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SHP’s Most Influential Figures in Health & Safety Named for 2021

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Dr Mavis Nye, president and co-founder, Mavis Nye Foundation, has been named SHP’s Most Influential Person in Health & Safety for 2021. She tops the list of 15 of the Most Influential Individuals in Health & Safety in 2021 for her work as a campaigner, supporting and raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and supporting those diagnosed with Mesothelioma.

On learning of her success, Mavis told SHP: ‘I can’t believe this, what a great ending to 2021. I never thought I stood a chance as the list held so many of my heroes.’

The annual SHP Awards, held in 2021 in collaboration with global HSEQ talent experts Shirley Parsons, celebrate the achievements of the brightest and most passionate health & safety professionals.

Ranging from young, up and coming rising stars and leaders of tomorrow to the most seasoned, influential ambassadors and trailblazers making a positive impact in safety, health and well-being, the SHP Awards cater to all industry professionals at any stage in their career.

The rest of the top 15 most influential individuals, listed alphabetically and voted for by SHP readers, comprised.

  • Simon Blake, CEO, Mental Health First Aid England
  • Rachel Butler, head of Health, Safety and Risk, Bruntwood
  • Crystal Danbury, director Safety, OpenReach
  • Kate Field, Global head Health, Safety and Well-being, BSI
  • Paul Hendry, Global vice president for Safety, Jacobs
  • Keith Hole, director, TSMUK
  •  Jessy Gomes Moreira, Technical Safety lead, UCL
  •  Gill Kernick, master consultant, JMJ Associates
  •  James MacPherson, Health, Safety and Environment manager, Glass and Glazing
    Federation. Co-Founder, Project Mollitiam. Host and producer, Rebranding Safety Podcast.
  •  Hugh Maxwell, EMEA Director, Chubb
  •  Rory O’Neill, Occupational Health and Workplace Safety adviser, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Professor, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. Editor, Hazards magazine, and TUC weekly RISKS ezine
  • Ian Tasker, Scottish Hazards Advice Centre
  •  James Quinn, senior health and safety manager, Multiplex. IOSH immediate past
  •  Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical advisor to the Government

Winners of the Rising Stars and Trailblazers categories in the SHP Awards have also been announced. The line-up of judges for these featured leading names from the health and safety profession, including John Green, vice-president Global HSE, SNC-Lavalin; James Pomeroy, former Global, Health, Safety, Environment and Security director, Lloyd’s Register; Anna Keen, founding director, Information Classification: General Acre Frameworks; Andrew Berrie – Mental Health at Work – National Lead-Mind; and Professor Dr Andrew Sharman, CEO of RMS and past IOSH president.

Cindy Bell, an advisor at Greggs, has been named SHP’s Rising Star in Manufacturing and Rising Star UK. The SHP Rising Star Awards recognise individuals under 30 going above and beyond to improve occupational health, safety, or workplace well-being. Cindy won the judges over with her enthusiasm and commitment to improving working operations for employees at Greggs across their two main manufacturing sites. Chloe Hughes, HSE Graduate at Rolls-Royce Plc, was also highly commended by the judges.

Jessica Collings, Health and Safety officer at Great British Communications Ltd, has been named SHP’s Rising Star in Construction; and Shari Bowen, HSSE Officer at Massy Distribution, one of the largest distribution companies in the Caribbean, has been declared SHP’s International Rising Star for 2021.

The SHP Trailblazer Awards celebrate those going above and beyond to make a positive difference. THE Deputy CEO at The Sleep Charity, Lisa Artis, has been named the SHP Award for Trailblazer in Workplace Well-being, with Kat Parsons, HSEQ Operations Manager at ISS Ltd, highly commended by the judges.

Finally, SHE Manager at Kier Highways, Dave McPherson, won the SHP Award for Trailblazer in Health & Safety for 2021. Dave designed an award-winning training programme, recognised by Highways England (now National Highways), and went on to become the founder and project lead of USP Competency Framework; a project which has brought together the country’s leading experts from across multiple disciplines and sectors, to create an open-source, universal competency framework for use in construction.

Commenting on his win, Dave said: ‘My team and I feel truly passionate about improving the health and safety of everyone at work, especially high-risk areas like construction. Gaining recognition for changing the landscape will help to spur us on. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve as this project develops.’

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