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Mine Hosts: Chair Gary Wood & Chair Elect Cathy Day

Mine Hosts: Chair Gary Wood & Chair Elect Cathy Day

Gary Wood

Chair, USHA

A health and safety journey that started in December 1992 – just ahead of the implementation of the 'six pack' – now finds Gary closing in on his twentieth-year as Health and Safety Adviser at the University of Huddersfield.

Gary's direct involvement with USHA's executive started in 2006 as the Yorkshire Group's representative. Three years later he was elected as an executive member and in 2012 became the association's treasurer.

Gary succeeded to the role of chair-elect in 2014 and within a matter of months was having to take hold of the reins as acting chairperson.

This year's conference brings to an end Gary's two-year tenure as chairperson, during which the association has successfully navigated the move to company limited by guarantee and, he feels, further strengthened its position within the sector through greater collaborative working.

Outside of work and his USHA commitments Gary suggests his Twitter profile offers the best summary – 'simply add good music, beer and Chesterfield FC'!

Cathy Day

Chair Elect, USHA

Cathy is the Director of Health and Safety at the University of Southampton. She is a member of the senior professional leadership team of the University and leads on business risk, business continuity and wellbeing. Prior to Southampton, Cathy was Head of Health, Safety &Environment at the University of Bath. Her varied career also includes Transformation Programme Manager for the Councils of Somerset, Senior Strategic Assets Manager, Marketing Manager and Police Officer, all of which have proved extremely useful in helping Cathy to carry out her current role.

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Sir Alan Langlands FRSE Hon FMedSci

Vic Chancellor, University of Leeds

Allan Langlands

Sir Alan Langlands FRSE Hon FMedSci Alan Langlands is the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, a major Russell Group University with a commitment to high quality education, a strong and dynamic research base and a track record of social, economic and cultural development.

Before joining the University, he was the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (2009 to 2013), responsible for promoting and funding high-quality education and research in universities and colleges with higher education programmes.

He was formerly the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee (2000 to 2009) and Chief Executive of the NHS in England (1994 to 2000).

He has a particular interest in the scientific basis of health services, and from its inception in 2004 until 2012, he chaired the board of UK Biobank – a major genetic epidemiology study. He continues to chair the board of the Health Foundation, a UK-wide charity committed to improving the quality of healthcare.

Alan was knighted in 1998 for his services to the NHS, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

He is a science graduate of the University of Glasgow and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2001. In addition, he has a number of honorary degrees from major universities and fellowships from five medical Royal Colleges.

Councillor Gerry Harper

The Lord Mayor of Leeds

Gerry Harper

Councillor Gerry Harper was born in Belfast before moving to Leeds in 1967 with his family, he was brought up in the Harehills area of Leeds and currently lives in Otley. He attended Brownhill primary school, St Augustine’s primary school and Corpus Christi high school.

Gerry started his working life in Leeds Kirkgate Marke​t before moving to work for Montague Burton in Leeds and Archbold Storage Ltd, Gildersome.

In 1978 he trained to work as a central heating surveyor at British Gas in Wortley and remained there until 1994 when he was elected as a city councillor. He represented the old University Ward until 2004 and in 2010 he was re-elected to the Hyde Park and Woodhouse Ward which he still represents.

During his time on Council, Gerry has held many positions including being Chief Whip to the Council on two occasions as well as an Executive board member for Environment and Cleansing and Deputy Executive board member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning.

The Lord Mayors charities are Epilepsy Action and Heart Research UK.

Malcolm Brown MBE

British Triathlon Performance Coach

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown worked in several universities from 1979 until retirement in 2010. Most recently, he held posts as Director of Sport at the University of Ulster and, later, Leeds Metropolitan University. He held numerous positions in British Universities Sports Association, Scottish Universities Sports Federation including Chair, Vice Chair and secretary. He served on the Boards of Sport England (Yorkshire) and the English Institute of Sport.

Whilst working in universities he acted as a volunteer coach with British Triathlon and UK Athletics and was appointed Team Manager or Team Coach at the last four Olympic Games. He coached athletes who have secured medals at every level of sport. In 2004 he established, with a colleague, the Leeds Triathlon Centre with 4 youth athletes. Partnered by the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and British Triathlon, it is now the most successful Olympic triathlon centre in the world. He was awarded an honorary degree by Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010 and an MBE by the Queen in 2013.

Paul Verrico


Paul Verrico

Paul is ranked as a star lawyer in the field of health and safety and leads the Eversheds Education Safety team, having had a previous career as Curriculum Leader for Law in a HEI.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales and has a strong research interest in the law of manslaughter.

His recent experience includes acting for universities following losses of radioactive materials, explosions, noxious substances, and falls from height and failing equipment.

In his spare time, Paul chairs a local cancer charity, Team Verrico, which was set up following the tragic loss of his wife in 2014 from triple negative breast cancer.

Philip White

Head of Operational Strategy, Health and Safety Executive

Philip White

Philip joined HSE as a Factory Inspector in 1985 and has broad experience of regulating a number of industries. 

He took up his current post as Head of HSE’s Operational Strategy Division in April 2013 after four years as HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction.

Prior to that he was seconded to the Department for Work and Pensions to head up the Health and Safety Sponsorship Team, advising ministers on health and safety policy and the work of the Health and Safety Executive.

Jon Holt

Director of Sustainability, Rolls Royce

John Holt

John Holt is founder and Director of Clifton Cross, a new business that helps individuals, teams and organisations to build capability in Resilience using Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability to guide improvements.

Until May 2016 John was Group Director for Health Safety and Environment at Rolls-Royce plc, the global designer, developer and service provider of integrated power systems for the civil and defence aerospace, marine and industrial power markets.

With over 25 years’ experience he has held a number of senior global corporate and consulting roles in HSE and Sustainability: as Group Head of Safety at Anglo American plc; as Global Manager HSE, Security and Sustainable Development at Royal-Dutch Shell in the Gas & Power Division.

Whilst at KPMG Sustainability Advisory Services, he advised on HSE and Sustainability strategy, performance improvement and assurance projects for FTSE 100 clients in multiple industries and in the public sector.

He started his career in FMCG glass manufacturing with Owens-Illinois group in the UK.He has worked extensively internationally and has lived in The Netherlands, New Zealand and currently the UK.

John holds a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Sheffield and a M.Sc. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, University of London.

Matthew Burrows

Managing Director, BSM Impact

Matthew Burrows

In addition to his role as Director, Matthew is active as part of the BSMimpact professional services team, providing consultancy and training to governments and organisations in all regions of the globe.

He has served on numerous industry bodies, including as President of the Institute of Service Management, Chair of itSMF International Ethics Review Board, Management Board member for itSMF UK, authoring team for the PMI Program and Portfolio Management standards, and the ITIL Change Advisory Board. 

He is an ISO/IEC 20000 qualified consultant and auditor, a SFIA Accredited Consultant and Trainer, a member of the SFIA Council, and was the Design Authority for SFIA6.

Matthew is in demand as a speaker at conferences and other industry events. His authoring credits include SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age), Service Management, Portfolio and Programme Management methodologies, white papers, books, and articles.

Louise Edwards-Holland

Deputy Director of Human Resources, Newcastle University

Louise Edwards-Holland

Louise joined the University in 2014 as Deputy Director from the University of Sheffield where she was Associate Director of HR. She was Acting Director of HR in 2016 and had overall responsibility for Human Resources, including staff development and Occupational Health and Safety. She has previously worked for public sector organisations including local government and the NHS, the private and not for profit sectors.

Louise is the North East Regional Chair for the UHR Deputy Director Network and is a member of the Directors network. She has extensive experience of working in partnership with the recognised campus trade unions and is a member of the new JNCHES national working group reviewing the higher education sectors use of Atypical and zero hours contracts as part of the 2016 pay settlement agreement.

Louise is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and gained an MA in Law and Employment Relations from Leicester University in 1993 and an MSC in Human Resource Management from Sheffield Hallam University in 2000. She is an ACAS accredited workplace mediator and has been a lay magistrate for 20 years.

Dr Shaun Lundy

University of Greenwich

Shaun Lundy

Shaun has over 25 years’ experience as both an academic and practitioner in the field of health, safety and environment.

Shaun is the Academic Portfolio Leader for BSc and MSc degree programmes in Safety, Health, Environment and Occupational Hygiene at the University of Greenwich.

He also currently sits on the Health and Safety Executive’s Myth Busters Challenge Panel, set up by the UK government to scrutinise dubious health and safety decisions in the public interest.

Shaun volunteers at IOSH, serving as Vice-Chair of the Professional Standards Committee and has a keen interest in education, competence, ethics and leadership in relation to health and safety practice.

Angus Clark

St Andrews

Angus Clark

Originally an Environmental Health Officer, Angus dabbled in various disciplines – food & meat safety, environmental radiation, landfill, commercial waste control etc. before moving to North-East Scotland to lead on health & safety enforcement. He chaired the local enforcement liaison group in the mid-90s.

A move to industry saw 7 years heading the HS&E function for a world-wide group of companies specialising in offshore mooring & buoyancy systems, pipeline coating and plastic processing.

Angus moved to higher education with Robert Gordon University in 2003, and relocated four years later to St Andrews where he is currently Director of Environmental Health & Safety Services.

During his time in the HE Sector, Angus has served as the Scottish Representative on the USHA Planning Group; participated in the Fieldwork Special Interest Group; and has been a member of the USHA Executive since 2009 and was appointed Board Secretary in 2014.

Melanie Boucher

Head of Health & Safety, London School of Economics

Melanie Boucher

Mel has been Head of Health and Safety at the London School of Economics for just over 3 years. Prior to that she was the Health and Safety Manager at The Royal Opera House and Health, Safety and Risk Adviser at West Sussex Fire Service, working within the Strategic Risk Team.

Mel has been a Chartered Member of IOSH for 7 years, holds an MSc in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Management from the University of Portsmouth and is now undertaking an MSc in Risk, Resilience and Crisis Management.

She is currently chairing the review of the USHA Safety in Fieldwork Guidance.

Outside of work, Mel is married to Chris and therefore also Chelsea Football Club! She lives in Wimbledon, but has never been to the tennis, enjoys cooking and gardening and likes the odd glass of red wine!

Charlotte Waters

Solicitor, specialising in H&S disputes

charlotte waters

Charlotte Waters specialises in health and safety, construction, engineering and manufacturing disputes and disasters.

Charlotte is an accredited Mediator and is a Solicitor-Advocate with full Higher Rights of Audience in all courts in all proceedings.

She specialises in major incident response following construction and engineering disasters and complex major property damage claims arising out of construction and design defects, fire, flood, theft, impact and subsidence.

She firmly believes that the secret of success is to get the facts right above all else. Many cases are lost because lawyers either confuse fact with assumption or are insufficiently equipped when working with complex technical evidence to examine it with the necessary rigor.

She has been involved with the Hatfield rail disaster, Potters Bar train crash ,Buncefield fuel depot explosion, Ladbroke Grove rail crash, the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes (H&S prosecution) as well as numerous other fatal accident investigations and prosecutions including Health & Safety , corporate manslaughter, and gross negligence manslaughter.

Dr Sara Guediri

Alliance Manchester Business School

Dr Sara Guediri

Dr Sara Guediri is a Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at Alliance Manchester Business School. Her research focuses on improving workplace health and safety with a particular interest in safety leadership.

Dame Frances Cairncross

Executive Member of the CUC

Dame Frances Cairncross

Frances Cairncross is the former Rector (ie, head) of Exeter College, Oxford University.

Prior to her decade at Oxford, she was a journalist, spending 13 years on The Guardian as an economic columnist and 20 years at The Economist magazine as a senior editor.

She is the author of a number of books, including "The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution is Changing our Lives" and "Costing the Earth: The Challenge for Governments, the Opportunities for Business." She chairs the executive committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and in 2001-07 she chaired the Economic and Social Research Council.

Until 2015, she chaired the Executive Committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and from October 2015 until May 2016 she was Interim Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Frances Cairncross went to school in Glasgow, and to university at Oxford and at Brown University in the US.  She lives in London and is married to the columnist Hamish McRae.

Alison Jones

Chair, HESPA

Alison Jones

Alison joined the University of Bradford in November 2013 and is responsible for corporate and academic governance: strategic and operational planning; project management and business improvement; corporate and academic governance; policy advice and guidance and executive support.

Alison has twenty years of experience of the higher education sector and prior to joining the University was the Head of Strategic Planning at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her first degree was in Literature and Philosophy and she has a Master's degree in Strategic Decision Making.

She is a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration and is on the Executive Committee of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association and is a member of sector steering groups on the use of third party data and the longitudinal destination of leavers of higher education survey.

She has also been a member of the Higher Education Academy working group on using the outputs of the NSS for academic quality enhancement, and contributed to the HEA publication Making it Count which drew together best practice from across the sector. Alison is also a Trustee of the Leeds Weekend Care Association; a charity providing respite care for children with disabilities.

Clive Parkinson


Clive Parkinson

Clive has been a Director of Health and Safety for over 18 years, 8 years at Surrey and 10 at Sussex University. Prior to that Clive was at The Institute of Psychiatry for 7 years as a Health and Safety Officer. His career before that was spent in the Pharmaceutical Industry. His last years in industry were spent as a biosafety specialist.

Clive became Chair of USHA in 2011 until 2014. He has previously served on the USHA Executive Board from 2001-2008. Clive was also the UCEA Health and Safety Advisor from 2003-2008 as well. During this time Clive was involved in several working groups including the Management of Stress at Work and responsible research. His main involvement with USHA since stepping down as Chair has been on the Leadership and Management Guidance group.

Monica Kanwar


Monica Kanwar

Monica has worked at University of Hertfordshire initially within Biological Sciences and Environmental Science. Monica’s role as Director of Health, Safety and Workplace Wellbeing is to provide strategic health, safety and workplace wellbeing advice on implementation of a health and safety management system to enable safety to be managed by the managers throughout the organisation. She has led the team to achieve successive ROSPA Gold in 2015 and 2016.

Monica's has a BSc in Biological Sciences, a Masters in Environmental Engineering, Postgraduate diploma in Occupational Health and Safety management and recently a postgraduate certificate in leading through coaching. A chartered professional with over 18 years of experience on safety management. Monica chaired the sector-wide guidance, ‘Leadership and Management of health & safety in higher education institutions’, as the Chair of the USHA Reviewing Panel and in partnership with UCEA in 2015.

Neil Budworth


Neil Budworth

Neil Budworth is the Health, Safety and Risk Manager for Loughborough University, where is he is also a visiting professor in occupational safety and health in the department of Design.

Neil is a Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management a Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and has received Distinguished Service Awards from both RoSPA and IOSH.

He has more than 20 years’ experience of working in health and safety across a number of sectors.

Andrew Knight

Deputy Director of Health and Safety, Brighton

Andrew Knight

Andrew began his career working for a small Safety and Environmental consultancy in Sussex providing safety solutions to a range of public and private sector clients.

He has over 15 years’ experience as a Health and Safety Practitioner with a range of companies and joined University of Brighton as the Estate and Facilities Management Safety Adviser in 2004. He joined the Health and Safety Department of University of Brighton in 2006.

Andrew is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and a member of the International Institute for Risk and Safety Management.

He holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Geography and a NEBOSH Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. He is currently studying for an MBA in Public Service Management.

Chantal Batchelor


Chantal Batchelor

Chantal Batchelor works from the University of Brighton’s Marketing and Communications department and supports the Occupational Safety and Health Services department as their Communications Project Officer.

This is a new role within the university in which Chantal delivers internal communication projects that actively relate to the university’s Occupational Safety and Health Services department, ensuring that any health and safety communications work is joined up with Marketing and Communications processes and practices. She is also the lead copywriter for the Occupational Safety and Health Services department’s internal website.

Previously, Chantal worked in a different role at the university in which she used social media accounts to deliver communications to external audiences and created and updated web pages in the Business and Community Partnership section of the university’s website.

Booking Information

25th – 27th April 2017

Hosted by USHA and the University of Leeds

University of Leeds

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