08:30 - 18:30
Senovazne namesti 13/991, Prague
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The British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic is organising a CEE conference on environmental health & safety which will cover the following topics: Leadership, Culture, Values; Mental health; Performance Reporting; Future risks and opportunities: HSW 2020; Digitization and training centers; EHS Technology; Management of contractors in the area of Health & Safety; ISO 45001 and safety culture

The cross-industry event will bring together C-level executives, Directors, Heads and Leaders of EHS, Occupational Safety, Operations and H&S.

The conference is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic. 



Tim Eldridge, Vice-President, IOSH


TOPIC COVERED: Workplace mental health: prevention strategies and mental health first aiders

  • Is there a difference between mental health, mental ill health, and wellbeing, and if so, is this important for organisations to understand?
  • Common causes of mental ill health both in and out of the workplace – is there a link between workplace and domestic causes and should organisations play apart in addressing both?
  • Prevention strategies and the role of mental health first aiders in the workplace.


BIO: Tim is a Chartered Member of IOSH with over 25 years’ experience in health and safety, working in the UK, Middle East and Australia.
Tim is currently the Global Head of Health and Safety for HSBC bank, leading an international team of health and safety professionals looking after 230,000 employees in 80 countries. Tim also has significant experience with health and safety regulators, as an Inspector for the HSE; and also with the OHS regulators in South Australia and Queensland.
Most recently, Tim has been Chair of IOSH’s Networks Committee – supporting branches, groups, districts and sections in delivering high quality events and services to members, aligned with IOSH’s Work 2022 strategy.  He has been a member of Council since 2016.
Tim has an active interest in the wellbeing agenda, particularly around how employers can enhance employee wellbeing (and productivity) through the physical design of the workplace and nutrition and fitness programmes.

Ron Symonds, Group Head of Environmental Sustainability and Property Business Partner Royal Mail Group

TOPIC COVERED: Positive Male Mind; supporting mental health in men.

  • Understanding mental health in men.
  • Supporting mental health in men.
  • Engaging the organisation in mental health.


BIO: Originally training and qualifying as a Chartered General Practice Surveyor, Ron has worked in local government, for the London Metropolitan Police and more recently at Royal Mail Group. Originally responsible for acquiring and managing corporate real estate, Ron retrained in Health and Safety management and is a Chartered Safety Practitioner and environmental management professional.

Ron has bitter-sweet experience in the mental health space and will bring this experience to bear in talking about the issue of men’s mental health and what Royal Mail Group are doing to support and promote it and general mental health across the Group.

Jaroslaw Marszalek, EHS Director, Skanska Residential Development Europe

TOPICS COVERED: Leadership, Culture and Values

  • Who cares about safety
  • Evolution of safety culture
  • It’s a matter of choice


BIO: Jarosław Marszałek joined Skanska in 2008. For all this years he used to work in EHS field both on construction and development divisions. He spent 9 months in Skanska UK developing his experience in building a real Health and Safety culture. Except his regular duties, he performs roles of Internal Auditor and Innovation Champion for Skanska Residential Development Europe.

Simon Walker, Health & Safety Director, Mount Anvil

TOPICS COVERED: Performance Reporting: 

  • The new wave of performance monitoring tools – online app based performance systems giving you real time data.
  • The role of perception – what you report will help you identify trends and make changes but what about what people do not see? Changing the way you access competency and thus performance.
  • Positive Psychology in performance reporting.


BIO: Simon is Health and Safety Director at property developer Mount Anvil, taking a holistic approach to the safety and wellbeing of staff, recently shortlisted as the Most Influential in Safety for 2018 by SHP Magazine.

Simon’s core philosophy is a willingness to think outside the box, coaching not policing, exemplified by a free Money Doctor financial advice scheme and Phone Home booths allowing workers to call their families.

Simon has many accolades these include 5 stars in the British Safety Council 5 Star Safety audit 2013, 14,15,16,17,18 with the highest score issued by the British Safety Council for such audit and Environmental Audit 2010, 15,16,17,18. Receiver of 9 Sword of Honour’s for Health & Safety Excellence.

Simon has a healthy reputation for his influencing skills. He is an advocate of psychology techniques, designing many of the current behavioural safety systems and author of Divisible by Ego series.

Jiří Novák, EHS manager, Siemens

TOPICS COVERED: Utilising digitization and professional training centers to build EHS culture

  • Present issues and challenges for EHS culture in Czech Republic
  • Concept of professional training centers
  • Virtual Reality EHS trainings as a new trend in EHS promotion


BIO: Jiří Novák, has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Health and Safety. He joined during this time ISS Facility Services, ENGIE, COLFAX – HOWDEN and SUEZ international corporations in Europe territory. He has experience in the EHS scope of facility management, industry (mechanical and electrotechnical production), energy services, gas &oil industry, civil construction. Jiří is currently working in SIEMENS Czech Republic as a Country EHS manager.

Member of the Czech Association for Risk Prevention, by Expert Institute of Health and Safety, Prague

Matthew Rae, Director, Safety and Wellbeing, Vodafone TOPIC COVERED: Technology and Innovation – What does it mean for HSW?

– Health & Safety at work in 2020
– Future risks and opportunities
– How and who to deliver?
BIO: Matthew leads the Global HSW Function for the Vodafone Group. He is a professional with 18 years’ experience managing HSW and risk across multiple geographies and industries including TV and Media, Banking and Telecommunications. He has a special interest in influencing safety standards in emerging markets and developing new and innovative approaches to drive improving HSW performance.
Jiří Michálek, Chief Safety Officer, ArcelorMittal

TOPIC COVERED: Management of contractors in the area of H&S:

  • H&S admission system, evidence and evaluation
  • Consequence management
  • Auditing system
  • Training and development  of contractors


BIO: Jiri Michalek has over 20 years of professional experience in steel manufacturing with wide range of positions & responsibilities held.

He started his career at Nova Hut as Project Engineer, followed by positions as Rolling Mills Director and Transport Plant Director.

For more than ten years he serves as Chief Safety Officer of ArcelorMittal Ostrava, a.s..

His major role has been deploying Journey to Zero program focused on reduction of lost time injuries and standardizations of the processes in the area of H&S.

Kate Field, Global Product Champion – Health and Safety, BSI

TOPIC COVERED: Does ISO 45001 support a strong safety culture?

  • Organizations are often puzzled that the introduction of a safety management system does not always improve safety culture, especially long-term – why is this?
  • The Safety Culture Maturity Model looks at behaviours and 10 elements which are needed for safety culture
  • Does ISO 45001 address these elements?

BIO: Kate Field is BSI’s Global Champion for occupational health and safety. Kate acts as expert and ambassador on OHS, supporting delivery of excellence and expertise across the 193 countries BSI operates in.

With a health and safety career spanning two decades, Kate has authored regulatory and technical guidance, written articles for a range of publications and is a successful global, keynote speaker and presenter.

Kate started her career with the Health and Safety Executive (UK) as a regulatory Inspector before moving into policy development, leading initiatives to tackle health risks. Kate also worked in the private sector, including AgustaWestland (now Leonardo), Bureau Veritas, and easyJet. Kate has run her own consultancy covering a broad range of industries and clients. Prior to joining BSI, Kate was Head of Information and Intelligence at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) leading on a new strategy for research and technical content.

Dr Claire Douglas, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, SCS Railways

TOPIC COVERED: Mental Health at work: the need to adapt

  • Why Mental Health problems have increased significantly
  • The need to adapt
  • Case study detailing how we addressed mental health issues on a large construction project

BIO: Claire is Head of Occupational Health for SCS Railways, a joint construction venture, helping to build the HS2 Railway.  Claire sets the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the project, overseeing Occupational Health provision, the SCS Wellbeing program and working with the Design and Construction teams to introduce innovative ways of reducing exposure to health risks and enhancing Wellbeing,

Prior to working at SCS, Claire was European Manager of Health and Wellbeing at the global technology company Pitney Bowes. Here she set up a team of Wellbeing Champions who helped to roll out a dynamic wellbeing program, including a global resilience workshop.  Resilience, Mental Health First Aid and a Stress Management strategy, (used as a case study by the HSE), were also introduced by Claire in her role as Occupational Health Manager (Strategy) for the John Lewis Partnership, where she worked for seven years.

During a long and varied career in Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Claire has worked in a number of industries including the Film Industry, Pharmaceutical and Engineering. Mental Health has been a particular area of interest and Claire recently gained a Doctorate for her research in to Adapting to Organisational Culture.

Peter Walsh, Director, Business Development, Europe, Gensuite

TOPIC COVERED: EHS Technology: Using an Integrated Platform and Edge Technology to Improve EHS Performance

  • How can technology be deployed to improve EHS and Operational performance?
  • What is best best practice EHS technology today?
  • Edge Technology, how can EHS be moved out of the office, onto the site, and into the hands of the workforce.
BIO: Peter Walsh is an EH&S and Sustainability professional with 25 years’ experience across a diverse range of geographies and roles. His expertise encompasses the full range of EH&S and Sustainability aspects, including socio-economic planning, environmental management, and corporate sustainability performance. He has developed specialist expertise in the use of technology to drive operational excellence and resource efficiency, and has implemented data and process management systems for numerous global clients. Peter has worked for a range of clients across Australia and Europe, in the industrial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, resource and consumer goods sectors. His professional focus is to help companies use EH&S and Sustainability technology to drive improved business performance.


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