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Commendation Awards July 2021

In July 2021, two IOSH members received a President’s Commendation Award for contributions to occupational safety and health.

Sonni Gopal

Sonni Gopal CMIOSH was nominated for his award after launching and managing a YouTube channel devoted to workplace safety, process safety, risk management and corporate governance. Since August 2019, Sonni has hosted many key influencers in leadership and management for in-depth OSH-related discussions on the twice-weekly, one-hour live-stream RedRisks events. Sonni has ensured gender and ethnic balance among the regular participants, with guests invited from Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia, India, the US, the UK and elsewhere, making the streams as inclusive as possible. Audience participation is welcomed in live events.

Receiving the award, Sonni said: ‘I am deeply honoured and humbled in receiving this President’s Commendation Award. IOSH has played a hugely important role in my career in not only shaping my experience profile but also connecting me with an incredible network of like-minded individuals. It’s this “Connect-Share-Learn” approach that we have incorporated as we reach out and network via our digital media platform. Thank you IOSH for inspiring and motivating me in this work-life journey.”

Steve Harwood

An IOSH member for over 20 years and a member of the Tees Branch Committee for over 13 years, Steve Harwood CMIOSH was presented with a President’s Commendation Award for the work he has done as a volunteer for IOSH. He served the Tees Branch in various roles – as Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary. In these capacities, he organised speakers for IOSH events and gave presentations himself to members. He has given valuable advice, support and guidance to fellow OSH professionals during their developing careers. He has done this officially in his IOSH role, but has also given freely of his time in an informal capacity too.

Steve said: ‘I am honoured to receive this prestigious award and much appreciate the acknowledgement of both the Tees Branch and Institution for the work that I have undertaken in helping and supporting Members to enhance their knowledge and experience through the activities of the Branch. It is a privilege to be an IOSH volunteer and over the years I have witnessed the development of both the Institution and its members, which has been very rewarding.’


Do you know someone worthy of a Presidential award? All details, including criteria and how to make a nomination, are available here.

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