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SHP Rising Star Awards

Launched by SHP in 2015, Rising Stars is free to enter and open to anyone under the age of 30. It commends young professionals showing drive and determination in the early stages of their careers and supports them for further success.

SHP Awards - Rising Star SquareOver the years SHP has proudly followed the continued success of the Rising Stars winners & finalists, featuring many of them in ongoing articles, podcasts and inviting them to join the judging panel. The 2021 programme was part of the wider SHP Awards, in collaboration with Shirley Parsons, HSEQ talent experts, and comprised four awards: Rising Star UK; Rising Star in Construction; Rising Star in Manufacturing and Rising Star International.

Click here to view a round-up of the winners and finalists for 2021.

Rising Star UK

Recognising 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.

Cindy Bell

Cindy Bell

The current holder of Rising Star UK, winner of the 2021 award, is Cindy Bell, SHE Advisor at Greggs, who was also named Rising Star for Manufacturing.

You can read about Cindy’s achievement here.

Click here to read about the other Rising Star UK  2021 finalists.

Previous winners of Rising Star UK are Lucilla Cummings (2020), Robert Jukes (2019), Jyssica Murphy (2018), Jamie Sutherland-Pownall (2017) and James Eastham (2016). Since their wins, Robert Jukes, Jyssica Murphy and Jamie Sutherland-Pownall have continued to support the awards and have joined the judging panel.

Our previous winners have also featured in several SHP articles and Robert Jukes was interviewed in an episode SHP’s Safety & Health Podcast which you can listen to here.

Rising Star in Manufacturing

chloe hughes

Chloe Hughes

Recognising individuals in the UK manufacturing sector, under the age of 30, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing. Every submission in this category is also automatically entered into Rising Star UK.

The current holder of Rising Star Manufacturing, winner of the 2021 award, is Cindy Bell, SHE Advisor at Greggs, who was also named Rising Star UK. Chloe Hughes, HSE Graduate, Rolls-Royce Plc, was highly commended by the judges in the Manufacturing category.

You can read about Cindy and Chloe’s achievement here.

Click here to view the other Rising Star Manufacturing 2021 finalists.

This category was launched in 2019 and the first winner of Rising Star in Manufacturing was Robert Jukes who also went on to win Rising Star UK 2020. In 2021, the winner was Sam Watts.

Rising Star in Construction

Jessica Collings

Recognising individuals in the UK construction sector, under the age of 30, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing. Every submission in this category is also automatically entered into Rising Star UK.

The current holder of Rising Star in Construction, winner of the 2021 award is Jessica Collings, Health and Safety Officer at Great British Communications Ltd.

You can read about Jessica’s achievement here.

Click here to view the other 2021 finalists for SHP’s Rising Star Construction.

This category was launched in 2019 and the first winner of Rising Star in Construction was Brett Edkins. In 2021, the winner was Matthew Durant.

Rising Star International

Shari Bowen

Shari Bowen

Recognising 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 current holder of Rising Star in Construction, winner of the 2021 award is Shari Bowen, HSSE Officer at Massy Distribution Ltd.

You can read about Shari’s achievement here.

Click here to view the other 2021 finalists for SHP’s Rising Star International.

Previous winners include, in 2019, Cynthia Maua, Environment Health & Safety Officer, PTC seconded to Kenya Breweries Ltd. In 2018, Sanjay Rajasekaran,  Group Safety & Health Manager at Tata Sons Ltd. In 2017, Emmanuel Uwalaka, Health and Safety Administrator at OSHAssociation.

What do the winners get?

Each of the finalists will be invited to attend a networking event at Safety & Health Expo, taking place at London’s ExCeL from 17-19 May 2022.

SHP Rising Stars ‘Digital Leadership Day’

Karl Simons

As well as a trophy and the kudos that comes with being named a Rising Star, the winners of SHP’s 2021 Rising Stars Awards will be invited to an exclusive face-to-face Leadership networking event, set to take place during Safety & Health Expo, at London’s Excel, on Wednesday 18 May 2022.

This will be hosted by Karl Simons OBE, Executive Director for Health, Safety & Wellbeing at FYLD, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) digital solution that is revolutionising the way frontline field force operatives identify and control risk, who will welcome some of the biggest names on the health & safety circuit. Leaders from some of the UKs largest employers will be invited to an exclusive gathering, aimed at creating a connection that presents opportunity for introduction and discussion about the latest topics, challenges, and future endeavours of the profession.

Commenting on the event, Mr Simons said: “The future world of work is rapidly changing, and so H&S professionals can’t afford to fall behind, they need to understand the latest cutting-edge solutions that are revolutionising risk visualisation and control adoption.

“The SHP Awards continue to celebrate the very best talent in this important profession across all industries. The Digital Leadership Day event is an exciting opportunity for the community to come together to hear about the latest innovations, best practice and lessons learnt, so that we can make big changes to how risk management is approached.”

Chris Edwards, Group Director at Informa Markets, added: “The SHP Rising Stars Awards continue to celebrate the very best talent in this important profession across all Industries, acknowledging bright ideas and dedication to health and safety.

“I’m really excited to welcome the finalists back to a face-to-face networking session, which is shaping up to be one of the many highlights of this year’s Safety & Health Expo.  With some of the biggest names in health & safety being invited along, it is sure to be an amazing opportunity for the Rising Stars to meet and gain valuable insights to help progress their careers.”

Many thanks for FYLD for their support and to Karl himself for putting together this event.

Collaboration

Shirley ParsonsSHP has collaborated with HSEQ talent experts, Shirley Parsons, on these awards for 2021.

Commenting on the awards, Shirley Parsons CMIOSH, Founder & CEO said: “Our profession continuously strives to make the world a healthier, safer and more sustainable place. We know there are so many fantastic initiatives, ideas and achievements out there, all driven by some truly talented individuals – we’re thrilled to be working with SHP to recognise and celebrate the best of these.”

Coinciding with this year’s SHP Awards, is the launch of Shirley Parsons’ new HSEQ talent tool. RoTI is a unique tool that enables employers to benchmark the “best in class” talent within HSEQ. RoTI helps employers structure career paths for current and new HSEQ employees to reach their full potential, maximising the organisation’s return on talent investment.

All SHP Award finalists will be offered a bespoke personal RoTI assessment.

Shirley Parsons added: “Personality profiling has been around for many years. Through the RoTI tool, we want to give HSEQ professionals a practical and accurate tool that’s fit for purpose.”

As well as their RoTI tool, Shirley Parsons has launched a projects division, providing consultancy and project support within HSEQ. One of the Consultants for Shirley Parsons Project Services, Tim Fowler, is bringing his expertise this year’s SHP Awards judging panel.  

Words of advice on nominations from judge, and 2019’s Rising Star UK winner, Robert Jukes

“When I’m judging the nominations I am 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.”

2021 SHP Rising Star winners

Cindy Bell – SHE Advisor at Greggs – Rising Star UK and Rising Star in Manufacturing
Jessica Collings – Health and Safety Officer at Great British Communications Ltd – Rising Star in Construction
Shari Bowen – HSSE Officer at Massy Distribution Ltd – Rising Star International

2021 SHP Rising Star finalists

Rising Star UK

Connor Callinan – Group H&S Advisor – TClarke
Courtney Bayne – Assistant Health & Safety Adviser – Dundee City Council
Jessica Collings – Health and Safety Officer – Great British Communications Ltd.
Adam Dennehy – Senior SHE Advisor – Costain
Frances Fry – Health & Safety Co-Ordinator – Coca Cola Europacific Partners
Jamie Hamilton – SHEQ Co-ordinator – K4 Consultancy
Shanara Hibbert – Workplace Wellbeing Officer – University of Hertfordshire
Bethany Holroyd – UK Health and Safety Advisor – WSP
Chloe Hughes – HSE Graduate – Rolls-Royce Plc.
Peter Jenkins – Group H&S Manager – Dalziel
Tapiwanashe Kanengoni – Health & Safety Apprentice – Wincanton Plc
James Knott – Health & Safety Manager – SJ Eastern
Danielle MacDonald – HSQE Business Partner – Arcus FM
Mason McIntyre – Senior H&S and CDM Consultant – Hollis
Matthew Noblet – HSEW Advisor – Siemens Mobility
Phillip Roberts CMIOSH – Group Health and Safety Manager – Joseph Ash Galvanising
Andrew Thompson – Health & Safety Advisor – Canary Wharf Group
Ross Thomson– Graduate H&S Manager – Multiplex Construction Europe
Ben Williams – Assistant QHSSE Compliance Manager – Jacobs

Read more about the Rising Star UK  2021 finalists.

Rising Star Construction

Adam Dennehy – Senior SHE Advisor – Costain
Bethany Holroyd – UK Health and Safety Advisor – WSP
Connor Callinan – Group H&S Advisor – TClarke
James Knott – Health & Safety Manager – SJ Eastern
Jamie Hamilton – SHEQ Co-ordinator – K4 Consultancy
Mason McIntyre – Senior H&S and CDM Consultant – Hollis
Ross Thomson – Graduate H&S Manager –Multiplex Construction Europe

Read more about the 2021 finalists for SHP’s Rising Star Construction.

Rising Star Manufacturing

Chloe Hughes – HSE Graduate – Rolls-Royce Plc.
Peter Jenkins – Group H&S Manager – Dalziel
Phillip Roberts CMIOSH – Group Health and Safety Manager – Joseph Ash Galvanising

Read more about the Rising Star Manufacturing 2021 finalists.

Rising Star International

Badar Kareem – Head of HSE and Quality – Gerry’s dnata
Niamh Ferguson – EHS&S Engineer – Biomarin

Read more about the 2021 finalists for SHP’s Rising Star International.

2020 SHP Rising Star winners

Lucilla Cummings – HSE Improvement Specialist, Travis Perkins PLC – Rising Star UK
Samantha Watts – EHS Specialist, PepsiCo – Rising Star in Manufacturing
Matt Durant – Training Ltd Managing Director, BAM Construction – Rising Star in Construction

2020 SHP Rising Star finalists

Rising Star UK

Rebecca Christmas – Operational Safety Inspector – Countryside Properties PLC
Adam Clarke – Occupational Hygiene Technician – Health and Safety Executive
George Gaddes – SHE Advisor NW Region – Robertson Group
Matthew Durant – Managing Director – BAM Construction Training Ltd
Jamie Hamilton – SHEQ Coordinator – K4 Consultancy
James Knott – Health & Safety Manager – SJ Eastern
Jennifer Lea – Risk (health and safety) Manager – Bruntwood
Frazer Lowrie – ISO Administrator – Zepf Technologies UK Ltd
Lewis Solway – Delivery Team Manager – Centrica
Sam Watts – EHS Specialist – PepsiCo
Read more about the 2020 Rising Star UK finalists here

Rising Star Construction
Rebecca Christmas, Operational Safety Inspector, Countryside Properties PLC
Jamie Hamilton, SHEQ Coordinator, K4 Consultancy
James Knott, Health & Safety Manager, SJ Eastern

Rising Star Manufacturing
Frazer Lowrie, ISO Administrator, Zepf Technologies UK Ltd
Read more about the 2020 Rising Star in Construction and Manufacturing finalists here

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

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

Meet the judges

The 2021 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.

Rachel Butler

Rachel is Head of Health, Safety and Risk at Bruntwood. 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.

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 a member of the Women in Health and Safety Committee.

Ruth Gallagher

Head of Global Health, Safety & Environment at A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Rob Jukes

Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd. 2019 SHP Rising Star UK winner and 2019 SHP Rising Star Manufacturing winner.

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.

Jimmy Quinn

Senior Health and Safety Manager Multiplex. IOSH President.

Dom Cooper

CEO, B-Safe Management Solutions.

Chris Edwards

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

Kevin Gilroy

Kevin is Group EHS Manager Emtelle. He has a background in Engineering with over 20 years’ experience. Kevin has worked in various sectors of industry including automotive, clinical waste disposal, foundries and heavy engineering.

John Green

John is Vice President Global HSE at SNC-Lavalin. He has 40 years’ experience in industrial safety and is globally recognised as someone who does safety differently. John was voted SHP’s Most Influential person in health & safety in 2017.

Jyssica Murphy

Divisional Health, Safety & Environmental Manager Redrow Homes. 2018 Rising Star UK winner

Malcolm Staves

Corporate Health & Safety Director L’Oreal

Sam Watts

EHS Specialist Pepsico. 2020 SHP Rising Star in Manufacturing.

Helen Davitt

Global H&S Lead at Barclays.

Tim Fowler

Senior HSE Consultant at Shirley Parsons Project Services. His vast multinational QHSE experience enables organisations to achieve compliance, certification and ‘Target Zero’.

Ian Hart

Ian is Editor of SHP. He joined Informa Markets in 2018 having previously worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector.

Hilda Palmer

Safety campaigner Hazards Campaign. 2020 SHP Most Influential winner.

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.

Liam Tiddy

Head of Executive Search at Shirley Parsons. He works with global organisations to source and secure best in class senior talent.

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