22 October 2004

RoSPA HAS A NEW PRESIDENT


Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen, OBE, has become the new President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Baroness Anne Gibson was elected at the Society’s annual meeting in Birmingham today (October 22). She succeeds Lord Faulkner of Worcester.

Before taking up her new role at the Society, she was the Deputy President of RoSPA and joined its Executive Committee in October 2000. A year later she received RoSPA’s Distinguished Service Award for her work in health and safety.

A Labour peer, she was appointed to the House of Lords in 2000. She has wide experience in the health and safety arena, and has been involved with the trade union movement and equality and women’s issues.

She has been a Health and Safety Commissioner and worked for the Trade Union Congress, where she was a spokesperson on health and safety issues, representing the Congress at national and international level.

The Baroness was a founder member of the Bilbao Agency for Health and Safety as well as serving on the European Health and Safety Committee.

Her current roles include being chair of the Department of Trade and Industry research group on Dignity at Work and serving as an officer of the Food and Health Forum.

She said: “Having worked on safety issues both nationally and internationally, I am very aware of RoSPA’s formidable reputation as a leader on safety matters and the high regard in which its representatives are held. I am delighted and honoured to be elected President of RoSPA and look forward to working with a first class team.”

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