2017 Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2017 - Health and safety: Preparing for the future

Oct 2017
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The King's Fund 11–13 Cavendish Square

Is your organisation prepared to manage health and safety effectively in a rapidly changing environment? There are significant challenges on the horizon for businesses in the UK. Our conference will feature expert speakers, case studies and thought leadership sessions to help you and your business prepare for the challenges ahead.

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Why attend

11 reasons why you should attend

  1. Regulation priorities are changing, can you keep pace? Stay ahead of the game with advice directly from David Snowball, Director for Regulation, HSE.
  2. The tragedies of recent months show the importance of emergency planning.  Are there gaps in your emergency planning? Find out from Dr John Leach, an expert in survival psychology and adviser to the UK military, how to plan for the unexpected and improve the effectiveness of your emergency plans.
  3. Do you want to enhance your health and well-being programmes effectively and efficiently? Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge University, occupational health expert and adviser to multiple governments, provides simple steps that organisations can take to support mental well-being at work.
  4. Do you work within complex infrastructures? Francis Paonessa, Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects, Network Rail, explains the steps taken to create a safety-first culture that permeates throughout its partners relationships in the supply chain and keeps delivery on track.
  5. Are you re-planning and re-configuring your workplace to meet future needs? Professor Andrew Curran Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, HSE, talks about the changing face of workplace risk and reflects on research being undertaken to inform future control strategies.
  6. Unsure about the future direction of health and safety in Brexit Britain? Professor Paul Almond, Research Division Leader, Law, will discuss the Brexit process from a legal and institutional point of view, highlighting the key features and processes that will be relevant to health and safety policy.
  7. Is your team or organisation the best it can be? Find out how you can enhance the performance of your team or organisation with practical advice from Calvin Morriss, Senior High Performance Consultant, World Rugby. The session will highlight examples from sport that apply readily to the workplace in order to inform team development.
  8. Early access to industry insights, benchmarks, emerging trends, innovations, case studies and more.
  9. Discover what’s on the horizon, not only will we put it into context but we’ll also consider what can be done about it.
  10. Excellent networking opportunities bringing together like-minded leaders in the sector.
  11. Opportunity to gain CPD points.

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What participants of our 2016 annual conference have to say

"Provided insightful inspired dialogue and an exchange of views through like-minded people."
Andrew Butler, Occupational Safety & Health Manager, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
"A good cross section of relevant topical presentations and a chance to network with like-minded individuals."
John D Swann, Facilities Manager, The Salvation Army

Annual Conference 2016


See what happened at the 2016 conference

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Agenda so far

09.30  Welcome and introduction Mike Robinson, CEO British Safety Council
Preparing the Country  

Regulatory priorities

How regulation is changing, and reflect on some of the key themes from HSE’s forward work programme.

David Snowball, Director for Regulation


Health and Safety in the Brexit Process

Will consider the impact that Brexit might have on the health and safety legislative framework in the UK, and how this could affect businesses.

Prof Paul Almond, Research Division Leader, Law University of Reading

Emerging Risk

Will talk about the changing face of workplace risk and reflect on some of the research being undertaken to inform future control strategies.


Prof Andrew Curran HSL
11.00 Coffee    
Preparing Organisations  

Planning for the Unexpected

Learning from incidents tells us that people rarely behave as expected in an emergency situation.  Dr John Leach, an expert in survival psychology and adviser to the UK military, will explore why this occurs and what you can do to improve the effectiveness of your emergency plans.

Dr John Leach, Senior Research Fellow Portsmouth University

Assuring Health and Safety in Supply Chain

There is a huge programme of engineering underway to enhance Britain’s railways.  Health and safety is key to delivering this work efficiently, and Francis will reflect on the approach that Network Rail have taken to assuring health and safety in their supply chain.

Francis Paonessa, Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects Network Rail

Designing for Health and Safety

It is unusual for an organisation to have the opportunity to design a facility from scratch. The new Crick Institute building at St Pancras is an exception. Here the team have been able to design health and safety management in to a state of the art research facility, and Simon Caidan will reflect on the challenges and opportunities that this has presented.

Simon Caidan, Director of Safety, Health and Sustainability Francis Crick Institute
13.00  Lunch    
Preparing People  

A New Approach to Training

ATT run the award winning multi-media induction programme for the iconic Thames Tideway project.  They will deliver a taster session to illustrate how this type of learning can support health and safety culture change.

 Adam Christopher ATT

Developing High Performing Teams

This session will draw lessons from the world of elite sport and apply them to the workplace in order to inform team development

 Calvin Morriss World Rugby
Our Biggest Asset

Wellbeing and Mental Health

This final session will feature Dame Carol Black, a leading occupational health expert and adviser to multiple Governments. She will discuss the evolving issue of mental wellbeing, it’s importance to businesses and to society as a whole as well as to individuals, and will talk about simple steps that organisations can take to support mental wellbeing at work.

Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci, Principal of Newnham College Cambridge University
15.30 Closing Remarks Lynda Armstrong OBE, Chair British Safety Council
15.45  Coffee / Tea and Networking    


Key features

Book now to discuss the biggest topics in HSE today, such as...

  • The implications of Brexit
  • The future of HSE and what you should be doing differently
  • The changing world of work, and the way workplace risk is evolving. What will this mean for your own risk control strategy?
  • How leading businesses have turned organisational challenges into opportunities to promote a positive safety and wellbeing culture

Who should attend

From CEO to beginner, wherever you stand on the spectrum of HSE, the conference has something of interest for you.


Any other questions, please email to [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Event details

Date: 4 October 2017

Duration: 1 day

Early Bird Ticket: £175 +VAT (offer until Friday 28 July 2017)
Member Ticket: £210 +VAT
Standard Ticket: £250 +VAT

Venue: The King's Fund, 11–13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

Nearest underground stations: Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines) Exit 4 (corner near H&M store)

Nearest bus routes: 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 137, 139, 159, 176, 189, 390, 453, C2