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Matthew Taylor former UK government chief adviser is the latest to join an impressive list of speakers for IOSH 2017.

Matthew Taylor, RSA

Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts. He was previously General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britian’s leading think tank. Prior to that he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to Tony Blair during his tenure at No.10.

As Director of Policy for The Labour Party, Matthew played an integral part in the campaign that led to Labour’s 1997 landslide. During the campaign, Matthew and his team worked to create a party prepared to address negative preconceptions and to define a future strategy. He also helped lead root-and-branch change in the party and its structure, from marketing communications to identifying key issues amongst the electorate. He was at the forefront of
New Labour’s drive to deliver its manifesto.

In over a decade heading the RSA, Matthew has steered the 250-year-old organisation to new successes with more research and innovation, new routes to support the initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows (including crowdfunding), and has established a global platform for their ideas.

After studying sociology Matthew completed his Masters in industrial relations and was employed by a teachers’ union. He was elected to Warwickshire County Council serving as chair for the schools committee. After a time as Director of a health policy research unit, he was employed as a research fellow at Warwick Business School’s Local Government Centre, where his research covered the effect of European integration on public services and the strategic management of political change in local government.

In a rare example of cross-party work, Matthew was appointed by Theresa May to lead a review in to UK workers’ rights with particular reference to the gig economy and zero-hours contracts. A regular media commentator on issues around policy, politics, and public service
reform, Matthew frequently appears on Newsnight, The Daily Politics, and Radio 4’s Today and The Moral Maze as well as writing for the Guardian and the Local Government Chronicle.

IOSH 2017 presentation - panel chair and speaker:
Day 1 at 17.15: The future of work - the gig economy

Stephen Martin, IoD

Stephen Martin became Director General of the Institute of Directors, Britain’s longest-running organisation for business leaders, in February 2017.

He began his career as a quantity surveyor, before going on to hold a series of management positions at engineering and construction companies.

In 2006 he became group chief executive of the Clugston Group, which combines construction, civil engineering, logistics, property development, property investments and facilities management businesses. Founded in Scunthorpe in 1937, Clugston is one of the UK’s largest private companies, with over 600 staff.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Stephen is a long-standing member of the IoD and has been involved in the business community in Yorkshire and the Humber for many years, acting as a business mentor to start-ups in the region and an Apprenticeship Ambassador. In 2009, he appeared on the first series of the Channel 4 television show Undercover Boss.

IOSH 2017 presentation:
Day 1 at 14.30: Business themed keynote presentation

Kris De Meester, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium

Kris is first adviser at the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium covering the field of health and safety at work as well as international social affairs. He is the employer’s group spokesperson in the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work and chairman of the Health and Safety working group of BusinessEurope, the Union of Industrial and Employers Confederations of Europe. He also chairs the International Organisation of Employers Taskforce on the Future of Work.

Kris sits on the governing boards of many organisations, is the CEO of Contractor Safety Management that operates B2B contractor safety management schemes in Belgium as well as running his own business delivering support, guidance, training in the fields of health and safety, wellbeing at work, environment, human resources management, industrial relations, creativity, innovation and networking.

IOSH 2017 presentation: 
Day 1 at 15.15: A positive approach to psychosocial risks: creating an engaged workforce

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Grey-Thompson rose to become Britain’s most successful Paralymic athlete and its most successful female Paralympian (a title she held for over a decade). In all she collected 11 gold medals, held 30 world records and won the wheelchair section of the London Marathon on six consecutive occasions.

Tanni was selected for her first World Wheelchair Games at the age of 18. She won her first Paralympic medal at Seoul, before spinal surgery forced her to take a year away from the track. She stormed back to victory at Barcelona - taking gold at 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. In her presentations, Tanni talks about growing up with spina bifida and her decision to become an athlete. She describes the rigourous training regime, the diet and equipment she needed, the choices she had to make and the sheer joy of victory. As with any endeavour, she explains that her success was down to a mixture of planning, teamwork, determination and ambition.

Tanni is a member of the Sports Council, UK Athletics and the Youth Sports Trust. She also sits on the board of the London Marathon and Transport for London, and has become an active crossbencher in the House of Lords. She continues to work tirelessly in the areas of disability rights, welfare and sport, and is a regular commentator in print and broadcast media.

IOSH 2017 presentation: 
Day 2 at 09.25: Achieving your goals

Geoff McDonald, Open Mind Health

Geoff is an Executive Director of Open Minds Health, an organisation providing businesses with practical strategies to address workplace mental wellbeing culture and sustainable improvement of employee wellbeing. Geoff spent 25 years with Unilever, where under his leadership he developed their global talent and leadership centre of expertise. His experience has been truly global working across Africa, the Middle-East, Australasia, Asia, Europe, the Americas and has spanned leadership and talent development, organisation change, capability development and business transformation with purpose at its core.

Geoff is also a very much sought after speaker, inspiring and provoking organisations to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. He provides very practical insights on how to go about truly embedding purpose and addresses the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health). He has spoken at numerous events both academic and corporate, has participated in a number of BBC programmes and written articles for a range of publications including the Financial Times.

Geoff is now devoting a significant amount of time consulting and working with organisations, helping them define and embed purpose as a driver of growth and profitability.

IOSH 2017 presentation: 
Day 1 at 10.15: Wellbeing, in particular mental health - a competitive advantage?

Bev Messinger, IOSH

Bev is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a wealth of experience in people development and HR. Throughout her career she has shown considerable financial and management experience and corporate leadership and governance in complex stakeholder environments. Bev became IOSH Chief Executive in October 2016, with her top priority being working with IOSH Trustees and senior members on delivering the organisation’s new 2017-22 strategy.

IOSH 2017 presentation: 
Day 1 at 09.30 and Day 2 at 14.30: Enhancing the profession




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