Our executive team
Michael Robinson Chief Executive
Mike was appointed as Chief Executive of the British Safety Council on 1 September 2015. Prior to this, Mike was a co-founder of Global Navigation Solutions, the world's leading provider of paper and digital navigation products and services to commercial shipping.
Previously, Mike held the post of Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. Over five years, Mike grew the business substantially, increasing profits and positioning the organisation to respond to increasing competition.
Before moving into the maritime services sector, Mike had a successful 15 years’ career in Financial Services, building HBOS's European Financial Services business and sitting on the boards of HBOS Europe and North America.
Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and spent several years at the start of his career in Audit and Consultancy.
Chris Wales Chief Technology and Marketing Officer
Chris oversees the British Safety Council’s IT, marketing and e-learning functions, with a particular focus on driving digital innovation through the organisation.
Chris joined the team in September 2016 having held the post of Prinicipal Technology Consultant at Byng, a software consultancy, where he advised and managed projects for clients from a diverse array of industry sectors including shipping, energy, mining and entertainment.
Prior to that, Chris held the post of Chief Technology Officer at Lonres.com, where he oversaw the creation of real-time property tools for the London real estate market. He has spent over a decade working in different organisations in sectors such as insurance, motor finance and property, specialising in using technology to transform business and customer products and services.
Chris holds an honours degree in computing and is a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS).
Jigna Patel Membership and Service Delivery Director
As a recent graduate, Jigna joined the British Safety Council in August 1999 as a Regional Account Executive. Since then Jigna has held several positions including Quality Manager where, under her stewardship, the British Safety Council gained certification to the ISO 9001 standard. As Head of Membership and Client Services, Jigna oversaw significant growth in international membership and developed and launched an enhanced membership proposition and engagement programme. Jigna held the position of Director of Operations until her promotion in 2015.
Jigna has a law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and is a member of the Association of Project Managers.
Martin Singfield Finance and Qualifications Director
Martin joined the organisation in January 2012 having previously been the Director of Finance at Visit London, the official tourist board for London. Prior to that, Martin was the Director of Finance of Barnes Trust Television Ltd, a privately-owned media group which included Teddington television studios. Martin also spent several years working in Australia and Canada in the fashion retail sector.
Martin has an honours degree in economics and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
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 several initiatives in this area as well as writing for the trade press.
Joscelyne Shaw Mates in Mind - Excecutive Director
Before joining the British Safety Council and Mates in Mind, Joscelyne was a research consultant, primarily in work relating to health, safety and environmental risk communication, management and performance measurement. She led work on the development of reporting and benchmarking tools on good health and safety performance, as well as case studies on business benefits and the value of leadership for the Health and Safety Executive.
She also has experience in undertaking stakeholder engagement and consultation processes with a range of stakeholders.
Mates in Mind is a charitable programme to improve and promote positive mental health in construction - find out more.
Our board of trustees
Lynda Armstrong OBE Chair
Lynda took up the position of Chair in October 2010 having worked for Royal Dutch Shell for 35 years in operational and management roles in oil and gas exploration, petroleum engineering and production. Her most recent position was technical vice president, leading a global technical advice and study organisation with centres in the Netherlands, USA, UK, India and Qatar.
Previous assignments have included new business development director for Shell UK and exploration director for Petroleum Development Oman. She is experienced in managing operations in a safety critical industry. She has also led several major business improvements and restructuring programmes to enhance operating performance.
Ronke Adeagbo Board member
Appointed to the Board in October 2013, Ronke is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Ronke was formerly Finance Director at YMCA London and Director of Corporate services at Crossways, with responsibilities for finance, facilities management, health and safety, HR, ICT and administration. She is currently Financial Controller at Public and Commercial Services Union.
Paul Cottam Board member
Appointed to the Board in March 2009, Paul is a registered chartered engineer with over 20 years' experience in the technical support services sector. Recent roles include UK & Ireland Managing Director of a leading energy and technical facilities management organisation, having previously held various senior director positions in the technical and energy support services sector.
Mark Hardy Board member
Mark Hardy was appointed to the Board in August 2012. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1976 and spent 16 years in private practice in Jersey and London, before moving into the pharmaceutical industry. Recently in his role as Company Secretary of the pharmaceutical company UCB Celltech, Mark has dealt with insurance matters and is a trustee of several defined benefit pension schemes.
Ian Jefferson Board member
Appointed to the Board in January 2009, Ian has a degree in chemistry and spent his career in commercial and investment banking in London. After retiring from banking, he gained a postgraduate certificate in education. He has undertaken work for Young Enterprise and has done voluntary work in financial awareness for schools.
John McNamara Board member
Appointed to the Board in October 2007, John has an outstanding record of leading membership organisations and awarding bodies. Hugely committed to raising standards in education and skills, John has served as chief executive of the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils and chairman of the Federation of Awarding Bodies.
Kevin Myers Board member
Appointed to the Board in January 2009, Kevin Myers is currently Deputy Chief Executive of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE). Kevin joined HSE in London as a trainee factory inspector in 1976, after graduating in biochemistry and environmental biology. He has worked for HSE in several different roles and locations, as a front-line inspector and manager (London, East Anglia and the South West), as well as in HSE's HQ in strategy, policy and other functions. Kevin is currently secretary general to the International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI).
Mike Owen Board member
Appointed to the Board in January 2009, Mike is a specialist in strategic marketing and is managing partner of The Owen Morris Partnership, a strategic coaching and marketing support agency based in the Thames Valley. As well as his role at the British Safety Council, Mike is a non-executive director of a housing association in Berkshire and a care charity in Oxfordshire. Mike is professionally qualified in both marketing and market research, and writes regularly about marketing issues in the business press, particularly on how organisations can become 'customer focused'.
John Pearce Board member
Appointed to the Board in October 2008, John has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from the University of London and an MBA from the Open University. He has over 16 years’ experience working in IT, particularly in technology strategy and innovation. John currently works as an enterprise architect focusing on business/IT alignment. He has worked for a variety of companies including telecoms, equipment suppliers, oil/gas exploration and financial information providers. In addition to being a trustee of the British Safety Council, he is also deputy chair of the East London Advanced Technology Training charity (ELATT).
John is TOGAF 9.1 certified and holds foundation certificates in COBIT 5, ITIL v3 and PRINCE2.
Adrian Wild Board member
Appointed to the Board in October 2013, Adrian has a broad knowledge of the service and manufacturing sectors. His particular interest in management systems lead him to work with the British Standards Institution for several years. Adrian was subsequently seriously injured in a road traffic collision, which resulted in a period of reflection. Since 2003, he chose to focus his career on the application of workable health and safety processes. After a period with the Highways Agency Traffic Officer service, Adrian joined a national Epilepsy charity and is currently their Health and Safety Manager for a large rural campus in Surrey.
Adrian has a particular interest in health and safety training and spends much of his time working with young people who have just started their working careers.