2006 Roll of Honour Citations

The Sir George Earle Trophy

Naval Base Commander Devonport

Naval Base Commander (NBC) Devonport was selected as winner of the 2006 RoSPA Sir George Earle Trophy following close scrutiny by the independent RoSPA Awards Panel of a shortlist of finalists, each of which demonstrated a very high level of health and safety management performance.

Features of NBC's entry submission which were critical to its eventual success included: improvement of its health and safety performance in a dynamic working environment with major hazard and nuclear safety challenges; the personal commitment of senior managers at the base, including the Commodore and Captain Base Safety; its success in working effectively with other business partners on site, including a large number and constantly changing range of contractors; the very positive contribution of the trade unions and the workforce generally; and the capacity of the NBC health and safety regime to build on and adapt advice and guidance provided centrally by the Ministry of Defence. The Panel was also impressed by NBC's efforts to work with its local community, the strong focus on off-the-job safety, particularly road safety and the overall culture exemplified by the positive approach taken to ensuring effective co-operation between civilian and military personnel.

RoSPA Distinguished Service Award

Gary Booton

Gary Booton has played a major role in influencing both UK and EU health and safety policy and practice over many years.

Before being appointed to his current position as director of health, safety and environment at the Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF), Gary was its head of health and safety, and previously worked for 11 years for HSE as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Health and Safety.

He has worked consistently to broaden the remit of health and safety in EEF, which is the largest sectoral employers' organisation, promoting the "business case" for effective health and safety management and developing and delivering good practice through seminars, training and publishing guidance. He has been a major force in representing UK business perspectives in the work of the Health and Safety Commission and in Europe. His influence has extended beyond the traditional limits of health and safety - for instance in reform in the area of worker compensation and rehabilitation.

In addition, Gary has served as a member of the RoSPA Awards Panel, the IOSH Technical Affairs committee and the HSE's Workers' Safety Adviser Management Board.

Brian Kazer

Throughout a distinguished career Brian Kazer has played a pre-eminent role in driving up standards, particularly in the area of occupational health, and health and safety training and education. Prior to his current appointment as chief executive of the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, Brian was head of health and safety at Blue Circle Industries, where he contributed to a major improvement in the company's occupational health and safety performance.

Brian was president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in 1992, and served as chairman of its Professional Affairs Committee for three separate periods. During this time, he introduced and, with others, developed the IOSH CPD (Continuing Professional Development) scheme and also pioneered flexible training, which developed into the highly-successful IOSH course, "Managing Safely". Brian successfully "sold" the idea of post-graduate health and safety diplomas, MSc and BSc courses to the newer universities and later developed the associated accreditation standards. He led the Technical Advisory Group which advised the Occupational Health and Safety Lead Body on the original vocational health and safety qualifications - the first vocational qualifications whose levels were distinguished by underpinning knowledge.

Brian is currently a trustee of IOSH and a member of its research and development committee.

Professor James Reason CBE

Professor James Reason has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of human error in fields as diverse as aviation safety and patient safety, and of human factors in industrial safety generally. His work is recognised as seminal in the field of safety and "human factors", and now underpins much health and safety practice around the world.

After graduating in psychology at the University of Manchester in 1962, James worked for the Institute of Aviation Medicine before becoming a lecturer at Leicester University. He completed a PhD and returned to Manchester, where he worked as Professor of Psychology from 1977 until 2001.

His primary research interest has been human and organisational factors in the breakdown of complex, well-defended systems. Professor Reason has written many books, the best known of which is "Human Error" (1992), on absent-mindedness, human error, managing the risks of organisational accidents, and managing maintenance error. He has researched and consulted across the full spectrum of work activities, but specifically in the fields of aviation, railways, nuclear power generation, maritime safety, oil exploration and production, road safety, and healthcare.

James is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the British Psychological Society and in the 2003 New Year's Honours list was made a CBE for services to reducing the risk of healthcare.

Nina Wrightson OBE

Over the course of her influential career in occupational health and safety, Nina Wrightson has helped prevent injury and health damage to countless people at work and helped to save many lives. Born and brought up in Yorkshire, her career began in January 1975 as a factory inspector, at the inception of the Health and Safety At Work Act. In 1988 she was appointed regional safety adviser for the Government Office in Yorkshire and Humberside where she helped develop arrangements for safeguarding trainees. A move to Nestlé UK Limited as safety manager provided fresh challenges in an important position within private industry, and in 1997 Nina became risk management director for Northern Foods plc.

She was president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health in 1998/99 and currently chairs RoSPA's National Occupational Health and Safety Committee, where she leads the RoSPA Awards Judging Panel. She is also vice chairman of the British Safety Council.

Nina has played a significant role in representing industry views in developing UK health and safety policy. While at Nestlé she initiated innovative approaches to partnership working with the trades unions. She has a strong personal commitment to "sensible safety" and the development of practical solutions that help prevent injury and ill health and also enhance business efficiency.

Nina was awarded the OBE for services to health and safety in 2005.

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