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November 24, 2005

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IOSH is an organisation that’s changing fast — and one of the key changes has been the way in which the Institution is governed. With the appointment of the first-ever Board of Trustees, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to the 12 members of the Board over the next few months. There are some familiar faces, but some who might not be so familiar.

Shahana Mirza (Corporate Member)

Shahana Mirza is a corporate member of IOSH and currently works as section head of engineering safety at Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, based in Reading. Shahana is responsible for managing a team of safety engineers, who provide support for the design of process plants around the world.

Shahana has 10 years’ engineering experience and is a specialist in high-hazard installations. She has previously worked for BASF plc and Smith & Nephew Medical Ltd.

A chartered chemical engineer, Shahana actively promotes the engineering profession and has presented at the British Association Festival of Science and at the IChemE Hazards conference. She also sits on the Engineering Council UK Board.

Speaking about her new role, Shahana said: “My aim is to maintain the high standards within the health and safety profession. Hence I applied to the IOSH Board in order to support the work of the Institution.

“I hope that my interest, background and international experience in health and safety, primarily in the design phase, but also in operations, maintenance and commissioning of process plants will complement the diverse range of industries that IOSH represents.”

David Graham (Independent)

David Graham is currently employed as a business excellence facilitator with Landis and Gyr, based in Cheadle. Prior to this, he was head of manufacturing for Ilford Ltd, where he was responsible for the strategic management and day-to-day operations of production, health and safety, engineering, technical development and site facilities.

It was while holding this position that David developed and implemented Total Quality Methods, which became a benchmark in the DTI ‘Inside UK Enterprise’ scheme and also received the RoSPA President’s Award and CIA Diamond Award for health and safety over many years. David also personally featured in the Manufacturing Foundation’s ‘Lessons in lean’ case studies in 2004.

Prior to joining Ilford Ltd in 1985, David worked for Kodak. He is a member of the Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA) and holds a BSc in chemistry.

On his new role with IOSH, David said: “My interest in the role was generated by the history of high health and safety performance at Ilford and by my conviction that good health and safety management is an enabler for good commercial performance, and the aim for zero defects is good for business.”

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