Branch AGM nominees

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

Name: Linda McGravey
Committee Role: Chair and Secretary
Supporting statement: I would like to continue to work with the Tees Branch – I feel we are a good committee who provides seminars of relevant topics for the Tees members.

I was Treasurer and Secretary for 2 years, but in 2017 took the role of Chair and Secretary (although at the moment we still don’t have a volunteer for the Treasurer so I have been keeping that until I step down from Chair or find a willing volunteer).

I am organised and have the time from work to do (and the support of my manager) so I am happy to remain as Secretary.  I am willing to still act as advisor to the new Treasurer to ensure a smooth handover (if and when we get a volunteer)

I enjoy giving and organising the seminars and assisting members of the Tees Branch.

I understand the code because of my role as a Peer Interviewer and have to question others on the code of conduct so fully understand the implications.

Name: Peter Marshall
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: I have been a committee member for a significant number of years, and have held several Branch Officer roles including Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair.  I have maintained an active involvement with the branch recently and have taken part in organising speakers for seminars for September last year and March this year.  I feel that I provide a lot of experience to the committee, and welcome the opportunity to take part in assisting and mentoring professional colleagues.

Name: Jonathan Backhouse
Committee Role: Vice Chair
Supporting statement: I would like to put myself forward for a second time as Vice-Chair.  I have been a committee member of the IOSH Teesside Branch (since May 2010)

  • Communication co-ordinator (2012-2014);
  • Education and Development Adviser (EDA) aka Mentor, (2015 – 2018);
  • Web-champion (2017 – 2018);
  • Vice Chair (2017 – present day).

My role has included, to date, helping organise speakers, and speaking annually at the branch; in addition, I continue to provide support and guidance with regards to professional development of the branch members and visitors to the Teesside Branch.  I have helped, in the last year, the succession of executive members to take on roles including mentor, web-champion and communications coordinator.  I have been able to attend the majority of branch events, and meetings; I will continue to commit to future meetings.

Name: Nathan Taylor
Committee Role: Committee Member
Supporting statement: I am currently a Substantive Crew Manager within Cleveland Fire Brigade awaiting a permanent post as a Substantive Watch Manager after completing the promotion process. I am the current (and only) Line Rescue Instructor for Cleveland Fire Brigade awaiting confirmation of my Diploma in Specialist Rescue. Within my role, I am also a station-based Fire Safety Auditor performing inspections on Shops and Offices within our brigade area. I’m also a CAVA assessor for watch members in development, working towards the level 3 NVQ for their role.

My current IOSH status is TechIOSH having completed the NEBOSH General Certificate and the NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate. Currently I’m awaiting the result of my re-submitted NCC2 for the NEBOSH Construction Certificate after falling six marks short in my first attempt but successfully passing the NCC1. Presently, I’m working towards my Level Six ProQual Health and Safety Diploma which will allow me to move up to GradIOSH and then work towards my CMIOSH.

I’m a registered IOSH trainer and deliver Working Safely and Managing Safely on behalf of Infratec-UK. I also provide Qualsafe 1st Aid and Fire Warden training and City and Guilds Confined Space Rescue and Safe Work at Height. I have developed Emergency Confined Space Rescue Plans for SUEZ waste and recycling LTD and devised site exercises to help develop their response teams.

As well as IOSH I am a member of the IFE at GiFireE and the Chartered Management Institute at ACMI.

I have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for Health and Safety including collaborating with leaders from different organisations to educate and develop their employees to be more safety conscious and promote a positive Health and Safety culture.