A far cry from ‘Elf & Safety’

Date published: 12 September 2016

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) manages safety and health in Northern Ireland’s highest risk industries, including farming, construction, waste / recycling and quarrying.

Hilary Singleton

The HSENI Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation, constructively challenging the HSENI Executive team in their planning and delivery, maintaining links with the sponsoring Department for the Economy, and ensuring the highest standards of financial and corporate governance are observed by the organisation at all times.

Hilary Singleton, current Vice Chairperson of the Board and Chair of HSENI’s crucially important Audit and Risk Management Committee, gives her thoughts on what it is like to work as part of HSENI and what she enjoys about her role on the Board.

“Whilst health and safety might not naturally be people’s first choice of a public appointment, I have to say I saw it as a great challenge and am thoroughly enjoying the role. It is vitally important work – at its heart HSENI is about working with others to avoid workers being killed or seriously hurt at work “.

Hilary continued ...

My role as a Board member is to help create the space for the organisation to operate; challenging the team as necessary to think differently, learn from others or do better, and also to promote and support the work publicly. On the audit and risk side it is my role to help ensure HSENI meets all of its corporate governance and financial responsibilities – this ensures HSENI retains credibility and public support which is crucial for any regulator.

My experience of HSENI is that it is a team of people who believe in the importance of the work they do and who are wholeheartedly committed to ensuring Northern Ireland retains its high standards of health and safety. It is a privilege to be part of the organisation and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

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