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SHP Trailblazer Awards

SHP Trailblazer Awards

The Trailblazer Awards were launched in 2020 and recognise health & safety professionals going above and beyond to make a positive difference – either within their own organisation or more widely in the community.

SHP Awards - Trailblazer Feature

The awards are free to enter and open to all in the UK, irrespective of level of seniority, age or industry. Brought to you as part of the wider SHP Awards, in collaboration with Shirley Parsons, HSEQ talent experts. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate achievement and provide a springboard for further success.

The 2021 Awards consisted of two categories:

Trailblazer in Health & Safety: Recognising individuals who have made an impact in workplace safety, people who have transformed safety, through a transformative project or culture change, someone who has used technology to make a safety impact and unsung heroes from within the world of safety.

Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing: Recognising individuals who did the most to contribute to people thriving at work, prioritising employees’ wellbeing and mental health.

SHP Trailblazer Awards previous winners


Trailblazer in Health & Safety: Recognising individuals who have made an impact in workplace safety.

Winner: Dave McPherson.

Dave was recognised for his passion, commitment, vision for improvement and commitment to influence change, highlighting how he had taken an idea and taken and shared it with the wider industry.

Click here to view the 2021 Trailblazer in Health and Safety finalists.

Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing: Recognising individuals who did the most to contribute to people thriving at work, prioritising employees’ wellbeing and mental health.

Winner: Lisa Artis.

Highly Commended: Kat Parsons

Click here to view the 2021 Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing finalists.


Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing: Recognising individuals who did the most to contribute to people thriving at work, prioritising employees’ wellbeing and mental health.

Winner: Phil Spencer.

Click here to view the 2020 Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing finalists.

Trailblazer in COVID-19 Response: Recognising individuals who responded to COVID-19 in the most effective or inspiring way. This was open to those on the frontline, helping in the community and in the workplace.

Winner: Joel Crompton.

Click here to view the 2020 Trailblazer in COVID-19 Response finalists.

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

Winner: Dr David Greenberg.

Click here to view the 2020 Trailblazer in Technology finalists.

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

Winner: Thomas Dunning.

Click here to view the 2020 Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact finalists.

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 SimonsAs well as a trophy and the kudos that comes with being named a Trailblazer, the winners of this year’s Trailblazer 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 across all 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.


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.  

Meet the judges

The 2021 judging panel consists 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.

Louise Adamson

Workplace safety speaker, Michael’s Story. 2018 SHP Most Influential winner.

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.

Faye McGuiness

Director of Programmes, Education Support.

Andrew Berrie

Mental Health at Work National Lead, Mind. Supports the Thriving at Work Leadership Council in driving employer action across the UK and oversees delivery of the Mental Health at Work website and Mental Health at Work Commitment.

Anna Keen

Founding Director, Acre Frameworks.

Shona Paterson

Director of Talent Consultancy at Shirley Parsons. She works with organisations to achieve a high return on their talent investments.

Simon Bown

HSQE Director, KeolisAmey Docklands.

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.

Professor Dr Andrew Sharman

Managing Partner, RMS. Former IOSH President.

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Charne Karaolis
Charne Karaolis
9 months ago

Hi There. Are these nominations only open to UK residence, or can we nominate someone from South Africa?

Ian Hart
Ian Hart
9 months ago

Hi Charne, The Rising Star International category is open to people aged under-30, based outside the UK.