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September 26, 2023

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Most influential in health and safety

The SHP Most Influential Award is one of the most coveted prizes in the safety and health profession that looks to recognise senior leaders of the profession, who are at the peak of their profession. 

The accolade aims to highlight the people who have the biggest, positive impact on health and safety in the UK, making a difference not just to their own organisation but to the wider profession. Each year SHP publishes an unranked list of the most influential individuals, as well as one stand-out winner.

This year, the awards are in collaboration with HSE Recruitment Network.

SHP readers are invited to nominate who they feel is the Most Influential Individual in health and Safety. Then, the awards judging panel review all nominations and SHP publishes a list of finalists. Making it onto the list is an achievement in itself, with many shortlisted sharing their nomination on social media among their network. Finally, readers are then asked to vote for the one person on the list who they feel has made the biggest impact and deserved to be crowned Most Influential.

Most Influential Roll of Honour

2022 – Alan Trueman has truly made an impact on the telecoms sector. It’s a vertical that until recently had no safety standards, however through the SHIFT working group, which Alan set-up and continues to facilitate, the sector now has a recognised set of standards.

The working group continues to foster collaboration among its members who continue to share best practice, and improve telecom’s safety credentials.

Read more about why Alan Trueman won, here
See other people shortlisted for Most Influential 2022, here.

Mavis Nye most influential2021 – Dr Mavis Nye lives with Mesothelioma every day of her life, having been diagnosed a few years ago, and spends her life campaigning for asbestos awareness and removal.

She has been described as a ‘tour de force, and an absolute dynamo for Asbestos Awareness’.

Asbestos is one of the largest causes of occupational death in the UK and Mavis has been the first person to galvanise all sides of the debate. From a standing start and with no formal training in the field, she has risen to be a touchstone for the victims across the globe.

Read more about why Dr Mavis Nye won, here.
See the other people shortlisted for Most Influential 2021, here.

Hilda Palmer SHP Most Influential Award 20202020 – Hilda Palmer, campaigner and facilitator of Families Against Corporate Killers, supplier of International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) resources. Hilda supports families who find themselves on the wrong side of health and safety failures to access justice and get answers as to why their loved ones were killed at work. She is a tireless campaigner for workers’ health and safety, highlighting the failures of employers, ineffective enforcement, continuing excessive deregulation, toxic workplaces, workplace stress and many other health and safety issues that are causing injury, ill-health, disease and deaths at work.

She has played a key role working with trade unions to challenge government and regulators, fighting for people’s rights.

Read more about why Hilda Palmer won here.
See the other people shortlisted for Most Influential 2020, here.

2020 Most Influential Team – Arco

The Arco team was chosen as the winner from a list of six finalists for SHP’s Most Influential Team Award, by the SHP Awards judging panel. Arco’s NDC2 became operational on 10 February 2020. On 11 March the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic and a week later the UK went into lockdown. PPE was in short supply and while the government looked to solve the stock shortage – the Arco team, with critical worker status, got to work fast, ensuring the National Distribution Centre was fully operational and, importantly, that it was COVID-secure.

Read more about why Arco won here.

Karl Simons most influential2019 – Karl Simons, who at the time was Chief Health, Safety and Security Director at Thames Water. Readers voted Karl Simons Most Influential for many reasons, but most of all for: his work to challenge stigma around mental ill health; embracing technology innovation; positively influencing and supporting others; and shaping the future of the profession. Voters described Karl as ‘an inspiration’.

Read more about why Karl Simons won here.
See the other people shortlisted for Most Influential 2019 here

2018 – Louise Taggart, Public Speaker, Campaigner and Founder of ‘Michael’s Story’. Louise won the award for tirelessly sharing the story of her younger brother, and his preventable fatality at work, in order to prevent more lives being lost. Voters described the huge impact she had on them, making them feel empowered and inspired. One voter said: “She has now proactively saved hundreds of lives since her brother’s passing – that is a certainty.”

Read more about why Louise Taggart won here
See the other people shortlisted for Most Influential 2018 here

EHS 20182017 – John Green, who was Director of HSE at Laing O’Rourke at the time. Voters made John Green their winner for his proactively promoting his ‘Safety Differently’ message, questioning a climate of paperwork, double-checking everything and ‘compliance’ that has little real impact. John was described as a tireless campaigner for improving the practice and reputation of health and safety in the UK.

Read more about why John Green won and see the full 2017 shortlist here


How to be the Most Influential

As one of the most coveted awards in the profession, judges will be looking for nominations that demonstrate leadership through integrity and transparency. Entrants will have shown an ability to transform the behaviours of others through productive feedback and impeccable communication, and through mentoring. Entrants will be at the peak of their profession, not necessarily recognised for their time in the role but the general impact and influence they have demonstrated.

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 Most Influential winners and nominees

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