A foreword from the Chair
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee.
I became Chair of the British Safety Council in October 2021 and am one of 12 Trustees who are responsible for its strategic direction and governance. Our proud history speaks volumes that the British Safety Council has campaigned to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to the adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. For over 65 years, the charity and membership organisation has educated over a million workers and made thousands of workplaces safer around the world.
Over the years, passionate individuals who worked in the past and present have kept and continue to keep us ahead of our time within the sector. Our workplace has constantly faced unique new challenges to overcome, as well as health, safety, and wellbeing issues familiar to every business, small or large. We work closely with organisations, charities and individuals who share our vision of ensuring every worker goes home at the end of the day as safe as when they went to work.
The Health and Safety at Work report (from HSE) showed that in 2021/22, 123 workers died due to fatal injuries at their workplace in Great Britain, and a record 2.5 million people have been signed off long-term with back and neck pain, which suggests there are more work requirements to fulfil. It is, therefore, now more vital than ever that we have strong strategic leadership to continue to safeguard worker health, safety and wellbeing, as well as sustain our organisation for the future.
British Safety Council is looking for people who share our vision and have the desire to drive change within our organisation, as well as in the broader workplace. It is a big task because the British Safety Council operates in over 60 countries across the world. However, you don’t need to be a health, safety or wellbeing expert to apply for the Trustee role. For good governance, the Board is in need of strengthening, especially in light of the contributions which the outgoing, Trustees brought to the Board. Hence, we are looking for External Engagement, Charitable investment, Charity Governance and Business Management experience, coupled with a genuine desire to make a difference in Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Environmental management.
As a Trustee of the British Safety Council, you will have the chance to shape the policy agenda and take part in our campaigning activity. You will have an influential voice to protect workers and empower them to better manage risk, mental health, and overall wellbeing at work. Your expertise and advice will help us continue our vision that no one should be injured or made ill through their work.
British Safety Council, Chair of the Board of Trustees