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Our people

Michael Robinson, Chief Executive
Mike was appointed as Chief Executive of the British Safety Council with effect from 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 (an Executive Agency and Trading Fund of the Ministry of Defence) where, over five years, he 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 & North America and the Clerical Medical Investment Group. 
 
Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and spent a number of years at the start of his career in Audit and Consultancy.
 
A press release announcing Mike’s appointment can be read here.
Joscelyne Shaw, HR, Awards and Events Director
Before joining the British Safety Council, Joscelyne was a research consultant and involved 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 – designed to raise the profile of health and safety within the business and risk management agenda. She also has experience in undertaking stakeholder engagement and
consultation processes with both the public and other stakeholders.
Jigna Patel, Membership and Service Delivery Director
Jigna is responsible for British Safety Council operations including working with our international partners and associates. She is also responsible for programme management across all British Safety Council commercial and development projects including products and services, particularly e-learning provision.    
 
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, and as Head of Membership and Client Services where she oversaw the significant growth in international membership alongside the development and launch of an enhanced membership proposition and engagement programme. Most recently, 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 is responsible for the finance, IT and legal functions of the British Safety Council. He 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.  He 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 a number of initiatives in this area as well as writing for the trade press.
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, and 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 improvement and restructuring programmes to enhance operating performance. 

Ronke Adeagbo
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
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 directors positions in the technical and energy support services sector.
Graham Cowan
Appointed to the Board in October 2013, Graham is a Chartered safety and health practitioner with over 11 years’ experience.  His H&S career has progressed through operational management positions to his current strategic senior management position as Group HS&E Director with a large health and wellbeing charity. Graham is currently Group Health, Safety & Environmental Director at Nuffield Health.
Mark Hardy
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.  More recently in his role as Company Secretary of the pharmaceutical company UCB Celltech, Mark has dealt with insurance matters and is a trustee of a number of defined benefit pension schemes.
Ian Jefferson
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
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
Appointed to the Board in January 2009, Kevin Myers is currently HSE's Deputy Chief Executive . 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 a number of different roles and locations; as a front line inspector and manager (in London, East Anglia and the South West), as well as in HSE's HQ in strategy, policy and other functions. Kevin is also currently secretary general to the International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI).   
Mike Owen
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 also 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 is a regular writer on marketing issues in the business press, particularly on how organisations can become 'customer focused'.
John Pearce
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 with IT, particularly in the areas of technology strategy and innovation. He currently works as an enterprise architect focusing on business/IT alignment; and has worked for a variety of companies including telcos, 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 possess foundation certificates in COBIT 5, ITIL v3 and PRINCE2.
Adrian Wild

Appointed to the Board in October 2013, Adrian has a 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 Adrian joined a national Epilepsy charity and is currently their Health and Safety Manager for a large rural campus in Surrey. He 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.