Conference Programme

22nd November 2022, Old Trafford, The Home of Manchester United

Evening Prior to The SHE Show (Monday 21st November 2022)

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.

Raising the Bar

Beth Tweddle MBE, Gymnast and Olympic Medallist

Beth retired from competitive gymnastics in 2013 but has never stepped away from the sport she loves. having won an Olympic bronze medal, 3 World Titles and 6 European Titles, she was keen to continue in her sport where she currently is working to inspire the next generation.

Following her Olympic success, Beth took part in the 2013 series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, which she won with skating partner Daniel Whiston.

Ever wondered what a journey from a 7 year old energetic child to become Britain’s most succesful female gymnast is like? Beth Tweddle will share her journey from entering the sport, to the ups and downs of the journey to the best feeling in the World, achieving your dream at a Home Games with an Olympic medal.

On the Day of The SHE Show (Tuesday 22nd November 2022)

7:30 AM – 8:30 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.

Climate Change and Sustainability

8:40 AM – 9:25 AM


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

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

Behaviour and Culture Change

10:10 AM – 10:25 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, 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.

10:25 AM – 10:30 AM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

Overcoming Adversity and Resilience

11:30 AM – 12:15 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

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM


Things you never dreamt would happen!

Paul Burnley, Partner, Head of Compliance & Regulatory, Freeths LLP

Looking at how individuals behave, and how they should behave, in a criminal investigation when a fatality in the workplace occurs. Paul will give an insight into how individuals, including the Regulators, behave in a criminal investigation, what to watch out for, the “do’s” and “don’ts “ involved, the golden Rules when being interviewed and how to protect the precious internal Investigation Report.

Key takeaways:

  • Better understanding of what is involved in the criminal investigative process
  • How to behave and what to say/not to say in an interview
  • How to protect your internal Investigation Report from the Regulators

1:00 PM – 1:05 PM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

1:05 PM – 2:05 PM

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Behaviour and Culture Change

2:05 PM – 2:50 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

2:50 PM – 3:35 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.

3:35 PM – 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin