Editor, Safety & Health Practitioner

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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
May 27, 2021

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The Rising Stars of health & safety

In episode 11 of the Safety & Health Podcast, we focus on the SHP Awards and hear from four winners, SHP’s Rising Star UK and Rising Stars in construction and manufacturing and SHP’s Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact. Hear some interesting and innovative safety ideas from the construction and manufacturing sectors and learn how the perceived negative of struggles with mental ill-heath, can be turned into a positive.

Safety & Health PodcastHear from Thomas Dunning, a Mechanical engineer at British Sugar, who is perhaps better known as the Mental Health Runner, an award-winning TED speaker, who shares his mental health journey explicitly to show the world that it really is “okay to not be okay”. Thomas was recently named SHP’s Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact, with judges highlighting that how Thomas has turned the negative of his own mental ill health struggles into a positive and opened the subject up to a much wider audience.

If you want to hear more from Thomas, he will be sharing his story at the Workplace Wellbeing Conference, from 1-3 June 2021. Click here for ticket information and to find out more.


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Then, we speak to Lucilla Cummings, HSE Improvement Specialist at Travis Perkins, who was named the winner of the SHP Award for Rising Star UK, an award which recognises young health & safety professionals, across all sectors, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing in the UK. Judges noted how Lucilla has made “rapid progression” through the business.

Next up, it’s PepsiCo EHS Specialist, Sam Watts, who was been named as SHP’s Rising Star in Manufacturing. Sam ‘fell’ into safety six years ago after starting a EHS temporary admin role whilst waiting to join the police force, but quickly realised her passion for all things health and safety. It was Sam’s response to COVID-19 that really stood out to the judging panel, as she helped implement additional controls to ensure the safety of not only staff, but also their families.

Last, but not least, Finally, it’s the turn of BAM Construction Training Managing Director, Matthew Durant, who was named SHP’s Rising Star in Construction. Matthew started BAM Construction Training in 2013, with the intention to make engaging and interactive courses which put learners first. His dedication to partnering with other construction companies to provide young people with work and educational opportunities within the industry was noted by the judges, who noted that he had a “clear emphasis on trying to help the wider industry”.

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Subscribe and tune in the Safety & Health Podcast to discover the latest issues facing the health and safety profession, and stay on-top of the developments affecting your role, from working at height, lone working and common workplace hazards, to safety culture, behaviours, occupational health and mental health and wellbeing.

Last time out, we focused on the latest health & safety legislation updates, particularly around returning to work and the coronavirus vaccination programme. We also heard from SHP’s Most Influential Person in health & safety, Hilda Palmer, and we dropped in some clips from a recent roundtable, hosted by SHP, about the role of smart PPE in protecting lone workers.

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Catch Thomas Dunning at the virtual Workplace Wellbeing Conference, from 1-3 June 2021. His session, Surviving the war against yourself, takes place at 10:00 on Wednesday 2 June. Tickets to the conference are £120 + VAT, with 20% of the ticket price donated to conference charity partner, Mind.

Other speakers include former No. 10 director of communications and strategy Alastair Campbell; astronaut Major Tim Peake; Mind CEO Paul Farmer; Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams; award-winning campaigner Tom Dunning; HSE Principal Human Factors Specialist Phoebe Smith; and many more.

Click here to see the full Workplace Wellbeing Conference agenda.

Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket.

The Workplace Wellbeing Conference is part of Safety & Health Expo and Workplace Wellbeing Show Connect 2021, your first major opportunity to come together with the rest of the occupational health, safety & wellbeing community online from 1-30 June. The month-long, online event will make it easy for you to find health and safety products & services, connect with suppliers and access thought-leadership content from your own home or workplace. Connect 2021 is free to attend.

Workplace Wellbeing Conference – Connect 2021

Taking place over three days from 1-3 June 2021, the Workplace Wellbeing Conference is part of Connect 2021, which runs online from 1-30 June.

Hear from 40 expert speakers, whose mix of achievements, experience and inspirational stories will help you deliver effective wellbeing initiatives in your business; support your colleagues; and support yourself. Expect a healthy debate in a truly interactive, online experience.

Speakers include:

Alastair Campbell, Mental Health Campaigner and former Government Press Secretary and Director of Communications and Strategy; Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind; Major Tim Peake, CMG; Amy Williams, former Team GB skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist; Tom Dunning, Mechanical Engineer, British Sugar and TED speaker; Phoebe Smith, Principal Human Factors Specialist, HSE; Nick Wright, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Vodafone; Karen McDonnell, Policy Advisor, RoSPA; Karl Simons OBE, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Leader; Heather Beach, Founder, Healthy Work Company;  Faye McGuiness, Director of Programmes, Education Support; Wendy Rose, Head of Strategic Relationships, Bupa; Tim Eldridge, Vice President, IOSH and Global Head of Health and Safety, HSBC; and more.

Tickets: £120 + VAT, with 20% donated to conference charity partner, Mind.

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