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Lawrence Waterman announced as new British Safety Council Chair

News   •   Aug 08, 2017 07:00 BST

The tireless health and safety campaigner, Lawrence Waterman, is set to replace Lynda Armstrong as Chair of the British Safety Council, it has been announced.

Lawrence is a Founding Partner of the Park Health and Safety Partnership, and formerly headed-up health and safety for the London Olympic Delivery Authority. A Past President of IOSH, Mr Waterman has long been a voice for the industry. He received an OBE for services to health and safety during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and last month called for the Government to work with industry bodies in light of the tragic Grenfell Tower incident.

Now, Lawrence takes on a brand new challenge, and he has some big shoes to fill. His predecessor, Lynda Armstrong, will retire on 24 November 2017, having occupied the post for seven years. Under her stewardship, the Council has established itself as one of the industry’s leading authorities on health and safety best practice.

“It has been a privilege to serve as Chair of the British Safety Council for the last seven years,” said Lynda Armstrong. “The organisation has remained as relevant today as it was at its foundation 60 years ago, by growing its reach and adapting to new challenges in promoting health and safety. The last years have seen an emphasis on growing internationally, culminating in the establishment of an office in India this year, and an increased effort in promoting health and wellbeing. It is an exciting time for the organisation and it will be a wrench to leave, but I can't think of a better person than Lawrence to steer the organisation through the challenges ahead.”

Of his appointment, Lawrence Waterman commented: “I have had the privilege to act as a trustee to both the British Safety Council and IOSH and I am familiar with the excellent work done by charities committed to making a difference. I am looking forward to taking on the role of Chairman of the British Safety Council, which focuses on protecting vulnerable people in the workplace and empowering them to better manage risk, wellbeing and mental health. I am also keen to help the British Safety Council develop its new programme in India which, through effective partnerships, will raise health and safety standards in that country. The British Safety Council, together with its member organisations, is a powerful force for good and I am proud to take on a leading role within it.”