Helen Powell

Helen Powell, Tech IOSH

Programme Co-ordinator

Helen Powell

Freelance safety and health consultant working with small businesses around Rugby and throughout the Midlands. My mission is to provide sensible, sound and friendly Health and Safety advice at a reasonable price to small businesses. 

Qualifications

BA Hons Humanities NEBOSH Gen Cert

Career

I spent 10 years working for the MOD at an Army barracks where I developed my expertise in DSEAR and CoSHH as well as risk assessing & inspecting catering & food safety, transport & logistics, fire safety, engineering, retail, sports facilities, infrastructure, contractor management, preschool provision, DSE and office safety. 

In December 2016 I left to set up my own consultancy working with smaller businesses in my local area to provide bespoke and appropriate health and safety support.

In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours I was awarded the Chief of the General Staff's Commendation - the only civilian to receive this award from the head of the armed forces. The award was for “Outstanding service to the British Army” and in particular the creation of the Explosive Protection Document to meet the Regiment’s DSEAR obligations.

In all I have spent 28 years in the Civil Service (previously in HM Customs and Excise –as it was then – and DWP).

IOSH activities

I joined the committee of MidShires branch in January 2016 as a general committee member, and have recently taken on the role of Speaker Coordinator, liaising with our future speakers on their presentations and requirements. I enjoy the committee immensely and have gained a lot of support, knowledge and good friendships through joining them.

Interests and hobbies

I love gardening and have developed a fruit and veg plot since I left the MOD and have time to tend my plants regularly. I get a happiness boost with every tiny harvest.

I’m an avid fan of history and visiting historical places – I took part in the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015 with my family on the original battlefield.

In quieter moments I read as much as I can, and particularly enjoy detective novels (Donna Leon, Michael Crichton and John Grisham are some of my favourites).