Future Leaders Steering Group

The Future Leaders Community is supported by the Future Leaders Steering Group. The Steering Group helps make sure content, resources and events are relevant for the Community.


Meet the Future Leaders Steering Group

Cindy Bell Tech IOSH

SHE Advisor, Greggs 

After completing her University degree in 2016 Cindy started her career as a HSQE Administrator within the construction industry. After gaining more experience in the sector Cindy progressed to become a HSQE Coordinator where she oversaw the HSQE division in the company. Cindy is now a SHE Advisor at Greggs and looks after the manufacturing sites in the North region.

Cindy regularly participates in local IOSH events where other Health and Safety professionals from a diverse range of industries share their knowledge and experiences. This has inspired Cindy to be part of the IOSH Future Leaders Steering group as it provides her with the opportunity to engage with aspiring young professionals within IOSH.

Sarah James Tech IOSH

Sarah James

Assistant Health and Safety Advisor, Carney Consultancy

Sarah is currently employed as an Assistant Health and Safety Advisor at Carney Consultancy, prior to this Sarah worked as a junior cdm consultant. Sarah’s career in Health and Safety has only just begun as she joined the industry approximately 18 months ago.


Most of her career Sarah has worked in retail management however she started to feel the urge to find a career that gave her job satisfaction and what better way to do this than to work as a health and safety advisor in the construction Industry. Sarah’s journey into health and safety consisted of gaining her NEBOSH general certificate and becoming a member of IOSH. Sarah says that “IOSH has given me a great amount of support advice and confidence over the last 18 months giving me the opportunity to network with like minded professionals who are always happy to help”.


Sarah become a member of the IOSH Future Leaders Steering group as she wants to support and encourage new professionals like herself be a success in the industry as the role played by Health and Safety professionals is such an important job. 

Jamie Laing Grad IOSH

Group Safety Business Partner, Sainsbury’s Group


Jamie’s current role involves providing advice and coaching to senior retail leaders on Health & Safety, Food Safety and Fire Safety matters in Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat stores across Scotland, NI and ROI. Starting his career with Sainsbury’s in retail management, followed by a series of national roles in L&D and with Sainsbury’s Bank, he joined the Group Safety & Insurance team in 2015 where he found his calling as an OSH professional. Jamie joined the Future Leaders Steering Group to help IOSH build a community which adds value to the membership through the provision of bespoke resources and events aimed at early careerists and those new to the profession.


Jamie is also Chair of People Know How, an Edinburgh-based social innovation charity and is Secretary to the Sainsbury’s Foundation Advisory Board which advises the Sainsbury’s Group on sustainable sourcing.

Blake May Tech IOSH

Blake May

Compliance Manager, Transport for Wales


Blake currently holds the position of Compliance Manager at Transport for Wales which requires him to be a ‘Safety person’. He is a second career H&S professional who, before safety, studied chemistry at University. The blame for career shift can be put on the paradigm shift for him during a culture change program while employed at Virgin Media. After this intervention he took on safety full time and has worked in Telecoms, Construction and Transport since.


Blake is now a Technical Member of IOSH. He is studying for a Lv5 NVQ in OHS in his goal to become chartered. On his journey he was fortunate to have support from IOSH and other safety professionals to point him in the right direction. He now sits on the future leaders steering group to help give experience to IOSH in supporting the Health and Safety Leaders of tomorrow.

Rajasekhar Reddy KV Grad IOSH

HSE Manager, Larsen & Toubro Limited


Raj has a decade of HSE experience where his career started as a Post graduate engineer trainee straight from college in power plants in India, he currently works as HSE Manager in Dubai, UAE. Raj crossed lots of challenges, hurdles and struggles to make the role his own. Raj continues to learn every day and regularly faces new challenges.


He spends time guiding his fellow colleagues /sub-ordinates and coaching them to face new challenges in the HSE field. In 2015 Raj became Grad IOSH & got the opportunity to meet fellow professionals in UAE.


Raj joined the IOSH Future Leaders Steering group to get the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience to help shape other Future leaders.

Hollie Ridley Grad IOSH

Hollie Ridley

Health and Safety Manager, LM JV


Hollie has been an IOSH member for 4 years and is currently working towards Chartered membership. Hollie is currently working on the High Speed 2 project in the UK, being able to work on such a large scale and prestigious project is of the things that drew her to working in that sector.


Hollie enjoys being an IOSH member because of the sense of community and belonging it provides. When she started out, she didn't know about all of the resources and guidance available, Hollie feels being part of the Future Leaders Community will empower her to share ideas with like-minded people and to share her own experiences. Hollie hopes the Community can help steer the future of OSH and highlight how exciting a sector this is to work in.


Health and Safety Manager (Events) – The Football Association


Currently the Health and Safety Manager for Events at the Football Association, covering events at Wembley Stadium and on-the-road events for England Football Teams including Men’s and Women’s Senior teams, Tom has been a Chartered Member of IOSH since April 2019.


Tom’s journey to his current role and CMIOSH status was founded on a career pathway aligned to, and assisted by, the IOSH membership categories. Previous experience includes a role as Health and Safety Advisor at The FA covering occupational H&S and capital projects at Wembley, St. Georges Park and the wider FA workforce.


As a keen advocate of improving the skills and abilities of young and aspiring health and safety professionals, in-line with the Work 2022 aims of enhancing the profession, collaborating for partnerships and influencing positive change, Tom joins the Future Leaders Steering Group to display that a career in H&S can lead to exciting and dynamic opportunities.


Apply to join the Future Leaders Community Steering Group

Thank you to those who have applied to be part of the Future Leaders Community Steering Group. We will be in touch with you all soon, and will be able to reveal the new Steering Group in due course.