Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director, Highways England
Mark Byard recently joined Highways England after having spent nearly 20 years in the water industry. Most recently he was Health and Safety Director at United Utilities based in the North West, and prior to that worked at Severn Trent Water in health and safety and operational management roles. Mark draws on his background in operations as a continuous point of reference when developing new Health Safety and Wellbeing strategies. Mark is currently undertaking a review of Highways England’s existing 5 year health and safety plan in line with the vision of getting customers, employees and our supply chain home safe and well.
Highways England Project Director, Lower Thames Crossing
Tim is the Project Director for Highways England’s Lower Thames Crossing – the next in a line of mega-infrastructure projects being completed in London and the South-East. A Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers and A Fellow of the Institute of Highways and Transportation, Tim has been in the construction industry for 44 years, 30 of which have been in the transportation sector.
Prior to Tim’s appointment, he was Chief Executive of Connect Plus, the award-winning company that has responsibility for the £6bn DBFO Contract for the M25 Network. Prior to joining Balfour Beatty Management in 2008, he was the Managing Director of Schofield Lothian.
He has led major projects and programmes for key clients and is well respected in the industry for being a dynamic leader, highly pragmatic and commercially focused.
Tim’s experience on the M25 since 2009, has taken him to pioneering a different stance in addressing road user and road worker safety. This includes creating a new culture around road and vehicle design, maintenance and asset management, operations and customer engagement, technology and the increasing focus on physical and mental health.
Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant working globally in EHS
Steve Perkins Associates Limited
Steve is an experienced Chartered Director and former Chief Executive of BOHS who now works globally as an independent Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant in the EHS field through his consultancy Steve Perkins Associates Limited.
He is also a non-executive director and charity trustee and a Fellow of both the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Physics.
Chairman, British Safety Council & former Head of H&S, 2012 London Olympic Delivery Authority
Lawrence headed the programme for the delivery of the safest and healthiest major construction project in Europe, the venues, infrastructure and athletes’ village for the London 2012 Olympic Games, for which he was appointed the OBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours.
In a career dedicated to health, safety and environmental management, Lawrence has led the development of occupational health and safety programmes for a number of major organisations, dealing with some of the most challenging environments.
Since London 2012, he has been Director of Health and Safety for the Battersea Power Station Development, advisor to the Tideway project team and a member of Tarmac’s Senior Leadership Team.
He remains the senior adviser to the London Legacy Development Corporation, which continues to develop the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and also in east London he is starting work on the major Royal Albert Dock Development.
Lawrence is also the current chairman of the British Safety Council.
Compliance Team Leader, Highways England
Jamie is responsible for improving driver compliance on Highways England’s strategic road network (SRN). He is leading on the trialling of new detection equipment for areas such as close following as well as making more use of existing technologies such as ANPR.
He has developed a warning letter centre in partnership with the police and DVLA to target non-compliance on smart motorways related to misuse of the hardshoulder on Dynamic Hardshoulder sections and Red X signals. This project won a Prince Michael International Road Safety award and to date about 130,000 letters have been sent.
Head of Road Fleet, Network Rail
Jim is Head of Road Fleet at Network Rail and responsible for ensuring continued compliance, accident reduction, driver safety and cost management for all activities involving Network Rail’s 18,000 drivers and their fleet of 8,000 cars, vans and trucks.
Jim was previously Managing Director of Fleet Accident Repair Group and Automotive Director of Ai Claims Solutions plc before being head hunted by RAC to run their Accident Services division alongside the Legal Advisory unit. Jim was instrumental in growing both businesses and delivering significant cost savings to one of the UK’s largest vehicle fleets.
Sustainability Director, WJ Group
Responsible for all aspects of Group Sustainability and Compliance, Paul first entered the industry in 1982 as an operative for a Road Marking and Traffic Management company where he quickly advanced to supervisor, leaving in 1988 to cycle around the world before studying for his degree. Paul joined Linkline Maintenance in 1994, progressing to Operations Director before being appointed Managing Director, following the acquisition of the business by WJ.
He is the current Chairman of the RSMA, Chair of the National Highways Sector Scheme 7 Advisory Committee, a Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers, an IEMA Practitioner member, GACSO member, HTMA Advocate, member of the LoCITY Waste and Construction Working Group and is a CLOCS Champion. He has sat on a National Occupational Standards Committee, established WJ as a member of the 5% Club and has introduced FORS into the WJ Business.
Strategic Road Safety Lead at Highways England
Stuart is responsible for improving road user safety across a range of challenging areas including fleet, towing and motorbikes. Stuart is also responsible for the success of the Driving for Better Business campaign which Highways England assumed control of in early 2017 to drive higher standards for Driving at Work across the private and public sectors
Professor Tim Marsh
Globally renowned HSW expert and author, Managing Director of Anker & Marsh
Tim was one of the team leaders of the original UK research into behavioural safety (in construction) in the early 1990s, is one of only a few Chartered Psychologists who are also Chartered Fellows of IOSH and is considered a world authority on the subject of behavioural safety, safety leadership and organisational culture.
Tim was awarded a “President’s Commendation” in 2008 by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and was selected to be their first ever ‘Specialist Fellow’ in 2010.
As MD of the consultancy RyderMarsh, he worked with more than 400 major organisations around the world, including the European Space Agency. Many of these clients have won both open and in-house awards for their subsequent success. He has presented to the European Conference Board and was an expert witness at the “Safety Culture” and “Management of Change” expert forums at the Cullen Inquiry (Ladbroke Grove).
He has also written dozens of learned articles for such as the ‘Safety and Health Practitioner’ and the ‘Health and Safety at Work’ magazines, he has worked with media such as the BBC (radio work and selecting and fronting a box set of their disaster series) and written and produced many safety training videos including “Drive Smarter” and the extensive “Safety Leadership” series with Baker-media and “There’s Always a Reason” and “Safety Watch”.
Partner at Park Health & Safety Partnership, Formerly Head of Centre for Health, HSE
Clare is an Occupational Health & Hygiene Partner with Park Health & Safety Partnership. She previously worked at HSE; most recently as Head of the Centre for Health and has over 20 years’ experience in workplace health management.
Clare is an Associate Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene with post graduate qualifications in both Occupational Hygiene and Health Ergonomics. Her role involves assisting organisations in achieving their goals in health risk management. She has pioneered the Complete Worker Health Solutions model to allow accessible and targeted solutions and also conceived and helped develop the innovative Health Management Maturity Model.
She has undergone HSE’s Specialist Inspector Training and has strong familiarity and experience with the GB regulatory scheme for occupational health risks and a deep topic understanding of exposures, control and impact of health risks at work, particularly in construction.
She is actively involved in various industry working groups and cross government committees to influence and evolve understanding and approaches to improving health through the workplace.
Head of the HTMA working committee for fatigue management
Pat has over 35 years of experience working in the construction and Highways industries. He joined Colas in 1994 before moving to the Health & Safety team in 2001 and he is a Chartered member of IOSH.
Pat represents Colas on a number of industry bodies such as the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), the Refined Emulsion Association (REA), the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and he is also the MPA UK representative on the European Asphalt Paving Association (EAPA). Pat is a past chair of the HTMA Safety forum and the current Task and Finish group lead on the Road worker abuse group and the Fatigue working group.
Dr Judith Grant
Director Health and Wellbeing, Mace
Dr Judith Grant is Director of Health and Wellbeing at Mace Group and is responsible for strategic wellbeing, occupational hygiene and occupational health delivery across the global construction, consultancy and facilities management business.
As the former Group Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Royal Mail Group Judith achieved success in developing and delivering wellbeing strategy and programmes in addition to overseeing occupational health and wellbeing contracts.
With a background that includes working in community health for a local authority, in corporate health promoting wellbeing programmes to businesses and personal training both for a gym and privately, Judith has a varied background in health and wellbeing promotion.
Having just been awarded her Doctorate in Occupational Health Psychology and Management at the University of Nottingham, Judith has an interest in academic research on workplace wellbeing.
Judith is Trustee of the Men’s Health Forum and the Mace Foundation and Chair of ‘Women in Health and Safety’.
Head of Health Safety Security and Wellbeing, Thames Water
Joe’s primary responsibility is looking after the delivery programme of approximately £1 billion of capital investment annually. Tim is also currently working with the GLA and Utilities Forum on a project to create a shared data environment for all utilities across London and its boroughs.
Award-winning comedian and writer, Happy to Health You
John is an award-winning comedian who also works in men’s health. By combining comedy with practical advice, John is living proof that laughter really is the best medicine.
His shows on the comedy circuit are highly-acclaimed – even the Daily Telegraph called him a ‘genius’ – but it is his work in men’s mental health that is truly ground-breaking. His Home Front project with the Army toured many army bases and won him a second Royal Society of Public Health Arts and Health Award in 2015. The first came in 2010 for his work in prisons. He has even had a research paper published in the Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology on how comedy can boost mental wellbeing.