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New senior appointments at HSE

Susan Mackenzie promoted to director of HID and David Snowball appointed as director of FOD

THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced two senior appointments into key positions. Susan Mackenzie, the HSE’s current head of Energy Division has been promoted to director of Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID), and David Snowball, current Scotland and Northern England regional director, has been appointed as director of Field Operations (FOD).

Both appointments are key to the future direction of the organization as it implements the key recommendations in the Triennial Review of HSE that reported earlier this year.

HID oversees the effective regulation of major hazard industries where failures in safe management and risk control can lead to catastrophic harm to workers and the public at large, while FOD regulates a wide range of employment sectors covering a significant proportion of the GB economy, including quarries, construction, agriculture and engineering, among others.

Susan Mackenzie was key to the creation of the HSE’s Energy Division (ED) in 2013. Having been with the HSE for 23 years, she formerly led explosives and biological agents for four years and the regulation of COMAH sites for five years before becoming head of ED just over a year ago.

In her new director role she will retain responsibility for Energy Division and will remain the HSE’s representative on the Step Change Leadership Team, continuing to deliver industry presentations and attend key meetings.

David Snowball has been with the HSE for 29 years since joining as a factory inspector. He was previously head of operations and then regional director for Yorkshire and the North East, and took on the expanded Scotland and Northern England Division role in 2012 after a spell working in HID.

Commenting on his new appointment, he said: ‘As HSE is constantly having to evolve to face the challenges in a changing industry landscape, I feel very fortunate to be in a role where I can help set the direction for committed staff whose straightforward aim is to keep workers and others healthy and safe.’

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