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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of Safety & Health Practitioner. 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.
March 6, 2020

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Safety & Health Expo 2020

Who is Major Tim Peake, CMG, inspirational speaker at Safety & Health Expo 2020?

The 2020 Safety & Health Expo Inspirational Speaker line-up has been announced. The show is held at London’s ExCel from 8-10 September. This year, the theme is health & safety is a team sport.

Major Tim Peake

Tim Peake, CMG, was the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS). Previously an Army Air Corp officer and test pilot, his work on the ISS and active engagement with the public back on Earth has made him a household name and role model to millions.

Having first flown as a teenager, Tim applied to the Army Air Corp and after serving on the ground in Northern Ireland gained his wings and served in search and rescue. He worked providing humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the Bosnian War, trained the first British Apache helicopter crews, and supported Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Following a distinguished military career and rising to the rank of major, and a period as a test pilot in the private sector, Tim applied to the ESA’s astronaut programme. Beating over 9,000 other applicants, he undertook a gruelling training programme that covered everything from living in Sardinian caves to spending 12 days underwater.

Travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz vessel, Tim and two fellow astronauts led the Principia mission, a six-month scientific research mission. Tim undertook over 250 experiments, a spacewalk to repair the ISS power supply, helped to dock two spacecraft, and piloted a simulated Mars exploration. Much of his mission focused on not just the scientific work of the ISS but in communicating it to the public. In regular contact via video and social media with Earth, Tim spoke to over 1.5million schoolchildren across Europe from 400km above the planet. He even ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and delivered a New Year’s message on the BBC.

Leadership and teamwork

In his speech, Tim will look at everything from the lessons he’s learnt about leadership and teamwork to the future of spaceflight. He will discuss control, risk, decision-making and performing in high-pressured environments and will consider the concept of ‘followership’, where individual skills and goals take second place to supporting the group leader. His talk will touch on the demands this places on two-way communication, problem solving, and the importance of understanding everyone’s role and strengths in order to be an asset to the team and to the leader. He will also share his thoughts on the future of medicine, science and space research; what it feels like to look down on earth and see its extraordinary beauty and fragility; how technology can both empower and threaten.

Tim is a passionate ambassador for STEM subjects, appearing extensively in the media speaking about the importance of science. In his book Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space, Tim answers all the most common questions on life in space, from the feeling of travelling at 8km per second to sleeping and eating in weightlessness.

Tim will be taking to the Keynote Stage at Safety & Health Expo. He will be joined at the show by fellow Inspirational Speakers, Alastair Campbell and Amy Williams.

To book your free place, click the link below.

Get your free ticket to Major Tim Peake CMG's talk at Safety & Health Expo 2020

ExCeL London, 11:30, Thursday 10 September

Be inspired by Major Tim Peake's fantastic voyage to the International Space Station, the rigorous preparation and training and the rigorous safety procedures that helped him get there. Go where health and safety has never gone before: get your free ticket today and secure your place at the Keynote Arena.

Major Tim Peake

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