East Lancashire District AGM nominees

The following nominees are eligible for election to the District committee.

Name:  Richard Taffs

Committee Role:  Committee Member

Supporting statement:  I am a dedicated safety professional linked to the engineering and manufacturing industry. I currently hold IOSH graduate membership, I have signed up for chartership and intend to start my application in the next couple of months. I am passionate about the promotion of safety beyond the workplace. I was awarded the RoSPA Archangel award in 2014, I am currently supporting RoSPA as one of their awards excellence ambassadors to help raise the safety standard of others. This year In the 2019 RoSPA awards I have been awarded one of the prestigious Inspiration Awards under the category of the Pride award in recognition of my work promoting safety. In January 2019 NIS was awarded Highly Commended for the Safety Groups UK Awards for the safety work I complete for NIS and in the local community. I support the LOcHER initiative and complete various workshops in local schools to promote an awareness to workplace hazards. I regularly work with schools completing risk awareness activities and workshops. During 2018 I initiated a safety workshop group that is held here at NIS every two months to support and enhance the work that the IOSH East Lanc's group undertakes. These workshops are attended by a number of safety practitioners from a range of industries and are based on sharing and working together with regard to best safety practice. I am a very organised individual and if selected I feel I would be a valued member of the IOSH committee

Name: Jim Lumsden
Committee Role: Chair
Supporting statement: I am already the standing Chair for the district and feel I have more to give in the coming year.

Name: Steve Winstanley
Committee Role: Vice Chair
Supporting statement: I have been a chartered member of IOSH for quite a few years now and I feel it’s good to give something back in the way of support, mentoring and being involved in the promotion of health and safety through IOSH. Being a member of the East Lancashire district of IOSH is a great way of doing this.

Name: Phil Watson
Committee Role: Secretary
Supporting statement: I am a member of the foundation committee for the East Lancs district formed in Feb 2012. I became secretary in March 2013 and have held this post ever since. Along with my fellow committee members I fully support the aims and objectives of IOSH at a national and regional level and am committed to the promotion of H&S and IOSH in East Lancashire. Having helped support the district since its formation I am keen to continue to provide that support and would like to continue as Secretary for a further 12 months.

Name: Elizabeth Campbell
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: I have worked as an Environment Health and Safety Manager on Top Tier COMAH sites engaged in the manufacture of chemicals for almost 20 years. Recently I started in the role of Safety, Health and Environment Manager at one of the UK’s largest Universities where I manage a team of SHE professionals to manage all aspects of SHE across the University. A degree in Environmental Management has been supplemented by a Masters Degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management and a Postgraduate Certificate in REACH. I have been a member of IOSH since 2001 and became a Chartered member of IOSH in 2006 and regularly attend local IOSH meetings, I was part of the foundation committee and am still a committee member for the East Lancashire District of IOSH. I have published articles in the field of Health and Safety one of which was presented at the IChemE Hazards XXI Conference as well as the AIChE Safety Symposium in the USA.

Name: Carol Riley
Committee Role: Communications Coordinator
Supporting statement: I worked for over 20 years in finance and at one point was responsible for a ledger of 10 million pounds a month turnover whilst managing a team of 16 staff. Due to a company takeover in 2007 I decided I would like a change and made the switch to workplace solutions. I now work as a Health and Safety Consultant offering a range of consultancy and training services to businesses. I am proud to be a committee member of East Lancashire IOSH District and meet with them at least once a month. This not only is a great networking opportunity but a chance to learn from others in the group as well as from the fabulous array of guest speakers that attend each meeting. In 2018 I have stepped up to take the post of Communications Co-ordinator for the East Lancashire District as I wanted to give even more to the group. I also enjoy being able to 'spread the word' about our meetings as much as possible. It is a shame that health and safety is often considered as boring or a barrier to business growth and creativity as I for one can say it is far from boring as a career and done well it is a fantastic benefit to a business in terms of corporate image, productivity, staff morale, cost savings, in fact the list goes on.

Name: Ian Lumsden
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: I have been an active committee member for several years and would like to continue being proactive IOSH committee member. I have been a speaker at an IOSH event and would like to continue promoting health and safety in the community.

Name: Yvonne Pitchfork
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: My time so far on the committee has helped me to understand the overall role and influence of IOSH and I would want to continue with this. Being part of the IOSH committee has also meant furthering my knowledge of other industries and practices, that IOSH brings together, by being involved, sharing information and creating connections.

Name: Chris Knagg
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: Founder member of the District, Past Chair, continuing support.

Name: Rachael Murray
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: I would like to continue to support my local IOSH group which has helped me to begin my career in safety. Being an active member of IOSH has allowed me to network with like-minded professionals who have helped me learn in so many ways whilst in my very first years of my career.