Financial Services - letter from the Chair

April 2021

It is surprising how fast the year moves and we have almost reached May, the month I general start to take some lengthy time out relaxing with family, but the work to ensure the environments in which my organisation remain COVID secure and the planning for a greater level of occupancy means this is slightly delayed, however I know it is important to take time out and have booked some leave for June and beyond, I actively encourage you to all ensure you look after your own wellbeing whilst you continue to support the colleagues you have and the organisations who you work for, pushing yourself to the limit without some self-care doesn’t help anybody.  

I would like to thank James Gray who has been a committee member for some time for his support and efforts in developing our programme following his decision to step away from the group.  James was an individual who will be missed by those on the committee for his ideas, enthusiasm and contacts when pulling together webinars.  We wish him well. 

As James has made the decision to step away, we are now actively recruiting replacement members to join the team and help deliver thought provoking, challenging, industry relevant content for the benefit for all members of this group and the wider IOSH community, if interested please apply here, and send your completed application to networks@iosh.com . The closing date for applications will be 1200 on 14 May 2021, with interviews being planned for the afternoon of 9 June 2021.   

As a committee we continue to hold our coffee chats, the latest focused on increasing occupancy levels of sites and the way we can manage fire safety, first aid and the evacuation of vulnerable colleagues in an environment where work force flexibility will mean you don’t always know who will be on site. There were some interesting approaches, training all people leaders, managing attendance based on available safety resource but it’s obvious we are all facing similar challenges, if you think there is a solution worth other having an awareness of then please let us know and we can share amongst the group.  

Our next coffee and chat will be held in May with David and Adrienne leading the discussion. Look out for a communication confirming the date and subject.  We are also trying to vary times to ensure members not UK based can join us, if the time difference is an issue let us know and we will commit to try and identify a time slot that enables your participation.  

Please remain safe and look after yourselves. 

Kind regards

Huw Jones, Chair


July 2020

Since my last note we have seen a change in the controls we need to adopt as the governments of the world battle to balance infection control and economic activity.  These control measures or in some case lack of, will pose challenges for us as a community in our efforts to support the world of work. If you are facing challenges that are causing you sleepless nights get in touch as many of your peers will be feeling the same, but many may have solutions or thoughts that will assist. We are happy to broker connection as appropriate.

IOSH are also facing challenges. The impact of coronavirus has caused changes in working arrangements, so if there are issues you are not getting addressed bear with the teams as they address things as quickly as possible.  A key piece of work that has continued is consultation on the value of sector groups. We hope that the Financial Services Group continues to benefit our members and the profession as a whole. We are actively contributing to the wider consultation to ensure our sector’s interests are considered.

Part of our input is demonstrating the work we have done.

But more importantly looking to the future.  Just after the summer break, we will be holding a round table event with industry leaders to look at the future of work and its impact on employees. Once full details are finalised we will share and actively encourage you to join and pass details on to others who may gain benefit from attendance.

We shall also be holding a webinar on the Menopause on Monday 24 August where we will be joined by the Consultancy Group. The menopause has significant impact not just on those who are experiencing the effects of which there are more than I realised but can severely impact their work and domestic relationships. 

I hope you can see from these two examples we are continuing to bring though provoking debate to enhance your knowledge and thinking in the arena where we operate.

If there are further topics you feel we should raise to improve awareness then please get in touch with networks@iosh.com.

Best wishes

Huw Jones, Chair