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December 16, 2021

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Rising Star in Manufacturing and Rising Star UK

Cindy Bell named SHP’s Rising Star in Manufacturing and Rising Star UK

SHE Advisor at Greggs, Cindy Bell, won the judges over with her enthusiasm and commitment to improving working operations for employees, being crowned both Rising Star for Manufacturing and, subsequently, the overall Rising Star UK winner. Chloe Hughes, HSE Graduate, Rolls-Royce Plc, was highly commended by the judges in the Manufacturing category.

Cindy Bell

The SHP Rising Star Awards celebrate young, high-performing health and safety professionals. Some of the brightest, most passionate young stars of the profession.

Cindy Bell, was selected as the winner of SHP’s Rising Star in Manufacturing from a list of four finalists, by the SHP Awards judging panel.

Rising Star in Manufacturing recognises individuals in the UK manufacturing sector, under the age of 30, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing.

Cindy was also selected as the overall Rising Star UK winner from a list of 20 finalists.

Rising Star UK recognises health & safety professionals under the age of 30, across all sectors, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing in the UK. This is the highest award for young health & safety professionals.

SHP Rising Star is brought to you as part of the wider SHP Awards, which, for 2021, is in collaboration with Shirley Parsons, global HSEQ talent experts.

Cindy Bell is the Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Advisor for Greggs PLC. Based in the North region, Cindy provides SHE advice and support for both the Manufacturing and Logistics teams at Balliol Park – the centre of excellence for sausage rolls and pasties, and Gosforth Bakery one of UK’s largest doughnut plants.

Her enthusiasm for Health and Safety is demonstrated through her perseverance in promoting positive safety culture, while working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders.

Since joining the Greggs’ family in November 2019, Cindy has been actively involved in various projects including Balliol National Distribution Centre (BNDC), one of the few hypoxic high-bay warehouse facilities in the UK.

SHP Awards - Rising Star SquareThe facility showcases a fully automated system with a capacity to store 15,000 pallets of Greggs’ products whilst operating on a reduced oxygen atmosphere as the primary fire prevention measure. Her aptitude for change embraces the new cutting-edge technology in the industry, which provided her with the opportunity to work closely with various internal and external stakeholders in establishing a benchmark for a safe working procedure within the hypoxic environment.

Working alongside the Engineering team, she seeks to ‘bridge the gap’ between the conventional ways of operating and the change in risk that the new technology brings, whilst aligning operational requirements with industry standards and legal requirements.

In addition to providing support to the Supply Chain teams, she enjoys putting on her ‘auditor cap’ and conducting gap analysis on the pre-existing policies and procedures. Over the years, she has developed an interest in machinery safety, and is eager to expand her skills as part of her personal development.

On learning of her success, Cindy told SHP: “I am in absolute shock that I have won the Rising Star in Manufacturing & the Rising Star in the UK awards – it doesn’t feel real! To be nominated alongside such a fantastic group of young professionals is an honour & reading everyone’s bio’s has been so inspiring.

“I can’t put into words how happy & grateful I am to win the awards, all that I can say is I have a smile from ear-to-ear!

“I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone that has been nominated this year, I know it has been a tough year for a lot of people & everyone should be so proud of themselves.”

The judges were impressed with Cindy’s eagerness to engage colleagues through speaking to the HSE and changing their work patterns. They were also captivated by her passion for integrating new technology into the workplace, taking the time to learn about ways to improve operations outside of her set working hours.

Cindy is currently a Technical Member of IOSH, having previously been a member of the IOSH Future Leaders Steering Group in 2019-2020. Cindy is committed to continuously developing and expanding her knowledge within the industry and hopes to inspire many more young people to pursue careers in Health and Safety.

Rising Star Manufacturing Highly Commended – Chloe Hughes, HSE Graduate, Rolls-Royce Plc. 

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Chloe Hughes, HSE Graduate, Rolls-Royce

In the Manufacturing category, the judging panel also felt it necessary to recognise, Chloe Hughes, HSE Graduate at Rolls-Royce, as highly commended.

Chloe is a health and safety graduate at Rolls-Royce PLC, holding a BSc in Public Health and Nutrition and an MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

In addition to her current role, Chloe is the Rolls-Royce menopause lead, owning and developing the global menopause strategy and providing subject matter expertise on the topic of menopause. This year Chloe launched the ‘menopause microsite’, which includes the storage of the Rolls-Royce menopause guidance document, ‘how to’ guides to support conversations with managers, doctors and employees, a symptom management guide and a plethora of resources. In addition to this, Chloe engaged key stakeholders and appointed the Chief People Officer as the Rolls-Royce Menopause Senior Sponsor.

Chloe established Rolls-Royce Menopause Café and support group in November 2020. Having grown to over 100 global members, she has created a community of support, encouragement, and empowerment.

Judges were impressed with the significant impact that Chloe had made in a relatively short space of time, whilst also balancing her studies.

They admired her innovative thinking, turning a taboo subject into something that can be openly discussed in a male-dominated workplace. In the future, the judges believe that Chloe’s ideas will likely influence other businesses, across multiple sectors, to alter their approach to the topic.

Click here to view all SHP Awards winners for 2021.

Hear Cindy, and Rising Star International Shari Bowen, speak about their journey into health & safety, in this episode if the Safety & Health Podcast…

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