IOSH Vice President: 3 Months On

“I’m struggling to believe that it’s been three months since I became an IOSH VP at the Networks Conference last November.” Says Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “I thought three months into the role would be a good time to update everyone on what I’ve been doing.”


November 2016

“Shortly after the Networks Conference, I attended an induction day at The Grange, led by IOSH CEO, Bev Messinger. I knew a lot about The Grange, the people who work there and all that IOSH does as I’ve been a member for 19 years, though it was great to visit and hear what’s going on at the heart of the institution from its key members of staff.”

December 2016

“In December, I formed part of the judging panel for the Safety Groups UK Alan Butler and Maurice Adamson Awards. The judging panel met at RoSPA in Birmingham to read through all the entries, and I have to say some of them were fascinating! I learned a huge amount about the organisation, the awards, the groups and their entries that day.”

January 2017

“The awards were presented at the end of January at the House of Lords. It was a real honour to represent IOSH at SGUK’s meeting alongside IOSH President, Graham Parker, as we celebrated all the good that Safety Groups do. It was lovely to meet so many colleagues and peers there too, and a privilege to share a table with the representatives of the overall Gold Award Winners from North West Construction Safety Group for lunch.

“Well done to everyone who won an award that day. Your dedication to keep your colleagues safe and healthy at work impressed and inspired me.

“I took the opportunity to tour the Houses of Parliament that day too. It was fascinating – so much history in one building! I knew that history was being made there that week too, with Brexit discussions taking place.”

February 2017

“I attended my first presidential team meeting last week. Every member of the team was present, which was pretty impressive considering we’re all from different corners of the country and globe. It was great to have everyone there together, catching up and hearing about what they’d all been up to since I last saw them. We worked on what the team will be doing next, which I’ll update you with in future blog posts.

“Last week also saw my first full council meeting, and I admit it was a very long and full day. There were reports from both the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the CEO, as well as the agenda items. Even though I was very tired at the end of a day filled with so many discussions, I feel incredibly privileged to be in the role I am. It’s great to be able to work with so many colleagues to support the organisation and profession I love. I’m very excited to be a part of all that comes next.”

“Although I don’t know everything that comes next, I do know I have a few more days and events booked in my diary over the next few months. They include a No Time To Lose (NTTL) presentation, a presentation at a branch meeting, some interview days and a conference. I’ll update you again in a few months to bring you up to speed.”

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