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.
Over 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 2020 programme was part of the wider SHP Awards, in collaboration with the HSE and IATP and comprised of three awards: Rising Star UK; Rising Star in Construction; and Rising Star in Manufacturing.
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. This is the highest award for young health & safety professionals.
The current holder of Rising Star UK, winner of 2020 award, is Lucilla Cummings of Travis Perkins. Adam Clarke of the HSE was highly commended in the same year. You can read about Lucilla Cummings and Adam Clarke and their achievements here. Below is the LinkedIn post from SHP’s editor, announcing Lucilla Cummings as winner of Rising Star UK 2020. And click here to read about the other Rising Star UK 2020 finalists.
Previous winners of Rising Star UK are 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
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 is also automatically entered into Rising Star UK.
The current holder of Rising Star in Manufacturing, winner of the 2020 award is Sam Watts of PepsiCo. You can read about Sam Watts and her achievements here. Below is the LinkedIn post from SHP’s editor, announcing Sam Watts as winner of Rising Star in Manufacturing 2020. And click here to read about the other Rising Star in Manufacturing 2020 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. You can read about Robert Jukes here.
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 is also automatically entered into Rising Star UK.
The current holder of Rising Star in Construction, winner of the 2020 award is Matthew Durant of BAM Construction Training Ltd. You can read about Matthew Durant and his achievements here. Below is the LinkedIn post from SHP’s editor, announcing Matthew Durant as winner of Rising Star in Construction 2020. And click here to read about the other Rising Star in Construction 2020 finalists.
This category was launched in 2019 and the first winner of Rising Star in Construction was Brett Edkins who you can read about here.
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 are invited to take part in an exclusive training & mentoring programme. In recent years this has included workshops ocusing on developing soft skills, led by Acre Frameworks. The purpose is to 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. In years where it’s been physically possible there has also been a networking event with members of the London Directors Forum, who have spoken to the Rising Stars about specialist health and safety topics (This was not possible in 2020 due to COVID-19).
Past Rising Stars winners collecting their trophies at Safety & Health Expo
Words of advice on nominations from 2020 judge and 2019’s Rising Star UK winner Robert 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
Along 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.
Commenting 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.”
Meet the judges
The 2020 judging panel was 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.