With her parents as chefs, Rachel Linstead grew up surrounded by food so it isn’t surprising that she eventually joined the industry herself. As a technologist in the food production development sector at Unilever, for 7 years she was involved in developing many household products that we still use today.
After gaining insight into the science behind food, Rachel later qualified as a personal trainer, eventually becoming senior manager in a health club. In this role, she was in charge of managing a team of 30 and looking after over 3000 members. It was from this role that she got the passion for wanting to help businesses grow through implementing nutrition, positive workplace culture and healthy practices that can help employees thrive.
As a highly qualified business trainer, advisor, coach and mentor, Rachel’s energy is driven by her love for food and nutrition, and the effect this can have on your life. Since setting Firecracker up back in 2011, Rachel Linstead has used her experience and qualifications in nutrition and business coaching to provide support to over 150 businesses, and has touched the lives of over 4500 people.
Rachel is currently studying a Masters in Workplace Health and Wellbeing at University of Nottingham to bring together all her knowledge of wellbeing and nutrition and apply it to the workplace as well as gaining new evidence based knowledge in workplace health and wellbeing to ensure the advice she gives to organisation is clear, concise and accurate.
Neil Pickering trained as an Occupational Hygienist at Rolls-Royce as part of the corporate team, becoming Company Occupational Hygienist before widening into HS&E roles in an operational business, as Regional HS&E director in North America and then Europe, and latterly being corporate lead on several cross-cutting issues including global training, management systems and HS&E functional competencies at Rolls-Royce. He left Rolls-Royce in 2016 to join JCB as their new HS&E Director, developing and leading a new HS&E strategy.
Neil is actively involved in BOHS (and precursor organisations), including as Chief Examiner, a member of the FOH Board and latterly as Registrar since 2016.
Over his too many years to want to admit to, Neil has been a member of a corporate Occupational Hygiene service, led the same service and used consultants to deliver a similar service.
Sue initially trained as a chemist, and then did a PhD on protein crystallography. She worked as an environmental manager in Unilever for 12 years before joining HSE to work on biocides and chemical regulations. When REACH came in, she moved into occupational hygiene and became a Chartered Member of BOHS in 2015.
Sue now works as a Specialist Inspector in Occupational Hygiene within HSE, particularly on matters related to exposure and control of wood dust and respirable crystalline silica in manufacturing. She is currently expanding her role, working alongside Diane Llewellyn, to gain experience on dermal exposure and control.
John Cherrie is Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University and Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) in Edinburgh. John has worked on several research studies involving measurement and modelling of dermal exposure to chemicals.
Martin is a Chartered Occupational Hygienist, with over 30 years’ experience. He spent 10 years in consultancy, gaining extensive experience of measurement and assessment, before joining HSE in 1993. As a Principal Specialist Inspector, he headed the Organic Chemicals and Asbestos section, developing national risk management strategies aimed at reducing risks to health in various industry sectors. With regards to asbestos, he provided technical expertise to all parts of HSE, other government departments and ministers, as well as sitting on various expert committees. He provided expertise to the development of legislation and authored various guidance documents. He left HSE in 2004 to set up a small independent consultancy, advising companies on all aspects of asbestos and acts as an expert with regards to criminal prosecutions, civil litigation and personal injury claims. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene his is Registrar of the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM).
Andy Gillies is a senior Occupational Hygienist and Environmental consultant with over 35 years of practical experience of EH&S working in the steel-making and chemical industries and, since 1995 when he founded Gillies Associates Ltd, the consultancy field. Andy has MSc’s in both Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management and was President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) from 2006-2007. He is a Chartered Occupational Hygienist, a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene and a Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (PIEMA).
Andy has held a variety of roles within the Occupational Hygiene profession, including past-President of the Institute of Occupational Hygienists, Hon. Secretary, British Examining and Registration Board in Occupational Hygiene, oral examiner (1992 to date), and chair of the REACH Topic Group of BOHS (2005 – 2008). He is a member of the Breathe Freely Construction Steering Group and co-chair of the BOHS Working Group on efficiency of exposure controls. He has lectured widely and published articles and research on many aspects of recognition, evaluation and control of health hazards in the workplace.
Founded in 1995, Gillies Associates Limited (www.gilliesassociates.co.uk) is an independent consultancy offering professional services, advice and tailored solutions to meet Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) obligations. Specialising in Occupational Hygiene – the Recognition, Assessment and Control of health risks in the workplace – and Environmental Management, we have worked for companies in a range of sectors and sizes, from SME’s to multi-nationals. Gillies Associates Limited is the only Occupational Hygiene consultancy in East Anglia listed in the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Directory, and is an approved service provider under the UK Chemical Industries Association REACH Ready scheme.
John Dobbie is a Chartered Occupational Hygienist and has been involved in Occupational Hygiene since 1981. He has worked for various companies including Monsanto, BASF and currently BP, where he is an S&OR Regional Industrial Hygiene Director for Europe, Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey & Southern Africa. He obtained the BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence in 1990 and the Diploma of Professional Competence in 1999.
He has held roles within many UK & European Occupational Hygiene external bodies, such as Chair of the former Hygiene Reference Group, in the Chemical Industries Association, and membership of various groups within CEFIC and CONCAWE. He is also a member of the ACTS COSHH Essentials Working group and until recently has been providing support to the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), as a Director, with their work on developing International Occupational Hygiene Training Modules.
He is also a long-standing member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and is a former ordinary member of the BOHS Council.
John has worked in a very diverse range of industries and workplaces and has extensive experience in delivering a wide variety of occupational hygiene training courses around the World.
Alex is a passionate occupational hygienist who has 15 years’ experience in the field working in the steel, chemical and aerospace and power systems sectors. His current role of Global Occupational Hygiene Manager at Rolls-Royce Plc gives him a wide supporting role assisting the businesses in implementing good health risk management practice throughout the 50,000 strong population through working in the corporate Health, Safety and Environment department. Alex special interests cover a wide range of topic areas including hand arm vibration, noise, chemical exposure, asbestos, legionella and strategy. Alex holds a 1st class BSc in Environmental Science majoring in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Bradford and an MSc in Workplace Health form the University of Nottingham.
Alex is a current member of the BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) Council and holds the role of Honorary Secretary for the society. He has worked in recent years on assisting BOHS with their new 5 year strategy, organising and chairing international conferences and focussing on board member development. Alex is married to Sarah and they have two sons who they enjoy going camping, walking and exploring with as well as playing numerous sports.
Andrew Cheung is the Product Marketing Specialist at Cority, the most trusted environmental, health, safety, and quality (EHSQ) software for assuring client success. Andrew is responsible for Cority’s Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, and Ergonomics solutions. Before joining Cority, Andrew worked in both product and marketing capacities at an ERP provider, an outbound payments company, and a software development agency. He holds a BA in Communication & Film at Simon Fraser University.
Dr John R Cain has been a practicing occupational hygienist for over 25 years i.e. as a HM Specialist Inspector with the HSE and now as a Consultant. He has written individual papers and contributed to joint papers on occupational hygiene. He has also been a co-author of three books on hygiene related issues.
John holds a PhD in risk management, a MSc in Medical Microbiology, a MBA and a Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational hygiene. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Chartered Biologist, a MFOH and a Chartered Occupational Hygienist.