Guardian Angel Award

The RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards

Do you have a colleague who goes the extra mile or know of a safety champion within the local community?

Then the RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards is your chance to get them the recognition they deserve. These unique awards celebrate the work of individuals who have gone 'above and beyond' to improve the safety of others.

It could be a member of staff who gives up their own time to volunteer in the community or a safety manager who has gone the extra mile to protect their colleagues or the general public. Or perhaps you would like to nominate someone from outside your organisation who works to keep the community safe? Either way, the RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards seek to reward the actions of those who would otherwise go unnoticed – in doing so motivating others to take up the torch and help shape a safer society for all.

Why receiving an award is so special

Submitting a nomination for the RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards is your opportunity to reward an employee or member of the community for a contribution to safety for which they would otherwise not be recognised. As well as being a major boost for the individual, there are also rewards for your organisation:

  • Recognition of outstanding achievement
  • Rewards commitment and hard work
  • Give team morale a boost
  • Demonstrate corporate social responsibility
  • Fantastic PR opportunity
  • Improves reputation

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Successful nominees will be invited to receive their award at one of three free prestigious presentation ceremonies:

  • London: ExCeL, Platinum Suite, June 19 2018
  • Birmingham: Hilton Birmingham Metropole, July 4-5 2018
  • Glasgow: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central, September 13 2018

Nominations are accepted all year round however to be presented with an award at our London and Birmingham presentation ceremonies the nomination form must be completed by February 5, 2018, for our Scotland ceremony nominations must be received by June 4 2018.

Any number of guests are welcome to attend, allowing both the recipient and nominator to attend in order to celebrate this fantastic success. With group photographs being taken on site there is no better way to capture the moment.

Awards Banquet and Ball

Winners will also be invited to book their places at the RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards Gala Dinners taking place on each of these evenings. These events are regarded as the ultimate celebration of health and safety at which major award winners in RoSPA's Health & Safety Award Scheme will receive their awards. The events are truly international affairs, with award winners and guests representing organisations not just from the UK, but from around the world. With over 3500 guests over four nights you'll be in good company.

After-dinner entertainment is provided by top comedians and live music and dancing follows the dinner.

Andy Townsend

Andy is the General Manager of the Lifeskills education centre in Bristol. Since the centre was opened in 2000, it has delivered hands-on interactive safety education to 150,000 people using life-size, realistic scenarios. In a typical year, some 9,000 Year 6 primary school children visit the centre.

Over the last 15 years in his charge, the centre owes much of its success to Andy's commitment, enthusiasm and leadership. Andy has been inspirational on many levels. He motivates his staff and volunteers – who also play a key role in the success of Lifeskills - on a daily basis to do their best in delivering high quality safety education. He also works tirelessly to keep the centre financially viable, and is now leading an ambitious programme to increase capacity from 11,000 to 17,000 visitors per year.

We will never know how many accidents Andy and his colleagues have prevented, and lives they have saved as a result, but it is fair to say that the centre has given 150,000 people the knowledge to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe.

For his long term commitment to safety education in his community, equipping future generations to understand risk, RoSPA honour Andy Townsend with an Archangel Award in 2016.

RoSPA Archangel 2016

Beth Amison

On the morning of March 7, 2013, Beth discovered her son Maison with a nappy sack covering his face – having never stood before, the seven-month-old somehow managed to reach across to the changing stand next to his cot and pull out a bunch of sacks.

Since then Beth, supported by her husband Martyn, has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the potential dangers of nappy sacks, as well as helping to spread other child safety messages, through setting up a Facebook page called Maison’s Memory, speaking to the press, and working with RoSPA on its campaigns – including appearing in a RoSPA appeals video.

RoSPA Archangel 2016

Stacey Rodgers

Stacey lost her 10-year-old son Dominic after failing to rouse him to get ready for school – she later discovered that he had died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after the deadly gas seeped through from the neighbouring property.

Since then, Stacey has worked tirelessly to promote awareness of CO, by setting up an awareness raising charity, The Dominic Rodgers Trust in her son's memory, running local campaigns and working with a range of organisations.

RoSPA Archangel 2016

Cynthia Barlow

Cynthia tragically lost her only daughter Alex Jane McVitty, when she was killed in a road crash. She had been cycling to work when a lorry turned left across her path.

Determined to prevent other families suffering such devastation, Cynthia took action by purchasing shares in the company which owned the lorry. She attended their AGM, challenging them to make their vehicles safer and address the problem of ‘blind-spots’. Over the following few years, new training measures and safety technology were introduced to the fleet.

She became chair of the charity RoadPeace in 2006, and has worked tirelessly to ensure that fleet operators take responsibility for the risks their vehicles pose to others. She was recognised last year with an OBE for services to road safety.

RoSPA Archangel 2015

Paul Blanchard

In 2010, Paul fell through a fragile roof-light, which left him at age 55, paralysed from the chest down. However, Paul decided that he needed to do what he could to prevent the same happening to someone else, and started telling people about his experience and how it has affected him.

Paul talks from the heart, with a tear in his eye, not for himself but for how his `helpfulness' that Saturday morning has also affected his devoted wife. There is no blame in his story, just Paul talking to his fellow Construction colleagues.

One site he recently visited saw a tenfold increase in near miss reports following his presentation – showing that he clearly is an inspiration to those who hear his story.

RoSPA Archangel 2015

Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery

Colleagues describe Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery as having been GPIC’s Guardian Angel for over thirty years. And it’s easy to see why.

Under his leadership, and through his work with organisations including RoSPA, NEBOSH and the National Safety Council of America, the organisation has become a beacon for health, safety and sustainability in the Middle East.

A member of parliament at home in Bahrain, he has helped to push through radical changes in health and safety legislation that will benefit many.

Archangel Award in 2015

Standard Fee £175 +VAT
RoSPA Member* £157 +VAT
RoSPA Award Entrant* £140 +VAT
Nomination Deadline Nominations are accepted all year round - see terms and conditions for full details.

*Entrants will be eligible to one discount only

Nomination Submission

Nominations are accepted all year round. Successful Guardian Angel Award winners will be offered the opportunity to receive their award at one of RoSPA's Health and Safety Award Ceremonies, or by post.

To be eligible for presentation in London (June 19, 2018) or Birmingham (July 4-5, 2018), nominations must be emailed to by 5pm on February 5, 2018.

To be eligible for presentation in Glasgow (September 13, 2018), nominations must be emailed to by 5pm on June 4, 2018.

No guarantee is made that any award resulting from a late nomination will be included in the official presentation events.

Nominations received after Tuesday, June 5, 2018 will have the option to receive their award by post, or to defer presentation to the 2019 RoSPA Health and Safety Awards ceremonies.

Nominators agree to:

  • Complete all required sections of the nomination form.
  • The data that you provide in your nomination to be stored by the Society for as long as required.

Please note:

  • Assessment of nominations that do not follow the required format will be delayed, released for correction or even excluded.
  • All nominations must be completed on the nomination form specified by RoSPA.
  • Submission of a nomination will be taken as a declaration attesting to its completeness and accuracy and the nomination is submitted to the RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards scheme in good faith.
  • After February 5, 2018 (London and Birmingham), or June 4, 2018 (Scotland) amendments to names to be shown on awards will incur an additional charge of £20+VAT each.
  • Successful nominations will see a RoSPA Guardian Angel Award presented to the nominee at the daytime presentation ceremony of their choice – selecting from the options available at the time of nomination. If the specified ceremony is unavailable, where possible award winners will be offered an alternative ceremony day. A RoSPA Guardian Angel Award nomination does not constitute a gala dinner booking at any RoSPA evening award ceremony.
  • Failure to notify in writing by the advised deadline, non-attendance of your chosen presentation ceremony will incur an additional charge of £15+VAT. This charge is to cover ceremony packing and transit costs in addition to the postage for dispatching the award after the ceremony. Notification after the advised deadline will still incur the additional charge as awards will be packed for the ceremony.
  • Submitting the nomination form concludes the contract for this service and will commence the nomination process.

Assessment and Sample Checking

RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards are made to people and NOT organisations.

The Society arranges for scrutiny of a random selection of entrants to verify their nominations. RoSPA may make enquiries as necessary. Telephone follow-up may be arranged in connection with any nomination at any stage in the year, either before or after the closing date for nominations. Applicants may also be required to attend a meeting to make a verbal presentation of their nomination.

RoSPA will not make an award in any case where there are reasonable grounds to suggest that the nomination is deliberately incomplete or contains false information.

RoSPA reserves the right to revoke any award made should it come to its attention that required information was not disclosed which would have materially affected the Judging Panel's decision. RoSPA also reserves the right to vary or revoke any award as a result of the verification process.


Written notification to must be received within seven working days of submitting a nomination form to qualify for a full credit note and/or refund. No credit note and/or refund will be made after this seven working day period and the outstanding invoice will remain valid.

All nominations require full payment of the appropriate nomination fee, as shown. Non-payment of the relevant nomination fee will invalidate the application.

Reputational Risk

RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards are assigned to individuals within or outside an organisation who have made a demonstrable difference in the world of safety and accident prevention through their initiative, diligence, enthusiasm and commitment.

An award does not indicate general endorsement by RoSPA of associated products, operations or business practices, and this must not be stated or implied in any related Public Relations activity.

RoSPA will require correction or if necessary withdrawal of PR statements it considers are likely to mislead and/or cause reputational damage to the Society or to the RoSPA Guardian Angel Awards programme.

RoSPA also reserves the right to withdraw or reduce any award as a result of provision by the nominator or nominee of incomplete information relevant to the award decision, or about issues – including non-health and safety issues - which pose a significant reputational risk to the Society.

Failure to declare such issues for RoSPA's early consideration will normally result in disqualification without appeal.


Award winners agree to allow the use of their names, nomination, presentation photographs and filming, by RoSPA for publicity purposes.


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