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Charlotte Geoghegan is Event Manager for Safety & Health Expo, Workplace Wellbeing Show and SHP at Informa Markets. She is responsible for content, strategy and sales of physical events and digital products. She is also an active member of the Women in Health and Safety committee. Before Charlotte went into this role she was Head of Content for the Safety & Health Expo, SHP, IFSEC, FIREX and the Facilities Show. She joined Informa (previously UBM) in 2015. Charlotte has spent 10 years in media & events and her academic background is in modern foreign languages. You can find her on LinkedIn here https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlottegeoghegan1/
November 3, 2020

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SHP Rising Star awards

SHP Rising Star Awards

Are you a young, high-performing health and safety professional? Or do you know someone who is? If so we want to hear from you. SHP is searching for the brightest, most passionate young stars of the profession as we open applications for the Rising Star Awards.

SHP Awards Rising StarThe SHP Rising Star Awards programme is free to enter and open to all health and safety professionals under the age of 30 working in the UK. Brought to you as part of the wider SHP Awards, in collaboration with the HSE and IATP, it’s an initiative to celebrate young leaders and provide a springboard for further success.

Entering the awards

The entry deadline has now closed. Finalists will be annouced in mid-November.

Rising Stars 2020 comprises of three awards:

Rising Star UK: Recognising young health & safety professionals, across all sectors, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing in the UK.

Rising Star in Construction: Recognising individuals in the UK construction sector going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing. Every submission in this category will also automatically be entered into Rising Star UK.

Rising Star in Manufacturing: Recognising individuals in the UK manufacturing sector going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing. Every submission in this category will also automatically be entered into Rising Star UK.

N.B. In some previous years there has been a Rising Star International award for those outside the UK. From now on we will be working on a separate, larger campaign to celebrate international success. More details to follow in the coming months.

What do the winners get?

As well as a trophy and the kudos that comes with being named a Rising Star, winners of each category will be put on an exclusive training & mentoring programme. It will be made up of an online event with members of the London Directors Forum, who will speak about specialist health and safety topics. Plus four 90minute workshops focusing on developing soft skills, led by Acre Frameworks. The workshops will equip award-winners with strategies to embody a growth mindset, from understanding barriers that prevent us from embracing feedback to becoming a proactive self-developer. The workshops will be spread over several weeks to allow winners to put theory into practice between sessions.

Meet the judges

This year’s judging panel is made up of health & safety leaders, Rising Stars alumni and past winners of SHP’s coveted ‘Most Influential’ award. Hover over each their photos below to find out more about them.

Aoife Devaney

Aoife is H&S Advisor at St George PLC. She was a 2019 Rising Star finalist and impressed judges by promoting careers in safety to local school pupils. Aoife is also a member of the Women in Health and Safety Committee.

James Pomeroy

James is Global, Health, Safety, Environment and Security Director at Lloyd’s Register. He is a Fellow of IOSH and IEMA, and holds degrees in engineering, business management, environmental law and OHS.

Karl Simons

Karl Simons is Health, Safety, Security & Wellbeing Director at Thames Water. He was named the Most Influential person in health & safety in 2019 after effectively embracing technology and challenging mental health stigma.

Neil Pearson

Neil is Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Health and Safety Executive, where he works with colleagues to create the conditions to ensure that the UK’s Health and Safety workplace regulator achieves excellence in HSW.

Teresa Higgins

Teresa is Brand Director for Barbour EHS, an information service with content from more than 800 providers, covering health & safety, environment, FM and international legislation. She has worked for Barbour for 25+ years.

Chris Edwards

Chris is Group Portfolio Director at Informa Markets and is responsible for brands including SHP, Barbour EHS, Safety & Health Expo, Workplace Wellbeing Show, Facilities Show, IFSEC, FIREX and Tissue World.

Jamie Sutherland-Pownall

Jamie won Rising Star UK 2017. By 25 Jamie had an MSc in OSH, CMIOSH status and had been elected to IOSH Council. He also impressed judges by promoting the OSH profession in schools.

Louise Taggart

Louise is Director of Michael’s Story and a campaigner who was named the Most Influential person in health & safety in 2018. Her brother, Michael, died in a preventable workplace electrocution and her mission is to make the world a safer place.

Rachel Butler

Rachel is Group Health, Health, Safety, Sustainability & Quality Manager at DeTrafford. She was the youngest female to get CMIOSH membership, was a 2019 Rising Star finalist and is on the Women in Health and Safety Committee.

Wayne Williams CMIOSH MRICS BSc (hons) CoCA

Wayne is is the customer relations director on behalf of IATP.  He has 30+ years’ experience in environmental health & safety, training and asbestos management to UKAS standards.

Dr Dominic Cooper CFIOSH CPsychol

Dominic is CEO of B-Safe Management Solutions. He is an award-winning author, prior professor of safety and organisational psychology and he was recently elected to Council Membership of IOSH.

Jyssica Murphy

Jyssica is Divisional Health, Safety & Environmental Manager for Redrow Homes. She won Rising Star UK 2018 after proving how she drove safety forward in an organisation where “previously there had been a level of apathy”.

Matt Cryer

Matt is Standards Manager at RoSPA.

Rob Jukes

Rob is Health, Safety & Environment Manager at Wax Lyrical. He won Rising Star in Manufacturing and Rising Star UK 2019 after proving his dedication to inspiring a new generation of OSH leaders.

Paul Beaumont

Paul is CEO at IATP.


IATP logoAlong with the HSE, IATP have collaborated with SHP on these awards for 2020. Established in 2010, the IATP are recognised by the HSE, trade bodies, trade unions and industry for continual commitment and development for providing asbestos safety training and promotion of asbestos awareness across the UK.

IATP members are independently and regularly audited and their training materials verified to ensure that their training fully complies with the requirements of regulations.

Members provide asbestos training covering the whole of the UK and beyond. They work closely with industry to ensure best practice and compliance in asbestos knowledge and safe working practices and encourage the development of the safety training industry.

HSE-logoCommenting on the awards, IATP CEO Paul Beaumont said: “The IATP are excited to be sponsoring and supporting the SHP Awards 2020. The efforts of the SHP and organisations similar in role to the IATP is to help encourage, inform and promote best practice, development and commitment to the ongoing safety of those in the workplace and beyond.

“We recognise and respect all of those whose hard work and dedication have brought them to be nominated for an award, but strongly believe that the SHP Awards will help encourage people and organisation to strive toward stronger compliance and to recognise a clear commitment to health and safety in the current times and beyond.”

Click here to view all of the SHP Awards categories.

Words of advice from last year’s Rising Star UK winner Rob Jukes

“When I’m judging the nominations I will be looking for individuals who have clearly demonstrated the right attitude and dedication to succeed. From responding to challenges in the right manner and putting in the hard work and the sacrifice to better themselves and their organisations. I firmly believe the SHP Rising Star Awards showcase those who have demonstrated the potential and ability to be great, to become a future leader within the profession.

“When you look at past finalists, they have all demonstrated an ability to succeed within their role and have gone further by being involved in various industry schemes and projects. If you then look at the winners, they have demonstrated that they have a clear passion for the profession. That they really care for their employees and have put so much effort and hard work into helping the employees they are responsible for be healthy and safe at work and the organisations to which they belong succeed. For me they are people that inspire me and remind me how great this profession is.”

2019 SHP Rising Star winners

Robert Jukes – HSE Manager, Wax Lyrical – Rising Star in Manufacturing and Rising Star UK
Toby Cook – Health, Safety & Wellbeing Trainee, Lanes Group – Rising Star in Utilities
Brett Edkins – Health & Safety Manager, Grangewood – Rising Star in Construction
Molly Gill – Trainee Health & Safety Officer, Leeds City College – Rising Star in Wellbeing
Elizabeth Joseph – Assistant Designated Person Ashore, Shell Int. Trading & Shipping Co. – Rising Star in Transport
Cynthia Maua – Environment Health & Safety Officer, PTC seconded to Kenya Breweries Ltd – Rising Star International
Carl Morgan – Health and Safety Advisor, EDF – Winner, Rising Star in Innovation
Read more about the 2019 winners here

2019 SHP Rising Star finalists

Abdallah Alzghoul – Health and Safety Engineer, Consolidated Contractor Company
Chad Bott – HSE Manager, Transcentral
Rachel Butler – Group HSS&Q, DeTrafford
Daniel Christou – Health and Safety Advisor, Grangewood
Ruairi Coffey – Health Safety and Wellbeing Adviser, Danny Sullivan Group
Aoife Devaney – Assistant Health and Safety Advisor, St George Plc
Marc Doherty – HSE Technician, Mars Food UK
Ellis Fenwick – Health and Safety Coordinator, AECOM
Josh Hutchinson – EHS Analyist, Afton Chemical
Micheal Kaggwa – Safety And Environment Coordinator, Hima Cement
Brad Lydiate – Technical Director, Eighty20 Risk Systems
Kannan Natarajan – Corporate Safety Advisor, M. Al-Barghash Company
Gregory Orih – Drilling Operations & HSSE Engineer, KCA Deutag
Daniel Shaw – Health and Safety Advisor, Taylor Woodrow
Paul Young – HSE Advisor/Technical Support, Shell
Read more about the 2019 finalists here

2018 SHP Rising Star winners

Jyssica Murphy – Health & Safety Advisor, Torus – Winner, Rising Star UK
Sanjay Rajasekaran – Group Safety & Health Manager at Tata Sons Ltd – Winner, Rising Star International
Read more about winners Jysicca Murphy here and Sanjay Rajasekaran here

2018 SHP Rising Star finalists

Calum Brown – HSQE Manager UK, ALE Heavylift
Adam Chambers – Divisional Health and Safety Manager, McCarthy and Stone
Charlotte Downs – Interim Deputy Health & Safety Manager, University of Portsmouth
Amber Dyson – Conservation & Research Advisor, Zoological Society of London
Viv Harvey – Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Thames Water
Louise Higgins – Regional Safety Advisor, McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd
Maeve Kenny – Health & Safety Specialist, Crossrail
Euan McRobie – Health and Safety Advisor, BPA Services Ltd
Matthew Montague – Regional Safety Advisor, McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd
Rebecca Purchase – Health and Safety Advisor, Canary Wharf Management Limited
Roberto Salamanca – Head of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management, Catalent Pharma Solutions
Laura Sayers – Health & Safety Adviser – Fire Safety, University of Portsmouth
Louis Simo – Graduate Health & Safety Manager, Multiplex Construction Europe
Joe Sennitt – Health, Safety & Environmental Coordinator, Dovecote Park
Kendelle Tekstar – Product Manager, Acre Frameworks
Paul Young – HSE Advisor/HSE Technical Support for St Fergus Gas Plant, Shell UK Limited
Read more about the 2018 finalists here

2017 SHP Rising Star winners

Jamie Sutherland-Pownall – Senior Safety Specialist, Sellafield Ltd. – Winner, Rising Star UK
Emmanuel Uwalaka – Health and Safety Administrator, OSHAssociation – Winner, Rising Star International
Read more about the 2017 winners here

2017 SHP Rising Star finalists

Nana Agyemang – Community Water & Sanitation, Kokofu Adwumam
Hamdan Al Senaani – Senior EHS Engineer, ENOC
Luke Callinan – Health and Safety Advisor, TClarke
Roque DCunha – Safety Supervisor, Qatar Steel Co.
Gabby Bethan Fasey – Safety Adviser, EPC UK Ltd
Pardeep Sanghera – Health and Safety Advisor, St George Developments
Steve Woodcock – Project Manager, Colorminium London Limited
Paul Young – HSE Technical Support, Shell UK Limited
Read more about the 2017 finalists here

2016 SHP Rising Star winner

James Eastham – Health & Safety Advisor, Eric Wright Group
Read more about James Eastham and why he won here.

2016 SHP Rising Star finalists

Michael Coates – SHEQ Manager, Geotechnics Limited – Highly commended
Iona Mowat – Health and Safety Engineer, 3M – Highly commended
Laura Allen – Health and Safety Manager, Coveris UK Food & Consumer
Helen Beattie – Occupational Hygienist, HSL
Josh Bourne – Group Health & Safety Advisor, TClarke
Becky Cammillare – Health and Safety Manager, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Paul Crutchley – Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Sean Durnan – Group Health & Safety Advisor, Persimmon Homes
Bethany Hodkinson – Mondelez International
Emma Hughes – A-one+ Intergrated Highway Services
Kevin Marlowe – Health & Safety Compliance Coordinator, Colas Rail
Scott McGready – National SHEQ Manager, Briggs Equipment UK
Derek Spence – Safety Manager, Virgin Trains East Coast
Ricky Stefanetti – Sinclair International
Robert Temple – Health and Safety Advisory, Suffolk county Council
Michael Wright – HSE Advisor Trant Engineering
Read more about the 2016 finalists here

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