Louise Ward

Louise Ward

Policy Standards and Communications Director, British Safety Council

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.

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.

Sean Elson

Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Barbara Hockey

Head of Vulnerable Workers Team, Health and Safety Executive

Chris Shaw

Head of Health & Safety, NELFT NHS Foundation Trust

Dave Wilkinson

Head of Technical Services, BSIA

Nicole Vazquez

Nicole Vazquez

Director, Worthwhile Training

Nicole is the founder of Worthwhile Training and the organiser of the Lone Worker Safety Expo. She has over 20 years experience in assisting organisations with practical advice to manage the risks associated with employee’s safety, security and wellbeing.

Worthwhile Training works with organisations in many sectors to design, implement and embed control measures and effective training solutions to achieve measurable results.

Nicole has written countless training solutions and manuals including 'Managing Personal Safety at Work: a Guide' which is highly regarded by the Health and Safety Sector in the UK and SWeRVe (Stop Work Related Violence) II, the Railways Safety and Standard Board’s nationwide training strategy used as the industry standard for all Train Operating Companies.

Renowned for her encyclopaedic knowledge and practical experience, Nicole is a popular speaker at national conferences and a regular contributor to many magazines.

Heather Beech

Heather Beach

Managing Director, The Healthy Work Company

Heather Beach is the founder of The Healthy Work Company – a training company specialising in mental health and influencing skills training. She has been running businesses in the health and safety community for over 20 years.
Having started in information services running the first available health and safety service from HSE on CD-ROM at SilverPlatter - she moved to Barbour and then to Safety & Health Expo, SHP, and IOSH conference.

Heather is a specialist in organisational cultural change. A qualified coach, she and her team are committed to transforming the way in which the health and safety profession is viewed by the general public.

The founder of Women in Health and Safety and the Barbour webinar series which attracts over 3000 attendees a month - Heather continues to run both of these in partnership with UBM. She also writes for SHP.

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