Each of our presenters are respected and experienced
lecturers, with many years experience in health and
Find out more about them below:
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Martin is widely recognised as a leading figure in the world of
health and safety with over 36 years’ experience. He worked
as a Principal Specialist Inspector for the UK Health & Safety
Executive for over 12 years and regularly acts as an expert witness
in legal cases in both the UK and Ireland. He has acted in
numerous successful defences of organisations and individuals
charged with manslaughter in the UK and Dubai and has been involved
in the first three cases in England under the UK Corporate
Manslaughter Act 2007.
Martin’s extensive experience has included work in the Republic
of Ireland for organisations such as Irish Rail, Intel and Pfizer,
for Johnson Matthey in the USA, for Gammon Construction in Hong
Kong and for BAA in Budapest. He is particularly active in
developing health and safety strategies for major organisations,
has lectured worldwide and regularly contributes to the growing
debate on future safety requirements.
TRICIA DAIR BA (Hons) Social Science,
DipOSH; GradIOSH, AROSPA
Tricia has recently retired after 32 years with the Health and
Safety Executive. She was a Principal Inspector for 22 years
being responsible for the regulation of a wide range of
industries. The last decade has been spent specialising in
the construction industry in London and East Anglia including
involvement in the Olympic site at Stratford. Latterly she
was part of a special project responsible for the training and
development of construction inspectors new to HSE. She has
extensive experience of the enforcement of health and safety
legislation having conducted many of her own cases in
BSc (Hons) CEng MICE CMIOSH
Director in the Department of Health and Safety at Capita and a
specialist in providing strategic health and safety advice.
Nigel commenced his career in the construction industry where he
worked as a designer and project manager. For the past 17 years he
has specialised in health and safety providing advice and training.
He has devised and delivered health and safety training to a number
of clients including Aviva Investors, Tesco, Hampshire County
Council, Kames Capital and to Capita Symonds own staff.
Nigel has extensive experience of working with the MOD having
been involved in commissions at RAF Wattisham, HMNB Portsmouth, MOD
Main Building, the Falkland Islands and several facilities along
the east coast of England.
Nigel is a visiting lecturer in health and safety at Kings
BSc CEng CMIOSH MICE
Andrew East is a chartered civil engineer and chartered member
of IOSH. He has recently retired from the HSE where he worked for
over 22 years as a specialist construction inspector. During this
time Andrew carried out technical investigations in construction
accidents and structural collapses. He also acted as an expert
witness to assist court proceedings. Andrew has extensive
experience of CDM and was responsible for developing the
operational guidance and inspector training for CDM 2007. He
represented the UK in developing EU wide guidance for the European
Directive 92/57 from which CDM has been developed. Andrew has also
spent time in Malta prior to them joining the EU advising them on
how the UK implemented the Directive in the UK.
Hedley is a mining engineer and started his working life
underground with the National Coal Board.
He joined HM Factory Inspectorate in 1969 and until he recently
retired he specialised in heavy engineering, printing, plastics,
wood, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, textiles and offshore oil and
gas exploration and production.
Health and Safety Training It was during this latter period that
Hedley was involved in the investigation of the Piper Alpha
disaster. For the last 12 years Hedley has been the HSE’s principal
inspector in charge of its Glasgow construction and asbestos group
where he has gained wide experience of the application of the CDM
Jonathan has had over 25 years' experience in the construction
industry and has been a Health and Safety Adviser since 1982.
He started his career as a chemist for Eastern Gas Board and on
leaving college began working for a variety of building and civil
engineering contractors on projects throughout the East of England.
Since becoming a Safety Adviser he has gained a wealth of practical
experience at Divisional, Regional and National levels for both
Anglian Water and the National Rivers Authority.
He has gained this experience by working for contractors and
consultants in the private sector and Local Authority clients in
the public sector. Jon now spends much of his time lecturing on
construction safety issues. He has also become a CITB registered
trainer and assessor for their five day Site Safety Management
JIM SKILLING BSc MSc GradIOSH
Jim retired in 2009 after 32 years with the Health and Safety
Executive. He was a principal inspector for the last 10 years,
firstly as Head of HSE’s Asbestos Licensing Unit for Great Britain
and then latterly as Construction Principal Inspector in Edinburgh
covering from the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Isles. He
has considerable enforcement experience both in terms of site
enforcement notices and major prosecutions. Throughout his career
he has worked with major contractors, local authorities and various
health and safety forums across Scotland to develop improvements
both internally and industry wide. A major part of Jim’s work has
been in the development and training of inspectors across Great
Britain and beyond. Since 2009 he has undertaken health and safety
consultancy work, including assisting in the investigation of fatal
accidents both in the UK and abroad as well as acting as an expert
witness in criminal and civil cases.
Peter is an extremely practical person who has been in and
around health and safety for most of his career.
Having started off in industry for three years on the shop floor
he then spent 16 years in the Health and Safety Executive. His HSE
experience as Principal Inspector covered all types of factories,
major utilities, Crown premises, local authorities, health
services, construction and fairgrounds. After HSE, Peter worked in
a senior airport safety role for 15 years culminating in
multinational Group Safety until 2005.
During this time he developed health safety and fire training
courses, management systems and group standards, delivered manual
handling training, risk assessment, IOSH Managing Safely and
presentation skills courses, undertook extensive auditing on a
multi-national basis and managed all forms of assessments.
Pennie James (Health and Safety)
Training & Litigation Business Manager
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