The Committee

Andy Melachrino - Chair

Andy Melachrino

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • MSc in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Management
  • Nebosh Diploma in Health and Safety
  • Nebosh Diploma in Environmental Management
  • CMIOSH, MIIRSM, MBCI
  • Chair of Dairy UK OH&S Committee.

Background in occupational safety and health:

  • Head of Health Safety and Risk at Natures Way Foods Ltd since February 2016
  • Head of Group H&S Dairy Crest Ltd – nine years
  • Head of Health Safety Environment United Biscuits – four years
  • Risk Manager Europe (heath safety and environment) – Nestle Purina - four years
  • Got into health, safety and environment via risk management business continuity to lead the function in three large international businesses.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

  • Improving safety culture and engagement through positive behavioural change, which leads to safer and healthier working lives
  • Visible felt leadership aligned with clear standards
  • Engaging people is the health agenda to drive improved well-being and sustainability across business.

John Boyle - Vice Chair

John Boyle

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • European Network of Health and Safety Professional Organisations (EurOSHM)
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • CMIOSH

Background in occupational safety and health:

John is a Head of Safety Risk and CI for G’s Fresh.
Through a team of safety advisors and CI facilitators John is responsible for strategic development and improvement of Safety, Risk, Health and Continuous Improvement across a large range of farming and fresh produce companies within an international group.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

John has more than 20 years experience, operating at a senior level, within complex high risk environments, for large international organisations. This has developed strategic and managerial experience in a variety of industries including food and drink, chemical, asbestos, manufacturing, paper, airports, retail, distribution, motor industries, housing, TV, film, theatre and events.

Doug Russell - Communications Co-ordinator

Doug Russell

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Chemical Physics, Edinburgh University, 1977.
  • M.Sc. Structure and Organisation of Science and Technology, Manchester University, 1979.
  • CMIOSH

Background in occupational safety and health:

Doug has been Health and Safety Officer at Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers since 1987.
He’s also Chair of HSE Meat Trades Health and Safety Forum, Vice-chair of HSE Food and Drink Manufacturing Health and Safety Forum and a representative of employed earners on Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

  • Worker involvement in health and safety, particularly in food manufacture, logistics and retail. 

Pamela Brown - Communications Co-ordinator

Pamela Brown

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • MSc in Occupational Safety and Health
  • CMIOSH

Background in occupational safety and health:

Pamela has worked for the past 17 years as a safety professional in the food and drink industry working for a number of Blue Chip companies.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

  • Providing leadership and vision to develop and implement strategic direction for businesses to help achieve their safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability objectives
  • A record of significant success in driving behavioral and cultural change
  • Developing and delivering high quality and engaging safety communication to raise awareness, change behaviour and influence a better, safer and far more proactive work culture.

Neil Catton - IOSH Representative on HSE Food Forum

Neil Catton

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • MSc in Risk Management & Safety Technology. 
  • NEBOSH Diploma & Certificate
  • NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate 
  • IOSH Presidents Distinguished Service Award and Gold Award
  • Chartered Fellow of IOSH
  • Member of Institute of Risk Management

Background in occupational safety and health:

A career spanning 27 years in Occupational Safety and Health and Risk Management. Currently, Group Safety & Risk Director for the whole of G’s, The Shropshire Group, a Farming, Fresh Produce and Chilled Convenience Foods Company operating internationally. Previously, extensive experience in the Meat Industry, Construction, Malting and the Armed Forces.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

Areas of specialism include Safety Leadership, Behavioural Safety, Strategic Direction and Performance turn around. Also a keen interest in developing quality Health & Safety Training, and engaged in wider Risk Management such as Risk Engineering, Business Continuity and Fire Safety.

Michael Liddle - Committee member

Michael Liddle

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • NEBOSH General Certificate
  • Grad IOSH

Background in occupational safety and health:

Michael’s health and safety career began in the mining industry when he took the NEBOSH General Certificate gaining valuable experience with the Mines Rescue Brigade. Following the mines closure programme he moved into the food and drink industry and began working for Greencore at their Leeds site in 2003 where he’s now in a central role.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

  • Confined spaces
  • Manual handling
  • Behavioural safety

Chris Green - Committee member

Chris Green

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • LLB Hons Law degree; Qualified Solicitor 1995
  • Law Society, Birmingham Law Society
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Background in occupational safety and health:

Twenty years’ specialism exclusively in the field of health safety and environment prosecutions, investigations, inquests and interviews. Risk management procedures, Director Training etc. following serious and usually fatal accidents.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

  • Clients: all sectors but particular interest in food and drink, manufacturing, construction, rail, public sector, local authorities.
  • Corporate manslaughter, food hygiene and safety and machinery guarding cases.

Ian Phillips - Committee member

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Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • MSc Occupational Safety & Health
  • NEBOSH Diploma in Health & Safety
  • IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management
  • Grad IOSH
  • Corporate representative for BBPA (British Beer and Pub Association)

Background in occupational safety and health:

Besides the odd foray into quality management and food safety, Ian has spent the last 14 years working in a variety of health and safety management roles. The majority of this experience has been in FMCG manufacturing, with his most recent role the UK lead for EHS in the world’s third largest brewer.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

Ian’s main area of interest is how organisational culture can affect health and safety. He is also interested in the psychological side of safety and would like to develop his knowledge in this field further. His ‘comfort zone’ topics are PUWER and fire.

Mike Keating - Committee member

photo of committee member Mike Keating 

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • BSc (hons) Psychology
  • PgC Occupational Health & Safety Management
  • Diploma in Safety Management
  • Diploma in Environmental Management
  • CMIOSH
  • MIIRSM

Background in occupational safety and health:

A health and safety practitioner with over 20 years’ wide ranging experience, from working in single factories to group roles with global organisations, across the public, private and voluntary sectors, who is proud of a demonstrable track record of tangible success

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

Particularly interested in leadership (as opposed to ‘management’), organisational culture, integrated management systems, and how we facilitate those ‘light bulb’ moments (great supporter of continual improvement - but the light bulb wasn’t invented by continually improving the candle!)

Nigel Davy - Committee Member

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Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

Nigel is an independent health and safety consultant, Chairman of the Food Industry Safety and Health Network (FISHnet), attends the HSE AIAC Transport project group committee meetings, and is Workshops Coordinator for the East Anglia Branch.

Background in occupational safety and health:

Nigel’s early experience in health and safety was as a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Agricultural Inspector, followed by 12 years as a group health and safety adviser in the food and agricultural industry.
Nigel now operates as a consultant, with clients predominantly in the food, agriculture and transport sector.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

  • Workplace transport
  • Auditing
  • Bespoke training
  • Safety management systems risk assessment and accident.

Ivor Long - Committee member

Photograph of commitee member Ivor Long

Qualifications and relevant professional memberships:

  • LLB Hons Law degree; Qualified Solicitor
  • Law Society, Birmingham, Leicester & Liverpool Law Society
  • IOSH Affiliate member since 2009

Background in occupational safety and health:

Thirty years dealing with casualty claims for large corporate businesses and insurers. Machinery accidents, working from height and fatalities. Advanced training in practical accident investigation and claims defensibility.

Areas of specialism, interest and research:

  • I have a particular interest in food and drink manufacturing and related companies and operate within the Food and Beverage Sector almost exclusively.
  • I have written numerous published articles on various aspects of health & safety particularly relating to the food & drink sector.

Alison Wright - Committee Member

Andy Powell - Committee Member

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