Minutes of HSENI Senior Management Team meeting - September 2020

Minutes of the SMT meeting held on Wednesday 2 September 2020 at 10:45am (via zoom)


  • R Kidd - Chair and Chief Executive
  • L Burns - Deputy Chief Executive
  • N Monson - Deputy Chief Executive
  • B Monson - Deputy Chief Executive
  • K Neeson - Deputy Chief Executive

1. Apologies

There were no apologies.

2. Minutes of the previous meeting

The minutes from the 1 July meeting were agreed.

3. Action Points

There were no action points not covered by the agenda.

4. Corporate Health, Safety and Welfare 

It was agreed that the revised guidance on inspections which would be shared with all staff inviting comments before finalising. It was also agreed to issue the note based on comments from the Construction team to all staff in light of the rising R value.

5. Audit, Risk Management and Finance 

Budget deficit continues to be a risk.

Emerging Risks

Challenges around EU Exit – Timing on key decisions which impact on legislation and appointment of necessary staff in a timely manner. Staffing generally was noted. Regulatory Training Programme testing of online has produced some issues which need to be resolved.

Potential second Covid spike – SMT noted how well staff had worked flexibly to assist teams experiencing greater demands.

6. HR

SMT noted the upcoming Principal Inspector and Complaints Officer competitions. It was agreed that L Burns will replace B Monson on the Decision Making Committee which covers Personal Protective Equipment. There was a discussion on other HR issues.

7. Case and Project Work 

Major Investigation Team (MIT) update

SMT noted the case numbers currently with MIT.

EU Exit / Transition period

SMT discussed the roles and responsibilities and the possible resource implications which are emerging. L Burns is preparing a paper which will be used to update the board at the next meeting.

8. Business Planning

2020-21 Operating Plan revision was discussed. R Kidd to contact Private Office so it can be shared with the committee.

9. Performance Monitoring 

B Monson talked through the latest performance statistics. 

10. Board Business

SMT noted that there would be a number of issues on which to update the board.

11. Any other business 

A note to circulate regarding updated procedures. A new charity calendar is being produced by Dermot Breen and staff will have the opportunity to preorder a copy.

12. Date of next meeting

The next meeting is to be decided subject to Principal Inspector interview dates and end of year report board meeting.