSL partners were trapped in their office for 36 hours under militant gunfire in Mozambique.


Viv Harvey Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Thames Water

Responsible for the delivery of all Thames Water Infrastructure Networks, Viv is oversees more than 2,000 employees, breaking ground over 10,000 times a month and, over the past year, has delivered a 20% reduction in electricity cable strikes, a prominent risk in the industry. Viv also supports the Catastrophic and General Risk Committee and Utility Management Working Group to provide a vocal voice for health & safety and drive improvements in buried service avoidance.


Louise Higgins Regional Safety Advisor, McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd

Louise has progressed through the company’s trainee development programme and has shown great enthusiasm in working to improve the safety culture in her region. Going above and beyond, Louise volunteers to assist with training and accident investigation as well as peer reviewing documents, contributes to forums and delivers first aid training, which is not a required part of her role. Louise has taken a determined approach to her professional development on own time, including completion of a NEBOSH Diploma and a level 6 NVQ.


Maeve Kenny Health & Safety Specialist, Crossrail

Faced with a team full of new members, Maeve led delivery of ‘Stepping Up’, a rolling programme of events designed to enhance health & safety throughout the Crossrail project, ensuring that the whole team was engaged and an innovative programme was created. Maeve “is an exemplar safety professional, a role model who has a wide breadth of knowledge and bounding enthusiasm”, says her nominator. With lots of team changes across Crossrail, Maeve has taken on the extra role of Health & Safety Information Manager.


Euan McRobie Health and Safety Advisor, BPA Services Ltd

After being elected to IOSH’s Staffordshire branch, Euan works closely with the management committee to organise events for professional seminars and development days for IOSH members, making sure he is heard despite his young age. In his own time Euan mentors others, assisting colleagues day or night. His nominator wrote: “Euan is working flat out encouraging young people to join the health and safety sector, changing and challenging perception. For such a young mind to have the forethought and vision for the future of a project and progression planning is amazing.”


Matthew Montague Regional Safety Advisor, McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd

Matthew has changed the safety culture in construction in McCarthy and Stone’s East Midlands Region by applying consistent standards, sometimes against difficult opposition. The new standards he has established have meant the region has gone from the company’s worst health and safety performers to one of its best. Matthew has volunteered to be the team lead for timber-frame construction, as well as lone working and has become the ‘go-to’ person for advice on these particular topics, delivering lone worker training nationally.


Jyssica Murphy Health & Safety Advisor, Torus

Since joining Torus last year, Jyssica has had an “amazingly positive” impact within Torus’s In-House Contractor Team, “proactively driving safety where previously there had been a high level of apathy”. Working closely with operational managers, she has revitalised the team, setting up new training programmes, developing SLAs, guiding managers through incident investigation and developing new approaches to health surveillance. Jyssica also delivers talks in schools about health & safety as a career and sits on the steering committee of OSH Future, a network for those new to the sector, as she aims to inspire the next generation of professionals.


Rebecca Purchase Health and Safety Advisor, Canary Wharf Management Limited

Rebecca works hard to break through barriers, learning as much as possible about the environment that work is conducted in, so that health & safety can be suitably adapted. Her nominator noted that she goes above and beyond, regularly spending extra time with staff to ensure they understand what they need to do and encourage them to follow the correct processes. Rebecca has supplemented her work by undertaking self-funded courses in fire safety, coaching for safety and, currently, an NCRQ Diploma.


Roberto Salamanca Head of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management, Catalent Pharma Solutions

Roberto has worked on large and small scale projects, both procedural and implementing systems to help teams carry out their work more safely. During the implementation of a confined space permit system used for the clearance of storage tanks and cleaning of internal structures, Roberto made sure that those who actually do the job were involved throughout the process and contributed their expertise. As a CMISOH he has contributed to wider industry discussions and coached a young safety professional in his first role. 


Laura Sayers Health & Safety Adviser – Fire Safety, University of Portsmouth

Laura started at the University as an administrator and through hard-work and various training courses has progressed to her current role in fire safety where she responsible for ensuring that the entire university campus is a safe environment, in terms of fire, for all students, staff and visitors. Laura also ensures that the whole university receives expert advice and up-to-date information. When the university needed a bespoke fire safety training packaging to comply with the RRFSO, Laura undertook a detailed project to produce the package and launch it to the workforce of 3,500 people.


Louis Simo Graduate Health & Safety Manager, Multiplex Construction Europe

Louis had an immediate impact upon joining the company last year, working on a large project in London with around 1,500 operatives a day. Senior managers attributed the marked improvement in statistics and culture to Louis’s initiatives, including a health and wellbeing challenge. This involved interested operatives being given a confidential wellness evaluation and healthy eating and exercise tips, with the three most-improved individuals after six weeks being given a £100 voucher. Louis has implemented situational workshops including all management, supervisors and operators involved, creating a unified vision within the team.


Kendelle Tekstar Product Manager, Acre Frameworks

Kendelle stepped up to fill in for Acre Frameworks’s founder during maternity leave, working with passion to ensure that the health & safety competency company maintained its momentum and evolved. A committed champion of improving non-technical skills, Kendelle has facilitated Acre’s work in learning and development and is already influencing senior leaders through her outreach and empowering of the next generation of health & safety leaders. Kendelle campaigns to end mental health stigma as a Time to Change champion and presents at a range of events promoting women in health and safety and other industry initiatives.


Paul Young HSE Advisor/HSE Technical Support for St Fergus Gas Plant, Shell UK Limited

Paul has, in the past two years, acted as the HSE Focal Point for three successful offshore platform turnarounds, playing a pivotal role in a challenging environment by creatively engaging key stakeholders and frontline staff to deliver a strong safety message while understanding worker motivations to work in a safe and productive manner. Paul’s commitment to health & safety extends past his role as he is also actively involved in IOSH, the Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme (DROPS) Forum and Step Change in Safety engagement sessions. 


Joe Sennitt Health, Safety & Environmental Coordinator, Dovecote Park

Joe has taken a proactive role in assessing and engaging with each of the farming company’s 8 departments, adopting a collaborative approach to create strong working relationships with staff. He has recently persuaded directors to trial safer equipment at a higher price, which resulted in a plan to replace seven sawing machines to provide additional protection to operators. Joe has also taken on further study outside of work, and is currently working towards a National Compliance and Risk Qualification diploma in Applied Health and Safety.


Congratulations to all of the finalists. The winner will be announced in the Networking Forum at Safety & Health Expo on Wednesday 20 June.

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Kicada Renso
Kicada Renso
5 years ago

Jyssica Murphy for the win! 🙂

Jane Wright
Jane Wright
5 years ago

Yay – go Adam go. Good Luck