Board of Trustees

Ultimate decision-making body of the Institution

The Board of Trustees is appointed by the Council and is responsible for developing and setting the Institution’s strategy and overseeing its implementation. It ensures efficient and effective governance and management of IOSH through the Chief Executive and the Senior Leadership Team, who make the day-to-day operational decisions. 

The trustees are also legally accountable for all IOSH activities, assets and results, ensuring compliance with the charity’s objects, its governing documents and all relevant legislation and regulation.

The Board of Trustees consists of five Corporate Members of the Institution, five Independents (non-members of the Institution) and the Chairman, who is also a non-member of the Institution.

Board of Trustees members:

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FrEng
Tony Bough
Vice Chair
Dr Rob Cooling
Simon Hatson
John Green
Lesley Kavanagh
 Neal Walker
Bobby Chakravarthy
Rebecca Joyce
David Blower

Trustee biographies

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Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, FREng - Chair, IOSH Board of Trustees

Peter Bonfield is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster. It’s a role which includes responsibility for ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of around 24,500 students and colleagues on the university’s London campuses. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, this has also included its virtual campus.

He is also Deputy-Chair of London Higher, the organisation representing London’s universities. He founded and chairs its London Health and Wellbeing Network, which supports students and colleagues facing challenges, particularly around mental health and wellbeing.

Peter brings a wealth of executive and non-executive experience to this role, including at senior Government level. He has chaired four independent reviews for the Government and has worked as a Non-Executive Director at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as well as for the Talent Advisory Group.

Tony Bough CFIOSH CMCIPD TIFireE - Vice-Chair, IOSH Board of Trustees

Tony Bough is Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at RSA Insurance Group. He has spent most of his career as a health and safety practitioner, moving from junior to senior roles in the private and public sectors.

From early in his career Tony saw the importance of health and safety being intrinsic to an organisation. Having worked in various different types of organisation across the private and public sectors, Tony understands the implementation of health and safety within a diverse range of contexts and has gained additional experience in human resources, emergency planning, business continuity and governance.

Tony is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH. He has been a member since 2002 and has played an active role in the Institution, holding a number of roles within the governance structure. Tony was appointed a Member Trustee in November 2016 and elected as Vice-Chair of the Board in March 2019.

Dr Rob Cooling BA MA BSc PGCE PhD MBA CFIOSH - Member Trustee

Rob Cooling is Vice President of Health, Safety, Quality & Environment (HSQE) at Expo 2020, where he is responsible for establishing HSQE standards during site delivery and operations for the World Expo in Dubai. He was previously Director of Health and Safety at WSP, leading the development and implementation of health and safety strategy for its Middle East business.

Rob possesses multi-disciplinary knowledge across occupational safety and health, quality, security, business continuity and environmental management.

Having worked outside the UK for more than fifteen years, Rob understands the implementation of health and safety overseas and so is well placed to consider IOSH’s opportunities and challenges from a global perspective.

An active champion of IOSH, Rob supported the development of IOSH in the Middle East, including the establishment of an independent branch for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has been a Member of Council and was appointed a Member Trustee in November 2016. Rob is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH.

Simon Hatson CFIOSH - Member Trustee

Simon Hatson is QHSE & Sustainability Director at Aquaterra Energy. He has been a health and safety professional for 20 years, working mostly in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

In his current role, Simon is responsible for the design of Aquaterra Energy’s QHSE & ESG strategy. His work frequently takes him overseas to visit and work with international suppliers and clients in the delivery of multi-million-pound fabrication projects for offshore installations.

His cross-industry experience means he is regularly invited to speak at conferences around the world.

Simon is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH. He was appointed a Member Trustee in March 2019.

John Green CMIOSH - Member Trustee

John Green is currently Senior Vice President HSE at SNC Lavalin. He has worked in safety for over 40 years holding senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Severn Trent, and Board level positions with McAlpine, Laing O'Rourke, Battersea Power Station Development Company and AECON.

John is recognised and respected for doing safety differently and has been a major force for change in terms of how industrial safety is delivered. He has lived and worked overseas and gained experience on complex, global projects including London 2012, Terminals 5 and 2, Crossrail, HS2 and Tideway.

John is a Chartered Member of IOSH. He was appointed a Member Trustee in April 2019.

Lesley Kavanagh CMIOSH - Member Trustee

Lesley Kavanagh works for Nike, where she leads the global Partner Responsibility team within their Responsible Sourcing and Manufacturing function. Lesley’s team is tasked with driving sustainability performance with contract manufacturing suppliers across impact areas such as health and safety, human resource management, waste, water, carbon and chemistry.

For more than 30 years, Lesley has worked in health and safety, risk management and sustainability roles across a range of industries and in multiple countries. Early in her career, she realised the importance of a strong health and safety culture and team.

Lesley is a champion of equality, diversity and inclusion and uses her international experience to bring cultural awareness to the teams she leads. She has dedicated her career to driving positive impact on the planet and lives of people employed within global supply chains. 

A Chartered Member of IOSH, Lesley was appointed as a Member Trustee in July 2021.

Neal Walker MBS B.Tech (Hons) - Independent Trustee

Neal has 30 years’ experience working in the private sector, in the automotive, construction and energy industries. His specialisms include strategic and critical thinking, operational and financial management, leadership and team development, and business turnaround. Occupational safety and health has always been an integral part of his responsibilities.

Neal’s career has seen him work effectively in matrix and functional structures, growing businesses and implementing change. He has a track record of building strong relationships across organisations and has gained governance, finance and HR experience from his many management roles.

Neal was appointed an Independent Trustee of IOSH in March 2018.

Bobby Chakravarthy - Independent Trustee

Bobby Chakravarthy is Equity Partner and Head of Architecture for Arcus Consulting LLP. He specialises in business strategy and strategic management, and has global experience in campaigns, funding, capital investment and business development.

Bobby has held senior, high-profile roles in both the public and private sectors. He is particularly interested in affordable housing and has made significant contributions to the regeneration of a number of UK cities through design and construction.

During his time as President of the Association for Project Safety (APS), Bobby was instrumental in a review of the Association’s governance and membership structure and in ensuring it embraced digital technology to be fit for the future.

Bobby was appointed an Independent Trustee of IOSH in November 2020. 

Rebecca Joyce BA BFP ACA ACG - Independent Trustee

A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Governance Professional, Rebecca Joyce qualified with KPMG before spending a large part of her working life with RPC Group Plc – a multinational, FTSE 250 manufacturing group. As a board level professional, Rebecca has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, business strategy, turnaround and development, corporate governance, risk management and corporate financial management and reporting.

Her experience includes directors’ remuneration policy and practice and responsibility for legal matters, including litigation and major contracts. She has also been involved in strategic direction and management of trust-based pension schemes, including investments and trust governance.

Currently a governor of Vision West Nottinghamshire College, she is a member of its Audit and Risk Committee and a former lay member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Audit and Risk Committee.

Rebecca was appointed an Independent Trustee of IOSH in November 2016. She Chairs the Finance and Investment Committee and is also Chair of the Board of IOSH Services Limited (ISL).

David Blower - Independent Trustee

David Blower is Executive Director Corporate Services at Stonewater Housing, a national social housing provider. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School. David is a senior finance professional with over 20 years’ executive experience in the UK social housing industry. He brings a wealth of experience in finance, risk management, governance, cultural development and change management. He has a successful track record of leading strategic development and performance delivery in changing operational environments.

David was appointed an Independent Trustee of IOSH in March 2022.