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October 3, 2023

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SHP Rising Star Awards 2023

Launched by SHP in 2015, the Rising Star Award is free to enter and open to anyone aged 30 and under.

This special award aims to commend young professionals showing drive and determination in the early stages of their careers and supports them for further success.

As well as a Rising Star UK award, previous years have seen sub-awards in categories including manufacturing, construction and international – however, this year we will be looking for just one overall winner – the Rising Star.

For 2023, the awards are in collaboration with HSE Recruitment Network.

Recognising health and safety professionals across all sectors, going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety and/or workplace wellbeing in the UK, this is among one of the highest awards for young health and safety professionals.

The current holder of Rising Star UK, winner of the 2022 award, is Jake Newell, Asbestos Analyst at Acorn Analytical Services. Winning the award has really helped to boost my confidence,” Jake told SHP in a special interview for interview. You can also listen to a special podcast below to find out more about Jake’s career and how his career has fared since receiving the accolade.

Jake Newell, Asbestos Analyst, Acorn Analytical Services

Rising Star Roll of Honour

2022 SHP Rising Star winners

  • Jake Newell, (pictured), Asbestos Analyst, Acorn Analytical Services, Rising Star UK
  • Sophie Henderson, SHEQ Advisor, Ward and Burke Construction, Rising Star in Construction
  • Courtney Beecham, EHS Assistant, Lumentum, Rising Star in Manufacturing
  • Oluwasegun Abdulwaheed, Menasco Mechanical Contracting, Rising Star International

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

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

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

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

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

2016 SHP Rising Star winner

  • James Eastham – Health & Safety Advisor, Eric Wright Group

What makes a Rising Star?

If you’re looking to enter the SHP Rising Star category, judges will be looking for entrants, under the age of 30, to demonstrate commitment, drive and passion to their role. Where appropriate, they would like to see tangible examples of initiative taken and to demonstrate this passion and commitment and drive. 

Fantastic opportunity

SHP is pleased to be running this year’s awards in collaboration with HSE Recruitment Network, part of the Executive Network Group. Being recognised as a recipient or contender in the SHP Awards 2024 comes with a fantastic opportunity. You’ll have the privilege of participating in an exclusive, one-on-one, tailor-made workshop with Laura Aucott, the Associate Director of HSE Recruitment. These workshops are designed to align precisely with your unique needs, providing either an extensive career counselling and CV improvement session, or a workshop session focusing on enhancing your personal brand and optimising your LinkedIn presence. The ultimate goal? Elevating your market worth to new heights.

Read more articles on previous Rising Star winners and finalists

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