Sports Grounds and Events - letter from the Chair

June 2023

Hello all

When I wrote in my last chair’s letter that I was “looking forward to the opportunity to have all of the committee together in person to discuss the Sports Grounds and Events Group priorities” I did not envisage just how successful the meeting would be. The focus of the meeting was planning the forthcoming activities of Sports Grounds and Events Group to align with IOSH’s new five-year strategy, ‘Activate 2028’. Whether it was a newfound energy injected by our recent recruits to the committee, the fact that this was our inaugural face-to-face meeting of 2023, a shared enthusiasm for the ‘Activate 2028’ strategy or a combination of all three, the passion, determination and optimism of the committee was palpable.

We recognise that the Group would be nothing with you, our members. Therefore, one of our top priorities is engagement. We are keen to get your opinions on the topics you want to discuss, areas you wish to learn more about to enhance your knowledge and your preferences in regard to methods of communication. I personally would be hugely grateful for your time completing our member survey when it is shared over the summer.

We couldn’t mention engagement without reference to our regular drop-in sessions. Our last drop-in which focused upon ‘Alternative Energy in Motorsport’ was a huge success, as I’m sure those of who managed to secure a place would concur. We know your time is precious therefore we want to ensure we continue to provide drop-in sessions of value and interest to you. Please take the opportunity to provide your suggestions for drop-in session topics via the imminent survey or posting your thoughts on the IOSH Sports Grounds and Events LinkedIn group.

As many of you may be experiencing, the industry is currently suffering from a lack of expertise. However, you may not be aware that IOSH benefits from a Future Leaders Community (FLC) which comprises of almost 8,000 aspiring OSH professionals. In support of this group our Vice Chair, Heather Fitsell, is hosting a site visit for members of the Future Leaders Community to Manchester Central Convention Complex in July. The aim of the day is to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the events industry’s approach to health and safety and will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the venue. We will be sure to share the highlights of the day on the IOSH Sports Grounds & Events LinkedIn group. If you feel you can offer a beneficial experience for the Future Leaders Community to support them on their career journey, please contact Heather via h.fitsell@manchestercentral.co.uk

Finally, what would summer be without a road trip? Well, we at the Sports Grounds and Event Group are currently organising a site visit that is set to be ace. Further details will be served up shortly. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure to net your place!

The committee and I look forward to engaging with you soon whether in person, at one of our drop-in sessions, via our IOSH Sports Grounds & Events LinkedIn group or via our survey.


Chloe Batchelor



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