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Martin Coyd OBE

Head of Health Safety

Martin Coyd is a leading Health & Safety Professional in the construction industry and is Head of Health Safety, Construction at Mace.  He has had executive roles at Lendlease, where he was Head of H&S for Europe, and at Skanska.  He has had the privilege of being involved in some of the most iconic projects in the past 20 years of developing the built environment.

Martin has a wealth of experience in Health & Safety and has a huge passion for the Health and Wellbeing element of the role.  He was appointed as Chair of the Build UK (formerly UKCG) Occupational Health Group and chaired the Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) Construction Group.  Martin sits on the Health in Construction Leadership Group, The CONIAC Health Group and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Health & Safety Committee.

Born and bred in Warrington, Martin began his construction career at sixteen years of age as a Chainboy with Fairclough Tunnelling.

Martin spent 18 years in the Royal Engineers, as a soldier and as an instructor, serving in many and varied operational theatres and finished his time at the Royal School of Military Engineering.

Martin was instrumental in establishing the sport of Rugby League, initially in the Army, and the wider Armed Forces, appointed as the Foundation Secretary of both Army RL in 1994 and Combined Services RL in 1997.

Outside of work Martin has a huge passion for Rugby League, still playing Masters at 51.  He spent four years as a member of The Rugby League Council and The Rugby League Community Board, stepping down at the end of 2016.  He is Chair of Wheelchair Rugby League in England and also Chair of the London RL Youth, Junior & Primary League.  He is Manager of the England Wheelchair Rugby League Team and led them to become European Champions in 2015.

He trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and delivers courses around the country for those involved in Construction and Rugby League.

Martin is a Stonewall Champion and was named in the Financial Times OUTstanding Global Top 30 LGBT Executive Allies list in 2015.  In 2016, he was shortlisted for British LGBT Awards Straight Ally Award.

Martin was awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.

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