Safer Highways is delighted to announce that Lawrence Waterman OBE, Chairman of the British Safety Council, has very kindly agreed to be one of our chairs at this year’s SHL!ve event.

Taking place at the iconic Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, on the 11th September, SHL!ve will present a unique opportunity for delegates to not only hear about but also see and experience what our peers are doing to innovate with the common goal of keeping those who work and travel upon our roads safe and well.

An event ambitiously titled as the first collaborative showcase of innovation in Health, Safety and Wellbeing exclusively for the sector SHL!ve will, as part of ground-breaking conference sessions, innovation trails showcasing best practice, and live demonstrations from thought leaders of products and services which can affect a better, safer working environment deliver a day where those of all levels from early careers to senior directors can further their knowledge

Lawrence is managing partner at the Park Health and Safety Partnership and was formerly head of health and safety for the London Olympic Delivery Authority as well as being a past president of IOSH.

Speaking about the announcement Martin Worthington, Chairman of the Safer Highways advisory board said,

“Lawrence is a health and safety legend; he oversaw the zero death safety record of the London 2012 Olympics, and his deep knowledge of health and safety culture emits from every word he utters.

“His experience will, we know, give delegates a significant insight into precisely what excellence in health and safety should look like.

“We are delighted that he has given up his valuable time to be one of our chairs at what is, essentially a game-changing event in the Highways sector.”

Lawrence has previously been a member of:

  • HSE Science Strategy Committee
  • HSE Horizon Scanning Intelligence Group
  • Council of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the UK parliament’s oldest joint committee (Lords and Commons) which seeks to bring scientists, technologists and politicians together to help develop understanding and policy
  • CONIAC Occupational Health Working Party, a Government committee which develops health policy for the construction industry
  • Health and Safety Board of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Lawrence was Project Director for the occupational health pilot Constructing Better Health and chaired the working party which developed guidance on health and safety management systems (Systems in Focus), and is the author of chapters in books on health and safety published by the Institute of Directors, and other commercial publishers on a number of topics. He was the recipient (jointly) of the 1995 Institution of Civil Engineers medal for Safety in Construction and in 2005 of the RoSPA Distinguished Service Award.

He was also honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to health and safety at the Safety and Health Excellence Awards gala night on 11 April 2018.