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December 1, 2021

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International Rising Star

Finalists announced for SHP’s Rising Star International

The SHP Awards judging panel has selected three finalists for SHP’s Rising Star International.

SHP Awards - Rising Star SquareSHP’s Rising Star Awards commend young health & safety professionals showing drive and determination in the early stages of their careers. The awards are open to anyone under the age of 30.

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

Rising Star International celebrates health & safety professionals under the age of 30, across all sectors, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing from across the globe.

The winners will be announced in mid-December.

The finalists are:

Badar Kareem, Head of HSE and Quality, Gerry’s dnata 

Badar KareemBadar is a methodical and solution-oriented Health Safety Environmental Quality Management Professional, with over eight years of diverse experience in leading multinational companies. Currently, he heads HSEQ function for Gerry’s dnata(Gd).

He recently represented Gerry’s dnata at the 7th International Environment, Health & Safety Awards, where he received an award for industry-leading health & safety risk assessment and control procedures. This achievement was unique across the aviation sector in Pakistan.

Badar has been instrumental in managing HSE for Gd, and actively elevating HSE culture in the organisation. Under SMS, which was developed by him, Badar manages all safety matters, working on pillars of SMS which include incident management, risk assessment, inspection, and audits.

As member of IOSH Future Leaders Steering Group, Badar is expected to regularly engage with growing community of IOSH Future Leaders through creating and posting engaging social media content to build a sense of support and community, suggest content, write first-person opinion pieces, and advocate for IOSH and its activities.

Niamh Ferguson, EHS&S Engineer, Biomarin

Niamh Ferguson has been working in the Environmental, Health and Safety area since graduating with her degree in Public Health and Epidemiology from University College Cork in 2016. Niamh recently completed a thesis in psychosocial hazards for volunteer search and recovery personnel. This material has been fed back into the designers of the course curricula for the volunteers and will be utilised to ensure a better and safer working environment for the volunteers to ensure they stay safe in their efforts to find missing persons and bring closure to grieving families.

Working in BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. has allowed her to further expand her skills in the field and has worked in a number of cross functional groups to strive to go above and beyond in the environmental, health and safety space in her workplace and have a positive impact on safety culture at a global level.

Niamh regularly partakes in local community initiatives to improve sustainable mobility and to lessen impacts on community due to traffic and consequently decrease traffic safety risk. She also regularly gets involved in CSR initiatives to benefit the wider community such as safety in the home initiatives; wild flower meadows and area clean ups.

Shari Bowen, HSSE Officer, Massy Distribution Ltd. 

Shari Bowen

Shari entered the world of Occupational Safety and Health and hasn’t looked back. She began her journey as an OSH Intern with the Occupational Safety and Health Section of the Labour Department of Barbados and graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Master of Science in OESH in 2018.

Shari is currently the HSSE Officer at one of the largest distribution companies in the Caribbean basin and has been instrumental in developing and promoting safety and health. A Graduate Member of IOSH, of which she sits on the Executive Committee of the IOSH Caribbean Branch, Shari is fuelled by a personal drive to raise awareness about OSH.

Her role includes ensuring staff are not only equipped with the information needed to keep them safe at work, but also providing them with opportunities to increase their knowledge of the current COVID environment and how they can better manage their physical and mental health.

Through her social media platform, Women in Safety Caribbean, Shari promotes women who are leading the charge of safety and health nationally and throughout the Caribbean.

Click here to see the Finalists in SHP’s Rising Star Construction category.

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2 years ago

Welldone and Good luck to all Finalists!

Samantha Howatson
Samantha Howatson
2 years ago

Well done Danielle for your nomination in the Rising Star category this year; and a well deserved nomination it is! You lead the way for safety professionals everywhere with your ‘can do’ and wholly collaborative approach; a true inspiration to anyone in our field