Future Leaders Virtual Conference 2022

29-31 March 2022

Future Leaders Conference 2022: Shaping the skills of the future OSH professional

The third Future Leaders Conference was all about Shaping the skills of the future OSH professional which took place on 29 - 31 March 2022.  This annual conference is fast becoming the essential annual event for new or early occupational safety and health (OSH) careerists.

The conference provided three days devoted to professional development.  The programme was designed by our 24-strong Steering Group, incorporating feedback from Future Leaders Community members. It’s all about new and forward thinking, so attendees came away with fresh approaches to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. The content was tailored to suit the needs of our Community, made up of IOSH members who hold Student Membership, or are aged 35 or under, or have fewer than five years’ professional experience.

With an overarching theme of navigating your career journey, this year’s event brought together a global community of new and aspiring OSH professionals to hear from industry experts and learn from each other.  

Each activity-filled day had a different focus.

  • Tuesday 29 March – the individual and self-reflection;
  • Wednesday 30 March – collaboration, including influencing behaviours and enhancing communication skills;
  • Thursday 31 March – the future of work and its implications for the OSH professional, such as climate change, the ageing workforce and artificial intelligence.

Speaker line-up

Our exciting line-up was headed by John Volanthen, who played a key role in the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand.  John told his incredible story and shared why great feats are due to determination, preparation and awareness.

Find out more about our speakers in our IOSH magazine feature article.

Hear what the hosts, our Future Leaders Steering Group, thought and their highlights from the conference:

What delegates said

"It's been such a rewarding experience and I am grateful to have connected with some truly inspirational H&S professionals." Debbie Daws TechIOSH

"I've had an absolute blast at the IOSH future leaders virtual conference. Such inspiring and educational sessions/workshops! Thank you to everyone involved!" Jessica Edwards


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Previous conferences

Take a look at the highlights for our previous conferences - Future Leaders Virtual Conference 2021 and Future Leaders Conference 2019, Birmingham.  

Here’s a flavour of what delegates had to say about last year’s event.

“What a fantastic three days at the IOSH Future Leaders Virtual Conference. Lots to think about and ways to improve myself going forward.”
John Thompson – TechIOSH

“After attending day one of IOSH’s Future Leaders Conference, I had the opportunity to network, watch and gain insights on health and safety and ways to build intangible skills from the speakers and attendees with diverse backgrounds. I am definitely looking forward to day two.”
Arjun Nair, GradIOSH

“Thoroughly enjoyed the IOSH Future Leaders Conference… which included a variety of interesting presentations and discussions relating to future growth and evolution of health and safety, and how it relates to us all as aspiring future leaders. As the conference was virtual this year it meant we were able to network with other attendees from across the globe – France and Trinidad to name just two! Fantastic event, can't wait for next year!”
Ellis Fenwick TechIOSH