Experienced safety consultant voted new IOSH President-Elect

07 September 2018

Professor Andrew Sharman has been voted in as the next President-Elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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An IOSH member for two decades, Prof Sharman is chief executive of RMS, a global safety and health consultancy which supports organisations in high-risk sectors including mining, construction and oil and gas.

He was elected by members of the IOSH’s Council, its representative body, this week and will take up the post on Tuesday 18 September, subject to confirmation at the Institution's AGM. He will become President in September 2019.

He is keen to ensure there is a continued focus on supporting safety and health professionals around the world, particularly focusing on developing their leadership skills.

He said: “My aim as President will be to ensure IOSH supports people in the profession no matter where in the world they are. We need to make sure we have a broad outlook.

“There is a big opportunity for our profession and the practitioners within it to advance from being just safety and health specialists to leaders and managers and offering even greater value to their organisations. They can do this by developing the soft skills like influencing, communication and engagement.”

Prof Sharman has experience of working with big-name brands around the world, including Apple, L’Oreal and Mercedes Benz. He is Chair of the Board of the Institute of Leadership and Management and Professor of leadership and safety culture at the European Centre for Executive Development on the INSEAD campus in Paris.

He moved into safety and health after sustaining minor injuries in a workplace accident.

“I tipped a bucket of acid over myself while I was working as a process engineer,” he said. “From there, I moved into safety and health.

“Over the past 20 years, I have been part of the Edinburgh Branch executive committee, including a term as Chair, held positions on the Board of Trustees and more recently the Presidential team. So, this feels like a coming of age for me. I’m delighted to have been voted in as the new President-Elect.”

As Prof Sharman becomes President-Elect at the AGM, Dr Vincent Ho will become President, while Craig Foyle will become Immediate Past President.

During its meeting this week, IOSH’s Council also elected two new Vice-Presidents, a position which has been held by Prof Sharman. The VPs are Louise Hosking and Tim Eldridge.

All appointments are subject to confirmation at the AGM, which is being held at the ICC Birmingham on Tuesday 18 September. All IOSH members can attend, though only corporate members can vote. Corporate members who haven't received an email or letter with their unique voting code can contact Mi-Voice at support@mi-voice.com or call +44 (0)23 8076 3987.

Notes for editors

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace. We have more than 47,000 members in about 130 countries.

We act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes. Our focus is to support our members in their efforts to create workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable.

Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day. Through our 2017-2022 strategy, ‘WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health’, we will seek to enhance the occupational safety and health profession, build strategic collaborative partnerships across industry and strengthen our influence globally through impactful research and development.

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