Conference programme & Speakers

Conference Programme

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Registration is from 12.00 on the 25th April 2018

Conference ends at 12.30 on the 27th April 2018

There is a Grab and Go takeaway Lunch option on Friday 27th .You will need to pre-book this by ticking the option on the booking form. Payment is direct to the hotel reception on arrival.

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Speaker Profiles

Dame Carol Black - Principal Newnham College University of Cambridge

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE was appointed Principal of Newnham in September 2012.

She is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and has chaired the UK Health Honours Committee.

The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma.

Dame Carol was National Director for Health and Work from 2006 to 2012, and completed two independent reviews for the Government, the first in 2008 on the health of the UK working population, the second in 2011 (as co-chair) on sickness absence in Britain.

The recommendations of the second report are now being put into place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service.

She is Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health and Public Health England, and in 2015 she was asked by the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, to undertake a third independent review, on ways of encouraging back into work adults with long-term but treatable conditions such as addiction to alcohol or drugs, or obesity.

She has long been involved in encouraging women to aspire to positions of leadership, in the professions, academia and public life. She is now a member of the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee, and of the organising committee for the annual Women of the World Festival in Cambridge. She chairs the board of Think Ahead, a not-for-profit organisation that encourages graduates into mental health social work.

In November 2013 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in the BBC Woman’s Hour list.

Mike Shore-Nye - Registrar and Secretary, University of Exeter

Mike joined the University of Exeter in January 2016 as Registrar and Secretary with responsibility for the institution’s entire Professional Services team and for the effective and efficient operations and governance of the University. As a member of the University’s senior management team and Vice Chancellor’s Executive group he plays a major role in the development and implementation of the major strategies and plans that enable the University to fulfil its mission and vision.

As Secretary to the Chair of Council Mike works to ensure the University conforms to regulatory and legal requirements through the effective application of the dual assurance system in support of robust and effective University governance.

Mike has a responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the University’s Capital Investment Strategies especially in relation to the Estate and IT infrastructure.

His early career, after graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of York in 1991, began in the food and drinks industry. In 2003 he left the private sector to become Director of Residential and Leisure Services for the University of Liverpool for four years before moving to the University of Manchester as the Director of Sport Trading and Residential Services.

As a member of the University’s senior management team Mike also supported the Register and Secretary through the delivery of a series of strategically significant projects including estates projects, property sales, reviews of student services and restructures and was also supported through the UUK aspiring registrars programme.

In 2011, Mike took up the post of Director of Change Management and Process Improvement at the University of Manchester with responsibilities including supporting the University through the a portfolio of institutionally significant change projects including School mergers, a pan-University cost saving project, the implementation of enhanced performance management processes and School strategic reviews. He was then Chief Operating Officer for Queen Mary University of London for three years from January 2013 with responsibility for all Professional Services and was a member of the Senior Executive team.

Noeleen McFarland – Public Health England

Noeleen joined Public Health England as a Consultant in Health Protection in January 2014 as part of the health protection team covering Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley.

Prior to joining PHE Noёleen has had a career in health spanning three decades which includes clinical work in Belfast; Jeddah; Norwich and Cambridge and a short career commission with the Royal Navy.

She graduated from King’s College London with a MSc in Public Health in 2009 and registered as a Defined Specialist with the UK Public Health Register in 2012.

In 2014-15 Noeleen led a multiagency response to a community outbreak of a new strain of Escherichia coli and has recently published an article on this in Eurosurveillance.

Dr Shaun Lundy – Visiting Fellow University of Greenwich

Shaun has over 25 years’ experience as both an academic and practitioner in the field of health, safety and environment.

Shaun is the Academic Portfolio Leader for BSc and MSc degree programmes in Safety, Health, Environment and Occupational Hygiene at the University of Greenwich.

He also currently sits on the Health and Safety Executive’s Myth Busters Challenge Panel, set up by the UK government to scrutinise dubious health and safety decisions in the public interest.

Shaun volunteers at IOSH, serving as Vice-Chair of the Professional Standards Committee and has a keen interest in education, competence, ethics and leadership in relation to health and safety practice.

Dr Jenny Lunt - Chartered Health Psychologist

Jenny has over 17 years of experience in applying Health Psychology to Health and Safety via research, training and consultancy at national and international levels and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council.

She specialises in the area of behaviour change and Wellbeing at Work.

Her work has included examining the utility of the biopsychosocial approach to risk management, development of new approach for managing Common Health Problems inclusive of advancing ideas around recovery at work, applying stress prevention to small and medium sized companies, and developing online behaviour change and wellbeing resources within Health and Safety.

Jenny is also Director of J. Lunt Associates, an Associate of Tribe Culture Change and was formerly Principal Health Psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory.

Dr Karen Russ - Director, Science and Commercial Health Safety Laboratories

A Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Karen has a PhD in optoelectronic inspection systems and a Masters degree in Engineering Business Management.

In recent roles Karen has demonstrated her extensive experience of winning and delivering technical consultancy and laboratory services projects across a breadth of science and engineering disciplines.

Karen also spent many years with HSE, as Deputy CEO of HSL from 2006-2013, focusing on project management and business development.

Laura Page - Solicitor Pinsent Masons LLP

Laura is a Health and Safety Regulatory solicitor based in London.

She is an experienced criminal litigator and Magistrates’ Court advocate who regularly advises businesses in relation to both regulatory prosecutions and compliance in relation to health and safety, fire safety and food safety, including numerous cases involving fatalities and corporate manslaughter investigations.

Laura has delivered presentations for clients and organisations such as the British Safety Council, IOSH, British Woodwork Federation and the FIREX conference as well as writing regular articles for industry publications.

She has represented both large and small businesses across a variety of sectors including care homes, construction, hospitality and manufacturing.

Mike Jamfrey – Managing Director Healthy Buildings International

Prior to joining Healthy Buildings International Limited, Mike spent four years studying at Reading University, gaining detailed Chemistry and Biological knowledge, gaining both a BSc and MSc qualification. Following this he spent a year working in building construction and gaining detailed knowledge of how buildings are “put together”.

Since joining HBI in 1996 as a building consultant Mike has gained considerable practical experience in all aspects of building compliance, including Asbestos, Legionella, Noise, Health & Safety and Air Quality consultancy. Indeed, he has worked on many large-scale projects, dealing with almost every type of property construction and use.

In 2001, Mike set up and managed the company’s Northern Operation from their office in Wakefield West Yorkshire.

In 2011, Mike relocated to the HBI Head Office in Reading to take on the role of Commercial Director, overseeing business operations nationally and assisting the company in both commercial and technical growth and five years later he took over as Managing Director.

With over 21 years of building compliance knowledge, Mike is regularly involved in assisting organisations managing their Health & Safety matters and can often be found writing policies and assisting in development of company strategies across portfolios of buildings. In addition to this he is accustomed to public speaking and undertaking presentations on industry matters.

Clive Parkinson – Director of Health and Safety University of Surrey

Clive has been a Director of Health and Safety for over 20 years, 10 years at Surrey and 10 at Sussex University. Prior to that Clive was at The Institute of Psychiatry for 7 years as a Health and Safety Officer. His career before that was spent in the Pharmaceutical Industry. His last years in industry were spent as a biosafety specialist.

Clive became Chair of USHA in 2011 until 2014. He has previously served on the USHA Executive Board from 2001-2008. Clive was also the UCEA Health and Safety Advisor from 2003-2008 as well. During this time Clive was involved in several working groups including the Management of Stress at Work and responsible research. His main involvement with USHA since stepping down as Chair has been on the Leadership and Management Guidance group.

Clive has been leading a behavioural change programme at the University of Surrey in collaboration with Tribe over the last three years and is one of the first to actively engage with both professional and academic staff.

Nick Wharton - Tribe Culture Change

Nick oversees the development of the varied new tools and approaches Tribe uses to help in getting the safety message across and achieving Culture Change. His specialist subjects are Engagement and Leadership in Safety.

He has worked with a wide range of businesses in many different industries and worked extensively abroad including the Middle East, India, Russia, Africa and USA.

“What I really enjoy about this job, what makes it special, is seeing the ‘light bulbs’ come on, especially with previously cynical people”.

Outside of work, his main passions are cycling, rock climbing and ski mountaineering, all of which give him a unique insight into the requirement for an ongoing, dynamic risk assessment and demonstrates that safety doesn’t stop you doing things.

John Phillips - Director of Health and Safety, University of Warwick

John Phillips joined the University of Warwick in February 2014, and took up the role of Director of Health and Safety for the University in November 2015. His team are responsible for providing support, guidance, direction and assurance across all the University’s departments and activities.

John has been a health and safety professional for over 23 years, and is a Chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

He started his working life in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm as an Electronics and Electrical Engineering Artificer, working on avionics and weapons systems, before joining the railway industry where he cut his teeth as a health and safety manager. He then joined RoSPA as a consultant in 1996, and has worked in the training and consultancy sector in a variety of senior roles, most recently as a Director of the British Safety Council, before joining the University.

In addition, he has a degree in psychology and a particular interest in occupational safety systems and behavioural safety.

As a keen triathlete he considers there to be a bond between physical and mental health which is often overlooked, and sees wellbeing as being inextricably linked to what might be considered as mainstream health and Safety.

He was a key member of the University of Warwick’s ‘Workplace Wellbeing Charter’ team when the University achieved the Charter in 2017, and continues to contribute to the ongoing work of the team.

Neil Budworth - Health, Safety and Risk Manager, Loughborough University

Neil Budworth is the Health, Safety and Risk Manager for Loughborough University, where is he is also a visiting professor in occupational safety and health in the department of Design.

Neil is a Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management a Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and has received Distinguished Service Awards from both RoSPA and IOSH.

He has more than 25 years’ experience of working in health and safety across many sectors.

Spring Conference 2018

25th – 27th April 2018

Mercure Rougemont Hotel Exeter



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