Meet our speakers

Alexis Powell-Howard
Managing Director
Fortis Therapy and Training

Alexis Powell-Howard is the Managing Director at Fortis Therapy & Training, a multi award-winning therapeutic and emotional wellbeing service working to deliver the gold standard in the mental health services sector.

Fortis provide a range of services to organisations, schools, police, local authorities and individuals across the UK including therapy for all ages, coaching, training and reflective practice. Fortis provide and support a whole organisational approach to wellbeing, culture change and use a trauma-informed approach.

Alexis is also an experienced leader and manager, a BACP accredited and experienced psychotherapist, systemic practitioner, supervisor, trainer, mediator, and coach, passionate about therapeutic approaches and how effective they can be to help individuals, organisations and schools, to move through difficult times.

The host of the Keeping the Peace Podcast in partnership with Oscar Kilo (The National Police Wellbeing Service), a TEDx and professional speaker too, Alexis founded Fortis in 2012 with a vision to deliver high quality, effective and accessible therapeutic services across the UK.

A regular on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Humberside, contributing expert and host of live webinars, seminars, conferences, and podcasts.

Callum Irvine
Global Vice President of Safety & Security
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Callum is the Global Vice President Of Safety & Security for IHG Hotels & Resorts, setting the safety and security strategy for 6,000 hotels across more than 100 countries. Having joined IHG this summer, Callum was previously the HSE practice leader for Deloitte, during the most challenging periods of the pandemic. Callum lead a team of specialist consultants advising clients across all sectors on health, safety and environmental management – including COVID-19 response and controls. Callum is also a IIRSM Council Member.

Dan Hipkiss
Performance Coach and Facilitator
Cleartrack Performance Limited

Dan Hipkiss is a Performance Coach specialising in leadership, team and individual development. An ex-professional rugby player with Leicester Tigers, Bath and England Dan won four Premiership and one Anglo-Welsh Title and has 13 International caps playing in 2007 World Cup Final.

Dan was forced to retire through injury in 2013 and spent time initially as a project manager in the construction industry before entering the world of facilitation, coaching and consulting. Dan now uses a range of experiences from the world of elite sport and business to inform his coaching and leadership ethos, sharing his intimate knowledge of high performance teams and leadership.

Dee Arp
Chief Operating Officer

Dee Arp is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner of IOSH and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. Dee moved into occupational health and safety 20 years ago whilst working at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

After becoming a qualified health and safety practitioner; she taught on a wide range of courses and worked with several boards to implement safety governance. Prior to joining NEBOSH; Dee held the roles of Course Developer and Head of Occupational Safety for RoSPA. As NEBOSH’s Chief Operating Officer Dee has responsibility for providing leadership on all matters relating to qualification development and assessment of NEBOSH qualifications and compliance matters, including learning partner accreditation.

Dee previously studied with Cambridge University for the Certificate of Continuing Education (Principles and Practice of Assessment) and is now undertaking further study with Cambridge University for a Masters in Education.

Dr. Chris Payne
Chief Executive

Chris joined NEBOSH as Chief Executive in 2020 to lead our charity through an ongoing transformation. He is an accomplished, people-driven CEO with 26 years of experience operating across multiple sites in education, training and qualifications sector, including leading charities and commercial organisations. Chris’s success includes the transformation of three organisations into profitable entities using high-level marketing and commercial expertise, strategy development, underpinned with building effective partnerships and putting people first.

His “people first” ethos combined with a track record of transformation, innovation and commercialisation means he is well placed to guide NEBOSH through its ongoing strategic response to COVID-19, creating a new era and long-term future for its people, partners, learners and industry.

Ed Corbett
Head of Human Factors and Organisational Psychology
Health and Safety Executive

Ed is a Chartered Psychologist and leads on Human Factors and Organisational Psychology at HSE’s Science Division. He has worked on a broad range of consultancy and research projects over his career, and previously worked in the Offshore Oil and Gas and Maritime Sectors. His work has covered topics such as task and equipment design, human reliability, competence assurance, and staff selection and development. He was also involved in the development and launch of HSE’s Management Standards for work related stress.

Since returning to HSE in 2016, he has worked extensively on the topics of health and safety leadership development, and incident investigation training. He is a member of several Human Factors industry groups and contributes to a number of academic journal boards. He has also been involved in developing industry guidance and standards. Following Ed’s current focus on health and safety leadership development, he is undertaking a PhD on this topic at Alliance Manchester Business School.

James Bird
DipNEBOSH GradIOSH CQRM – Senior SHE Manager - Strategic Risk and Behavioural Safety
Kier Highways

James Bird is a Senior SHE Manager at Kier Highways. The organisation’s senior leadership team have tasked James with developing and implementing a Human and Organisational Factors program across the business, which aims to create high reliability systems and teams. He has worked for Kier Highways for seven years and prior to his current appointment, lead the Strategic and Local Highways SHE Teams. He is focussed on creating a successful work environment by harnessing his professional interests in human performance, psychology, risk management and ergonomics.

James Irwin
Irwin & Colton

James Irwin is a Director at Irwin & Colton, UK’s leading specialist health, safety and environment recruitment company. James has recruited, studied, worked and volunteered within health & safety and sustainability for over a decade and holds a double degree in Science and Commerce from Victoria University in New Zealand and has successfully launched businesses in China and the UK.

Jennet Arshimova
Faculty of Occupational H&S Management at the School of Business National Louis University, Poland and member of the RedRisks Media Stream Team
School of Business National Louis University, Poland

A highly experienced health and safety practitioner with 17 years of international experience within energy, healthcare, oil & gas industry. While studying for her MSc degree at Imperial College London, she developed a particular interest in safety culture and risk management.

Jennet is a lecturer at the faculty of Occupational H&S Management at the School of Business National Louis University, Poland. Founder of HSE Academy and Risk Management School in Poland and Ukraine.

In addition to her daily work activities, Jennet is involved in multiple projects outside the business, focusing on risk management and sharing safety-related information among the EU countries. For instances, she is a member of the RedRisks Media Risk and Safety Professional Team (RASP).

In 2021, Jennet received an award ‘Leader of the year in Risk Management’ by the Ukrainian Government.

Maria Anderson
Group Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Maria Anderson is a Chemical Engineer from Colombia, who has worked for many years in various industries and jobs including manufacturing, the chemical industry, and construction. Maria started her Health and Safety Career back in 2005. She was the Health and Safety Manager for the British Museum for four and half years which was a challenging and inspirational role. In 2017 she joined Cambridge University Press & Assessment as its Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing. She is committed to maintaining a just and safe environment for all, where not only physical health and safety is important but where mental health and wellbeing is also a priority and centre stage. She is passionate about self-development and wellbeing.

Matt Powell-Howard
Head of Learning & Partnerships

Matt Powell-Howard graduated in Safety and Environmental Management from the University of Hull and holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of York. He worked initially in the chemical process industry in the UK for a number of top tier COMAH sites before moving on to SHE roles in consultancy, manufacturing, construction, quarrying and the hydrocarbon industries. Matt joined NEBOSH in 2006 and has held various roles since.

Matt is currently the NEBOSH Head of Learning & Partnerships with responsibility for the development of partnered NEBOSH products and qualifications.

He has 20 years’ experience in Health, Safety and Environmental Management and is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner.  

Neeraj Shah
Group Director – EHS
Johnson Matthey

The principle responsibility of Neeraj’s role is to lead and shape Johnson Matthey’s global EHS strategy with the goal of driving improvement and embedding a culture of safety, health and wellbeing working practices. He has responsibility for engaging at all levels of the organisation and promoting cutting edge thinking around the EHS agenda. He works closely with global business leaders to establish best in class EHS management systems, EHS governance frameworks and ways of working in order to promote a culture of leadership, ownership and employee engagement.

Neeraj has over 20 years EHS experience for high risk activities within global companies in food and beverage, utilities, construction, manufacturing, chemicals and mining sectors. He has delivered change programmes in EHS leadership, sustainable development, behavioural safety, process safety and product stewardship in complex organisations resulting in improved EHS performance and culture. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and has an Executive MBA from London Business School.

Richard Byrne
Group Director – HSE and Fleet
Travis Perkins

Having graduated from Aston University with a first class combined honours degree, Richard has amassed more than 20 years’ experience in Health and Safety and across the wider sustainability agenda, the last 12 of which have been at senior leadership levels in large, complex, higher risk businesses. A chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he is currently the Group Director of HSE & Fleet at Travis Perkins Plc. He also holds two non-executive director positions, the first with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust and, the second, with the Considerate Constructors Scheme where he is also chair of their risk committee.

Rogel "Roi" D. Importado
MBA, MSc IDipNEBOSH, IEnvDipNEBOSH, co-Founder of FILSA-UAE and Sr. HSE Supervisor
OSC, Dubai UAE

Rogel Importado is currently Senior HSE Supervisor in an oil and gas support services company in Dubai, UAE where he has worked for more than 15 years. He is the co-Founder and former President of Filipino International League of Safety Advocates (FILSA), a non-profit organization in UAE focusing on the enhancement of competency level of fellow Filipino safety practitioners/professionals in the UAE and in the Philippines.

Prior to being a HSE professional, Rogel was an Engineering Professor in the Philippines for more than seven years and a licensed chemical engineer working in the Research and Development (R&D) Department of a chemical manufacturing company mainly involved in polymers, adhesives and paint.