SHP Rising Star Awards
The SHP Rising Star Awards are now open for nominations for 2021.
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 2021 programme is part of the wider SHP Awards, in collaboration with Shirley Parsons, HSEQ talent experts, and comprises four awards: Rising Star UK; Rising Star in Construction; Rising Star in Manufacturing and Rising Star International.
Entries for the 2021 Rising Star Awards are now open. The entry deadline is Friday 5 November.
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.
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, 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 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, 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 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.
Rising Star International
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.
This award is returning for 2021. 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’
As well as a trophy and the kudos that comes with being named a Rising Star, the winners of this year’s Rising Stars Awards will be invited to an exclusive face-to-face H&S ‘Digital Leadership Day’. 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.
At the event each delegate will gain unique and valuable insights into the latest cutting-edge solutions in risk management and how AI is transforming the future world of work. In addition, they will have the opportunity to meet and hear from the world’s most influential H&S experts, many of which hold leadership positions in the UK’s largest organisations.
Commenting on the event, Mr Simons said: “This is shaping up to be an amazing event, and with the world’s leading H&S experts, software coders, UX designers, AI Imagery and Natural Language processing developers, and big data analysts lined up to take part, it is not to be missed!
“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 cross al Industries, acknowledging bright ideas and dedication to health and safety. Furthermore, the Digital Leadership Day event is an exciting opportunity for the H&S 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.
“Don’t miss out, please get your submissions in now to ensure those who have really made a difference are recognised on a global stage.”
Many thanks for FYLD for their support and to Karl himself for putting together this event.
SHP 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.
Past Rising Stars winners collecting their trophies at Safety & Health Expo
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.”
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
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
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 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 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.
Head of Global Health, Safety & Environment at A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd. 2019 SHP Rising Star UK winner and 2019 SHP Rising Star Manufacturing winner.
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.
Senior Health and Safety Manager Multiplex. IOSH President.
CEO, B-Safe Management Solutions.
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 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 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.
Divisional Health, Safety & Environmental Manager Redrow Homes. 2018 Rising Star UK winner
Corporate Health & Safety Director L’Oreal
EHS Specialist Pepsico. 2020 SHP Rising Star in Manufacturing.
Global H&S Lead at Barclays.
Senior HSE Consultant at Shirley Parsons Project Services. His vast multinational QHSE experience enables organisations to achieve compliance, certification and ‘Target Zero’.
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.
Safety campaigner Hazards Campaign. 2020 SHP Most Influential winner.
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.
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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