Conference Programme

Tuesday 28th March 2023, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

Evening Prior to The SHE Show (Monday 27th March 2023)

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Networking Evening Drinks Reception

A great way to kick start the evening prior to the show by networking with like minded individuals in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


8:00 PM – 10:15 PM


Networking Evening Dinner

Enjoy a scrumptious 3 course meal with light hearted after dinner entertainment.

A life in the law: 45 years in the criminal courts

Mark Scoggins, Solicitor Advocate, Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP

Mark Scoggins will seek to entertain you with the history of his most memorable brief: out of all the huge and high profile cases he’s handled down the years, it’s not one you might expect!


On the Day of The SHE Show (Tuesday 28th March 2023)

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast Reception and Exhibition Viewing

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

Duncan has worked in construction for over 30 years both operationally on site and as a health and safety professional. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing successful behaviour change within organisations and champions embracing a positive, inclusive and solution focused culture.

Climate Change and Sustainability

8:50 AM – 9:35 AM


No Health in an Unsafe Environment

Ed Gillespie, Writer, Poet and Futurist

Ed will take us through the omnishambles/polycrisis of today with raw honest truth and humour, explain how we got into such a ‘hot mess’ and how we might best begin to wriggle our way out if it – together

  • A broad understanding of the urgent interconnected challenges and mega-trends that are aligning to create today’s ‘polycrisis’ of climate change, biodiversity loss, inequality etc
  • Key insights into the errors, mindsets and mistakes that have got us into this ‘hot mess’, often with good intentions
  • Creative ideas, attitudes and approaches that might unlock the enormous transformative potential of change

Mental Health and Wellbeing

9:35 AM – 10:20 AM


Stress Superhero

Dr Helen Garr, The Wellbeing GP

Get better at stress with another energetic and fun filled session from The Wellbeing GP, Dr Helen Garr and uncover your inner superhero. Learn how your favourite childhood superhero and real life heroes can help you manage even the most stressful situations.

Helen helps us makes sense of the science of stress and will teach us how to switch off our stress hormones with a personalised stress speedbump that takes only 60 seconds. .

Leave with practical , evidenced based tools you can start doing tomorrow, including techniques used by bomb disposal experts and navy seals to remain calm under pressure. Look forward to a future where you and your teams have the superpowers to cope with even the most stresful times.

The what, why and how of stress:

  • What – What you need to know about stress and what your doctor is really worried about 
  • Why – Why not all stress is bad and why understanding the secret signs of stress can unleash your stress super power
  • How – How 3 little words and some magic tricks will enable you to turn off the stress switch in 60 seconds or less

Behaviour and Culture Change

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM


Body Language For EHS Leaders

Bruce Durham, Huddle Culture

How many of us think we actually get ‘the truth’ from an accident investigation? Organisations spend millions of pounds each year fixing things that actually didn’t need to be fixed, as we didn’t get to what really occurred. As an EHS professional, this will resonate with you!

This short session will give some tools that you can use instantly to help develop more psychological safety in your team. It’s not about seeing who is lying, it’s about noticing when people are uncomfortable, to then build a better connection with that person. If you feel safe, you are more likely to share more accurate information. People supporting people.

10:40 AM – 10:45 AM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

Overcoming Adversity and Resilience

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM


Tin Man

Justin Manley

Justin was a highly skilled pipe technician and a team leader within the utilities industry.

On the 28th October 2015, the decision to attend to a burst water main with a colleague proved to be one of life or death

Whilst repairing a burst water main, a miscommunication resulted in the mains water being switched on before the job had been completed and the pressure of the water forcing a torque wrench into his face at around 80mph.

He was knocked unconscious and was at the bottom of a hole which was rapidly filling with water.

Justin will openly share the devastating consequences of that day and how fatigue was a contributory factor of what virtually cost him his life

  • Life is short and sometimes we lose track of what is important to us
  • Miscommunication – Systems failure
  • Lessons learnt – Personal Courage

Legal Advice and Updates

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM


“After the Event – Investigation and Inquiry”

Mark Scoggins, Solicitor Advocate, Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP

Accidents and incidents in the workplace give cause for concern, and rightly so. How best should employers go about investigating the causes and finding fixes to prevent recurrence without prejudicing their prospects of successful defence of a subsequent prosecution for breaching health and safety laws? Is there a duty in law to carry out an investigation? Who should lead it and can its findings be withheld from the HSE or other enforcing authority? What comments should be avoided and how are its conclusions best expressed? Mark Scoggins will give practical tips on how to set up an internal investigation into an untoward event and limit the damage it may cause if criminal charges loom or a compensation claim is in the pipeline.

  • Review and revisit your risk assessment
  • Record and document that review
  • Offer it willingly when asked to the HSE or other enforcing authority

1:15 PM – 1:20 PM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

1:20 PM – 2:40 PM

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Behaviour and Culture Change

2:40 PM – 3:25 PM


Mind The Gap.

Bob Cummins, Director, Sodak

When your words match your actions, you create certainty. People can depend on you. They know that yeas means yes and no means no. They learn to trust what you say and act upon it.

When your words do not match your actions, you create uncertainty. People don’t believe or trust you. They learn that they can ignore your words, because you never follow through and the destination is more important to you than how to get there.

In this talk, Bob will explain how you can create a culture of certainty through Behavioural Integrity. He will discuss how it can be measured and purposefully improved, which in turn, will create safer, more productive places of work.

  • The link between certainty and effective safety cultures
  • How to measure Behavioural Integrity 
  • How to improve certainty through Behavioural Integrity

Inspirational Leadership

3:25 PM – 4:10 PM


Choosing Coherent Leadership

Stewart Hill

Stewart is a strong, inspirational leader who faced many challenges in his life.

He served as an army officer for 18 years and was medically discharged after being very seriously wounded in action. In spite of his brain disability, Stewart continues to live by example.

The subject of his talk, Choosing Coherent Leadership, comes from aligning our values and building trust so we can become true representatives of what our business stands for.

  • Trust – having integrity and being able to do what you say you can do.
  • Compassion – understanding the feelings of another and trying to help and encourage them.
  • Courage – doing the right thing in the face of adversity. Sometimes, it means admitting you’ve done something wrong and putting it right.

4:10 PM – 4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin