East Anglia Branch - letter from the Chair

Dear Member,

An IOSH member for around 15 years I've been the East Anglia Branch Secretary for the last two and a bit years, and am honoured to have been co-opted to the role of Branch Chair.

I am committed to IOSH - where else do you get such a range of information, speakers, networking opportunities, mentoring and support, locally, nationally and internationally. I urge you all to make the best of what is on offer - why wouldn’t you!

My personal thanks go to Simon Hatson, for his inspirational work as Chair for the last 4 years and also for encouraging me in my Personal Development. Simon has lead and developed the Committee to its current successful status. Thank you also to our truly great Committee for their continued hard work, (it is hard sometimes) and special thanks to Neil Catton and Ray Hurst for their encouragement and support in my time as Secretary.

My background, for those who don’t know me, is in property, surveying, housing and facilities management, and in construction, working with local authorities and housing associations. I am a member of the Construction Group Committee and have my own training and consultancy company.

I have a keen interest in ‘health’ in health and safety, including mental health and wellbeing, as well as the more traditional hard hat stuff, (yes I do get mucky boots). My current work reflects a varied set of industries as well as local authority work.

We are a large Branch, so following on from what the Committee have been doing already which is well accepted, I will put my efforts into arranging some more really great events. We’re good at that and we should celebrate our success! It’s a challenge now with Covid-19, but we will do our best to make use of technology until we can get back to somewhere near normal service.

We are a friendly Branch with an approachable and helpful Committee. We receive some very positive feedback with very few ‘grumps’. Long may it continue.

Fairly recently we completed a member survey, and I would like to seek members opinion again, making sure that you feel listened to, we stay on track, put on events you are interested in holding events in accessible venues for our members, we cover a huge area and so this is important.

Simon will be a hard act to follow as Chair, with his informal approach he has encouraged Committee members to shine with their own talents, but most of all he trusts people to be professional and take responsibility for various tasks. I will do my best to follow this style with a bit of my own spin and try to lead by example.

Angela Abbs CMIOSH