Coaching sessions made a big difference to Louisa Mead – so she has jumped at the chance to help others through the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Mentoring scheme.
As Divisional Safety Implementation and Support Manager at John Lewis Partnership and a Chartered Member of IOSH, Louisa has a wealth of skills and knowledge to impart.
She has recently signed up as a mentor and is “excited” to share the journeys of her two mentees.
Louisa said: “Last year I had some personal coaching sessions, which really opened my mind to how important it is to spend time thinking about myself, my thoughts, feelings and behaviours. So, I am keen to pay it forward.
“In return, I would like to learn and grow within the mentor process and develop new life skills by sharing experiences and opinions.”
IOSH Mentoring connects mentees who identify gaps in their knowledge with experienced professional mentors. Participation can help mentees develop skills and achieve career aspirations, and mentors improve their leadership, communication and coaching skills.
The best thing about being a mentor, so far, for Louisa is meeting new people (virtually) that she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
“Give it a go. You have nothing to lose,” she said.
Louisa’s interest in occupational safety and health (OSH) dates to an early managerial role with a manufacturing company, whose OSH manager produced documents to be implemented but rarely visited the factory floor.
“I thought there must be a better and more engaging way of doing this,” she said.
“I started to get involved, initiated workplace tours and inspections and completed the necessary qualifications, joining IOSH in 2006.”
Louisa enjoys making a difference, with duties for her current role including implementing changes to policy and procedures and providing safety insight and assurance.
“Working in OSH means that every day is different and a new challenge,” she said. “It’s a constant learning process and I love interacting with lots of different people and ultimately making sure people can work and go home safely.”
Having achieved CMIOSH in 2013, Louisa is now working towards Chartered Fellowship.
She said: “In July I was appointed as a committee member of the IOSH Logistics and Retail Committee, so I am able to further help others to benefit from being a member of IOSH.
“Networking, sharing key learnings and keeping up to date with developments in health and safety are just some of the key benefits of being a member of IOSH.
“I am keen to become a Chartered Fellow, as I want to become a recognised ambassador for our profession, striving towards our shared intent of keeping everyone safe and healthy.”