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.


Networking Evening Dinner

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


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

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration, Breakfast Reception and Exhibition Viewing

8:30 AM – 8:40 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.

Overcoming Adversity and Resilience

8:40 AM – 9:25 AM


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

Mental Health and Wellbeing

9:25 AM – 10:10 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

10:10 AM – 10:15 AM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

Behaviour and Culture Change

11:15 AM – 12:00 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

Climate Change and Sustainability

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


21st Century Business Survival Kit 

Chris Hines MBE, A Grain of Sand

What skills and equipment do you and your business need to pack for the journey into the coming decades…

Whether we like it or not, whether we have realised it or not, the next few years will see transformational change in society, business and the very way we interact with each other and the environment. This talk will highlight the “must do’s” and dynamics of change to ensure not only personal and business survival, but also, hopefully, sustainable success.

  • Summary of challenges facing us all (in case anyone has missed them!).
  • How to catalyse actions.
  • A vision of our future

12:45 PM – 12:50 PM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

12:50 PM – 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

1:50 PM – 2:05 PM


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, its 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.

Inspirational Leadership

2:05 PM – 2:50 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.

Legal Advice and Updates

2:50 PM – 3:35 PM


The UK Workplace: The Challenge and The Change

Mark Scoggins, Solicitor Advocate, Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP

The composition and age distribution of the nation’s workforce is changing, and the pace of change is accelerating. By the end of 2021, around 40% of those in full-time employment or substantial part-time work will be aged over 50: in 2000 the proportion was around 33% and by 2030 is expected to be above 45%. Older workers are staying longer in post through choice or financial necessity. They will, as a generality, have increasing health issues and practical limitations on their physical robustness. Younger additions to the workforce bring vitality and ingrained IT skills, but there is significant concern that the continuing trend toward homeworking and the predominance of sedentary computer usage in place of traditional office work, meetings and face-to-face dealings, spurred on but not caused by the COVID pandemic, poses a threat to their mental as well as physical health. The HSE flagged up principal risks in a 2018 strategic report but little tangible progress seems to have been made toward addressing them.

Mark Scoggins will outline what he sees as the key issues for employers to tackle in the coming years. There will, as is often the case with Mark’s presentations, be more questions than answers.

  • A number of my employees are approaching the age of 65: can I insist that they retire when they reach that age?
  • Should I make changes to our system for monitoring health and welfare of the workforce? 
  • What will be the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the way we manage health and safety? 

3:35 PM – 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin