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Shirley Parsons were proud to partner with and exhibit at The Safety Health Environment Show’s North East conference at the Hilton, Newcastle Gateshead on Tuesday 28th March.
The SHE Show, which celebrated its 10th anniversary, was a huge success and saw hundreds of people from the HSEQ industry come together to discuss latest trends and priorities for the future.
The conference centered around people, behaviour and culture change and focused on 6 key areas including overcoming adversity and resilience, mental health and wellbeing, behaviour and culture change, climate change and sustainability, inspirational leadership and legal advice.
These themes were explored by a line-up of dynamic speakers including Writer, Poet and Futurist Ed Gillespie, Stress Superhero Dr Helen Garr, Tin Man Justin Manley, Bruce Durham, Mark Scoggins, Bob Cummins, Stewart Hill and Duncan Aspin.
Liam Tiddy, Shirley Parsons Head of Search said:
“The line-up of speakers were great in representing the key themes of the conference. Everyone was engaged in detailed and high-quality discussion on important topics for the HSEQ industry. Shirley Parsons was pleased to be represented there and it was encouraging to see so many people from the industry contributing and enjoying the event.”
The packed programme started with a networking evening drinks and dinner reception which saw Solicitor Advocate at Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP, Mark Scoggins recall the most memorable details of the high-profile cases he has handled; A life in the law: 45 years in the criminal courts.
Ed Gillespie kicked off the main conference with his talk on climate change and sustainability. He gave a broad understanding of the urgent interconnected challenges and mega-trends that are aligning to create today’s ‘polycrisis’ of climate change, biodiversity loss, inequality etc and key insights into the errors, mindsets and mistakes that have got us into this ‘hot mess’.
Wellbeing GP Dr Helen Garr followed with an energetic session on the ‘what, why and how of stress’. What – What you need to know about stress and what your doctor is really worried about. Why – Why not all stress is bad and why understanding the secret signs of stress can unleash your stress superpower. How – How 3 little words and some magic tricks will enable you to turn off the stress switch in 60 seconds or less.
Other guest speakers included Bruce Durham, from Huddle Culture. Bruce ran a session on body language for EHS leaders and gave tools to help develop more psychological safety in your team. Justin Manley, nicknamed the Tin Man after an industrial accident in 2015, shared the devastating consequences of that day and how fatigue was a contributory factor of what virtually cost him his life.
Bob Cummins, Director at Sodak, also spoke about the importance of words matching actions to create a culture of certainty and Stewart Hill, a former army officer for 18 years, led a session on Choosing Coherent Leadership.
‘Choosing Coherent Leadership, aligning our values and building trust so we can become true representatives of what our business stands for.’
The legal updates and advice were provided by Mark Scoggins, Solicitor Advocate at Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP, with practical tips on how to set up an internal investigation into an untoward event.
Dr Helen Garr, The Wellbeing GP helped make sense of stress and taught how to switch off stress hormones with a personalised stress speedbump that only takes 60 seconds.
Duncan Aspin, HSEQS and Information Management Director at VolkerStevin, oversaw the conference and spoke about his extensive experience in designing and implementing successful behaviour change within organisations and championing embracing a positive, inclusive and solution focused culture.
Shona Paterson, Director of Talent at Shirley Parsons said:
"It was a great line up of speakers as always and it was an insightful and thought provoking day. Great opportunity to network with senior SHE leaders and to tell them more about our personality profiling tool, MAPP, and how they can use it with there existing teams to create high performing HSEQ teams."
The SHE Show returns later in the year for the South and North West conferences and the team will look forward to being present. However before then, Shirley Parsons has a busy programme of events ahead.
The next instalment of Beyond HSEQ is taking place on the 4th May at the headquarters of Informa Markets in London. Hosted alongside The Speakers Gym, and in collaboration with SHP - Health and Safety News and Safety & Health Expo, it will explore the concept of human connection in today's rapidly changing world.
Key discussion points will include exploring your biggest fears and threats to what you do, reconnecting with the very human essence of what you do and developing communication skills to influence at the top level of your organisation.