Industry experts will join senior staff and volunteers from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to deliver an activity-packed conference next month.
The three-day Future Leaders Virtual Conference 2021 – from 16 to 18 March – has been designed to support and inspire new and aspiring occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals from across the globe.
With an overarching theme of ‘steering towards a brighter tomorrow’, the experiential online event will include engaging presentations, interactive Q&As, stimulating panel debates, practical workshops and multiple chances to network.
Programme content has been tailored to suit the interests of the Future Leaders Community – made up of IOSH members who hold Student Membership, are aged 35 or under, or have fewer than five years’ professional experience.
Zoe Davies, Head of Safety, BBC, will join a panel on shaping the skills of the future OSH professional. She said: “The Future Leaders group contains some of the most interested and innovative minds in our profession – their output keeps me on my toes.
“I wanted to engage with this dynamic cohort, discuss, be challenged and collectively evolve our game. I think this conference is going to be particularly beneficial for those OSH professionals who are looking to develop or reinvent themselves.
Other speakers include Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald, from Rolls-Royce, Josh Huggins, of Principal People, Dr Surindar Dhesi, from the University of Birmingham, and Geoff McDonald, from Minds@Work. They will be taking part in activities focused on four key areas:
- soft skills and leadership
- equality, diversity and inclusion
- mental health and wellbeing
- career progression.
Among the highlights of day one, Laura Willis, of Shine Online, will share insights on digital wellbeing in the workplace. She said: “Leaders play a vital role in creating the digital culture within their workplaces and so speaking to the leaders of the future is invaluable.
“Most people struggle in some way or another when it comes to healthy sustainable management of their digital technology.
“We want to empower people to make the appropriate adjustments to their digital behaviour so that they can thrive inside and outside work and start to be a change-maker when it comes to collective digital behaviour.”
The conference is open to IOSH members and non-members alike and, for greater accessibility, recordings of most sessions will be available on demand after the event.