Branch Committee

The Executive Committee has the responsibility of managing the branch and consists of the following committee members:

Principal Officers

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Rachel Jones is the Chair of the North Wales branch. She is the Health and Safety Risk Advisor at the University of Chester where she has worked for 3 years supporting a varied range of services including Teaching & Research Faculties, Facilities, Residential Living and Hospitality.
Rachel has a degree in Ergonomics and Health and Safety Management from Aston University and a Masters degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough University.

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Richard Bate joined the committee in 2016. He is an Event Safety Consultant, specialising in the delivery and management of sports and entertainment event health and safety.

Qualifications: B.Sc (OHSEM), Dip (ESM), Chartered IOSH.

Richard has worked in health and safety for almost 20 years. Through his career Richard has consulted internationally in oil, gas, and offshore wind industries – but primarily in events safety management. Experience gained through delivering event safety solutions at innumerable events (including; three Olympic Games, the World Rally Championship, Formula E racing, Abu Dhabi New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Opera Garnier Paris, Rugby World Cup, Asian Games, Singapore Opera, Long Museum Shanghai and BBC Top Gear) has honed his event safety management skills in the global events safety management sector.

Thriving on the challenge of delivering safety solutions at complex events, he is a committed safety professional. Richard currently works with the FiA Formula E rce series s the full-time Senior Health and Safety Manager.

As a lifelong petrol-head, Richard spends his leisure time organising motorsports events in his native North Wales, volunteering as a senior official with the Motorsports Association or indulging in his second great passion – attending live music events.

Lawrence Bamber

Lawrence Bamber is the immediate Past Chair of the North Wales branch executive committee, and as he is also on IOSH Council the Member link between the branch and IOSH HQ at The Grange. He is a Past President of IOSH and also currently represents the branch on the Networks Conference Membership Advisory Panel.
He is MD of his own OSH/ Risk management consultancy and training company, Risk Solutions International, which has UK and International clients.
He is also External Examiner  in OSH/ Risk management at the University of Glyndwr in Wrexham.

Specialist Fields include: Osh Management Systems; Business Risk Management; Business Continuity; Accident Costing; IOSH/ NEBOSH Training Courses; Noise; COSHH; Occupational Health ; and Driving at Work.

Areas of Experience:  Engineering;  Utilities; Food/Drink; Construction/CDM; Higher Education; Leisure/Retail; Chemical; Insurance/ Insurance Broking; Healthcare; and Distribution

John Jones

John Jones has been elected to the North Wales Executive Branch Committee as Communications Coordinator. 

John has worked for North Wales Fire & Rescue Service since 1982, initially as a Deputy Stores Manager to his current role as Health & Safety Adviser.  He has been Unison’s Health & Safety Representative since 1999, a member of NWFRS’s Safety Committee since 2000.  His main duties and responsibilities within NWFRS are Accident Investigation, all aspects of Risk Assessment; he has delivered various Health and Safety Training Courses, Critical Incident Debriefer. He attends various Training Exercises as a Safety Observer – these have included, Rope Rescue, Water Rescue, Mass Decontamination, Animal Rescue and Road Traffic Collisions.

John has also worked as a volunteer for the Parish of Abergele as their Health & Safety Adviser since 2006 and also for the Festival Medical Services as a Health & Safety Adviser at Glastonbury and Reading Music Festivals since 2009.

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Gwennan Roberts joined the committee in October 2016. She is a Health and Safety Officer for Gwynedd Council, dealing mainly with the adult care sector – residential care, home care, homelessness – internally within the Council. Gwennan has worked in the health and safety sector for 8 years and has dealt with different departments within local government. As part of her role she supports managers in managing health and safety including developing policies and procedures, helping with risk assessments, and conducting incident investigations and audits. Training is also a large part of her role, from specific on-site training for staff on their health and safety responsibilities, to training managers with the IOSH Managing Safely course (internally for Gwynedd Council and externally for other public services such as the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

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Gail Warrington joined the North Wales IOSH committee in October 2016. After years of attending the monthly IOSH meetings, her family getting older and more independent, she felt the need to give something back. Gail has worked in Gwynedd Council since 1989, starting work in the leisure industry whilst carrying out her degree at Bangor University. She became site manager at Arfon Leisure and Tennis Centres in Caernarfon, Gwynedd.

In 2010, after the birth of her second child, she decided on a change of career and applied for work with the Gwynedd Education Department as a Risk Assessment Officer. During this time she studied for her NEBOSH Certificate/Diploma. She progressed to her current job as a Health, Safety and Welfare Advisor and has been in the role since 2014. She has been fortunate to work with a number of different sectors within Gwynedd Council, including schools, education services, care homes, home care, social service, parks, and maritime.

Gail now works with two large departments – the Environmental Department (including Property, footpaths, planning, and environmental health services) and the Highways and Municipal Department (including waste, recycling, and highways works services, encompassing DBFO from Bangor to Holyhead). Gail manages a small team which includes health and safety, rnvironmental, and quality officers, working to assist services to conform to BSI ISO14001/ISO9001 and the current 18001. Gail is also an in-house IOSH Managing Safely trainer in house for Gwynedd Council – currently offering the course externally as well to other public services such as the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

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Melinda Lyons is the secretary of North Wales branch. She is a researcher at the University of Manchester focussing on application of safety, risk management and human factors to patient safety concerns. With previous experience in offshore oil and gas and air traffic management, she has focused on healthcare for over 14 years. She holds Chartered membership of IOSH and CIEHF with a BSc Psychology, BEng Engineering, MBA in Technology Management, Sc in Work Design and Ergonomics and a PhD in Reliability Engineering applied in the Offshore Oil and Gas sector.

Being involved in film-making and conservation in her spare time, she also has an interest in supporting safety for the media, live events and broadcast sectors as well as the rural industries.

Nic Jones

Nic Jones joined our Branch Executive Committee in 2013 and was previously on the organising committee of North Wales WWT group and the North Wales RICS Board.A Graduate member, Nic is working towards chartership with IOSH.

He is the Safety Compliance Officer for Wrexham County Borough Council’s Landlord Services department and also has CDM Co-ordination duties for repair and maintenance work to their stock of 11,000+ tenanted properties.

Prior to 2009 he was Denbighshire County Council’s Senior Health and Safety Surveyor, as head of their team of construction health and safety professionals.

In his spare time, Nic enjoys being a Kerbcraft volunteer at two of his local schools (teaching infant school children practical pedestrian/road safety skills), as well as working as a volunteer to advise the Benefice of Wrexham Parish in specific health and safety issues.

Specialist fields include: CDM co-ordination; construction sector activities (including specialisms in building conservation and landscape architecture); risk management within social housing and Local Authority sectors; contractor management; asbestos management; fire risk assessment. Recent involvement in Wrexham’s External Wall Insulation and Solar PV Panel programmes for social housing.

Areas of experience: A construction industry professional since 1984, with a wide-ranging experience from small domestic repair and refurbishment projects to multi-million pound new-build commercial contracts. His CDM Co-ordination and planning supervision experience is reinforced by his previous roles as Employer’s Agent, Contract Administrator, Chartered Quantity Surveyor, with some Asset Management duties, in both public sector and private sector environments. Nic has been employed in a full-time health and safety role since 2005.

Richard Bladon (CMIOSH, PIEMA) has been a Member of IOSH for the last 25 years and has served on the North Wales Branch for the last 12 months. He became Vice Treasurer of the Branch in May 2017, is a member of the PRI panel listing, and has enjoyed his time working on the 2017 MAP Network Conference Team. He is also an active member of British Plastics Federation Industrial Health & Safety Committee, concentrating on the Window Profile Extrusion and Fabrication Sectors. He has worked for 27 years in the H&S Management within the Plastics Industry, Poultry Processin,g and then in HSE Consultancy.

Specialist Fields include: Health, Safet,y & Environmental Management Systems, ISO14001 Implementation, and he is generally considered as a specialist in the Plastics Processing Sector.

Areas of Expertise: Having a chemical engineering / plastics processing background and considerable experience in manufacturing and multinational HSE roles for a large plastics processing company. He has an immediate understanding of how most companies and their senior management team function, which also allows him to show how protecting your employees makes good financial business sense.

He has his own HSE Consultancy Business – Richard Bladon & Associates Ltd is less than 12months old, but has built up a customer base including both SMEs and Blue Chip Companies. Since becoming a consultant, he has built a reputation as a straight talking, practical H&S problem solver with the ability to deal with personnel at all levels effectively.

Nathalie Muller, Networks Officer

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