Branch AGM nominees

The following nominees are eligible for election to the Branch committee.

Name: Derek Howitt
Committee Role: Programme Secretary
Supporting statement: I have been a committee member for a period of over two years, I am currently undertaking the role of program secretary and wish to continue in this role. I have recently completed my NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and upgraded my membership to GradIOSH.

Name: Ellie Apperly
Committee Role: Chair
Supporting statement: I have been in the NE Scotland committee for the last 6 years in various different roles including Comms Co-Ordinator and Vice Chair. I now feel that this is the time to offer to take on the Chair role and take forward the great work that we have done over the last few years. I am passionate about IOSH and offering a great service to our members and developing/ inspiring a younger generation of Health and Safety professionals coming through.

Name: Adam Brown
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: As an HSEQ Manager working for an SME involved in developing, manufacture, and supply of chemicals to the global Oil and Gas, and Energy Sectors, I have a keen interest in the sharing of best practise. With a background in chemistry, I’ve had the opportunity to take products from initial design through to field deployment, experiencing all of the operations and controls that this entails; from office to lab to offshore. Gaining knowledge from others’ first-hand experience has been invaluable and, appreciating this, I’m happy to try and pass along what I can for others. I formally joined the local branch committee last year as an ordinary member having served as a co-opted member the year previous. The events hosted by the NE Scotland branch have been diverse and always raise areas for further consideration. If elected, I would hope to continue to facilitate these events as well as provide assistance and continued value for the members of the branch where possible.

Name: Kevin Hendry
Committee Role: Secretary
Supporting statement: I have now been involved in the local branch for coming up to 5 years; now being the longest serving committee member. Previously I have held the post of branch treasurer for 2 years and ensured that the branch had healthy, well balance accounts with the committee receiving regular updates and submitting year-end accounts to IOSH HQ The NEoS branch has a bright future, especially with its involvement with local schools/education in promoting Health and Safety as a career choice. I wish to be considered as branch secretary to keep be involved and also to gain knowledge and experience within the role as branch secretary.

Name: Bruce Spence
Committee Role: Vice Chair
Supporting statement: I have been the Branch Chair for the past year and intend to support the incoming Chair in the role of Vice Chair (Immediate Past Chair).

Name: Roderick Laird
Committee Role: Treasurer
Supporting statement: I have been a member of the North East of Scotland IOSH Branch since returning from Qatar in 2015, supporting them on the committee as Member, Vice Chair, Chair.

For the 2018/19 year I have once more acted as Vice Chair (Past Chair / Mentor) and as shadow Treasurer. As shadow treasurer have assisted the chair with budgets and accounts, so moving into the position for the 2019 / 20 year would be the anticipated progression.

Name: Yvonne Gilfillan
Committee Role: Secretary
Supporting statement: I have been involved with the IOSH North East of Scotland branch for the past two years, initially co-opted to the Committee as Educational Engagement Coordinator to help drive forward the branch's commitment to delivering the Work 2022 Strategy. During my time at the branch, I have taken great pleasure in (a) promoting the branch and IOSH; (b) representing the Branch and reporting on the IOSH Annual Conferences (2017 and 2018); (c) contributing to Branch strategic planning, CPD and other events' (d) promoting IOSH as a first career choice across my education and employability contacts; (e) encouraging meeting attendance by some IOSH members who had previously lost interest; (f) encouraged the widening of presentation topics to ensure all industry sectors are catered for; and (g) taking and preparing meeting minutes in the absence of the Secretary. I am and remain committed to the North East of Scotland Branch and its members.