Transforming health, safety and environmental management with inspirational leadership

Speakers at the British Safety Council’s conference in Dubai will demonstrate the role of leaders in bringing about change in health, safety and environmental management. You can legislate for compliance but you have to inspire people to achieve excellence. In practice, inspiration requires engagement and this is driven by high quality leadership,” explains Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council.

The British Safety Council’s conference Leadership and culture change, held on 20 March 2017 in the Crowne Plaza hotel, Dubai, will provide a platform for sharing evidence, best practice and business experience of developing health and safety culture that would transform organisations to become leaders in sustainability.

For 60 years, the British Safety Council has been campaigning, advising and educating workers and employers worldwide on how to make workplaces safe for everyone, as well as sharing best practice in health, wellbeing and managing environmental risks. The British Safety Council has strong links with the Middle Eastern region, in particular with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), working in partnership with leading businesses in the country, such as DEWA, ENOC, RTA and TECOM.

The conference will feature presentations and workshops exploring strategies for developing and embedding a positive culture, as well as demonstrating effective leadership of health, safety and sustainability. Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, will explore the nature of leadership in the industry; David Parr, Head of Audit at the British Safety Council, will deliver an update on the latest trends in health, safety and environmental management systems and standards. Dr Waddah Ghanem, Executive Director, EHSSQ & Corporate Affairs, Emirates National Oil Company, using the example of his company, will demonstrate the business benefits of integrated management systems and how to prepare for adopting such an approach.

Keith Whitehead, Senior Environmental Consultant at the British Safety Council, and Dr Bassam Mrayyan, Senior Manager – Environmental, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, will provide evidence on how leadership for sustainability can benefit business.

Mike Robinson said: “I hope that our annual conference in Dubai will become an important international platform for addressing the most pertinent health and safety issues and sharing best practice with our members and partners in the region. The vision of the British Safety Council is that ‘no-one should be injured or made ill at work’. Sharing of expertise and close cooperation between leading organisations will help to make this aspiration a reality.”

On 21 March 2017, the British Safety Council will present the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) with a Special Recognition Award for demonstrating continued excellence in health, safety and environmental management between 2012-2016. Every year during this period, the company won both the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour Awards.

The full programme of the conference

9:00 Registration 

9:30 Welcome and introduction
Lynda Armstrong, Chair of Trustees, British Safety Council 

9:45 Leadership for health and safety
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council 

10:15 Developing health and safety culture
Mark Ormond, Managing Director, Tribe 

10:45 Tea/Coffee break 

11:15  Introduction - Contemporary trends in SHE management (Systems and standards)

Track A: Safety - The business advantages and disadvantages of an integrated management system
11:30 David Parr, Head of Audit and Technical, British Safety Council

Dr Waddah Ghanem, Executive Director, EHSSQ & Corporate Affairs, Emirates National Oil Company

Track B: Environment - How leadership for sustainability can benefit business
11:30 Keith Whitehead, Senior Environmental Consultant, British Safety Council

Dr Bassam Mrayyan, Senior Manager – Environmental, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority 

12:30 Networking lunch 

13:30 Panel discussion
Chair: Lynda Armstrong, Chair of Trustees, British Safety Council 

14:15 Tea/coffee break 

14:30 Inspiring excellence
Kevin Myers, Trustee of British Safety Council 

15:00 British Safety Council’s 60th Anniversary
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council 

15:20 Closing remarks
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council