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Conference Speakers


Julian Worricker
Presenter, BBC

Julian Worricker is currently a presenter for the BBC News Channel’s rolling news and the BBC World Service’s Weekend World Today programme. He has been a familiar voice on BBC radio since 1985 presenting on various programmes across BBC Radio 4, including Any Answers?, You & Yours and Last Word.

Over the years he has reported from around the world on breaking international news stories, covered UK general elections, commentated on Royal events, and announced Ryder Cup and Ashes victories. Julian was entertainingly ‘photobombed’ by the Queen, live on BBC News, when she visited the BBC news room. Over the years he has won several broadcasting and journalism awards.


Opening Address

Martin Riley
Chairman, Mineral Products Association &
Senior Vice President, Tarmac

Martin is a UK Business Leader, who has been Senior Vice President of Tarmac since 2016. He has responsibility for around 7,000 employees and over 400 sites, working as part of the executive team at CRH, a leading global diversified building materials group.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction and mineral products sector, with a career that spans a range of leadership positions, including general manager, executive director and board level roles. Martin plays a prominent role in a number of industry and government leadership groups, and is currently the Chairman of the MPA, and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) with a key focus on industry safety standards, competence, skills and education.

He began his career as a Higher Apprentice and is a qualified Highways and Mining Engineer. He is passionate about career development, diversity and youth training.


Safer & Healthier by Leadership – what have we learned so far?

Darren Broadhead
Managing Director
Broadhead Global: Health and Safety Leadership specialist. Transforming Performance. Transforming Businesses

Darren Broadhead is a global leadership specialist in health, safety and well-being. He’s also a Chartered Fellow of IOSH. His expertise is in transforming the performance of senior management teams from the CEO, MD and directors to their junior managers and teams – and, ultimately, their organisations.

Because Darren is making a very real difference to businesses, his work takes him all over the world – across six continents, in over 50 countries. Over the last 25 years, he’s worked in a broad range of sectors including construction, construction materials, quarrying, manufacturing, automotive, aeronautical, food and drink and packaging.

Darren works with global organisations that aspire to perform at high levels. Nearly all of his work is through recommendation and referrals.

You can find out more about Broadhead Global here:


Interactive Panel Session 1 | Isolation – converting the message into practice

Gary Langton
Operations Manager London & Home Counties
Brett Aggregates

Over 40 years’ experience in the heavy building materials industry, specialising in quarrying, recycling, asphalt, concrete, landfill, marine aggregates and special products. Gary has been involved in a range of high-profile projects including the Olympic Stadium and village, Canary Wharf, Centre Court at Wimbledon and the Channel Tunnel rail link.

Gary believes the key to success in any organisation is tapping into its people and working collaboratively. “People are the foundation of any business, a fact which is too often overlooked.”

Gary is a happy family man with four children, one grandson and one on the way! Away from the job he enjoys long country walks with his wife and dog and is a keen clay pigeon shooter.

Adam Green
National Operational Performance Manager

Adam has 22 years experience working in manufacturing, 7 of which have been in the Building Products sector with Tarmac where he has held national engineering and operational roles.

He is currently heading up the Building Products Operational Performance team covering 5 national business’. His team informs, challenges and supports each business to improve in the areas of Asset Compliance & Performance, Engineering Projects & standards, Mobile Plant, Quality and Energy optimisation.

Prior to this he worked for one of the UKs largest printing groups starting as a front line machine setter-maintainer and progressing to training, departmental and later divisional manufacturing roles.

He is currently a Level 7 apprentice studying for a MSc in Manufacturing Leadership with the Manufacturing Institute and Lancaster University Management School.

Andy Taylor
Health & Safety Director, France & UK

Andy has worked for CEMEX for the last 25 years in a range of increasingly senior health and safety roles, ensuring a diverse knowledge of the hazards and risks associated with various product sectors. Most recently, over the last 12 years, Andy has supported the business in the UK as Health and Safety Director, lately also adding responsibility for France. He is the longest serving current member on the MPA Health and Safety Committee. At all times Andy retains the practical approach he learnt as a Graduate Civil Engineer over a period of 6 years on site.

Throughout his career, Andy has supported the team in CEMEX with the development of an open, innovative and committed health and safety culture, which has been regularly recognised with Awards from organisations such as MPA, RoSPA and DuPont. The best reward however is ensuring everyone returns home uninjured, which is reflected in the reduction in serious injuries seen in CEMEX, down from over 150 per year back in 2005, to the low single figures observed today.

Communications – Clearer, Simpler, Smarter: Lessons from Piper Alpha

Steve Rae
Executive Director
Step Change in Safety

Steve Rae has 35 plus years’ experience in the International Oil and Gas Industry. Having entered the Industry, as an Offshore Technician, he happened to find himself onboard Piper Alpha on July 6th, 1988. Having survived the horrific events of that night Steve chose to continue working in the Industry where he went on to become an accomplished executive.

Throughout his time in Industry Steve has held several senior positions such as Vice President (VP) QHSE, VP International Drilling Operations, Country Manager & VP Business Development. He also served IADC as Chairman and Ex – Officio of the North Sea Chapter. In 2013 he received the IADC “Val Hood” award for services to the Drilling Industry. Steve was a member of the UK “Step Change in Safety” Leadership Team from 2007/2011 and Chairman of Statoil’s (Brazil) Aiming High Group in 2014/15. The experience gained throughout his time in Industry has provided him with a unique perspective on Safety Culture, effective Team Leadership and Workforce Engagement from “boardroom to coalface”.

Steve has recently taken up the position as Executive Director with Step Change in Safety which in his own words he views as “a perfect fit for his experience and desire to make the offshore industry a safer place”. Prior to taking up his new position Steve was the Operations Director with Well-Safe Solutions a tier one company whom specialize in Well Plug and Abandonment services. Steve is also Chairman of the Pound for Piper Charity whom exist to provide support towards the up-keep of the Piper Rose Gardens and Memorial located in Aberdeen.

Steve qualified as an Electrical Technician through a traditional City and Guilds program. In 1996 he returned to Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, graduating in 2000 with an International MBA.


Interactive Panel Session 2 | Zero Harm – viewpoint from other industries

Rachel Butler
Group HSSQ

A motivated individual proven to inspire change and deliver improvement in the construction industry. Having gained a qualification in occupational safety and health, Rachel’s experience started at Styles & Wood Group before progressing to well-known fit out companies TSK and Overbury (A Morgan Sindall Group Company) before joining multiple award winning property development contractor; DeTrafford.

As a Chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Rachel’s passion, dedication and commitment to positively influence across the industry is second to none.

Trevor Stapleton 
Health and Safety Manager 
Oil & Gas UK

Trevor Stapleton is a Civil Engineer and holds an MSc in Construction Engineering from Leeds University and an MBA from Aberdeen Business School; he is also a Chartered Safety Professional (MIOSH) and a Practitioner member of IEMA. He has over 36 years of industry experience, spending most of that time with BP where he acquired a range of skills in the areas of HSE, supply chain, engineering and operations management in their Downstream and Upstream businesses. He has held senior HSE and Offshore Installation Manager positions and is a graduate of BP’s MIT Operations Academy. In his current position as Health & Safety Manager for OGUK, he is helping lead the industry response to the hydrocarbon reduction challenge set by the HSE as well as driving improvements in the areas of occupational health and aviation safety. Trevor is currently co-chair of the Safety Alerts & Moments Work Group run by Step Change in Safety and is a committee member of the IOSH Offshore Group.

Steven Van Niekerk
Head of Assurance
HS1 Limited

Steven Van Niekerk is a Chartered safety professional and member of IOSH, and has been working within the safety and health arena for over 20 years. Steven is actively involved in improving safety for his industry in order to deliver a joint vision to get all sector workers home safe and healthy, every day. Over his career he has worked with a number of small and large companies including multinationals to develop, implement or coach them to continuously improve their management and maturity of health and safety. Steven was a key member of the safety management team at RSSB (Rail Safety & Standards Board) and through this role was able to influence and improve safety across a significant sector both in the UK and abroad. His wider experience includes sectors such as oil and gas, defence contracting, aviation and maritime.

Steven’s current position is the Head of Assurance (HESS) for High Speed One Ltd where he has actively driven improvements to safety performance and reporting. Steven has lead the implementation and adoption of the Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3) across the business and supply chain with a focus on activity based measures while not taking eyes off the outcome (lagging) indicators.

Through his work with High Speed 1 and RSSB he sits on a number of industry policy groups, boards and several regulatory and pan industry advisory groups at both national and international level. In carrying out these duties he has been in a leading role in developing the governance arrangements and assuring the industry, including its regulators, that their needs are being addressed.

Closing Remarks

Nigel Jackson
Chief Executive
Mineral Products Association

Nigel Jackson graduated in Geology from King’s College, University of London in 1974 and has 45 years’ experience working in the mining, quarrying, construction, and waste industries in a variety of differing but predominantly senior management roles.

He is currently Chief Executive of the Mineral Products Association, Chairman of the CBI Minerals Group, a founding member of the UK Minerals Forum, a Vice President of the European Aggregates Association and an officer of the Construction Products Association.

He is a Chartered Geologist and Scientist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.