HSENI senior management team

Bryan Monson - deputy chief executive

After graduating from Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Bryan Monson completed a PhD in Geology in 1993 and subsequently worked on a number of mining projects in Europe and North America.

HSENI Deputy Chief Executive Bryan Monson
Deputy Chief Executive Dr Bryan Monson

In 1994 Bryan joined the Health and Safety Division, DED, as an Inspector and following the creation of HSENI IN 1999, he was promoted to Principal Inspector in 2000. 

En route, Bryan completed professional qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health and Explosives Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS), a member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers (MIExpE) and a member of the Institute of Quarrying (MIOQ). 

In February 2006 Bryan was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive and holds the position of Head of HSENI's Field Operations Division.

Nikki Monson - deputy chief executive

Nikki graduated with a BSc in Geology from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1990. After working as a Personnel Officer for Dale Farm and a Training Officer for the YMCA, she joined the Health and Safety Division as a Health and Safety Inspector in 1994.

Deputy Chief Executive Nikki Monson
Deputy Chief Executive Nikki Monson

Following the creation of HSENI in 1999, Nikki worked on the set up of HSENI’s Information and Advisory Service and was promoted to the position of Principal Inspector in 2002. During her time as Principal Inspector Nikki had responsibility for training, which included the training of new inspectors. Nikki was also responsible for the delivery of the HSENI and district council strategy for the better regulation of health and safety at work in Northern Ireland, alongside the provision of HSENI’s corporate support arrangements.

In January 2014 Nikki was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive and holds the position of Head of HSENI’s Specialist Sectors Division.

Louis Burns - deputy chief executive 

Having graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, Louis obtained a MA in Industrial Psychology (First Class) in 1992 from University College Dublin. Following this he trained and worked as a health and safety consultant and then took up a position of Safety Manager with Guinness Northern Ireland Limited. Louis then became the Business Risk manager with Guinness Limited (formerly Guinness Brewing Worldwide) until he joined the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

HSENI Deputy Chief Executive Louis Burns
Deputy Chief Executive Louis Burns

On joining HSENI, Louis has been an inspector in the Disciplined Services Sector. During this period he developed and reviewed HSENI’s policies and procedures on investigation and prosecutions. In 2005 he became a Principal Inspector and in 2007 he set up HSENI’s Major Investigation Team where he was responsible for the management and oversight of investigations and prosecutions arising out of fatalities and the most serious accidents at work in Northern Ireland.

In 2017 Louis was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive and holds the position of Head of HSENI's Services Division.

Kevin Neeson - acting deputy chief executive

Kevin graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2004 with a BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and subsequently worked in the plant hire industry.

Image of HSENI Acting Deputy Chief Executive Kevin Neeson
Acting Deputy Chief Executive Kevin Neeson

Kevin joined HSENI in 2009 and completed professional qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health and additional qualifications in respect of Electrical Safety and High Voltage Power Systems and has worked as an Inspector in the Transport and Utilities Group. In 2015 he became the COMAH Inspector within the Major Hazards Group. During this period he reviewed and developed emergency planning arrangements for major hazard sites with co-regulators and designated authorities.

In 2017 he became Principal Inspector of the Major Hazards, Gas & Transport Group.

In June 2020 Kevin was promoted to Acting Deputy Chief Executive and holds the position of Head of HSENI's Services Division.

HSENI Senior Management Team meeting minutes