New IOSH President Stuart Hughes

Presidential team

Ambassadors of the Institution and influencers in the OSH profession

The Presidential team consists of the President, the President-Elect, the Immediate Past President and three Vice-Presidents (the Officers of the Institution).

The team works closely with the Institution in an ambassadorial capacity, supporting the delivery of key strategic messages to the membership and globally to the wider occupational health and safety profession.

The President-Elect and new Vice-Presidents are nominated by Council and approved by the membership at its Annual General Meeting. This is also when the President and Immediate Past President are confirmed.


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Presidential team 2023-24

Stuart Hughes portrait Kelly Nicoll portrait Lawrence Webb portrait
Stuart Hughes, President Kelly Nicoll, President-Elect Lawrence Webb, Immediate Past President
Richard Bate portrait David Ekow Arku portrait Michelle Stonley portrait
Richard Bate, Vice-President Dr David Ekow Arku, Vice-President Michelle Stonley, Vice-President


Stuart Hughes, President

Stuart is a Chartered Member with 19 years' experience as an occupational safety and health professional. He has worked across enforcement, consultancy and industry.

Stuart's guiding principle is that a healthy and safe work environment is a fundamental human right.

He is a proud to champion our Activate 2028 strategy as part of building a profession that is fit for the future.

Kelly Nicoll, President-Elect

Kelly is a Chartered Fellow with over 15 years’ experience in safety, health and environment, mental health and wellbeing, and impactful training.

She has served a wide range of organisations and industry sectors, working nationally and internationally throughout her career. 

Her key driver is the belief that everyone should get to go home at the end of every day of work, no matter where they are in the world.

Lawrence Webb, Immediate Past President

Lawrence is a Chartered Fellow with over 30 years experience in safety, health and environment (SHE) management and interactive training.

He has worked across a wide range of industries in both operational and strategic roles, specialising in construction.

His day job is Chief Safety Officer at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Richard Bate, Vice-President

Richard thrives in the high-pressure work environment of sports, live music and entertainment.

He advocates occupational safety and health as a first career, supporting our future leaders community and mentoring scheme. Richard is a member of the North Wales Branch committee and the Sports Grounds and Events Group.

His key incentives are a grassroots, sustainability-driven approach to:

  • occupational safety and health
  • diversity, equity and elimination of harm
  • the value of volunteering.
Dr David Ekow Arku, Vice-President

David is a Chartered Fellow with over eight years’ experience in occupational safety and health. He focuses on safety and environmental sustainability in the mining, oil, gas and healthcare sectors.

David is the chair of the Ghana District in our West Africa Branch.

He is also an occupational medicine and internal medicine specialist with over 10 years' medical practice experience across Ghana.

Michelle Stonley, Vice-President

Michelle is a Chartered Member with over 16 years' experience in the construction and social housing sectors.

She is excited to help drive forward our Activate 2028 strategy as part of the Presidential team.

Michelle's motivation is to support the profession in delivering our vision of a safe and healthy world of work.