The Railway Group committee

Chair - Keith Morey

Vice Chair - Richard Whitehead

Vice Chair - David Porter

Communications Co-ordinator - Aimee Skelly

Conference Lead - Darryl Hopper

Conference Co-ordinator - Michael Padley

Committee Member - Des Lowe

If you are interested in joining the Railway Group committee, we’d like to hear from you.

If you’re a health and safety professional in the railway and think you can contribute to the group, please get in touch with our Relationship Manager, to request an application form.

Keith Morey

Keith Morey - Chair 

Keith has been with IOSH for 11 years, and has been on the Railway Group Committee since March 2010.  In March 2015 Keith was appointed Chair of the Railway Group. He believes that through communication, sharing and learning we can all achieve safer, healthier and happier workplaces within the railways. Keith looks after the LinkedIn sub-group and other media for the promotion of the Railway Group and IOSH.

Keith’s day job is working for Network Rail Infrastructure Projects; currently he has the challenge of being the Principal Contractor representative, responsible for the Cardiff Area Signal Renewals Project (CASR) being run by Network Rail. This involves developing documentation and plans to drive and implement safety improvements and behaviors within the project and upwards into the wider Network Rail community.

Network Rail are using a Behavioural Change initiative from within the project called "Changing Attitudes for a Safe Return - Everyday" (CASR) to help with the just culture. They look to work with all the contractors collaboratively and pro-actively with sharing and promoting good practice, and identifying opportunities for joint improvement initiatives such as welfare. Keith represents Network Rail CASR on industry forums when required, and develops and maintains contacts within members of the supply chain as well as the Office of Rail Regulation, in addition to within Network Rail. Keith was also highly commended in the Network Rail 2013 ‘You Make A Difference’ awards for the promotion of Close Calls and behavioural-based safety within CASR. In addition, In December 2014 Keith was shortlisted for the UK Rail Industry Award for safety initiatives. Keith has an MSc in Health and Safety Management.

Richard WhiteheadRichard Whitehead - Vice Chair

Both a Chartered Safety Practitioner and Chartered Quality Professional, Richard initially completed a EITB Craft Apprentice in the automotive industry. After progressing through roles in QA and Production Management, he came to be the Quality/Safety Manager for Collis Engineering Ltd in 1999. Following a management buyout in 2003, Richard was appointed Group Assurance Manager for the Signal House Group, and following a restructure in September 2011 he was appointed Assurance Director. Richard is responsible for all QHS&E systems, HR and maintenance of plant and equipment. Richard has been an IOSH member since 2001, he was the East Midlands Branch Chair from 2009 to 2011, also serving the Railway Group Committee since 2002, for which he is currently the Vice Chair.

David Porter - Railway GroupDavid Porter - Vice Chair

David retired in 2014 after 37 years as a Health and Safety Inspector with HSE. He has spent the last 25 years specialising in safety management. In the 1990's he was closely involved with the development of HSE guidance on health and safety management such as Successful Health and Safety Management, (HSG65). He has been involved in the inspection of large high hazard organisations across a range of industries and also participated in a management audit of Railtrack after the Ladbroke Grove incident. 

For the last 15 years he worked in the Nuclear Directorate of HSE, (now the Office for Nuclear Regulation). He was appointed as a Public Member of Network Rail in 2011, a position he held until June 2015 when the Secretary of State for Transport became the sole member. He has been a member of IOSH since 1983 and a Chartered Fellow since 2006

Aimee Skelly - Communications Co-ordinator

Aimee joined CIRAS as a Researcher in 2012 after working in several PR and communications roles. In this role, she is working with subscribing organisations to improve health and safety on the railway. This involves speaking with frontline staff, writing reports and conducting data analysis amongst other methods. Aimee deals directly with the northern-based train operators and Network Rail contractors. She is also implementing CIRAS’s marketing strategy, designing promotional materials and visiting frontline staff to promote occupational health and safety.

Aimee holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Communications and Media. She has been a member of the Railway Group Committee since 2013, working on the 2014 and 2015 conferences, and hopes to increase engagement with members both in the UK and internationally.

Darryl Hopper - Conference LeadDaryl Hooper

Darryl Hopper has worked in the rail industry for 12 years; most of this time has been as a Health and Safety Advisor. Seven of these years were in infrastructure maintenance with Balfour Beatty and then Network Rail.

Darryl now works for RSSB and is the Project Manager for the Workforce Health and Wellbeing project. Darryl is part of the team leading the development and management of a health and wellbeing roadmap. During the last year he has played a role in developing reports on health data usage, internal organisational health relationships, organisational relationships with health providers and the management of health standards. Tools have also been created to raise awareness about health policy development and health and wellbeing assessments. He has previously played a leading role for RSSB in developing Safety Management System guidance.

Darryl has been in the Railway Group Committee since 2012 and was a member of the working group that delivered the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Railway Group Conferences. During his time with the IOSH Railway Group, Darryl hopes to make IOSH more customer-focused.

Des Lowe Des Lowe - Committee Member

Des Lowe has been working in the rail industry since 1979. Predominantly with a background in Traction and Rolling Stock maintenance which led via the roles of On Track Plant Maintenance Technician, Technical Trainer, Training Manager, Lead Auditor in Management Systems, then after two years working as a consultant in Risk Management, Des moved to more substantive and senior management roles in Train Operations.

His career to date has afforded 20 years of related experience in Safety Management. Currently employed on the Executive Team of CrossCountry Trains with responsibility for Health and Safety, Security and Environment. Knowledgeable about Management Systems and Risk reduction techniques Des is passionate about removing and reducing risk in the Industry and is a regular team player in the many industry groups and forums that are committed to improving safety performance.

Des joined the Railway Group Committee early in 2016 after being an IOSH member for 9 years. His ambition is to help and support the rail industry to be the transport provider of choice whilst delivering an ever decreasing safety risk in all areas of Railway Operations and interfaces.

Michael Padley Michael Padley - Committee Coordinator

Michael is new to the railway industry, joining ScotRail at the start of the Commonwealth Games of 2014.  Michael had been working for Glasgow 2014, helping deliver a successful games experience in Glasgow before that.

Michael is a member of the Occupational Safety Team based in Glasgow, working with the train operating side of the business.  Michael has worked in the health and safety field for more than 30 years with a variety of organisations, all delivering a public service in one shape or another.

Michael has worked with a number of local authorities in England and Scotland, a water utility and with the predecessor to the Environment Agency, the National Rivers Authority.

Michael has supported IOSH at a local level, serving as a Branch Committee Member and then as a Branch Construction Rep.  He later served with the Admissions Committee and then the Initial Professional Development Working Group, establishing the processes in place today.

Michael is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH.

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