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MPA members restate pledge to achieve Zero Harm

MPA members restate pledge to achieve Zero Harm

Health & Safety Conference and Awards 2016 focuses on Inspirational and Effective Leadership

A PACKED house of 285 delegates, representing 62 organizations, will explore the critical role that ‘Inspirational and Effective Leadership’ plays in achieving Zero Harm in the workplace, at today’s Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health and Safety Conference and Awards at 30 Euston Square.

A key aspect of the day will be when chief executive officers and other representatives from the MPA’s members restate their pledge to ‘achieve Zero Harm by setting an example and leading in all aspects of safety and health’. This is timed to mark the launch of MPA’s ‘Safer and Healthier by Leadership’ programme.


Hosted by BBC Presenter Sybil Ruscoe, the morning’s keynote conference speakers are: Jesus Ortiz, UEPG president; Phillip White, head of the HSE’s Operational Strategy Division; Lawrence Waterman OBE, director of health and safety at Battersea Power Station; and Nicky Moffat CBE, formerly Britain’s highest-ranking female army officer and an expert in leadership roles.

Interactive panel sessions will focus on a number of key developments affecting the industry. The first panel session features Martin Brown, health and safety director with Crossrail, and Jem Bezodis, Kier Group’s head of safety on the Mersey Crossing.

The second panel session features Chris Leese, outgoing chairman of the MPA Health & Safety Committee, and senior consultants Darren Broadhead of Darren Broadhead Consulting Ltd, Rory Graham of IM&S Solutions Ltd and Glenn Rowe from Arbour Safety Management Ltd.

Nigel Jackson (pictured), chief executive of the MPA, said: ‘The MPA Health & Safety Committee, led so enthusiastically by Chris Leese, supported by his excellent Working Groups, MPA Council and the Board, agreed to focus on the crucial role leadership needs to play if we are to achieve our common goal of Zero Harm.

‘That is why we encouraged all CEOs from our producer and contractor member companies to attend and renew their commitment to achieving Zero Harm. The combined effort of the companies in the MPA across its 12 product groups represents the most powerful opportunity to deliver change on the ground in this industry, and the most powerful factor in that process is leadership.’

The afternoon will be devoted to celebrating innovation and achievement through the MPA Health & Safety Awards, which this year attracted 140 entries from 20 different organizations, with submissions equally balanced between companies of all sizes.

In addition, Martin Whitmarsh, former chief executive officer of McLaren F1 Racing and now CEO of the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup Team, will give an engaging presentation focusing on his experience of leading teams of highly skilled engineers and sportspeople.

Videos from the MPA’s Health & Safety Conference and Awards can be viewed on or on the Association’s YouTube channel. Tweets from the event can be read via #MPAHSConf16 or on the MPA’s Twitter profile. The MPA’s Twitter handle is: @MineralProduct.


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