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2022 IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards

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It's time to say well done. 

After a year in which you’re excelling yourselves, let’s celebrate your achievements together.

The IIRSM awards celebrate risk excellence and all those who contribute to protecting people, reputations and profits. The awards identify those organisations, teams and individuals that champion better risk and safety management to drive organisational and employee wellbeing. 

The awards are independent and free to enter for both IIRSM members and non-members. Whether you work for a large multinational with big budgets and lots of resources, or an SME or charity with small budgets and limited resources - the principles and benefits of effectively managing risk equally apply.

It has been a real pleasure honouring the achievements of our previous winners, and we are excited to recognise and celebrate with our 2022 finalists and winners.

The independent judging panel consists of international risk, safety and business professionals from a range of backgrounds.

Finalists will be celebrated and winners announced at the virtual Risk Excellence Awards Ceremony 5-6pm BST on 19 May 2022. Book your place here.

2022 Awards Categories
Barry Holt Award - Outstanding Risk Management Practice

Barry Holt was an advocate of the risk  profession, well known for his academic accomplishments and knowledge. He worked with IIRSM from 2010 until his death in 2016. He spent 35 years providing consultancy and training services to many of today’s best recognised global industrial brands. This award acknowledges those that demonstrate excellence in risk management benefiting people, society or business.

Award criteria

Open to individuals, teams, partnerships or organisations that can demonstrate innovation, collaboration and excellence in risk management, contributing to the success of an organisation and its stakeholders.

Judges will be looking for:

  • A clear link between a risk management initiative and organisational goals. 
  • The impact the initiative had on organisational culture. 
  • What makes the initiative stand out. 
  • Evidence of the benefits the initiative has brought the individual, team, partnership or organisation. 


Entries are open to all and a supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

International Risk Initiative of the Year

The award recognises effective risk management across multiple global locations. 

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of a strategic approach to managing risks across geographical locations. 
  • Evidence of how culture, values and employer brand are applied to different regions. 
  • Knowledge sharing across countries. 


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by individuals, teams and organisations. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

SME Risk Initiative of the Year

This award recognises small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 250 employees and not part of a group of large companies) that have transformed the way they manage risks in support of their objectives.

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How your approach to managing risks has changed. 
  • How you overcame any barriers or challenges. 
  • What makes your initiative stand out and how you have been innovative. 
  • Evidence that the changes made have directly brought benefits to your people and organisation. 


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by individuals, teams and organisations. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year

This award recognises employers which have a clear health and wellbeing strategy that is both preventative and proactive in approach, and is at the centre of the organisation.

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • A strategy that focuses on both physical and mental health wellbeing. 
  • How leadership has driven the strategy across the organisation. 
  • How the strategy has been effectively integrated within day-to-day operations. 
  • Quantifiable business improvements. 


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by individuals, teams and organisations. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

John Bennett Award - Exceptional Young Person of the Year

John Bennett was Chairman of IIRSM from 1996 to 1999 and was instrumental in the growth of the Institute having joined the Board of Governors in 1990. He was Honorary Life President until his death in May 2015. Recognising young talent was particularly close to John’s heart and the recipient of this award will be an apprentice or young risk or safety professional.

Award criteria 

Open to under 35s (or those who have turned 35 since February 2019) from IIRSM membership and the wider risk, safety and business community. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate dedication over and above what is expected of them and can show how they made a positive impact on an organisation or team to improve its culture and operational performance through risk or safety management.

Judges will be looking for individuals who:

  • Demonstrate how they use their initiative to implement new solutions to meet organisational needs.
  • Use innovative approaches to their work.
  • Quantify the impact of their contributions to work.
  • Demonstrate exceptional teamwork and collaboration working beyond silos.
  • Demonstrate excellence in execution.


Entries can be submitted through self-nomination or an applicant can be nominated by a mentor, client, supplier, customer, colleague or manager. If submitting a self-nomination entry, it must include a supporting reference from either a mentor, client, customer, colleague or manager.

Mentor of the Year

This award recognises outstanding mentors who have actively participated in the IIRSM or similar mentoring programmes or are just individuals who have just proactively mentored someone else. The award acknowledges the time, dedication, contribution made to the advancement of his or her mentee and creating a successful mentor/ mentee relationship.

We do not usually consider line managers to be mentors to their teams, as part of this award. This is because a key part of the mentoring relationship is the ability to have an open and honest conversation, for example about workplace challenges or future career aspirations. Mentors are usually those who can offer an impartial viewpoint, so may work for the same company as the mentee but in a different team, or be connected to their mentee through a mentoring scheme offered by a membership body such as IIRSM’s.   

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How the mentor has supported the mentee in gaining new knowledge and skills. 
  • How the mentor has guided the mentee in deciding the action to achieve objectives or solutions to overcome challenges. 
  • How the mentor has been accessible to the mentee over a sustained period. 
  • Overall, how valuable the mentee found the relationship with the mentor and what they have been able to achieve as a result. 


To nominate your mentor, or a colleague or professional peer who you know has done an excellent job of mentoring someone else, please provide details using the criteria above. You do not need to provide a reference if you have direct experience of being mentored by the person you are nominating. 

You can also nominate yourself for the Award. In addition to explaning how you meet the criteria above, you will also need to provide a reference from your mentee as part of the application process. 

Technology Risk Management Initiative of the Year

Technology is a driving force and enabler to successfully manage risk. 

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • The driver for the initiative/project and how it aligns with an organisation’s strategic objectives.
  • Evidence of information and data produced and used to inform decision-making.
  • How the outcome of the initiative positively impacted the organisation and its people.  Evidence provided may include for example, financial metrics, stakeholder engagement levels, reduced or eliminated risks or exploited opportunities, as well as less tangible outcomes such as the impact on the credibility and integrity of the risk and/or safety function within the organisation.
  • What was innovative about the solution and how you used it?


We are looking for submissions from suppliers that have clearly understood their end users and their needs to build solutions that have delivered true business value and achieved users’ strategic objectives using technology solutions.


From organisations showcasing how they worked in partnership with their technology supplier to meet their strategic objectives and added value to their organisation through using technology.

Risk Team of the Year

This award recognises risk or safety teams that have demonstrated excellence to meet organisational needs.

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • Teams that can evidence innovative approaches to addressing a key organisational issue or multiple projects, and how the approach met the needs of the organisation.
  • Exceptional teamwork and leadership in executing and delivering performance.
  • Collaboration and engagement across the organisation to achieve common objectives and organisational needs.
  • How the team and their work positively impacted the organisation. Evidence can include financial metrics, stakeholder engagement levels, reduced or eliminated threats or exploited opportunities, as well as less tangible outcomes such as the impact on the credibility and integrity of the risk and/or safety function within the organisation.


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by teams and organisations nominating a team. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

IIRSM President’s Commendation

The IIRSM President’s commendation recognises a member or leading industry professional who has made a major contribution to the advancement of risk management or provided exceptional support to IIRSM and/or its membership, the profession or wider society.

Nominations can be submitted to IIRSM setting out in no more than one page of A4, why somebody should be awarded the IIRSM President’s commendation.


A shortlist of nominations will be presented to the IIRSM Council with their supporting statements. The Council will choose a winner who will be invited to attend the IIRSM Awards Dinner to collect the award.

Book here - Virtual awards ceremony

Join us at our virtual awards ceremony, 5-6pm BST on Thursday 19 May, where finalists will be celebrated and winners announced. 

The event is free to attend and will be hosted by former barrister and Newsnight interviews producer, Samantha McAlister. Both members and non-members are welcome to join. 

All registrants will be entered into a prize sponsored by headline sponsor, Cardinus Risk Management, which provides a free one year licence to their Healthy Working Analytics Software, helping organisations understand how to support their people to do the best work they can do. The winner will be announced on the night. Good luck!

Click here to register. 


About Samantha McAlister

For ten years Sam McAlister was the interviews producer on BBC 2’s flagship news programme Newsnight, securing head-to-head pieces with Silicon Valley CEOs, world leaders and Hollywood stars. A former barrister, she turned to journalism after a successful career in criminal law and has since negotiated with everyone from Buckingham Palace to the White House, Facebook to Tesla.

Working in a largely unseen role, Sam undertook the delicate negotiations that underpin some of the biggest exclusive interviews in British news. From the initial approaches through research and up to the filming of the piece, she built and maintained relationships with subjects and their representatives whilst retaining journalistic integrity and independence.

Exclusives Sam has secured include interviews with Sheryl Sandberg, Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton, Elon Musk, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trevor Noah and Eric Schmidt. As well as the subjects themselves she worked closely with journalists like Emily Maitlis, Jeremy Paxman, Evan Davis and Emma Barnett to brief, write questions and rehearse these carefully planned features.

Most notably Sam led negotiations for the ground-breaking interview with HRH Prince Andrew. The first time a senior royal had agreed to such a journalistic interview, and in the midst of an international scandal, it went on to make headlines around the world and have a serious impact on the Royal Family itself. Having directly negotiated with the Royal Household and the Prince himself, Sam talks revealingly about the careful personal and professional relationships that were key to the talks. She also looks at what the interview revealed about leadership, reputation and communication in the modern age.

2022 Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists. Winners will be announced at our virtual Risk Excellence Awards Ceremony on 19th May, 5-6pm BST.  

Barry Holt Award - Outstanding Risk Management Practice

  • Enerjisa Enerji Uretim A.S, Turkey
  • Corporate Strategy, Etihad Aviation Group, UAE
  • Global HR Compliance & Risk Management Function, VMware, Ireland

International Risk Initiative of the Year

  • Nazzareno Diodato, Met European Research Observatory, Italy
  • Global HR Compliance & Risk Management Function, VMware, Ireland

John Bennett Award - Exceptional Young Person of the Year

  • Najla Abdulrahman Albluwi, The Red Sea Development Company, Saudi Arabia 
  • Reef Alrojaie, The Red Sea Development Company, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohit Sharma, Technip Energies, India
  • James Wilson,, UK

Health & Wellbeing Strategy of the Year

  • Health and Wellbeing Team, healthcare rm, UK
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, India

Technology Risk Management Initiative of the Year

  • Mark Wright, Health and Safety Index, Australia
  • Technical Team, healthcare rm, UK
  • Mitie Group plc, UK
  • Office of Risk Management and Compliance, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Proactive & Howden Insurance Brokers, UK

SME Risk Initiative of the Year

  • Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Australia
  • Senior Management Team, healthcare rm, UK

Mentor of the Year

  • John Nelson, Yondr, UK
  • Hugh Maxwell, Maxwell Safety, UK
  • Mohammed Ali Aboelyazed, Wood plc, Egypt

Risk Team of the Year

  • DFDS Seaways Immingham, UK
  • Enerjisa Enerji Uretim A.S, Turkey
  • Wincanton, UK
Sponsorship opportunities

Why support our awards?

Supporting the IIRSM Awards offers an invaluable opportunity to position your organisation and brand at the forefront of risk and safety excellence.

  • Access decision-makers.
  • Alignment with an independent international professional body demonstrating your commitment to risk and safety excellence. 
  • High-profile and high value brand exposure with your logo appearing on all pre and post event marketing material, as well as significant presence on the evening.
  • Attendance at an event not to be missed.
  • Opportunity to showcase your expertise to our membership and wider networks.

And more….

“We’re proud to support the IIRSM Awards, which provides a brilliant opportunity to bring together and celebrate the ingenuity and hard work of the industry. Despite continued challenges, 2021’s online awards proved exceptional, showing again how IIRSM provide real value to their membership.” Andy Hawkes, CEO, Cardinus Risk Management, 2021 headline sponsor

Download our 2022 awards sponsorship brochure from the bottom of this page. Alternatively, get in touch with David Hamilton, Partners Manager on

Our judges
Hugh Maxwell - Business Development Director, Chubb Global Risk Advisors

Hugh Maxwell is Business Development Director, EMEA, for Global Chubb Risk Advisors, part of Chubb PLC - the world's largest publicly traded insurance company and the largest US commercial insurer. HSE People named him as one of the Top 10 Health and Safety Influencers in 2021.

Over many years of international Risk and HSE leadership and an IIRSM Fellow since 2007, he continues to believe in supporting our members and making our Institution the international enabler for Risk and HSE professionals. Having worked in over fifty countries on six continents, he appreciates the diversity and different attitudes towards risk management globally. 

Maxwell’s background is in high-risk manufacturing and workplaces. Former HSE Director of Vesuvius PLC (a world leader in steel industry consumables) and Global Environmental Leader of ESAB (the world’s leaders in welding and cutting technologies), his roles have enabled him to successfully implement a range of risk reduction initiatives. A key component of this has been through people engagement and development, reducing risks, and saving lives. His primary risk reduction strategy -- Safety Breakthrough, a management change programme, resulted in him receiving the 2018 IIRSM Excellence Award for Best International Risk Initiative.

With a passion for ongoing improvement, he continues to develop others wherever possible. He was part of the IIRSM Mentoring pilot since and continues to support our members where possible. He is also an IIRSM ambassador and currently chairs the IIRSM Fellowship recommendation assessment panel. He was recognised for his Mentoring efforts in 2019 as the IIRSM Mentor of the Year. He believes in the importance of planning for the future through people, applying innovative technologies and reducing risks wherever feasible and continues to work closely with our IIRSM senior management team whenever he can support the needs of others and the IIRSM.

Francis Edward Higgins, Group Health Safety, Security, Environment and Risk Management

Former British soldier serving across the world from 1972 – 1996 during his career he attended many technical courses which incorporated safety especially when using weapon systems, as his military career was ending he embarked on a career in Health Safety and Environment attending courses to further develop his career. During his time in HM Forces (Army) he was promoted to different ranks and learned how to lead people in difficult environments.

Fellow Member of IIRSM and Graduate Member of IOSH. Francis was a part of a dedicated team who developed IIRSM Middle East Branch (May 2011) now IIRSM UAE Branch where we had six members at our first meeting growing to over 250 members by 2018. In his Health Safety and Environment career he have worked in many industries including construction, heavy industry, mining, waste, and transport and run his own consultancy business in Scotland. His worked with UAE Government in developing ‘The Federal Construction Regulations and The Transport by Road Dangerous Goods (Abu Dhabi)’.

Francis’s current role is Group Health Safety, Security, Environment and Risk Management which he was recently given the responsibility for security and risk management due to his former skills developed in the military. His role spans across Oman, UAE, East Africa, Maldives, Madagascar, Georgia (Europe). He is responsible for developing the strategy, KPI’s and common procedures, standards, developing training across our global footprint.

He is currently working with IIRSM (UK) Team to develop a IIRSM Oman Branch. During his time in the UAE he was successful in developing Business Continuity Management program into the business and integrating all aspects of business risk under one umbrella be it; IT, Financial, HSE, Communication, Process and Production.

Valentine Bobby Mmereole - Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Engineer, ITALCONSULT

Mr. Valentine Bobby Mmereole is a certified HSE professional, a Fellow of IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management) and a Chartered member of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Health & Safety)-CMIOSH.  He has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka. Nigeria (2001) and a Master of Business Administration (Hons) degree from Walden University, Minnesota. USA (2012). 

He has over 19 year's experience in the design, development, and effective implementation of the IMS (Integrated Management System) framework, 12 years cognate experience in Electrical, Construction, MEP, Power Products, Drives & Motors, Low Voltage Products, Process Automation and Power Generations Industry in Health Safety & Environment and 10 years similar experience in QA/QC, Operational Excellence, Business improvements and Process Management. He has in-depth knowledge of HSE Management Systems Audits Implementation and has provided and facilitated in the implementation of the framework for the successful achievement of the ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS 18001 and IS) 45001 area certification/re-certification and surveillance management system audits (2002 till present).

Has proven expertise with ISO-9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018 certification and expertise with QS-9000 standards. Skilled in HSE Training and Auditing, He is know for been pro-active & very hardworking with capacity to execute assigned tasks and delivering exceptional quality, environmental and occupational health and safety performance. Mr. Valentine is currently the Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Engineer for GEIC, based in Doha Qatar.

Scott Middleton

Scott works in the healthcare sector as a health and safety specialist at NHS Grampian where he provides advice and support on a wide range of health and safety related risks that face the organisation to a large and very diverse workforce. 

He is a Fellow of the IIRSM and attains IIRSM's Recognised Safety Practitioner (RSP) status. 

Scott is actively involved in a number of IIRSM initiatives such as: 

  • Content and Editorial Panel Member 
  • Mentor 
  • Emerging Risk Leaders' Network 
  • Chair of the newly formed IIRSM Scotland Branch
James Howard, Founder and Director of Red Orchid

A subject matter expert in organisational risk, resilience, and crisis management. James advises organisations on how to build and protect brand and balance-sheet integrity. 


Karla Gahan - Senior Consultant and Associate, Barnett Waddingham

Karla is a risk, business continuity and crisis management specialist. Throughout her career, Karla has dealt with complex subjects that can challenge people's core beliefs and behaviours, such as responding to a global cyberattack, terrorist attacks in various jurisdictions, as well as localised, office-based emergencies. 

Applying experiential and commercial knowledge and understanding how people might behave in such extreme circumstances has been invaluable in responding to such incidents. Karla believes that identifying and understanding complex interrelationships between various risks is essential to an effective enterprise-wide approach to risk management in a global business environment.

Karla has previously held roles in knowledge management, compliance and communications. She is a Fellow of the IIRSM, an Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI), a Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management (CMIRM) and a Member of Airmic and Parima. 

Edward Braisher, Director, Braisher Safety Solutions Limited

Edward Braisher has worked in the H&S field for over 22 years and is currently Director of his own H&S consultancy, Braisher Safety Solutions Limited

He started his H&S career working in Local Government, both as a H&S Advisor and in H&S enforcement working his way up to become a H&S Manager in two large NHS Trusts

Having decided to branch out on his own at the beginning of 2015, he has continued to provide H&S consultancy and advice to a number of organisations including Local Government, NHS Trusts and commercial organisations. He also works for ROSPA as an Associate Consultant.

A fellow of IIRSM and a Graduate member of IOSH, he was awarded in 2018 the Health and Safety at Work magazine 40 under 40 award where he was recognised as one of the top influencers and innovators advancing Health and Safety today.

Grant Thompson - Global EHS Lead, Watson Marlow Technology Group

Grant Thompson, one of the younger members of the judging panel, is the Global EHS Lead for Watson Marlow Fluid

Technology Group.  Grant studied Environmental Science (BSc) and Environmental Management (MSc) at the University of Nottingham and started his career as an Environmental Engineer for DNV GL, an internationally accredited registrar and classification society, where he was supported through his NEBOSH General Certificate and introduced to the world of risk management. From there, Grant went onto work as the EMEA Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist for ISN, a US-based contractor management company, and then onto work as the Health, Safety and Environmental Business Lead for Fox’s Biscuits, the UK’s favourite biscuit manufacturer. Grant has been heavily involved with IIRSM through his participation in the mentoring scheme, article publications and the Emerging Risk Leaders' Network. In January 2019, Grant was selected as one of the Health and Safety at Work's 40 under 40 winners. More recently, Grant has become both a Fellow of IIRSM and Chartered Member of IOSH.  Grant is an advocate of positive reinforcement inside and outside of the workplace and is delighted to be on the judging panel to recognise, celebrate and share achievements and best practices in our industry.

Keith Scott


Keith is a Fellow of IIRSM as well as a Chartered Fellow of IOSH and Honorary Fellow of the IIAI. A past IIRSM Chairman, Council Member and Chairman of the Accident Prevention Scientific Committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health. Keith has been an active supporter of IIRSM for over 20 years and continues to support IIRSM, its members and colleagues professional development.

Widely respected as a visionary and legacy building leader, he is passionate about creating the environment for sustainable success. He stimulates those around him to work to create stronger teams who can impact on the wider community to improve safety and risk leadership.

Keith has two Masters Degrees the first in Health and Safety Management and the second in Security and Risk Management both from Leicester University. He has Public and Private sector experience working with UK and International organisations to improve safety and risk leadership and management. He has experience in many sectors including the administration of justice, transport and logistics, FMCG, food production, resident’s safety, management consultancy and finance. 

Laura Aucott - Associate Director, The HSE Recruitment Network

Laura is an Associate Director at HSE Recruitment and Executive Network Group, and has been recruiting exclusively into the Health and Safety industry for the last 11 years, across all sectors. She is a passionate advocate for the Safety industry as a whole, but also for better and more transparent D&I policies with the industry, and the need to attract new, fresh and exciting professionals to help make Health and Safety better. Laura and HSE Recruitment work closely with their partners IIRSM, IOSH, RoSPA and Pinsent Masons to provide CPD opportunities for professionals at all levels as well as the best job opportunities, and was nominated as one of SHP’s 25 Most Influential People in Health and Safety 2020.

Dr Pamela Gellatly - CEO, healthcare rm

Pamela founded healthcare rm 20 years ago to provide an integrated approach to Employee Health Risk Management. This approach considers the occupational and personal risks across: Safety where the risk involves the person e.g. manual handling; Health where all aspects that may affect a person is considered e.g. work, home life, lifestyle and Wellbeing where the often forgotten health risks such as musculoskeletal disorders and mental ill health are integral to every programme in a manner not normally considered.  This ensures that the individual is placed at the centre of all Safety, Health and Wellbeing strategies and that any physical or psychological risk whether related to work (e.g. job tasks) or to the person e.g. excess weight and inactivity) is considered, and where appropriate assessed and addressed.  The objective is to improve the likelihood that any “control” or “benefit” implemented to eliminate or reduce these risks or offer support when required are more likely to be beneficial to the employee and the business that the traditional approach to Health and Safety or Health and Wellbeing.

Jon Abbott - Director, Cardinus Risk Management

Jon Abbott has over 20 years’ experience of ergonomics, safety and occupational health. Over that period he has worked with a wide variety of organisations in the private and public sector providing a full range of risk management solutions including software, e-learning and consultancy.  Jon was instrumental in setting up Cardinus operations in America and across the globe, and is currently responsible for the global strategy of Cardinus Risk Management Limited.

Dee Arp - Chief Operating Officer, NEBOSH

 NEBOSH’s Chief Operating Officer, Dee Arp is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner of IOSH and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. Dee moved into occupational health and safety 20 years ago whilst working at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). After becoming a qualified health and safety practitioner; she taught on a wide range of courses and worked with several boards to implement safety governance. Prior to joining NEBOSH; Dee held the roles of Course Developer and Head of Occupational Safety for RoSPA.  

As NEBOSH’s Chief Operating Officer Dee has responsibility for providing leadership on all matters relating to qualification development and assessment of NEBOSH qualifications and compliance matters, including learning partner accreditation.

Dee previously studied with Cambridge University for the Certificate of Continuing Education (Principles and Practice of Assessment) and is now undertaking further study with Cambridge University for a Masters in Education.

Su Corrin - Head of Health & Safety, Reach plc

Su has over 30 years' experience as a health and safety professional. She has worked in a very diverse range of environments including medical research, pharmaceuticals, education, TV and entertainment. 

She currently works as the Head of Health & Safety for Reach plc, the largest commercial and regional news publishers in the UK. Su has previously worked for the Football Association, based at Wembley Stadium, Marylebone Cricket Club (Lord's) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.  

Su has Fellowships of the IIRSM and the Royal Society for Public Health. She is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, a Certified Member of the  Institute of Workplace Facilities Management, Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Associate Member of the Association of Project Safety, Associate Member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and Member of the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians. She has also worked as an Occupational Health Advisor and has a degree in Occupational Hygiene.

Su has a particular interest in health and well-being and has spent a long time working to raise the profile of workplace health. She has also won a number of awards and has a passion for learning new skills, developing others whilst working collaboratively to support great results. 

Abdullatif Albitawi - Consultant and Trainer

Abdullatif Albitawi graduated from Jordan University of Science & Technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and holds a MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Sheffield.

He started his career in the pharmaceuticals industry and then moved to the chemical industry as a senior process engineer, then to the manufacturing industry as an operations manager. He played key roles in commissioning and starting up process plants and manufacturing facilities for companies that he worked for. He has made contributions to process improvement & control, loss prevention and environmental protection, quality management, process safety and occupational health and safety management.  

He is a Specialist Fellow of the International Institute of risk and Safety Management and is also a member of the Energy Institute, serving as the Secretary General and Hon. Vice Chair of the Middle East branch

Abdullatif currently works as a consultant and trainer in areas of risk management, process safety, OH&S, energy and environmental management.

Glenn Ridsdale - Managing Director, Gauged Solutions

Glenn Ridsdale is the Managing Director of Gauged Solutions, and as a member of IIRSM he currently chairs the North East and Cumbria branch, having helped to establish it in March 2018. A career that started in aeronautical electrical engineering with UK based military flighter aircraft, Glenn has subsequently spent the last 20 years working in high hazard industries including power, oil, gas, petrochemical, waste and recycling, construction and Sub Sea, having held senior risk management positions in most. 

As comfortable on the shop floor as he is in the Board Room, Glenn is a Chartered safety professional passionate about both. Coaching executives or working with operational staff, Glenn specialises in both the human and technical aspect to managing risk. 

With an MSc in Behavioural Change, specifically related to occupational health and safety, Glenn has worked across the globe introducing cultural and behavioural based safety change programmes to a diverse range of organisations. One such behavioural change programme delivered by Gauged Solutions to Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd,  won the inaugural IIRSM Barry Holt Award for Outstanding Risk Management Practice at the 2018 Risk Excellence Awards Dinner.

Dean Adams - Group HSEQ Manager, Glidepath Group

Dean has 20 years-experience working in Operations, Maintenance & Projects.  Particularly in the production, distribution and aviation sectors.

Dean leads the health, safety, environment and quality management systems for Glidepath Group globally. He works with stakeholders to ensure risk is managed effectively through collaboration, process compliance and continuous improvement. Dean ensure HSEQ remains instrinsic to all aspects of the business including; product and system design, manufacturing, installation, operations and maintenance. In 2019 he was the recipient of the IIRSM Risk Excellence Award - The John Bennett Award for Exceptional Young Person of the Year. He is a firm believer in the importance of effective collaboration at all levels of the organisation.  

Simon Jones - Director of People & Safety, Link Contracting

Simon holds Fellowship status with IIRSM and is a Chartered member of IOSH. He currently works for a nationwide building and maintenance company, Link Contracting in the role of Director of People and Safety. His remit covers HSQE, HR and Fleet Risk Management. He has experience across the construction, rail, distribution, education and policing sectors and he has led organisations to achieve the highest standards with both RoSPA and the British Safety Council. He is an active volunteer supporting both IIRSM and IOSH members as a mentor and contributes as a guest speaker and author. He is also a champion for adding social value, working in partnership with key clients and further education Colleges to provide young people with employability skills, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. 

Radharamanan Gopinath Panicker

Radharamanan is an accomplished executive with experience in P & L oversight, business development involving a start-up and growing organization, operation and Human resource development. Experience includes Promoter Director of Dangerous Goods Management Pvt Ltd (DGM India), Promoter Partner of R Value Logistics LLP, Managing Director and CEO of CSC India’s subsidiary company Delhi Cargo Service Center Pvt Ltd and established Cargo Service Center India Pvt Ltd (CSC). 

Key focus areas have been Talent and Human Resource management through most of my corporate life. Led board meeting presenting company vision, business and development plans and strategies to achieve organically.

Mark White - Health & Safety Manager, Gen2

Mark is an experienced health, safety and environmental professional. Since leaving the military in 2003, Mark has embarked on a varied risk and safety career in consultancy, the Ministry of Defence, construction and more recently, higher education.

Wanting a lifestyle change, Mark relocated to Cumbria and took on the role of Health and Safety Experimental Officer for The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute’s Cumbrian Facility. This role involved managing radiation protection and all aspects of safety related requirements in the facility.

In 2019 Mark joined GEN2, part of the City & Guilds group, as a Health and Safety Trainer delivering corporate health, safety and wellbeing training to apprentices starting out in their careers. Mark is now the head of health, safety, wellbeing & environmental as part of the Gen2 senior management team. Gen2’s ethos focusses on providing high quality employer and learner responsive training and educational programmes.

He has been an active member of IIRSM for 17 years and won the inaugural IIRSM North East & Cumbria Award for social responsibilities and community safety engagement, in recognition of his voluntary work in first aid training within his local community and working with the youth sector.

Noreen Metcalf - Head of Corporate Governance

Noreen is responsible for the effective governance of the corporate risks facing a leading health, social care and housing provider in the North of England. Overseeing programmes of risk, governance, health, safety and environmental frameworks.  Previously, Noreen was directly involved in the spin out of a learning disability community support service from Leeds Local authority, the UKs 2nd largest city and metropolitan district. A career in health and social care spanning more than 30 years, Noreen is a longstanding health, safety and risk management practitioner, a leader and a Fellow of IIRSM since 2018.

Professional Qualification & Accreditations

  • BSc. SHEM (Grad IOSH)
  • Fellow of International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
  • Chartered Manager, Fellow Chartered Management Institute
  • Chartered Governance Institute
  • Chartered Institute Professional Development
Cathy Day - Director for Health, Safety & Institutional Risk management, University of Southampton

Cathy has been the Director for Health, Safety & Institutional Risk management at the University of Southampton since 2015, having previously worked in a similar role at two other universities.  Prior to that she enjoyed a wide and varied career in law enforcement, environmental management and marketing which started in the Police force many years ago and which she believes has been extremely beneficial in her current position.  She takes a lead role in supporting the University on institutional risk, business continuity, crisis response, wellbeing and Health & Safety compliance.   As a senior manager she is also a member of Gold Command (University Executive Board), the Professional Services Executive and Senior Leaders group.

Cathy was until recently an Executive Director and Chair of USHA, (the Universities Safety & Health Association).  As part of this role she sat on a number of national committees and working groups focusing on wellbeing and mental health, compliance management, student support and security within the higher education sector.  Cathy was a member of the sector Health & Safety Committee and the HESH group which works with the Health & Safety Executive to consult and negotiate with national union groups on Health & Safety within the higher education sector.  Cathy has authored guidance and other material on behalf of USHA, many of which have been adopted by a number of universities both in the UK and overseas e.g. USHA guidance on stress management and COVID-19 risk management.

Cathy acts as a Safety4Good ambassador, is an expert witness to the Climate Commission and often presents to various conferences and events.  She is a fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management, the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.  She is also a Certified Risk Manager and a Certified Business Continuity professional. 

In addition to her full time role Cathy undertakes non-executive director roles linked to risk. 

Who can enter these awards?

Anyone – if the activity, company, team or individual involved in the submission meets the awards criteria.  The awards are free to enter and open to IIRSM members and non-members.

Why should I enter these awards?

Whether you’re an SME or a large multinational, winning an IIRSM award doesn’t just give you something to boast about – it will be a weapon in your armoury and, most importantly, help justify your role and influence in your organisation.

What is the period of eligibility for the Awards?

For 2022 entries, at least part of the submission or its impact must have taken place between May 2021 and Feb 2022. 

What is the word count?

1500, which excludes tables and diagrams. 

Can I add attachments?

Yes, you can add up to 5 pieces of supporting documentation. 

I've designed a creative version of my submission; can I add this as an attachment?

Yes, but please get in touch with us first. 

What is the deadline for submitting my entry?

4pm, 18 February 2022.

How can I be sure about the integrity of these awards?

The judging process for the awards is entirely independent with judges from a wide range of backgrounds and risk disciplines.  An adjudication panel meets in a second round of judging for any very close submissions in round one. 

How do I enter these awards?

Download and complete your application and email it to with any supporting documentation. Your application should be sent by WTF if including large files. Please refer to the awards criteria to ensure your submission reflects what the judges are looking for. Entries open on 4 October 2021 and your entries must be received by us by 4pm 18 February 2022.  Late entries will not be accepted.

How hard is it to prepare an entry?

Entering our awards is a simple and straight-forward process. But if you have any questions, please just get in touch with us at

What should my entries include?

All entries must follow the necessary category-specific entry criteria, and you should include any supporting documents. Please ensure all your entries are clearly attributed to the correct category, complete with contact details and attach your company logo as this will be required if you are successfully shortlisted.

What are your policies on confidentiality?

IIRSM will publish a selection of winning entries as case studies to showcase the best of submissions. Any information that is commercially sensitive will be treated confidentially by judges, who all sign an NDA prior to becoming a judge. Any commercially sensitive information will be removed prior to publication. However, please keep in mind where appropriate, details of ROI and budget should be provided, as the more information you supply, the better the judges will be able to assess your entry.

How much does it cost to enter?

It is free to enter and is open to both IIRSM members and non-members.

Can I enter the same project/entry into more than one category?

Yes, but please make sure you submit a separate application for each category. You must also tailor your submission for each category accordingly to ensure you meet the criteria.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be announced 28 March 2022.

When and where are the IIRSM Awards taking place this year?

Due to continued challenges around Covid-19 and international travel, we are reviewing our options on whether the event will be online, hybrid or a physical ceremony. We will confirm shortly.

Terms and conditions

Making your entry

  1. You must submit your entry following the process set out on the awards website page, Awards Process and Timetable, and set out in these terms and conditions.

  2. We will not accept responsibility for any entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause. For the avoidance of doubt, proof of transmission of a lost or delayed entry will not be accepted as a valid or alternative entry.

  3. Our acceptance of your entry will take place when we accept your entry in writing on the formal application provided.

  4. When we accept your entry, it will be subject to the awards terms and conditions.

Eligibility to enter and judging

  1. The awards are open to IIRSM members and non-members that fulfil the entry criteria set out on the awards category website page.

  2. Any material supplied in support of your entry must be your original work. We will not accept an entry that contains work which does not belong to you, has been plagiarised, includes intellectual property belonging to somebody else or has had a complaint of any nature upheld against it.

  3. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges.

  4. The judges will consider your entry on its merits and solely based on the information you provide. The decision of the judges is final, and we will not enter any discussion with you nor will we accept any appeals about such decision. We reserve the right not to present any award in any given category if submissions are not deemed acceptable.

  5. Your entry and any supporting documentation will not be considered confidential information unless you have clearly identified it as ‘Confidential’ and you agree that we can use the information (or parts of the information) contained in your entry for publicity purposes or in any other form of media for the purposes of promoting the awards.

  6. By submitting an entry, you agree for your company logo to be used in publicity materials for the awards.

Data protection

  1. If you provide personal data as part of your entry and registration to attend the awards ceremony, you agree that you are the Data Controller, and we are the Data Processor of such data. You undertake that:

    1. You comply with all applicable laws in respect of such personal data.

    2. You have all permissions, consents and approvals of data subjects to provide their respective personal data to us to allow us to process such personal data in the course of meeting our obligations under the awards terms and conditions.

    3. You shall not or omit to do anything which causes us to breach any applicable laws or contravene the terms of our conditions or authorisation under Privacy and Data Protection Requirements.

    4. Any personal data provided shall be up to date, accurate and complete.

    5. If you breach the data protection clause, this entitles us in writing to immediately reject your submission or attendance at the awards ceremony.

Attending the awards ceremony

  1. If you wish to attend the awards ceremony or, as an organisation would like to bring guests/attendees, then you will need to register separately to attend.

  2. To register to attend the awards ceremony, you will need to complete the online booking process which can be found on the awards website pages. We will process your booking as soon as possible.

  3. Your registration is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation setting out joining instructions. If you do not receive our email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your booking, please contact us at the email address on the awards website pages as soon as possible before the ceremony. It is your responsibility to update us of any changes to your contact details to ensure you receive all required communication from us.

  4. If you require any special requirements due to a disability, food allergies, diet, or for any other reason, please email us at the address on the awards pages as soon as possible, and no less than 7 working days before the awards ceremony. Where you inform us of a special requirement less than 7 days before the awards ceremony you understand it may not be possible to accommodate it, or it may incur an additional charge.

  5. The host of any corporate tables is responsible for informing us of any special requirements for any of their guests. Again, the timescales above must be met.

  6. You must comply with the rules and regulations governing the venue including dress code and rules of entry. If you bring property to the venue, you do so at your own risk. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property.

  7. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age on the date of the awards ceremony.

  8. We are not responsible for any offence caused by any presenters or entertainment at the awards ceremony.

  9. You are required to make your own arrangements for transport, and of any guests, to the venue. We are not responsible for any non-attendance due to failure of transport. In any such case, no refund of fees paid will be given.

  10. We reserve the right to refuse admission to any person whom we consider in our discretion to be unsuitable for admission or to remove anyone from the event. In any such case, no refund of fees paid will be given.

Fees and making payment

  1. We shall raise an invoice for fees payable and payment is due on the date of that invoice. In any event, payment must be made before the awards ceremony otherwise we reserve the right to refuse entry (this will not relieve you from paying the invoice).

  2. Covering any bank transfer charges are your responsibility.

  3. All invoices payable by you are subject to any applicable tax, levy or similar governmental charge.

  4. We reserve the right to cancel (a) your entry, and/or (b) the registration of your attendance or attendees prior to the awards ceremony. If we do not exercise our rights of cancellation prior to the awards ceremony, attendees whose attendance fee has not been paid by the date of the awards ceremony shall be required to pay on-site to gain entry.

  5. All costs and expenses incurred by us (including legal costs and expenses) in recovering sums due under an unpaid invoice shall be recoverable by you.

Cancellations, withdrawals and changes

  1. We reserve the right to cancel, postpone or move the awards ceremony to another venue or to change any other aspect of the award’s ceremony at our discretion for any reason whatsoever. However, we will notify you promptly if the change relates to a change of venue or material change in timing. For the avoidance of doubt, such a change shall not entitle you to not adhere to the awards terms and conditions.

  2. We reserve the right to change the awards ceremony presenter or any other performers and do not guarantee the attendance of any guest.

  3. Any discounts or offers advertised for the awards ceremony (such as "Early Bird" offers) may be time limited and/or subject to availability.

  4. Where we cancel an awards ceremony, we will refund any attendance fees paid, and we will use reasonable endeavours to notify you of such cancellation. We are not liable to pay any travel, accommodation or subsistence costs incurred in attending the awards ceremony.

  5. If you wish to withdraw your entry, you must email us at the address set out on the awards website pages. Where you withdraw your entry more than 14 days after registration to attend the awards ceremony, or on or after the closing date for awards entry (whichever is earlier) there will be no refund.

  6. If you wish to cancel your attendance at the awards ceremony you must email us at the address set out on the awards website pages as soon as possible. If you cancel 20 or more days before the awards ceremony, we will refund your attendance fee in full, though we reserve the right to retain an administration fee. Where you cancel less than 20 days before the awards ceremony there will be no refund.

  7. If you cancel a booking or withdraw your entry and there are outstanding payments you may be liable for payment of the full attendance fee as appropriate, or cover the costs incurred in promoting your entry as short-listed depending on the date and time of the cancellation.

  8. If you (or if any of the attendees you booked) cannot attend the awards ceremony we may allow a substitute attendee at our discretion, provided the request is made no later than 72 hours prior to the awards ceremony. Any such request must be made by email to the address set out on the awards website pages and should include the name of the attendee who will not be attending and the full name of the substitute, including their job title, organisation and contact email and telephone number. If the substitute delegate has differing requirements (e.g. dietary) from the original, we may not be able to accommodate these if the request is received later than 72 hours or an additional charge may be incurred.


  1. Neither you nor we shall exclude or limit our liability for (a) death or personal injury caused by negligence, (b) fraud and/or fraudulent misrepresentation.

  2. You shall fully and effectively indemnify and hold us harmless against all losses, actions, costs (including legal fees and disbursements on a solicitor/client basis), claims, demands, fines, damages and liabilities, of whatever nature, incurred or suffered by or made against us, whether or not foreseeable, arising directly or indirectly, wholly or in part, out of or in connection with:

    1. Any breach of these terms and condition by you; and

    2. Any acts or omissions of yourself, your employees, agents, contractors, visitors, attendees and/or guests at the venue arising out of or in connection with the awards ceremony and/or the venue.

  3. Under these terms and conditions, our maximum aggregate liability to you (whether arising in contract, tort, negligence, statutory duty or otherwise) shall not exceed the fees paid to attend the awards you paid to us.


  1. We shall not be liable to you for any delay or failure to perform hereunder due to a natural disaster, actions or decrees of governmental bodies, any curtailment to or cancellation of public transport, strikes or walkouts, acts or threats of terrorism or civil unrest, or communications line failure which (a) hinders, delays or prevents us in performing any of our obligations, (b) is beyond our control of without our fault or negligence, and (c) by the exercise of reasonable diligence we are unable to prevent or provide against ("Force Majeure Event").  In such circumstances we reserve the right not to refund your fees and advise that insurance should be taken to cover such eventualities. A Force Majeure Event shall not entitle you to delay payment of any sums under the awards terms and conditions. You are responsible for making your own way to the venue for the event, and you shall remain liable for all payments under these terms and conditions irrespective of any failure of transport or other reason why you are unable to attend.

  2. You agree that we shall be entitled to refer to you as a client in sales and marketing literature (including websites) and reproduce your prevailing logo or trademark for that sole purpose.

  3. During the awards ceremony we may shoot video footage and take photographs of the awards ceremony which may include video footage and photographs of you and/or your booked attendees. You agree (and confirm that you have procured agreement of your booked attendees) to yours and/or their inclusion in such video footage and photographs and we have the right to use such video footage and photographs in our marketing, publicity and advertising activities and materials.

  4. Any disputes under these terms and conditions, or claim arising out of or in connection with them, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of England and Wales.