Women in Health and Safety

Women in Health and Safety is a thriving network of people who support gender equality and want to see women flourish in the health & safety profession. Set up by SHP in 2015, it’s a hub of events, content and networking opportunities. Our get-togethers and resources are always completely free and open to all, and both men and women are actively encouraged to join us.

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  • 5,000+ people have attended one of our events, which take place all over the UK and online.
  • As well as events, committee workstreams now cover: mentoring programmes; getting young people into the profession; and amplifying women’s voices.
  • Safety & Health Expo hosts our biggest annual celebration.
  • HSE, NEBOSH, Mace, HSE Recruitment, HSW Consultants, Shirley Parsons, Acre, Hays and Redcat have all hosted events.

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SHP Meets Women In Health And Safety

SHP has carried out a series of interviews with the aim of amplifying the voices of women in the profession. Some of the topics covered affect women more than men. Some are deeply personal. It’s our belief that we bring our whole selves to work and therefore should be able to talk about all sorts of issues that affect us, day-to-day, in a work setting.

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Past events

Events have taken place all over the country, in cities including Norwich, London, Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Take a look at highlights videos and photos of some of our events below. For more past events highlights see the posts below:

The Women in Health and Safety committee

SHP works with a committee to determine the best direction for Women in Health and Safety. We meet quarterly to assess feedback from recent activity and discuss plans for the next quarter. Committee members include:

      • Amy Sadro, Principal Associate, Environment, Health and Safety Team, Eversheds Sutherland International LLP
      • Anastasia Hayden, Senior Health Safety Environment Advisor, Knight Frank
      • Anne Gardner-Aston, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director, Places for People
      • Aoife Devaney, Health and Safety Assistant, St George Developments
      • Barbara Marino, Director, ORSA Projects
      • Charlotte Geoghegan, Event Manager, Safety & Health Expo, Workplace Wellbeing Show and SHP
      • Charlotte Taylor, Senior Health & Safety Advisory, Morgan Sindall
      • Chinwe Okeke, Director, Health Safety Security & Environment
      • Claire Saunders, Health and Safety Consultant
      • Donna Walker, Safety and Security Manager EMEA, Splunk
      • Emma Hughes, Collaboration Learning and Improvement Champion, A-one+ Integated Highway Services
      • Gillian Simcox, Senior Health and Safety Manager, Social Security Scotland
      • Heather Beach, Managing Director, The Healthy Work Company
      • Ian Hart, Editor, SHP
      • Jennifer Mulgrew-Smith, Head of Health & Safety, University of the Arts London
      • Jonathan Dempsey, Red Laces
      • Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health & Safety Policy Adviser, RoSPA
      • Rebecca Walpole, Health and Safety Manager, Freshfields
      • Ruth Denyer, Director, Production Safety, Netflix
      • Sarah McDowell, Health and Safety Consultant, Arup
      • Victoria Coates, HSEQ Manager, DPS Group

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Gallery of past events

                    

Women’s safety campaigners left ‘insulted’ by Home Office backing of women’s safety app

Women’s safety campaigners are calling the Home Office’s backing of an app that allows users to track their friends’ journeys home “insulting”.

Women’s wellbeing in male-dominated industries

Commerical Director at the National Federation of Builders, highlights what needs to be done to ensure significant change in workplace culture.

Women’s health – We need to do more

Danny Clarke, Founder of Simply-People, explores what businesses can do to best support their female employees. 

‘Some people will hit a crisis level in their wellbeing, and we need to help them prepare for that’

SHP speaks to Tiffany Argent, to gain an insight into the varying impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people’s wellbeing.

‘Profession must continue demonstrating value,’ Louise Hosking takes over as IOSH President

New IOSH President, Louise Hosking, is calling on her profession to demonstrate how it can continue adding value to businesses through creating “inclusive, healthy and psychologically safe” workplaces.

OneWISH announces global live event in support of Stress Awareness Week

OneWISH announces its November live event, bringing together expert speakers, panellists and the latest research within the OHS profession.

How businesses can better support menopausal women

Alaana Woods, Commercial Director at Bupa Health Clinics, says it’s time to put menopause on the top of the business agenda and address the taboo. Here, she outlines some ways businesses can help support women in their organisation.

Baby Loss Awareness Week: ‘Review your bereavement leave policy and consider signing up to the Pregnancy Loss Pledge’

SHP speaks to Jyssica Murphy, Divisional Heath, Safety & Environmental Manager at Redrow Homes, about her experience of miscarriage and how opening up to friends, family, colleagues and her employer helped her to deal with her loss. Jyssica also provides advice to employers and employees on how support a colleague who has experienced a loss.

Women in health and safety benefit from RoSPA and L’Oreal’s ‘Leading Safely’ mentoring scheme

RoSPA and L’Oreal’s, Leading Safely for Women programme gathers momentum with its November course in high demand.

Breast cancer – My story and advice for supporting colleagues – In conversation with Pauline Haggar

Pauline Haggar was diagnosed with breast cancer on 2 July 2018. What followed was an intense period of surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. She continued to work as much as possible throughout her treatment. In this interview, she explains how it affected her at work – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

What I’ve learned from supporting colleagues with cancer and their caregivers: In conversation with Kate Field

Kate Field has supported several colleagues living with cancer. This has included supporting individuals during treatment and on their return to work, as well as supporting caregivers whose loved ones have had cancer. In this interview Kate explains how she’s seen cancer impact people’s working lives and suggests ways in which employers can help.

Depression, burnout and how to talk about mental health at work – My story, by Ann Diment

Ann Diment is Director of Work Safe and Well, transforming burned out professionals into resilient and compassionate leaders. She wants to smash the stigma of talking about mental health, to empower everyone to start those ‘difficult’ conversations so they can become more confident and creative leaders.  

My experience of workplace stress, in an organisation that didn’t see occupational stress as an issue: In conversation with Kate Field

Kate Field has never had a diagnosed mental illness or received medical treatment for her mental health. But like so many, she has certainly suffered with her mental health.

My breast cancer story and the amazing support I had from work: In conversation with Josie Overton

Josie Overton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, which was treated with surgery. In this interview she talks about what she went through physically and emotionally, focussing on how it affected her at work and the support she had from colleagues.

The Building Safety Bill and the role of fire engineers in fire and building safety

The Women in Health & Safety network’s next virtual event takes place on Tuesday July 20. The event is free to attend and is open to all, male and female, member and non-members.

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