Lone Worker Safety Expo



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Speakers | LONE WORKER SAFETY Expo 2017

We’re busy organising our lovely speakers for 2018, so watch this space. In the meantime, take a look below at some of the people who gave such valuable input into this year’s event.

Craig Swallow

Craig Swallow - Chair of the BSIA Lone Worker Section

Craig became Chair of the BSIA Lone Worker Section in 2014 and has worked hard with the rest of the section members to advance the topic of lone worker safety. The section takes its responsibilities seriously and spends time interfacing with key stakeholders such as the Police and has also had heavy input recently in the republished BS8484 : 2016. All section members follow the requirements of this British Standard, the first of its kind in the world and as a result, the section is proud to be responsible for the high quality of lone worker services it provides. Craig also recently say on the steering committee to define the first British Standard for Body Worn Video (BS8593).

Louise Ward

Louise Ward - Policy Standards and Communications Director

Louise Ward is a Chartered Health and Safety Professional with over 17 years experience in a variety of sectors including; nuclear power; newspaper production; investment banking; facilities management; manufacturing and the Civil Service, railway operations and waste water management.

As well as being a practicing health and safety specialist, Louise has been involved in the development of legislation, guidance material and regulatory policy. She has a particular interest in professional development and supports a number of initiatives in this area as well as writing for the trade press.

Lukas Rootman

Lukas Rootman - Partner at Nabarro

Lukas Rootman is a Partner in Nabarro's health and safety and environmental team. As a solicitor he regularly assists companies and individuals in respect of regulatory compliance.

He also assists when the Police and Regulators such as the HSE, Local Authorities and Fire and Rescue Services intervene following incidents.

He frequently deals with serious incidents, including fatal accidents and has extensive advocacy experience representing clients in court and during inquests.

His practice requires him to advise clients on the implications of the sentencing guidelines. This includes assistance with minimising fines and the reputational impact following an incident. The legal directories recognises Lukas as a leading health and safety lawyer.

Walter Brennan

Walter Brennan - Managing Director, Oliver Brennan Training

Walter Brennan is a training specialist, mediator and expert witness and writer. Before setting up Oliver Brennan Training Ltd, Walter worked with some of the most dangerous and violent mentally abnormal offenders in the UK at Ashworth Hospital, Liverpool. His degree is in Forensic Mental Health.

He has designed a number of risk assessment tools and is extensively published on violence, risk assessments, mental health and bullying and harassment.

Walter designed the Two Minute Risk Assessment, and the Rapid Risk Assessment which were adopted by the Department of Health and the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Procedures Manual.

Walter has delivered more than four thousand days of training over a 20 year period and has trained more than 200 trainers during his time.

Nicole Vazquez

Nicole Vazquez - Worthwhile Training

Nicole has over 20 years experience assisting organisations to manage risks associated with safety, security and wellbeing. Her innovative and interactive training style is known to win over even the most challenging of delegates.

Nicole has written several training manuals and is a regular contributor to safety magazines; you can catch her Lone Working videos at SHP online.

Well respected for the way she delivers real world solutions, Nicole is always a valued speaker at our conference where her interactive style engages and inspires.

Kevin Hard

Kevin Hard - Development Director RyderMarsh OCAID

Kevin has a wealth of experience in Leadership and Employee Engagement strategies. He joined RyderMarsh 2014 and is now Development Director.

Kevin is a fellow of Leadership Academy which challenges leaders' thinking on engagement and through the National Centre for Strategic Leadership is closely involved in research into neuroscience and the four enablers of engagement i.e. creating a work environment that helps our brains think and perform at their best.

Kevin has recently published an Organisational Integrated Improvement model based on Leadership, Engagement and Wellbeing (with Nigel Girling) which has been referenced by many organisations including the HSL/HSE at conference.

Christine Morrison

Christine Morrison - CMA Training - Crime Prevention and Personal Safety

Christine is an independent training consultant. She was a police sergeant with Merseyside Police, and specialist crime prevention advisor with Greater Manchester Police.

Christine has delivered training and consultancy in crime prevention, designing out crime, problem solving and personal safety since 2001. She has worked with the Home Office, the College of Policing, individual police forces home and abroad, and an extensive range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Nigel Heaton

Nigel Heaton - Director of Human Applications and Executive Director of Health, Safety, Security and Environment at Ladbrokes Coral Group

Nigel has been working in the area of lone working for the last 20 years providing support to organisations and individuals who are engaged in lone working. He has helped organisations develop simple, effective approaches to the management of lone working as well as supporting individuals who have been affected by lone working. Nigel is currently engaged as the Executive Director of Health, Safety, Security and Environment at Ladbrokes Coral Group plc.

Patrick Dealtry

Patrick Dealtry - Managing Director of The Lone Working Group and author of the original draft of the Lone Worker standard BS8484

Following careers in the military and the security industry, Patrick Dealtry has been actively engaged in the Lone Worker market since 2001.

In 2003 he co-founded Skyguard, one of the pioneer Lone Worker companies and now one of the market leaders, supplying the full range of Lone Worker services. He left the company in 2011 to pursue other interests in the Lone Worker market.

Patrick wrote the original draft of the Lone Worker standard, BS8484, at the request of the Association of Chief Police Officers and then steered it through the British Standards Institute system to publishing in 2009. He is currently chairing the committee revising the standard for issue in August 2016.

Since 2011 Patrick has operated as a Lone Worker consultant, advising companies on how to enter the market, gain the standard and develop their services as well as advising companies on how best to protect their Lone Workers. He also writes occasional articles & blogs, speaks at and chairs Lone Worker events and acts as a judge for the IFSEC Security and Fire Awards.

He initiated the British Security Industry Association, (BSIA), Lone Worker Section in 2010 and was its Chairman until 2015. He received the BSIA Chairman's Award for services to standards in the security industry

Tony Welsh

Tony Welsh - Global Operations Director of PPSS Group

Tony's career has spanned 20 years working with the Armed Forces, Correctional and Private Security sectors (operational and training).

As Global Operations Director of PPSS Group he is responsible for the maintenance of positive working relationship with international distribution partners as well as the development of a solid and reliable network with leading operatives and key decision makers around the world.

Tony's experiences around the globe in various guises mean he is expertly placed to consult on the moral, legal and operational need to protect frontline professionals by advising on body armour technologies, the threat to unprotected lone-workers and risk assessments.

Paul Ratcliffe

Paul Ratcliffe - Neighbourhood Operations Manager - Croydon Council

Paul began his career as a serving Police Officer from 1978 until 1993. Since leaving the service Paul has worked extensively across the public sector undertaking numerous projects such as project managing a high profile Gun Crime project for Metropolitan Police in Harlesden to setting up a Crime Reduction Partnership for Hillingdon PCT and leading a project to set up a Community Managed Police Team and Crime reduction Partnership for New Deals For Communities in North Fulham.

Since 2006 Paul has worked in various iteration of his current role as Lead Manager for Environmental Enforcement. During this time Paul has developed a multi skilled uniformed Enforcement Service of 50 + officers/managers charged with undertaking a myriad of enforcement functions for the Council.

Paul has introduced comprehensive PPE policies and procedures which are supported by the issue of Body Armour, Body Worn Video Cameras and GPS Tracking capability included in the issue of Personal Radio's. Paul remains committed to ensuring that his officers kept safe and well whilst undertaking their front line roles.

Doug Melia

Doug Melia - Director of Safer Handling - Professional Safety Education

Doug's niche subject is the use of force, in particular the use of force with children, vulnerable adults and those who are more at risk due to the nature of their working environments, activities or due to the behaviours of their service users. Doug's mix of humour, solid facts and testimony gathered by his everyday work as a trainer and consultant has seen him on our stage for the last three years running. 

Doug is host of the Safer Handling You-tube channel, blogs actively on use of force issues and has written articles for Safety management magazine, the Guardian weekend, Special children magazine, the TES and has appeared at the Westminster education forum, the TES SEN show, the kidnap and ransom conference and at the Scottish festival of learning. Doug's 2014 talk at Cheshire Police HQ advising on Reasonable force with children was made into a DVD for schools and is available on Amazon.

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