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IOSH members rewarded for decades of dedication

Two IOSH members with decades of voluntary service between them have been rewarded for their dedication.

Neil Vincer picked up a President’s Distinguished Service Award (PDSA) and Chris Stops a President’s Commendation Award (PCA).

Three decades of dedication

Neil has been a member of IOSH for nearly 30 years, serving in several voluntary roles in that time. He has been chair of IOSH’s Fire Risk Management Group since September 2019.

He has been a member of that committee since 2017 and is also a member of the IOSH South East Branch.

His nomination referred to his leadership, commitment, focus, enthusiasm and passion, particularly in supporting the committee through the Covid-19 pandemic. It also said he has been influential in working with academia outside of IOSH, including being part of a small working party which developed a ‘Back-to-Basics’ approach to fire safety which included textbooks, distance learning, guidance documents and webinars.

In addition, he has coached and mentored many fellow members and OSH professionals.

On receiving the award, Neil said: “I am incredibly proud to receive this award which I believe not only recognises my work, but also the work of the whole IOSH Fire Risk Management Group committee over a particularly difficult last three years.”

Devoted to supporting future generations

Chris has served as a member of the Thames Valley Branch for over 18 years in a number of roles, including chair and vice-chair.

He has also liaised with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) for their IOSH Safety Award category for over a decade, acting as chief judge in that time. As well as the award, he has worked hard with the NFTS on ensuring OSH is at the forefront of the minds of future generations.

His nomination also spoke of his energy and passion, particularly for supporting future leaders and young people.

He said: “It was a great honour to be awarded the President’s Commendation Award. I am immensely proud both personally and for the branch, that our work with the NFTS over the last 13 years is acknowledged in this way, given the school’s preeminent status in the film and TV industry.”

President’s gift awards

In addition to the above awards, several other Presidential awards were gifted by Immediate Past President Louise Hosking. Outgoing Presidents present these awards to those who have either supported them or made a difference during their Presidential term.

Four were handed out at the most recent Council meeting. They were: PDSAs to Kelly Nicoll, Diana Salmon and David Porter, and a PCA to Michelle Pitkin.

Meanwhile, five were presented at the official Presidential handover event last Friday. They were: PDSAs to Crystal Danbury, Kizzy Augustin, Simon Hatson and Rebecca Joyce, and a PCA to Lorenzo Visentin.

Nominating for awards

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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