Our people

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.

Lord McKenzie has been President of RoSPA since November 2013.

He was no stranger to RoSPA and the subject of accident prevention when he took up the role; as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, he had ministerial responsibility for safety and health at work from 2007-2010. During this time, he was also Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Since 2010, he has shadowed his former roles in the House of Lords, as opposition spokesman on both work and pensions and communities and local government, but now concentrates on the former.

Prior to entering the House of Lords in 2004, Lord McKenzie was an elected member of Luton Borough Council (from 1976-1992 and 1999-2005), including a period as leader of the council.

A qualified accountant, his professional career included time spent in the US, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

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.

Don is health, safety and environment director and executive committee member with Genel Energy plc based in Ankara. Previously, he was group senior vice-president HSSE and asset integrity with BG Group, and he has also worked for Shell, Total, British Nuclear Fuels and Amersham plc.

He is a professor of risk management and corporate responsibility at Brunel University, chairman of the Brunel Business School External Advisory Board and an independent board safety adviser for NATS (UK Air Traffic Control Services) Group.

Don is a chemical engineering graduate with masters’ degrees in environmental management (UMIST) and sustainability (University of Cambridge), and has a PhD in risk management (University of Manchester).

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 is RoSPA’s honorary treasurer and trained as an engineer before qualifying as a chartered accountant.

He has spent most of his career working in the property and marketing industries including with, among others, CBRE, Bertelsmann and Saatchi and Saatchi. He joined Asthma UK in 2002 where he was operations director responsible for finance, property, IT and HR until his retirement in 2012. He continues to consult, mainly on charity governance.

Yvonne qualified as a doctor in Ireland in 1981. She has worked in the NHS, private and academic sectors in the UK since 1989 and has 19 years of board-level experience as a public health and medical director.

Her work at leadership level in public health has led to 15 years of close working with local and regional government. In 2010, she was seconded to the Department of Health to support the development of Public Health England, alongside her other public health roles. In March 2012, she was appointed to the role of director of public health for NHS South of England. In April 2013, she became director of Public Health England (London), a role through which she works with key partners to both protect and improve the health of all Londoners.

As technical adviser to the World Health Organization, Yvonne led work on European Healthy Cities and has advised the World Economic Forum, the EU and the World Bank on the public health aspects of population ageing. She is currently the public health adviser to the Mayor of London.

She is a member of the Major Grants Committee of The Guy's & St Thomas' Charity and is also a fellow of the Institute of Directors.

A graduate of Goldsmiths College, London University, Harpreet has had a career in direct marketing spanning 25 years. Specialising in the not-for-profit sector, she has worked with many leading charities including the Terence Higgins Trust, WWF and IFAW. While at the British Red Cross, she raised more than £350million for high-profile conflicts, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters, including Darfur and Kosovo.

As deputy director of supporter marketing at Barnardo's, she was responsible for direct, legacy and digital marketing. She led the implementation of Salesforce CRM, the first of its kind in the third sector, and raised more than £200million during her tenure.

Harpreet now works as a fundraising consultant and continues to work across a number of charities including the Al-Khair Foundation, Diabetes UK and Christian Aid.

She is also the treasurer of her school PTA and a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s Special Interest Group on Donor Experience.

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.

Mary trained initially in general medicine and, later, in public health at St Thomas’ Hospital.

As deputy director of the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, she had national responsibility for leading investigations into major outbreaks of infections, including water and food-borne diseases. Post graduate multi-disciplinary training in epidemiology, both in the UK and Europe, was a particular interest. In the Department of Health with lead responsibility for infections, she played a key part in developing a national strategy for infectious diseases, modernising environmental emergency response as well as initiating intervention programmes such as that for tackling hospital-acquired infections.

Mary is actively engaged in the voluntary sector. She is a trustee and chairman of the General Grants Committee of Imperial College Healthcare Charity and is a council member of the Association of NHS Charities. She is also a mentor in two secondary schools.

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.

Frances has an honours degree in chemistry from Durham University, and spent the early years of her career in several business functions within BP Chemicals, including operations, marketing and sales.

Following spells at a major retailer (Asda) and a software company, Frances joined RoSPA in 1999 as group product manager. She gradually took on more responsibility for other areas, including events and awards, sales, workplace safety operations and membership, and was promoted to operations director in 2010, when her remit was also extended to include fleet safety and the associated policy areas.

Her skills include development of markets, negotiation and the smooth operation and integration of functions. She investigated the options for gaining Ofqual recognition for RoSPA and guided the process towards successfully achieving this goal.

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 two boys and the family enjoys taking trips in their campervan or whiling away the hours watching cricket.

Qualified as a chartered health and safety practitioner (CMIOSH), Rob is also an OHSAS 18001 lead auditor and a member of OSHCR (the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register).

Prior to joining RoSPA, he was a senior health and safety consultant/trainer for a management consultancy delivering advice and training across a wide range of organisations throughout the UK. As health and safety director of a pump/chemical supply company, Rob dealt with many large manufacturing companies including Toyota and Peugeot and large-facility companies such as ROMEC on behalf of Royal Mail. He also worked in the occupational health and safety team at the University of Salford, responsible for 3,000 staff and 15,000 students across a number of campus sites.

He has delivered courses up to and including the NEBOSH Diploma, NEBOSH National General Certificate, NEBOSH International Certificate, IOSH Managing Safely, Fire Risk Assessment and many bespoke safety courses in the UK, Middle East and Africa.

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 and Germany to visit friends and enjoy leisure activities.

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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