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Leadership Insight: Bill Gunnyeon, chair of trustees, IOSH

Leadership insight: Bill Gunnyeon, chair of trustees, IOSH Bill Gunnyeon has spent most of his career in senior management posts and says that setting a clear direction is critical. “Far too often people don’t know where the organisation is going. If you are going to lead people up a hill and you have a choice of three hills, then it’s fine to have a discussion about which hill with peop...

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Leadership Insight: Cormac Gilligan, vice president at PepsiCo

Leadership insight: Cormac Gilligan, vice president at PepsiCo Cormac Gilligan admits that one of the most important qualities he’s had to develop to be an effective leader is his “soft skills”. “I find building networks great, connecting with people is a strength to me. And on the flip side of that coin it’s when those networks are not working.” Collaboration is vital, he adds. Not o...

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CPD Stars: Ensuring CPD is up-to-date is a simple but vital task which brings huge rewards

James Bourne GradIOSH, health and safety manager at Green Frog Power, says ensuring his CPD is up-to-date is a simple but vital task which brings huge rewards for himself and his organisation.   The new postcards that IOSH introduced last year to help members with logging their CPD have been a great help for me. They really help you to focus your mind on the important things and avoid wr...

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Ask A Recruiter: I suffer badly from interview nerves. Is there anything I can do to reduce them?

First and foremost, we all suffer from interview nerves, there is nothing wrong with this. It demonstrates that you are passionate about the role you’re going for and care about the outcome of the interview. It’s wise, however, not to let these nerves get the better of you. We all have our own pre-interview rituals, but there are a few ways you can maximise your chances of success and keep tho...

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Ask a Recruiter: “I’ve been working in an OSH role in the UK for 10 years and am considering a move to New Zealand. Could you advise on what I need to do?”

“I’ve been working in an OSH role in the UK for 10 years and am considering a move to New Zealand. Could you advise on what I need to do?”   Firstly, it’s important to determine if you are relocating for the right reasons. International mobility often provides a fantastic opportunity to broaden your experience both professionally and personally. Ask yourself, what are you hoping to gain ...

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Leadership insight: Emily Ramsay, head of safety, health and environment at the Forestry Commission

Leadership insight: Emily Ramsay, head of safety, health and environment at the Forestry Commission   Emily Ramsay believes that a willingness to question others is an important trait in a safety leader. The need to show strength as a woman in a predominantly male sector means she has been slower to accept challenges. “If you are used to standing up for yourself a lot of the time, you...

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Leadership insight: Clive Johnson, group head of health and safety at Land Securities

Johnson has a small team of direct reports and very definite ideas about how to manage them. He has no time for micromanagement, he says, but believes in trusting his staff and sees his role as creating the environment for them to thrive. “I ask them ‘what can I do to help you do your job better?’ It’s crucial a leader asks that.” His interest in his direct reports’ work-life balance ext...

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CPD Stars: Professional development opportunities are all around you, says Joshua Rice CFIOSH, chair of the IOSH Hazardous Industries Group.

As a safety professional, like any professional, I need to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and aligned to current regulations, understanding, and better practices to ensure I give correct, accurate, relevant, and timely advice to my employer regarding safety matters.   This is no different to a doctor learning about new medicines or surgical practices, or a joiner learning about ...

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Leadership insight: Neil Lennox, head of safety and security Sainsbury's

Leadership insight: Neil Lennox, head of safety and security Sainsbury's Neil Lennox says one of the most important things he has learned is not to feign knowledge. “Be honest. You’ll never know everything, and if you don’t know something, don’t try to bluff it. “One of my frustrations years ago was learning all the regulations by rote. I don’t expect people to know everything by hear...

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CPD Stars: Shermin Shali Tech IOSH

CPD stars Shermin Shali Tech IOSH is occupational health, safety and environment (OHSE) manager at Tebodin in the Middle East (UAE). She says CPD has played a crucial role in progressing her career to date. Being in this profession, you are required to promote safety and health in workplaces, to all employees and across all job functions. Hence safety and health professionals are crucial ...

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