Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of IOSH and the Branch’s microsite. I hope you find the site helpful and informative, and a good source for finding out more about us.

Branch Chair Lee PattersonThe Yorkshire Branch aims to deliver a wide-ranging programme of meetings to provide our members with the best opportunities for continuous professional development and networking with likeminded professionals. Our branch meetings have grown in success over the past few years with strong attendance of regulars and lots of new comers.

For this year’s programme the branch committee has been bold and has included more of a focus on health and wellbeing whilst retaining an important emphasis on safety. We have committed to providing the membership with 9 branch meetings at our usual venue at Rogerthope Manor. We also intend to provide 2 additional, ‘Regional Meetings’ in March and October at venues in other locations within Yorkshire. Our intention is to encourage participation and engagement of our wider membership.

In support of our meetings, the branch is proud to provide podcast facility that enables those members who can’t attend meetings, to view presentation slides and listen to speakers via the internet. Our aim is to promote inclusivity and provide opportunities for our valued members.

Non-members are welcome to attend meetings, so if you know someone who might be interested, please do encourage them to come along. I would always encourage you to introduce yourself to a member of the Committee when you first come along so we can help you settle in and answer any queries you may have.

I can assure you that our 18 strong committee of volunteers is working hard to provide you with good old Yorkshire value for money. We have recently provided an event on Health & Safety apprentices and encouraging young people to become involved in the health and safety profession. This is something I am personally passionate about. To that end, a young person has been coopted on to the committee with a view to providing a different perspective on what the membership may benefit from. Exciting work is currently underway to introduce a new system that encourages audience participation through voting and asking questions via mobile phone applications.We are also investigating the use of social media platforms such as LinkedIn to widen the opportunity for people to ‘get involved’ and engage with branch activities.

I hope you enjoy our programme and I look forward to seeing you at future meetings.

Lee Patterson
Chair