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Devoted branch member receives Presidential award

An IOSH member who has devoted more than two decades to the profession has been presented with a President’s Commendation Award.

Kerry Edwards has played a significant role for the IOSH South Midlands Branch over many years, most recently its secretary, ensuring the branch meetings and events programme was well managed and featured high-calibre speakers.

In her time with the branch, she has supported its move from a district to a branch, helped to collaborate with local external organisations and forged working relationships with educational settings and youth organisations. She was also instrumental in developing ‘Safety Café’ meetings, which enable members to present on topics they are knowledgeable about and provide networking opportunities.

She also once dialled into a branch event while she was on holiday.

In the award nomination form, Paul Johnston, former Chair of the South Midlands Branch, said: “In my period as Chair and in my interactions with other branches, I became aware of just how many individuals from other areas knew Kerry and had positive things to say about her.

“I never once heard a negative comment made about her; only positive comments and stories about how she had helped others. I believe that such positive comments from so many individuals within IOSH and other external organisations and individuals speaks volumes.”

After receiving the award, Kerry said: “Firstly, I am completely surprised, but extremely honoured and proud to be awarded the President's Commendation Award in recognition of my contribution to IOSH over 24 years. I have been fortunate through my career to have found a topic I completely enjoy and feel passionate about, which can be rare, and hopefully this passion has supported the development of other specialists.

“The experienced members of committee have enabled me to continually develop, and it is with their support we have worked as a team to make the branch successful for the benefit of our district, branch, and especially for the members.”

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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