Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team

Bev Messinger, Chief Executive 

Bev has been the CEO of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) since October 2016. IOSH is the world’s largest and only chartered body for safety and health professionals. She leads on the delivery of IOSH’s strategy, WORK 2022, which sets out how IOSH will work globally with businesses, stakeholders and individual members to shape the future of safety and health at work. Bev is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is a Board Director representing IOSH on the Council for Work and Health.

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Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, Director of Professional Services

Vanessa’s role focuses on enhancing the OSH profession by setting competency standards, creating career progression opportunities and providing thought leadership. She leads our Customer Service Centre and customer experience, works closely with our global volunteer network of branches and groups and oversees all membership activities, including CPD, Chartered Membership and Fellowship. She oversees IOSH’s research programme and technical content development to provide leading practical guidance and is responsible for IOSH magazine. Vanessa came to IOSH in 2017 following senior roles in education and chartered professional bodies. She holds an MBA from Loughborough University.

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Richard Orton, Director of Strategy and Business Development

Richard leads IOSH activities with policy-makers, regulators and investors and businesses globally, helping shape sustainable strategies and cultures that have the safety, health and wellbeing of people and society at their core. He is an Executive Director of IOSH Services Ltd, the trading subsidiary of the charity, a Director of the global Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) and of the UK Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR), and a Trustee of Safety4Good. Richard joined IOSH in 2014, bringing 20 years of leadership experience from the retail, distribution and third sectors. He holds an MBA, is a Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and a Chartered Marketer (CMkr).

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Vicky Hilpert, Chief Operating Officer

Vicky leads the Central Operations Directorate which brings the enabling functions together under single leadership, to provide the income generating (strategic) Directorates with a cohesive service provision. Vicky joined IOSH in November 2017 as Director of Finance and Governance and transitioned as part of a restructure of the senior team to Chief Operating Officer in March 2021. Vicky came to IOSH with 19 years of experience across the commercial, public and third sectors, she is a Chartered Management Accountant who spent the early part of her career working in financial management roles before transitioning to undertake senior leadership roles. Before joining IOSH, she had Board-level exposure within NHS Commissioning organisations, where she worked as both Director and Deputy Director of Finance. She has a strong focus on continuous improvement and has undertaken a number of large-scale change programmes. Her knowledge of the commercial sector comes from positions held in FTSE 100s and SMEs. Her varied knowledge of both sectors and scale of organisations enables her to design change programmes to meet the individual needs of the organisations she works within.

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