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November 23, 2017

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IOSH new president: health and safety “makes good business sense”

Incoming president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Craig Foyle, said occupational health and safety “makes good business sense” as this year’s annual IOSH conference came to a close this week.

(Image: incoming IOSH president, Craig Foyle)

Foyle, who has now become the 51st president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), also said that the institution needed to work together as ‘one team’.

He said: “To drive IOSH forward, we need to work together as one team – members, volunteers and staff.

“I want us to engage with all our stakeholders – members, business, trade associations, governments and other interested parties – to make everyone realise that health and safety makes good business sense.”

Work 2022

Foyle’s term coincides with the delivery of the institution’s five-year Work 2022 strategy, which is formed of three pillars:

  • Enhancing the occupational safety and health profession
  • Building strategic partnerships through collaboration
  • Strengthening IOSH’s influence and impact globally

He is the director of Foyle Safety and Management, a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (CFIOSH); a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (FIIRSM); an Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety (CMaPS) and a Practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (PIEMA).

He has been involved in construction for over twenty years, working in estimating and management roles before moving into SHEQ management in 1998.

He said: “Being involved at various levels has enabled me to understand issues affecting the Institution and members as a whole. Furthermore, I have also realised how important it is for everyone to work together to achieve the desired goals.

“I am extremely honoured to be able to represent IOSH as President. This is a very exciting and pivotal time for our profession.

“We are, of course, all working towards the same goal of making the world of work safe and healthy so I am really looking forward to seeing how much we can achieve together as a team over the next year.”


At the conference, Foyle’s predecessor Graham Parker was confirmed as immediate past-president, and Dr Vincent Ho took up the role of president-elect. Ho will succeed Foyle as president in September 2018.

Jonathan Hughes, James Quinn and Louise Hosking were confirmed as vice-presidents and will support the president in office alongside Parker and Ho.

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