Message from the Chair 2017

8 February 2017

This is my first message as I take over as the Chair of the Retail and Distribution (R&D) Group and I would like to pass on my thanks to the previous Chair and Committee Members, and welcome the new Committee Members for 2017.

The Group aims to support members who work in the R&D sector which unlike many other sectors, involves protecting the public, as well as the worker.

As a Group, we actively seek out alliances with other like-minded Groups such as the IOSH Food and Drink Group, and other professional bodies, for example, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), through its Commercial and Independent Special Interest Group (C&I SIG) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA), this helps us provide information, guidance and updates to our members through the different communication channels, such as on the IOSH website, directing members to  publications relevant to our industry and organising CPD/Networking events.

On our committee, we have a highly-experienced mixture of professionals from both the Retail and Distribution sector.

  • Patrick Bissel – Vice Chair.
  • Stuart Aird - HSE Leader with Procter and Gamble
  • Paul Griffin - Head of Safety and Security for McArthurGlen Group
  • Richard Hill
  • Roger Ward - Director of SHEQ
  • James Fletcher - Communications Coordinators.
  • Josephine O’Shea – HSE.

We have started to plan our events programme for 2017 which will include Follow up event from Terrorism Event in Sept 17, two site visits to be held for R&D Group Members, a Food Distribution Transport Safety Event and Modern Slavery Webinar.

As a Group, I hope we will continue to provide relevant support to IOSH members in the form of useful information and updates or just someone to contact if you need advice from a fellow industry professional.

If you have a health and safety interest in any aspect of the retail or logistics sectors, we'll be delighted to welcome you to this dynamic and innovative group. Please contact us for more information.

Kate Thursfield
Chair - IOSH Retail & Distribution Group