SHP Debates

Join the SHP Debates and celebrations at Safety & Health Expo 2017

Head of Content - SHP and Safety & Health Expo, UBM

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Charlotte Geoghegan is Head of Content for UBM’s Protection & Management portfolio, which includes SHP, Safety & Health Expo, IFSEC, FIREX, Facilities Show and Field Service Management Expo.

May 15, 2017

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Health and safety experts to debate industry hot topics at Safety & Health Expo 2017

New for 2017, the SHP Debates will be taking place live in the Keynote Theatre (sponsored by Honeywell) on 20, 21st and 22nd of June.

The debates will cover issues such as building a safety culture, mental health, plugging the skills gap, sentencing guidelines and the impact of Brexit.

The mental health debate will include a special appearance from double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, who will be sharing her experiences as someone who has coped with her own issues.

The full programme is below. Register here for your free ticket.


Debate 1: Different approaches to safety culture Tuesday 20th June, 10.30am

  • Karl Simons, Head of Health, Safety, Security & Wellbeing, Thames Water
  • Nick Bell, Managing Director, Nick Bell Risk Consultancy
  • Paul Bizzell, Operations Director, RM OCAID
  • John Green, HSE Director, Laing O’Rourke
  • Steve Hails, Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Tideway
  • Ruth Gallagher, Safety Improvement Director, Heathrow


Debate 2: How to address mental health in the workplace and why it’s so important Tuesday 20th June, 12.40pm

  • Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland
  • Dame Kelly Holmes, Double Olympic Champion
  • Dr Carolyn Yeoman, Principal Organisational Psychologist, HSL
  • Dave Lee, Building Site to Boardroom
  • Mary Lawrence, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP
  • Martin Coyd, Head of Health & Safety – Construction, Mace

Debate 3: Transforming health & safety: filling the skills gap  Wednesday 21st June, 10.30am

  • Ruth Denyer, Group Head of Health, Safety and Insurance Risk Management, ITV
  • Anna Keen, Director, Acre
  • Heather Beach, Founder and Managing Director, The Healthy Work Company


Debate 4:  Impact of outsourced FM on Health & Safety  Thursday 22nd June, 10.30am

  • Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal, Solicitor, Director, Turnstone Law
  • Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health, Safety and Security, Land Securities


Debate 5:  Sentencing Guidelines Thursday 22nd June, 12.45pm

  • Michael Appleby, Partner, Fisher Scoggins Waters
  • Gary Rubin, Partner, Head of Regulatory Team, Blackfords LLP
  • Helen Devery, Partner and Head of Health and Safety, BLM


Debate 6: Impact of Brexit on FM and OSH Thursday 22nd June, 14.45pm

  • Jon Hughes, Associate Director, SHEQ North, Turner & Townsend
  • Lyn Dario, Partner, Head of Environmental & Regulatory, Schulmans
  • Paul Almond, Professor of Law, University of Reading


Don’t miss: SHP’s celebration of talent and diversity in health and safety

When we’re not busy debating, we are looking forward to meeting readers for an afternoon of thought-provoking talks, award presentations and networking to a background of drinks and a live band.

SHP will be taking over the Safety & Health Expo keynote arena for Wednesday 21st afternoon, and you are all invited.

Kicking off with SHP Women in Safety  at 14.15 for a keynote address, we will then announce the winners of SHP Rising Star and Most Influential at 15.15.

The awards presentations will be followed by a prosecco-fuelled networking reception with music courtesy of The Diamond Boys.

To register for Safety & Health Expo click here.

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Nigel Dupree
I see no ship, where is the debate on ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’ (CVS) or Screen Fatigue or, even the wider subject of Work Exposure Limits (WEL ISO 45001) ??? If, sustainable, let alone optimal performance and productivity is going to be critical to UK conservation or consolidation of any recovery of lost productivity due to MSD’s and Wellbeing or work-related physical and/or Mental Health risks founded in Fatigue then, surely a discussion surrounding work “exposure limits to stressors” should be on the agenda? HSL busy working on the subject, EU countries ahead of us, with for example, the French already… Read more »
Ian Malone

The uk has found a more positive response , hopefully one that will bring long time results ,by simply stating that thoses responsible should be accountable .
The SHP web site has shown that Directors and Owners are now the ones that should be called to account , jailed fined or both it is the way forward , one castrates an aggressive dog , risk management is an admission of risk and a cost should be highlighted and apportioned when it is applied.


Still hoping that one day this will come back to the NEC Birmingham.