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Barbour webinar: A New Skillset? Employability in the Health and Safety Profession

Health and safety information service provider, Barbour, will be holding a webinar on A New Skillset? Employability in the Health and Safety Profession on Tuesday 9th May 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (BST).

For the last few years, there has been a growing debate in the health and safety profession, that a new skillset is needed. That a technical understanding and knowledge of the law are not enough to win over hearts and minds. This webinar seeks to examine exactly what behaviours and competencies are required for the modern day health and safety professional.  It is based on interviews with more than 50 health and safety leaders in the UK and features two leaders in health and safety – Emma Head from HS2 and John Dunne from Wates.

It looks at what employers are now demanding when looking to expand their health and safety teams and what helps to ensure career development and success.

The webinar also features Anna Keen (Acre Frameworks) who has 12 years in recruitment in this sector and has seen the competencies demanded change radically from those early days. She has also developed the Acre Framework and has now developed a clear pattern of the skills gaps which the profession needs to start to bridge. It also features Heather Beach (The Healthy Work Company) who has built a training business in order to meet those needs.

To register for the webinar, please click here.

 Speaker Bios:

John Dunne
Dunne joined Wates as the Group Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Director in April 2015 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in March 2017. He is responsible for leading a company-wide Safety, Health and Wellbeing behavioural transformation programme, embedding a culture of good decision making throughout the organisation. Which ensures everyone at Wates understands their individual responsibility. He also has line responsibility for the Quality Assurance and Environmental teams.

Before arriving at Wates, Dunne spent 15 years at Balfour Beatty within various lead Health, Safety and Environmental roles eventually managing the global HSE function across 17 different countries. He has over 20 years’ experience as a HSE Professional, across manufacturing, major construction, engineering and consultancy. Dunne is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Prior to entering the construction industry in 1997, he spent 10 years in the Royal Navy as a diver working on civil and marine engineering tasks as well as bomb disposal, mine clearance and Underwater Special Forces.

Emma Head
Head joined High Speed Two Limited as a member of the executive team in August 2015. Her previous role was as Director of Safety Strategy at Network Rail, where she achieved sustainable changes in workforce, passenger and public safety performance.

She has worked in the UK railway industry since 1999, gaining a wealth of experience from client and contractor perspectives. She has contributed to major railway engineering schemes, including the West Coast route modernisation and London’s Crossrail project.

Head is a chartered health and safety professional, and her focus is on helping everyone to achieve safe and healthy working practice, both now in the design and construction stage, and also for the future operations and maintenance workforce. She takes a holistic approach, where health and safety is at the heart of everything at HS2, with an emphasis on caring for the workforce, future passengers and members of the public.

Anna Keen
With over 12 years’ experience recruiting senior Health and Safety professionals across the globe, Keen partnered with Acre in support of its strategy to add value to its clients and the wider Health and Safety profession.

Focussing on the assessment and development of behavioural competencies in the profession she has conducted a series of in-depth interviews with industry leaders to define the competencies critical for success and create the Acre Frameworks Competency Framework.

This framework is the foundation for a range of assessment and development offerings aimed at assisting individuals and teams to improve their performance. In addition to having extensive recruitment experience, Keen is also an accredited psychometric assessor and trained competency interviewer.

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