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).
Louise Ward Policy, Standards and Communications Director
Louise Ward is a chartered health and safety professional with over 18 years’ experience in a variety of sectors, including nuclear power, newspaper production, investment banking, waste water and facilities management, manufacturing, railway operations and the Civil Service.
Prior to her appointment at the British Safety Council in April 2016, Louise was the Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Thames Water.
During the period 2012-2015, Louise worked for Network Rail, first as the Head of Passenger and Public Safety and then as the Head of Health, Safety and Welfare.
She also spent a period at EEF, the UK trade association for engineering and manufacturing businesses, where she served as the Head of Health and Safety Policy.
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 particular interests in professional development, mental health, wellbeing and technology, as well as leadership and culture change. She supports initiatives in these areas and writes about them for the trade press.
In 2017, together with Tim Marsh, she published A Handbook of Organised Wellbeing, a practical guide designed for managers and practitioners, which proposes the application of key lessons from health and safety to drive a structured and holistic approach to workplace wellbeing.
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.
Roni Kotecha Sales Director
Roni joined the organisation in March 2001 having previously held various senior positions at Auto Trader Group of companies were he was responsible for growing UK and International income as well as profitability.
Since joining British Safety Council Roni has had several roles within the organisation in the commercial area of the business. As Commercial Director, he was instrumental in introducing new British Safety Council products and services as well as IOSH and NEBOSH courses to UK and Global Markets. As Business Development and International Director, he played a leading role to grow our business in International Markets as well as creating a delivery partner in Turkey. More recently Roni has played a key role in setting up our new office in Mumbai enabling us to have business development and delivery capabilities to further support our customers in India.
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
Lawrence Waterman Chairman
Lawrence Waterman OBE CFIOSH is the Chairman of the British Safety Council since 24 November 2017.
He was formerly head of health and safety for the London Olympic Delivery Authority, which proved to be the safest and healthiest major construction project in Europe, incorporating the venues, infrastructure and athletes’ village for the London 2012 Olympic Games, for which he was appointed OBE for services to health and safety in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours.
Lawrence is a founding partner of Park Health and Safety Partnership. He has led the development of occupational health and safety programmes for major projects and organisations, in some of the most challenging environments. Since London 2012, he has been the Director of Health and Safety for the Battersea Power Station Development, an 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 is also providing support for the Royal Albert Dock Development.
He is the past president of IOSH. Lawrence is also a visiting professor at Loughborough University, where he both teaches and participates in research.
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.
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 November 2013, Adrian has broad knowledge of both service and manufacturing sectors. He had particular interest in management systems, leading him to work with the British Standards Institution for several years. He 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 of time within the Highways Agency Traffic Officer service he joined a national epilepsy charity and provided health and safety advice for their operations within a large rural campus in Surrey. In 2014 he started his own consultancy practice working predominantly with the education and care sectors. He has a special interest in health and safety training and spends much of his time working with young people who have just started their working careers.
Philip White Board member
Appointed to the Board in August 2017, Philip has over 30 years’ experience of working in a regulatory environment originally joining the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a Factory Inspector. He spent a period working in the Department for Work and Pensions to head up the Health and Safety Sponsorship Team, advising Government Ministers on health and safety at work policy and the work of the Health and Safety Executive. More recently he was HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction before taking up his current role as Head of HSE’s Operational Strategy Division.
Ian Crook Board member
Ian is a chartered management accountant by profession and has held director positions in various companies for the last 15 years. He has extensive experience in the field of financial planning as well as being commercially focused, with experience in areas of IT and business performance improvement. Being a Trustee for a local childcare charity, he understands the duties and responsibilities that the trustee position requires.
Matthew Speight Board member
Matthew currently works as a support centre retail director with Co-op Retail. He manages the retail risks and health and safety for food, as well as for operational and legislative changes. He is people-oriented and passionate about workers’ wellbeing.
Samantha Peters Board member
Samantha is an experienced executive, working primarily in the field of health and wellbeing, and more recently as chief executive of the General Optical Council, the UK wide regulator for optical professionals and businesses. She is currently on sabbatical, doing a PhD on altruism at Bath University. Samantha has a strong track record in organisational development and change within the public and voluntary sector.
Simon Phillips Board member
Simon has recently been promoted as chief technology officer at Friends of the Earth and previously worked for Goldman Sachs. He managed the website development for Friends of the Earth, which provides an adequate snapshot as to what ‘Friends of the Earth’ is all about.