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Our Emerging Risk Leaders Working Group

We have successfully selected the individuals who will be part of our working group. See who they are below.  More profiles are coming soon.

If you are interested in accessing and benefiting from the outputs of the network as it evolves, please register your interest by emailing


Bob Challis, Travel Risk and Safety Consultant, Remote Area Medic, Director Kaizen Consulting and Training

I am a specialist in travel risk and safety, I predominantly work training individuals working in complex or hostile environments, I also travel as an onsite consultant conducting dynamic risk assessments and analysis whilst in country. I also regularly ‘double hat’ as a remote area medic. Clients include journalists, researchers and TV/Film production.

I joined the ERL to broaden my understanding of risk management, network and support people new to the industry.



Charmaine Marie Villa, Senior Officer, Clinical Safety and Risk Management, Philippines.

It is my personal goal to continuously develop and expand my knowledge and expertise as a healthcare professional who embodies leadership, innovation, and commitment towards the improvement of and safe delivery of healthcare services in the region.

A Health Specialist in the areas of Risk Management, Healthcare Management, Quality and Compliance, Information Management, Incident Report Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Insurance and Financing.

It is an absolute pleasure to have this opportunity to learn and collaborate with brilliant minds and mighty advocates for health, quality, and safety.





Cindy Bell, SHE Advisor, Greggs 


Currently I’m the Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Advisor for Greggs PLC. Based in the North region, I provide SHE advice and support for both the Manufacturing and Logistics teams at Balliol Park and Gosforth Bakery. I’m hoping that through IIRSM Emerging Risk Leaders Network I could contribute to the profession and help others by sharing experiences and best practices. 





Elzebè Groenewald, Group SHEQ Manager for GiGi Investment Group, South Africa

I am meticulous and resilient when it comes to all Health, Safety and Environmental aspects pertaining to the various operations and divisions within an organisation. My vast experience and knowledge in the mining, transport, energy, and manufacturing sectors of South Africa enables facilitation and implementation of unbiased systems, standard operating procedures, processes, and protocols through eliminating and mitigating risks which in turn allow for compliance, as well as protects both the employer and the employee in the workplace.

Safety, Health and Environmental rules and regulations are constantly changing with the sectors; therefore, I ensure that I remain flexible in terms of staying abreast of all the current rules and regulations, making me adaptable to my entire approach. My skill set includes ergonomics, risk assessments, system implementation, and training, which I am always keen on offering guidance, insight, and solutions to.

I am proud to be part of this platform and look forward to working with the entire team to create further awareness and support, as well as enhance my knowledge and expertise.


Grant Thompson, Global EHS Lead, Watson Marlow Fluid Technology Group, UK

Grant has specialist experience in the FMCG and contractor management industries and is currently appointed as the Global EHS Lead of a FTSE 50 company, supporting engineering and manufacturing colleagues in 42 countries across the globe. Grant has been actively involved with IIRSM over recent years through article publications, awards judging and mentoring. 

I joined the ERL network to share best practices and collaboratively find solutions to common challenges. The ERL network also helps support and coach those earlier in their careers, an offering I am particularly passionate about. I am honoured to be a part of the ERL network and know it will make a real difference to our profession. 


Lauren Nicola Crawley, Health, Safety and Biosafety Advisor, Oxford Biomedica, UK

I am a pragmatic health and safety and risk professional, motivated by wanting to improve the way things are done and creating a safe space that allows people to speak up. I hope to bring other experiences to the group, such as my biorisk specialism and volunteer role as an emergency preparedness resilience and response (EPRR) officer. I was keen to join the Emerging Risk Leaders Network so that we can find ways to bridge the gap for those looking to move from more operational positions into a strategic level role. I am looking forward to working with like-minded professionals at a similar stage of their career. I want to thank IIRSM for the opportunity to help drive this network forward.


Leo S. Dote, Safety Instructor & Corporate Facility Management and Safety Committee Member, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

After my term as the Chairman of IIRSM Qatar-Branch in December 2020, I wanted to further portray a role where I can serve the members as an elder in Risk and Safety Management practices.

As part of the Emerging Risk Leaders Network, I aim to achieve greater heights and wider coverage of the risk and safety practice and to groom more risk leaders who are risk passionate and are willing to serve others in any industry where risk management is an interest.



Mohit Sharma, Deputy Manager, HSE, Technip Energies, India

A dynamic and astute professional working in the field of environmental, health, safety across a wide spectrum of Oil & Gas sector with the goal of risk management, preventing injuries, and saving lives. I trust “Building networks, particularly those outside your group, is progressively a key leadership skill and being a part of Emerging Risk Leaders Network will be about building a diverse network of professional/personal contacts which can provide the support, feedback, insight, resources, and information that is necessary for leaders to tackle current and unforeseen challenges.

I am sure I will get a relentless opportunity to learn and to lead/influence people in the broad manner of risk management across the globe.



Prakash Vir Sharma, Assistant General Manager, JSW Group

I am Prakash Vir Sharma, currently working with JSW group in India as Assistant General Manager (Safety). I am passionate about risk management and have been leading the team since 2001. I am thankful to IIRSM for providing me with an opportunity to grow professionally and help others through sharing my experience and learning.

I am sure, with great mentors at IIRSM, I will explore more opportunities in the field of risk management and will contribute towards various projects.

I have expertise in training, audits, and implementation of OHSMS. I have developed a positive safety culture from scratch in my workplace.


Robert Jukes, Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Wax Lyrical, UK

I am currently employed as Health, Safety and Environment Manager for Wax lyrical and am close to completing the Nebosh Diploma and starting a CMI Level 7 course in Strategic Management and Leadership. I scooped the SHP’s Rising Star for Manufacturing and Rising Star UK at Safety & Health Expo in June 2019 and have been shortlisted for the HSM Rising Star 2020.

I am heavily involved in various initiatives across the industry and the Emerging Risk leaders Network is close to my heart. I am a supporter of the IIRSM Mentoring program having developed a successful mentoring relationship with mentor Kevin Hard.

I am thankful for the support and guidance of those in the industry have given me and am keen to pass this on and help others develop as risk leaders to the overall betterment of the profession. I am big promoter of networking and want to network further with Risk Leaders and Emerging Risk Leaders in order to develop my own and others understanding of risk management and ensure the continued importance, relevance and integration of risk management into business operations.

I hope to establish the Emerging Risk Leaders Network as a group for improving the understanding of proper risk management and in understanding the need to be able to assess and address wider risks within business. Including developing the organisations capabilities for seizing opportunities as well as mitigating risks. I believe “We are seeing now more than ever the need to ensure proper risk management and to develop more resilient teams and organisations”.


Rohit Sharma, Global HSE and Sustainability Manager, ABB Process Automation 

Currently, I am working in ABB Process Automation, Process Industries Division as Global HSE and Sustainability Manager, based in Dubai (UAE). I had the experience of over 18+ years of working with major organizations in different international industries adhering to professional values and leading benchmarked H&S performance, driving it as organizational core Business Value. My professional experience brings significant expertise in QHSE Management, Business Continuity Risk Planning, Strategic HSE & Sustainability planning, Project and Site Management, Business Stakeholder Management, Operational Excellence, and diverse Contractor Management. I have a genuine interest in implementing, learning & sharing best practices in health and safety diversity for global businesses operations. Here I am honored to contribute to IIRSM Emerging leaders network groups at my best to share my experience and gain knowledge from the network about proactive risk management principles, practices, and techniques best in the industry. 

I am looking forward to actively contributing to this passionate group of risk professionals.

Said Nasser Al-Habsi, EHS Advisor 

Qualified HSE Advisor, holding Advanced Diploma in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, with certified certificates and memberships in the Health and Safety Management. Proficient in planning, implementing, monitoring and optimizing operational processes in the areas of environmental management, health protection and occupational safety with professional experience in oil & gas and the construction industry. 

My interest in Emerging Risk Leaders Network is to share knowledge. It's a real opportunity for me to learn & develop the skills in emerging risk. 


Shazam Edoo, Advisor - Health & Safety Advisor, National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Trinidad & Tobago

I am a Safety, Risk and Resilience Practitioner with fifteen (15) plus years’ experience in the following disciplines of Quality, Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Business Continuity. During my career I have worked in a wide range of industries which include Power Generation, Petrochemical, Construction, Manufacturing, Food, Estate Development and Port & Marine Terminals. I have been involved in some of Trinidad’s downstream energy development projects and worked alongside contractors from Japan, Columbia, France, Belgium, Denmark, and USA.

I have a keen interest in Enterprise Risk and Resilience and the role of these disciplines in an organisation’s corporate culture and strategy. I seek to have my present employer recognize me as a Safety, Risk and Resilience Professional who is strategic and can assist with building the frameworks and systems required to become an international brand and player amongst other fortune 500 companies and conglomerates that operate throughout the world.

I wish to contribute as much as I can, as well as learn from the seasoned risk professionals and those who have other specialty skills on the field and at corporate levels. To this end I aspire to elevate my status as a subject matter expert in the above areas during the life of this group.


Stephen Watson, Director – QSHE/ Operations, Technical Access Services

I am a highly experienced and meticulous, Chartered QSHE and Operations Management professional who is motivated by challenging roles, gaining great satisfaction and self-fulfilment from achieving both practical and personal goals, whilst, never losing sight of continual improvement and the motivational gains that can be achieved along the way.

I started my professional career as a scaffolding labourer in 1992 and quickly developed a passion for managing risks faced by me and my co-workers daily. Following several years attending night school and financial sacrifice, I achieved my NEBOSH Diploma. I was able to use the tools and knowledge gained to make more informed and persuasive interventions regarding risk tolerance and safer working. At the time, I was not recognised as an HSE professional, my motivation and reward were seeing everyone leave site at the end of the day and return home to their families. I have continued this approach throughout my career and take personal accountability for the risk to which anyone for whom I am responsible is exposed.

I was keen to be involved with the ERLN as it is a unique initiative and opportunity to which I feel I could both add value and develop through the experience.

I hope the network will become a platform to share, encourage, promote, and develop all members and subsequently improve how risk is managed in the wider community.

I feel privileged to be part of the first ERLN, I am sure it will prove to be a success and we can develop the blueprint for future groups. 


Trevor Bamber, HSEQ Manager, Powersystems UK ltd

I am a Civil Engineering degree qualified and experienced SHEQ Manager, with a highly effective and proactive approach to the management of safety, risk, health and wellbeing within an Operational environment in the Environmental, Geotechnical and construction Sector. I will contribute to the Emerging Risk Leaders network through my experience as an active SHEQ and Risk practitioner. As an active member of the group I am looking for support to develop my career and skills and to achieve excellence in a Senior leadership position hopefully through the development of my leadership skills, business insights and raising of IIRSM’s and Health & Safety risk profiles within and beyond my organization.

I hope the networking experience will allow me to develop a wide set of skills from my fellow risk colleagues in the group. I will contribute to the network through my experience as an active SHEQ and Risk practitioner and through my operational experience in my sectors. As a Civil engineer with 14 years plus experience operationally before my move in to a SHEQ role, I hope in some ways to bring an insight and an alternative “from the ground view to the network”, as well drawing on my SHEQ manager level experiences.


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, OperationaONSULTl 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.