Presidential team

Ambassadors of the Institution and influencers in the OSH profession

The Presidential team consists of the President, the President Elect, the Immediate Past President and six Vice-Presidents (the Officers of the Institution).

The team works closely with the Institution in an ambassadorial capacity, supporting the delivery of key strategic messages to the membership and globally to the wider occupational health and safety profession.

The President Elect and two new Vice-Presidents are nominated by Council and approved by the membership at its Annual General Meeting. This is also when the President and Immediate Past President are confirmed.

We're recruiting! Join our Presidential team as a Vice-President...

This year, we’re looking for two members to join the existing team of Vice-Presidents (VP) and to represent IOSH from the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021, to the AGM in 2024. As a member of the Presidential team your role will be ambassadorial, representing IOSH globally. You will have the opportunity of representing IOSH at various events. As we grow and become a more global institution these opportunities become more global. You could be representing IOSH to our members across our network, at branch and group events, speaking at conferences, participating in podcasts, webinars, interviews.

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Presidential handover 2020-21


Presidential team 2020-21:

James Quinn
James Quinn Louise Hosking 
President Elect
Louise Hosking
Prof Dr Andrew Sharman
Past President
Andrew Sharman Tim Eldridge 
Tim Eldridge
Lawrence Webb
Lawrence Webb Dr David Gold
Neil Catton
Neil Catton Ciarán Delaney
Ciarán Delaney
Stuart Hughes

Click on each member to read more about them. Some bio's include video

James Quinn – President (2020 – 2021)

During a very successful 24-year career in the British Army, James attained the rank of Warrant Officer before leaving in 2011. In the last six years, he saw the benefits of Health and Safety as a second career and, using his Army appointments, started to train as a Health and Safety Advisor/Trainer in 2006. 

Five years later, after leaving the Army and having worked on many  health and safety projects, he moved to Babcock International PLC as a HSE Trainer, then Advisor before becoming a Health and Safety Manager for a large Middle East transport group. 

He has continued working as an H&E Lead in construction, most recently with Multiplex on the iconic Broadway project in London, after leaving Abu Dhabi, where he had been Multiplex’s Area OHS Manager.

A Chartered Fellow of IOSH and a member of CIOB, James is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also Vice-Chair of the IOSH Construction Group.

Louise Hosking – President Elect (2020 – 2021)

Prior to becoming President-Elect in 2020, Louise Hosking served as a Vice-President for three years. An active IOSH volunteer, Louise is also the Chair of our Chiltern Branch and a member of the IOSH Consultancy Group Committee.

After graduating from Nottingham Trent University, Louise worked as an Environmental Health Officer for Cambridge City Council and then the Co-Operative, overseeing Environmental, Safety, Health and Food Safety standards across a region of 250 mostly retail units. After a period working in construction, she became Head of Environmental Health & Safety at the Global property consultancy Savills and has developed extensive expertise in the field of commercial property management. She established her own consultancy business in 2005, which promotes a forward-thinking approach to organisational transformation encouraging businesses of all sizes to see the value in trading in an ethical, people-first manner with high standards in governance.

A regular contributor to a wide range of publications and on social media, she can be found speaking not only from the position of an OSH professional but also as a small business owner. In particular, she has championed the use of language to support organisations to see OSH as a positive enabler for their success, challenging others to see OSH as a driver for positive cultural change. Louise is passionate about promoting inclusion in all aspects of her work to encourage diversity of thought and fairness for all.

Louise believes strongly in a people-centred, compassionate approach and her commitment to members around the world will be to create strong pipelines of talent accessible to all so everyone can achieve their personal goals and beyond. She will also be reaching out to businesses, and like-minded organisations to promote the business case for integrating high ethical values. In particular, she will focus on the IOSH priority of human capital, providing support and empowerment at all levels at this especially challenging time.

Professor Dr Andrew Sharman – Immediate Past President (2020 – 2021)

Andrew is Managing Partner of RMS, a global consultancy specializing in organizational safety culture and leadership. Prior to forming RMS, Andrew spent almost 20 years holding health and safety leadership roles for several international blue-chip companies, gaining experience in more than 120 countries around the globe.

Proud to be a Chartered Safety Practitioner and Chartered Fellow of IOSH, Andrew is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (of which he is also Chairman of the Board); Fellow of the Institute of Directors; and a Member of the Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association. He served as Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Board of IOSH between 2008-2014, Vice President 2016-2018, and President 2019-20, and previously held roles as Branch Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Edinburgh Branch of IOSH.

Andrew holds Masters degrees in Industrial Psychology & Organizational Behaviour and in International Health & Safety Law, and a Doctorate in Leadership & Culture Transformation. He is Professor of Leadership & Safety Culture at the European Centre for Executive Development on the INSEAD campus in Paris, France and also teaches at CalTech (California, USA), IMD (Switzerland) and at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

Author of 10 books on safety behaviour, culture, leadership and wellbeing, he consults and speaks regularly at professional conferences on these topics. His 2014 TED talk continues to change perceptions of risk and fear in modern society.

Far from risk-averse, Andrew loves adventure sports including paragliding, sea kayaking and swimming with sharks.

Tim Eldridge – Vice-President, September 2018 – September 2021

Tim is a Chartered Member of IOSH with over 25 years’ experience in health and safety, working in the UK, Middle East and Australia.

Tim is currently the Global Head of Health and Safety for HSBC bank, leading an international team of health and safety professionals looking after 230,000 employees in 80 countries. Tim also has significant experience with health and safety regulators, as an Inspector for the HSE; and also with the OHS regulators in South Australia and Queensland.

Most recently, Tim has been Chair of IOSH’s Networks Committee - supporting branches, groups, districts and sections in delivering high quality events and services to members, aligned with IOSH’s WORK 2022 strategy. He has been a member of Council since 2016.

Tim has an active interest in the wellbeing agenda, particularly around how employers can enhance employee wellbeing (and productivity) through the physical design of the workplace and nutrition and fitness programmes.

Neil Catton – Vice-President (2020– 2023)

Neil has over 25 years of experience as a Safety Professional and Risk Engineer in various roles covering industries including Food Production, Agriculture, Construction, Engineering, Utilities and Estate Services. He is currently Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Sterling Safety & Risk Services Ltd (SterlingSRS), a consultancy offering strategic safety and risk support services to organisations.

He is also a safety performance improvement specialist, auditor, behavioural safety coach, mentor and trainer, risk control engineer and surveyor.

Neil is holder of the IOSH Presidential Service Gold Award and winner of RS Exceptional Service Award.

He represents IOSH on the Health and Safety Executive National Food Forum, is a member of IOSH Council, and a No Time to Lose ambassador. Meanwhile, he is Vice-Chair of the IOSH Consultancy Group, and Committee Member of the Food and Drink Industries Group and Financial Services Group.


Dr David Gold – Vice-President, September 2019 – September 2022

David is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and a Chartered Fellow of IOSH with forty years of experience in the field. Serving as a Vice President of IOSH, he also served as a member of Council, Chair of the Fire Risk Management Group and Vice Chair of the IOSH Swiss Network.

Professionally, he provides expertise in safety and health policy; risk management; safety and health culture; fire safety; psychosocial issues; wellness; training and education (including the training of trainers); as well as advocacy.

David worked for the International Labour Office (ILO) prior to starting his international consultancy. He served as a senior United Nations official with world-wide responsibility for occupational safety and health training and education for the more than 180 member States. His postings included Geneva, Switzerland, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand.

David holds a PhD in Occupational Safety Engineering; a Master’s Degree in Occupational Education (MOEd); and a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages. He also served in the US as a firefighter/emergency cardiac technician.

Internationally, he continues to be a speaker, moderator and facilitator at many conferences. He also lectured at a number of universities in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

David carried out empirical research addressing the safety and health of Thailand’s indigenous fishermen divers. He is currently leading research on complacency during emergency evacuations through the IOSH Fire Risk Management Group.

David works in English and French with a working knowledge of several other languages. He is an avid sailor, diver, swimmer, hiker and photographer.

Lawrence Webb – Vice-President (2020– 2023)

Lawrence has over 25 years of experience in health, safety and environmental management. A Chartered Fellow of IOSH, he has worked and influenced at all levels and across a range of industries including defence, utilities and infrastructure, transport and logistics and research and academia, although he specialises in construction.

He has been active within IOSH for many years, including serving as an elected member of Council, a member of the Construction Group and before that, on the Professional Standards Committee. He has also been a key player in the development of various IOSH training materials and supporting tools for the profession such as Blueprint.

He is currently the Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Strategy Director for the Costain Group, overseeing the ongoing development and implementation of their SHE strategy which includes: wellbeing, the Group carbon agenda, plant and vehicle SHE standards, management systems and assurance, training and new technology along with innovation.

Working and influencing at a senior leadership level, he also acts as both a Mental Health First Aider and a Wellbeing Champion within the Business in The Community (BITC) network. Previous appointments have included a five-year period running his own successful consultancy, Head of Operations within Alcumus and also at EEF (now ‘Make UK’) and Senior Tutor / Consultant at EEF Woodland Grange. He has previously held two roles within Costain, namely Group SHE Manager and Framework SHE Manager.

A strong and engaging communicator, he has an extensive and well-respected training background and has previously acted as a question writer, examiner and accreditation advisor for various UK bodies.

Keen to support and mentor others at any stage in their professional development, he holds the positions of part-time Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor on the Health and Safety MSc programme at The University of Portsmouth. Lawrence has an MSc in Workplace Health from the University of Nottingham and has successfully completed the Oxford University Executive Strategic Leadership Programme.

Ciarán Delaney – Vice-President (2020– 2021)

Ciarán is a Chartered Health and Safety practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He is a graduate of both University College Dublin and University College Cork. He has served in various roles within the Ireland branch. Ciarán has been appointed as Chair of Boccia Ireland by Paralympics Ireland and is an ambassador for the NOW group, a charity based in Northern Ireland that empowers people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential.

Ciarán is an award-winning disability advocate and has been recognised by his peers within the Irish parliament for the value of the support that he provides to members across both Houses of the Oireachtas on disability matters as well as transport issues. He has represented Ireland at the European Parliament of People with Disabilities and regularly attended briefing events in Brussels prior to Covid-19. He is currently involved in stakeholder consultations on new European standard ‘Transport Services — Customer communications for passenger transport services — A Universal Design approach’.

Ciarán is passionate about equality, inclusion, and diversity. As the first openly disabled member to join the Presidential team, he is looking forward to continuing the work he has been undertaking, collaborating with branches and groups globally, and interacting with and supporting the membership to influence them to avail of all the opportunities within IOSH to develop themselves, thereby enhancing the reputation of our profession to achieve the vision of WORK 2022.


Stuart Hughes – Vice-President, September 2019 – September 2022

Stuart is the Head of Health and Safety for Mercedes AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM, current World Champions, having won six consecutive double world championships. Stuart has 15 years’ experience as an occupational safety and health professional. In this time, he has worked for KPMG as a subject matter expert within their Sustainability Services team, implemented safety management systems for Veolia Environmental Services across their largest European waste contract and enforced health and safety legislation as an Environmental Health Officer for the City of Westminster and Camden Council.

Proud to be a chartered member of IOSH and working towards Fellowship, Stuart was previously a member of the Performance and Development Committee for IOSH. He holds a NEBOSH Diploma and a BSc in Environmental Health. He is also qualified OHSAS Lead Auditor and has undertaken a bespoke ILM Level 5 Leadership qualification created for Mercedes F1.

Stuart is an advocate for performance based occupational safety and health. He specialises in enhancing organisational safety performance and driving cultural change, with the intent of developing organisational OSH climates that focus on the creation of safety.

As a first career safety professional, Stuart aims to inspire a future generation of occupational safety and health leaders to choose OSH as their first-choice career, leveraging OSH as a purpose driven career that has a positive global impact