Our people

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We are honoured that Her Majesty The Queen is RoSPA’s Patron, a role she has held since her accession to the throne. Each year, we are privileged to receive a message from Her Majesty for inclusion in our Annual Review.

The passion and dedication of our trustees and 120 staff across the UK is integral to our work towards our vision for life, free from serious accidental injury.

Here, you can meet our President and the members of our board of trustees and executive team.


Presidential team

Baroness Jolly has been President of RoSPA since November 2019.

A Liberal Democrat life peer, she was introduced to the House of Lords in January 2011 and made her maiden speech – on health issues – within a week.

She is currently health spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. Previous roles have included: co-chairman of the Health and Social Care Team in the coalition; government whip with responsibilities for health, defence, culture, media and sport, and equalities; and defence spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats.

Baroness Jolly spent a large part of her professional life in the southwest of England. She taught maths for more than 15 years, and was a pioneer in information technology and computing in schools.

In 1997, she was appointed as non-executive director for an NHS trust for mental health and learning disability, and then an NHS primary care trust, finally chairing the North and East Cornwall NHS Primary Care Trust Board prior to the last NHS reorganisation in 2006. She was a Lay Inspector for the Commission for Health Improvement.

In 2016, she took the role of Chairman of Hft, a charity providing services to more than 2,500 adults with learning disability. She is also a trustee of ORUK.

Lord Jordan was President of RoSPA from 2008-2013 and is now Deputy President.

He has a great interest in both safety and education. Ever since presenting RoSPA’s top occupational health and safety award – the Sir George Earle Trophy – to Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) in 2005, Lord Jordan has been keen to encourage high-performing companies to learn from each other and share their safety expertise.

A trade unionist by background, Lord Jordan began his career as a shop steward at GKN in Birmingham. He was President of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union from 1986-1995, during which period he was also a member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress. In 1995, he became general secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, a post he held until 2002. He was a governor of the London School of Economics from 1987-2002 and of the BBC from 1988-1998. He has also held a number of international presidencies, including that of the International Metalworkers' Federation, and was a member of the UN High-Level Panel on Youth Employment.

Lord Jordan was chairman of RoSPA’s board of trustees from 2008-2013 and is now chairman of the governing body of Ofqual-recognised RoSPA Qualifications.

Baroness Eaton became a Deputy President of RoSPA in 2020.

A former teacher, Baroness Eaton has been a Conservative life peer since July 2010. She was a councillor with City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council for 30 years from 1986 - 2016, leading the council from 2000 - 2006, and was the chairman of the Local Government Association from 2008 - 2011. She was made a Dame in the New Year Honours 2010 for services to local government.

Baroness Eaton is a member of the Advisory Panel of the National Media Museum, Vice-President of the Local Government Association, Vice-President of the Trading Standards Institute, Governor of Lady Lane Park Preparatory School, Bingley, and a member of Beckfoot Multi Academy Trust, Bingley.

Board of trustees

Mike was born in Liverpool and received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Manchester Business School.

He began his career with Dow in 1968 where he later became president and chief executive. In 2003, he was appointed group chief executive of BNFL, successfully dismantling and overseeing the privatisation of the company until he left in June 2009.

Mike has served on various boards and committees including as chairman of Liverpool’s economic development company, senior independent director of Crystalox Solar and SNC-Lavalin, chairman of Street League, non-executive director of the Land Domain Executive, trustee of the Energy Institute, non-executive director of Sigmoid Pharma and Laird Plc, advisory board member of Tower House Partners LLP and management board strategic adviser to the Metropolitan Police.

He was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2009 for services to the energy industry and in 2014 received the recognition of Citizen of Honour for the City of Liverpool.

Peter currently leads the Health and Work Programme within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

He is a career civil servant and has held a wide variety of posts in the Department of Work and Pensions and HSE, including work related to health and safety within the construction, offshore, chemicals, mining, public administration and railway sectors.

Ian joined The Retreat Mental Health Services in January 2018 following a spell with NHS England in a commissioning group. Prior to this, he worked for Manchester College as chief financial officer, spending eight years in the further and higher education sector. He is a qualified certified accountant (FCCA).

He is a finance professional bringing commercial experience into the publicly-funded sectors.

His previous experience includes: fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturing and logistics in medical (Smith and Nephew), foods (Unilever UK) and supply chain (British Sugar/ABF); and local authority (London Borough of Ealing) and financial services (Aviva).

Ian is also a trustee of the national homelessness charity Centrepoint and a non-executive director of Rise – an employee-owned “mutual” business specialising in preventing re-offending through the criminal justice system, particularly supporting those impacted by domestic violence.

Ian is married with three grown-up children and enjoys hiking (with two spaniels) and socialising.

Stephen is a successful entrepreneur and business leader who is focused on how disruptive technology is changing the world of work – and how business can thrive in this new environment.

A seasoned chief executive officer who has built successful tech-based businesses, he has international commercial and technical expertise at a senior level, including the profitable development of businesses and the acquisition and sale of companies. His extensive international experience includes the management of global teams and the development of business and government relations in China, Japan, South Korea, Europe and North America.

Stephen now specialises in board-level leadership where he can invest and apply his knowledge to the commercialisation of new technologies such as the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, mobile payments, secure transactions and cybersecurity.

As well as his non-executive roles, he also provides advisory and investment support to high-growth companies and performs consultancy work for private equity and other investors.

Born in South Wales, Jocelyn graduated in management science from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Her career in FMCG marketing spans multiple food and beverage categories in the UK, Europe and Australia, and she is a former marketing director at consumer goods giants Kraft Foods and Danone.

She now runs her own consultancy business and has a portfolio of non-executive and charitable roles, and is a governor of the University of West of England (UWE).

Jocelyn is married with three children and lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

As chief executive of ConsultSafe Ltd, Graham shares his experience as a global leader within the occupational safety and health (OSH) world with more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of high- and low-risk environments in both private and public sectors. His background includes strategic OSH management for real estate, facilities management, logistics, aviation and general health and safety management sectors.

Graham is a Fellow and past president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). He is also a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), international member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE) and certified member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), while also being one of the leading RoSPA Awards Ambassadors.

Through his work with various organisations, Graham has been able to engage on a global platform with leaders including the ILO, WHO, ISSA and governments across the world.

Julian is a consultant in emergency medicine, working at one of London’s busiest major trauma centres, and is medical director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Through his work in accident and emergency, he has developed a special interest in accident prevention and is involved in a number of projects within this area. He is also a doctor with Chelsea Football Club and a major incident doctor for London.

Julian is a trustee for Imperial College Charity and the British Association for Immediate Care (London), through which he attends to trauma patients in a pre-hospital setting.

Executive team

Errol was appointed chief executive in July 2017, having initially joined RoSPA in 2004 and being deputy chief executive since 2006.

His evidence-based approach aims to reduce the toll of injury by empowering individuals and organisations to be “as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible”, wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Along with RoSPA colleagues, he created a new epidemiological measure – the Preventable Year of Life Lost (PrYLL) – and was the lead author of RoSPA’s influential suite of Big Book(s) of Accident Prevention.

A keen proponent of partnership working, Errol is the non-executive chairman of EuroSafe, a member of the National House Building Council (NHBC) and an adviser to both the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF). He played a leading role in multi-million-pound projects Safe At Home and the Child Safety Education Coalition.

A fellow of both the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society for Public Health, Errol is qualified as a chartered director with an MBA, an engineering degree and a gold grade in RoSPA’s advanced driving test. Married with three children, Errol enjoys scuba diving, hiking and cycling.

Shaun joined RoSPA in 2017 and as well as being head of finance, he is company secretary of both RoSPA and its trading subsidiary RoSPA Enterprises Ltd. His role encompasses all aspects of the organisations’ finances and financial systems, risk management and governance matters.

His previous employment includes more than 10 years’ experience in the charity sector with two national mid-size charities (Relate and Carers Trust) in senior roles with responsibility for finance, resources, HR and governance. He also has lengthy experience within the commercial world – notably within the retail and wholesale distribution sectors.

In his spare time, he has held a number of board posts with small charities and local voluntary and community organisations, and is currently a governor of an academy trust secondary grammar school.

His out-of-work interests include a number of sports (notably cricket, football and rugby) and he has recently completed his 25th marathon. He is also a keen cyclist, with his trusty road bike being his main method of daily transport.

Jo joined the RoSPA press office in 2006 and her role has developed to encompass the charity’s wider communications and policy activities. Public relations (including traditional and social/digital media), public affairs, the Infocentre, journals and policy activities across home, road, leisure, and occupational safety and health come together in RoSPA’s awareness and education department.

In 2016/17, she was responsible for co-ordinating RoSPA’s centenary programme, which included a visit by HRH The Duke of York, a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, a public exhibition and an evening reception.

Jo is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), holder of the CIPR Diploma and an accredited PR practitioner. She is also a qualified journalist who worked as health reporter on the Cambridge Evening News. She has a politics degree from the University of Manchester.

She is mum to three boys and the family enjoys taking trips in their campervan or whiling away the hours watching cricket.

Nathan is a chartered health and safety practitioner (CMIOSH) and has worked extensively across Europe in occupational and public-facing organisations for more than 20 years.

Having delivered successful projects for hundreds of organisations, he understands the demands presented by managing safety in dynamic environments and the “real world” challenges that organisations face.

His aim is to ensure that clients receive practical and pragmatic advice at all times and that the exchange of information and expertise produces beneficial outcomes.

David is a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) with an MSc degree in computing for business. He is a certified project manager in PRINCE2 and AGILE methodologies, a GDPR data protection practitioner and ISTQB-qualified software tester.

He joined RoSPA in January 2018 with more than 20 years’ experience of software development in the business-to-business (B2B), fleet and business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce fields. David has previously helped to research, develop and implement IT solutions across the UK, Europe and Australia. In his capacity as head of IT, he has been responsible for implementing beneficial IT change with due regard to quality and compliance frameworks in multiple organisations.

As a father, David’s time outside of work is spent with his family and his interests include Aston Villa Football Club, cycling, cricket and aviation. He is fluent in spoken and written German and regularly travels to Austria, Germany and Switzerland to visit friends and enjoy leisure activities.

Becky is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), holder of the CIM Advanced Diploma and a registered PRINCE2 practitioner. She has a degree in history and literature from the University of Birmingham, and more than 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing-related roles.

Committed to client-focused initiatives that drive real change, Becky has enjoyed a number of key roles within RoSPA. She oversaw RoSPA’s re-brand in 2015/16, and launched RoSPA’s flagship Brighter Beginnings Appeal and associated Keeping Kids Safe packs that have helped thousands of vulnerable families with under-5s.

Becky established RoSPA’s strategic partnerships department, and led the way on transformative projects such as Safe@Work-Safe@Home, with L’Oréal, and Safer by design, with Berkeley Group. She added sales, marketing and membership to her portfolio when she became a member of RoSPA’s Executive Team. She is committed to ensuring that clients’ needs are front and centre in her department’s work.

Tracey is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a BSc in psychology and an MSc in business and personnel management.

Having joined RoSPA in 2009, she is responsible for the wellbeing of RoSPA staff and ensuring that RoSPA is compliant with changing legislation in relation to all employment matters.

With key skills in employee relations, recruitment/selection, employment law and management development, Tracey has been responsible for RoSPA’s achievement of the gold Investors in People standard and has a keen interest in employee wellbeing.

Married with three children, Tracey is kept busy outside of work with her family and enjoys attending Zumba classes to keep fit.

Julia develops and implements the strategic direction of RoSPA Qualifications, develops relationships with prospective clients and ensures the efficient and effective use of resources, budget and line management.

She has a BA (Hons) in business management and has led the RoSPA awards and events function for 10 years. Responsibilities include oversight of RoSPA’s robust awards procedures, including the secure online entry system used by nearly 2,000 entrants, judging and verification processes and the celebratory awards ceremonies attended by more than 3,000 guests each year.

Julia has also project managed many RoSPA events including the RoSPA Centenary Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, attended by nearly 3,500 guests.

She previously worked for event management agency RS Live (now Grayling) and worked with clients such as The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, National College for Teaching and Leadership and Department of Health.

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