We are delighted to announce that Shirley has been nominated for the SHP “Most influential person in Health & Safety” award.
The SHP website outlines the reasons she has been nominated as:
In 2020 many thousands of people who Shirley has helped via her company over the last 15 years have helped their organisations manage their COVID-19 response. The company was also very fast to bring the health & safety communities together in the early stages of the pandemic, with knowledge sharing in both the UK and US. In the UK, many main contractors shared what they were doing weekly on a Teams platform hosted and chaired by her company. To celebrate 15 years of Shirley Parsons she led her company to raise over £1,500 for charity.
Prior to setting up Shirley Parsons Ltd in 2005, Shirley set up Sypol some 40 years ago and her first link with Health & Safety came in 1990 with the development of the COSHH helpline which is still well used today by companies throughout the world.
James Pomeroy, Group Health, Safety, Environment and Security Director at Lloyd's Register, said:
“I am delighted that Shirley has been recognised in this way. At an IOSH event a few years ago we were all asked who has had the most influence on their career. Most spoke about previous bosses or mentors and I spoke for 2 minutes about Shirley and had the comment “she’s not really a practitioner”. And that is the key contribution that she brings to many senior H&S professionals. She is not an active practitioner, but she understands more about Health & Safety than most of us. And she is very happy to share her knowledge, her contacts, her network and her advice with everybody. Her real contribution and even her legacy to the Health & Safety community is the concept of altruistic service – helping and supporting professionals in their careers and supporting businesses to develop stronger and more effective HSE functions.”
We think Shirley deserves the award for a lifetime dedicated to helping people in health and safety. If you agree, please cast your vote for her by clicking the link below and picking her name on the voting form.