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.

Presidential team:

Dr Andrew Sharman
James Quinn 
President Elect

Ir Professor Vincent Ho
Past President

Tim Eldridge 
Kayode Fowode 
Dr David Gold
Louise Hosking
Jonathan Hughes
Stuart Hughes

Take a look at the bio of each member of the Presidential Team

Professor Dr Andrew Sharman – President, September 2019 – September 2020

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 H&S leadership roles for several international blue-chip companies gaining experience of 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 Chairman of the Board of IOSH between 2008-2014, Vice President 2016-2018, 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 8 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.

James Quinn – President Elect, September 2019 – September 2020

After a very successful career in the British Army, for 24 years, 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, having worked on many army health and safety projects, he worked for 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 with Multiplex on the iconic Broadway project in London after leaving Abu Dhabi as the Area OHS Manager, for Multiplex, where they were the main contractor. A Chartered Fellow of IOSH and a member of CIOB, James is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute as well as the next Chair of IOSH Council, IOSH President Elect, he is also Vice-Chair of the IOSH Construction Group.

Ir Professor Vincent Ho – Immediate Past President, September 2019- September 2020

Vincent is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH with over 35 years of experience in transportation, nuclear and defence industries specializing in probabilistic risk assessment, fire risk assessment, system safety and assurance, enterprise risk management, as well as security analysis. He works for the Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation as its Head of Corporate Safety overseeing safety governance for all MTR railway and property operations in Hong Kong, as well as in Sweden, UK, Australia, and China. He is an Adjunct Professor teaches risk management and safety in MSc and BSc programmes in Hong Kong.

Vincent actively promotes the applications of risk management in enhancing safety; he is the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Risk Management and Safety, and he had served as the President of International Association of Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management from 2008 to 2010. Vincent served in the Council between 2009-2015 and as VP between 2015-2017. He is a former Chair of IOSH Hong Kong Branch, and was awarded the IOSH Presidents Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and 2008. Vincent holds BS (Hons), MS, PhD, and MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport, and The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

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.

Kayode Fowode – Vice-President, September 2019 – September 2020

Kayode Fowode is the Managing Director of Kevron Consulting Limited, a company based in Nigeria specializing in QHSSE Training and Consultancy Services. He is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH; a Fellow of Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers, and a COREN Registered Mechanical Engineer. Kayode pioneered the establishment of IOSH Nigeria Network Group and in 2018, he became the first African to be appointed into the IOSH Council. He has extensive knowledge and experience in management system implementation, process and construction safety management, project safety management, safety leadership, training, research and publications.

Kayode holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and Masters of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Middlesex University, London and has worked for G4s Secure Solutions-UK, Turner & Townsend Plc-UK, Jagal Group including working across Africa and UK. Kayode has won several local and international awards including the Middlesex University Leadership, Enterprise and Citizenship Award, the 2016 JCI Top Ten Outstanding Young Person Award in Nigeria and IOSH President’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of Occupational Safety and Health. Kayode has active interest in writing articles on diverse OSH issues, speaking at conferences and mentoring young OSH professionals towards achieving the prestigious Chartered membership of IOSH.

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.

Louise Hosking – Vice-President, September 2018 – September 2021

Louise Hosking was elected IOSH Vice-President in November 2017 and re-elected in September 2018 for a three-year term. Also Chair of IOSH Chiltern Branch and a member of the IOSH Consultancy Group Committee. An active IOSH volunteer Louise is committed to changing the image of OSH as a profession by focusing on positive OSH achievements and the benefits to business of operating in a healthy, safe, sustainable and fair manner. She is an advocate for the use of positive language, so individuals learn from examples of good practice rather than negative reinforcements of bad and to achieve cultural change throughout organisations. Louise is currently working to actively promote the IOSH Equality and Diversity policy to encourage new OSH practitioners to join the profession, ensure everyone is invited to the table, once there all voices are heard and to help with developing a membership representative of the modern world of work.

Outside of IOSH she is a risk management specialist with over 27 years of experience working alongside teams in blue chips, SMEs and public sector organisations to project manage the development of arrangements to develop positive OSH strategies aligned with their business values and mitigate risk.

She is a regular contributor to a wide range of on-line and magazine publications not just specializing in OSH but also commenting on company values and ethical management for business.

After graduating from Nottingham Trent University, she worked as an Environmental Health Officer for Cambridge City Council, for the Co-Operative promoting safe working Practices and then in the construction sector before becoming Head of Environmental Health & Safety at Savills. Her consultancy, Hosking Associates, was established in 2005.

Jonathan Hughes – Vice-President, November 2017 – September 2020

Jonathan is a Chartered Member of IOSH with 16 years’ experience in health and safety. He has extensive experience in managing, influencing and communicating risk management throughout an organisation. Jonathan has been a member of the IOSH Council since 2015 and served as Chair of the Staffordshire Branch for three years, where he is currently Vice Chair and mentor.

Jonathan is the global lead for health, safety, wellbeing and BMS at the global business consultancy Turner & Townsend, and also leads the health and safety training business unit providing a range of high-level services to clients, such as executive training and strategic audit, where his clients, including those in the rail industry, value the pragmatic and commercially-minded advice that he provides.

Jonathan has completed a range of training courses and qualifications and holds the NEBOSH Level 6 Diploma in the Management of Occupational Safety and Health and is a BSI-trained 18001 Lead Auditor. Jonathan is a regular contributor to the industry and wider media, and regularly presents at the various health and safety events and exhibitions.

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