Editor, Safety & Health Practitioner

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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
November 3, 2020

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SHP Trailblazer Awards

SHP Trailblazer Awards

Are you going above and beyond to make a positive difference? Or do you know someone who is? If so we want to hear from you. SHP is searching for some real pioneers of health and safety as we open applications for the inaugural SHP Trailblazer Awards.

SHP Awards Trailblazer

Brand new for this year, SHP Trailblazer Awards is open all health & safety professionals, of any age and any level of seniority working in the UK. They will celebrate those going above and beyond to make a positive difference, either within their own organisation or more widely in the community. 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.

Click below to see the finalists. Winners will be annouced in mid-December.

SHP Trailblazer Awards 2020 comprises of four categories:

Trailblazer in Workplace WellbeingRecognising individuals who have done the most to contribute to people thriving at work, prioritising employees’ wellbeing and mental health.

Trailblazer in COVID-19 ResponseRecognising individuals who have responded to COVID-19 in the most effective or inspiring way. This could be on the frontline, in the community or in the workplace.

Trailblazer in TechnologyRecognising individuals who have effectively used technology to improve the health, safety or wellbeing of their colleagues, customers or the general public.

Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact: Recognising individuals who have shone a spotlight on an ethical issue, addressed social challenges or helped the community. This could be through volunteering or initiatives at work.

What do the winners get?

As well as a trophy and the kudos that comes with being named a Trailblazer, winners of each category will receive a complimentary Acre Frameworks coaching session. It will provide them with a fail-safe environment to better understand ways of unlocking their potential in order to impactfully deliver the changes that they would like to see in the profession. These sessions will also offer winners insight into behavioural strategies aimed at harnessing professional curiosity, creativity and courage to enable self-leadership.

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.

Simon Bown

Simon is HSQE Director, KeolisAmey Docklands.

Charlotte Geoghegan

Charlotte is Event Manager for Safety & Health Expo, Workplace Wellbeing Show and SHP at Informa Markets. She is an active member of the Women in Health and Safety committee.

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.

Faye McGuiness

Faye is Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes at Mind. She joined Mind in 2015 and leads on the development of largescale workplace wellbeing programmes including being responsible for the development and running of the Mental Health at Work website.

Louise Ward

Louise is Health, Safety & Environment Director at Siemens, overseeing rail and traffic management operations across the UK. Louise has also been involved in the development of legislation, guidance material and regulatory policy.

David Cant

David is CMIOSH and Director of Veritas Consulting, with 20+years’ experience. He is on a mission to simplify risk management strategies and improve organisational learning.

Kevin Gilroy

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

Anna Keen

Anna is Founding Director at Acre Frameworks. After a career in health & safety recruitment, Anna became concerned that the skillset presented by candidates in market was not meeting the changing need of business.

Professor Dr Andrew Sharman

Andrew CEO of RMS and IOSH President. His consulting experience spans over 100 countries with a broad range of clients from Fortune 500 organisations. Andrew is the author of nine books on safety culture, leadership and wellbeing.

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.

Helen Davitt

Helen is Group Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director at Vodafone Group Services where she is responsible for setting Vodafone’s Global HSW strategy and supporting Vodafone’s Operating Companies globally.

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.

John Kersey

John is Health & Safety Manager – People & Culture at a global FM company. His career started in the construction industry and he has followed a path from project management, facilities management to health and safety.

Malcolm Staves

Malcolm is Corporate Health & Safety Director at L’Oreal. Since joining L’Oréal, Malcolm has developed strategies for the globalization of health & safety with a focus on risk management, visible leadership and safety culture.

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.”

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Luke Obomighie
Luke Obomighie
1 month ago

Why recognize only UK SHP for the award? I am a SHP in Nigeria.