Behaviour is a big draw in North Wales

North Wales’ February Branch Meeting appears to have broken the myth that afternoon meetings are not well attended, with a bumper attendance of over 70. This is a particularly good attendance for what is essentially a disparate branch with a wide geographical area.

Initially the Branch Exec Committee asked IOSH Bookings to set a limit at 50 and to put any excess booking on a waiting list.

However, interest in this 1:30pm session at the Faenol Fawr Country House Hotel (in Bodelwyddan) greatly exceeded the Branch’s initial expectations, and it soon became over-subscribed.

This led the branch to ask the venue to cater for more hot food and to expect a much larger audience (for seating). They also asked IOSH Bookings to invite all those on the reserve list, now that they could all be accommodated.

IOSH North Wales Branch Chair, Rachel Jones said “It was gratifying to welcome such a large turnout for this afternoon’s excellent meeting. It is the largest number attending I can recall since I started my involvement in the Branch Executive Committee over 5 years ago."

Those who attended, not only had an excellent hot buffet meal in the lovely peacock festooned surroundings of the Tudor manor house, but had a chance to network with colleagues, before hearing an informative interactive presentation entitled “Who would you trust? Behavioural Safety” delivered by Sarah Lodge, Director of Beehive Coaching & Leadership Ltd.

Her presentation educated the audience about First and Second Order changes in safety behaviour, the DuPont Bradley Curve, amongst other observations interspersed with quotes from the eponymous Professor James Reason. The attentive audience also heard how they could contribute to forthcoming research in behavioural safety being undertaken by Sarah Lodge.

Congratulations to North Wales Branch for such a successful meeting.