Building a healthier workforce, Belfast

21 June, 2017 | 08:30 - 16:15

Join this special event by the ICE Health & Safety Group.
Join this special event by the ICE Health & Safety Group.

About this event

The cost of ill health to UK workplaces is estimated to be between £8-9bn per year.

This year's ICE Health & Safety Group Seminar is 'Building a Healthier Workforce.' We are delighted to have gathered a number of UK experts who will be speaking on a range of health-related subjects including occupational health, mental health and stress — significant issues which employers must address in order to keep their people healthy and remain competitive.

This seminar will be of value to anyone working in civil engineering and construction, as everyone must work toward occupational health within their organisations.


ICE Member early bird: £80 ex VAT
Non-member early bird rate: £110 ex VAT

After 24 May, the delegate rates will increase to:

ICE Member rate: £100 ex VAT
Non-member rate £130 ex VAT

Free student places are available. Contact for more information.

Exhibitor spaces are available at £250 + VAT. Contact to reserve a space.

This event is sponsored by Farrans.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration (ICE) and Introduction (Charlie Hutchison)
09:00 – 09:05 Opening Remarks (Farrans)
09:05 – 09:20 Setting the Health Scene (Nancy Henry – HSENI)
09:20 – 10:00 Fostering a Positive (not Negative) Mental Health Culture (John Foster – Inspire)
10:00 – 10:30 Stress Management, HSE Management Standards (Janet Heath – HSENI)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea, Coffee & Exhibition
11:00 – 11:30 Occupational Health – COSHH/Construction Dust (Evette Boyes HSENI)
11:30 – 12:00 Medical Health Surveillance (Jane McCallum)
12:00 – 12:30 Occupational Health – A Contractor’s View (TBC)
12:30 – 12:45 Question & Answer
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch & Exhibition
13:45 – 14:15 Current Construction Industry Health Initiatives (Andrew Cooke – Graham Construction)
14:15 – 14:45 Designing for Health (David Agnew - AECOM & Michael Nelson – Doran Consulting)
14:45 – 15:15 Tea, Coffee & Exhibition
15:15 – 15:35 Combating Bullying and Associated Workplace Stress: Talking about Gender & Sexual Orientation at Work Gavin Boyd – Rainbow Project
15:35 – 15:55 A Personal Experience Noel McKee, East Antrim Counselling
15:55 – 16:15 Question & Answer, Close


David Agnew, Associate Director, AECOM

David Agnew

David is an Associate Director within the AECOM Water UK&I business and acts as the Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Lead, Water, UK & Ireland.

David has over 23 years' experience in construction ranging from wastewater treatment, wastewater infrastructure, landfill, windfarm, sports pitch and building projects.

During this time he has been responsible for project management, design, supervision and provision of CDM-C services. Recently David has also acted as a Principal Designer and CDM Adviser.

Evette Boyes, Higher Scientific Officer, HSENI

Evette Boyes

Evette is a Higher Scientific Officer within HSENI's Scientific Services Laboratory.

Her main area of work is in Occupational Hygiene, which involves the assessment of workplace exposure to hazardous substances such as asbestos, silica dust, welding fumes, lead, solvents and noise.

Andrew Cooke, Safety, Health and Environmental Director, GRAHAM

Andrew is the Safety, Health and Environment Director for GRAHAM, and oversees the SHE function for the group. He has over 25 years' experience in the construction industry firstly as an operational member of site management teams, and then as a dedicated SHE advisor, manager and director. He also oversees and heads up the GRAHAM Cultural and Behavioural Safety Programme, and ensures the company's compliance to the Modern Slavery Act.

Andrew is a founder member of the ICE (NI Region) H&S Group, who are organising this event, was a former CDM coordinator, and is a member of both IOSH and IIRSM. He is also an independent member on the HSE (GB) Fee For Intervention Disputes Panel.

John Foster, Director, Quo Vadis Counselling Consultancy

John Foster

John has been involved in the field of counselling consultancy since 1988. He established Quo Vadis Counselling Consultancy in 1993. This organisation has been providing counselling, self-development and training seminars for individuals, couples, groups and private and corporate institutions.

As a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Practitioner and Registered Trainer John subscribes to its ethical framework regarding 'good practice' standards. His aim is to provide a safe, welcoming environment where training can be an enriched learning experience.

Currently John is an Associate Consultant with Carecall and facilitates Training including Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Resilience, Personal Stress Management, and Managers Managing Stress.

Jane McCallum, Partner, McCallum Safety & Health

Jane McCallum

Jane has worked in Occupational Health & Safety since 1992. She is an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist Practitioner, and holds Chartered Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. She is a Member of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and has held a number of appointments and voluntary positions within the field of workplace health, safety and wellbeing.

Over the years, Jane has worked within many organisations and industries throughout Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. These include the construction, quarrying, engineering, power generation, manufacturing, food processing and retail sectors.

Nancy Henry, Principal Inspector, HSENI

Nancy is the principal inspector of the construction team at the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. She has been in this role for the past 4.5 years and is involved in all aspects of the regulation of health and safety of construction projects.

HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.

Gavin Boyd, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Rainbow Project

Gavin Boyd

Gavin is joined The Rainbow Project seven years ago as the education officer and is now the policy and advocacy manager. As well as leading on Rainbow's research, policy development and lobbying, Gavin also co-ordinates the training programmes.

After seven years of delivering training programmes for employers, schools and prisons, Gavin is used to all kinds of questions about LGBT issues, so please don't feel that there's a question that you cannot ask.

Janet Heath, Mental Wellbeing at Work Advisor, HSENI

Janet Heath

Janet Heath joined the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) in 2009 as a Business Advisor mentoring small businesses in the implementation of health and safety management systems. With a keen interest in improving mental health and wellbeing in the workplace she took up the role of Mental Wellbeing at Work Advisor in 2013.

Since then Janet has received accreditations in the areas of Health and Wellbeing; Delivery of Stress Management Training and Mental Health and Wellbeing Coaching. Using the HSE Management Standards Approach Janet has assisted public, private and third sector organisations to control the risks associated with work-related stress.

Michael Nelson, Director, Doran Consulting

Michael Nelson joined Doran Consulting in 1994 and was appointed a Director in 2012. He has over 20 years' experience in a range of structural engineering areas of expertise including the design and construction of facilities in various sectors including education, health, industrial and commercial. He has also been involved in a large number of design and build and partnering commissions both in the private and public sectors throughout the UK.

Michael is a leading structural engineer in the energy sector and has particular niche expertise in High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission links, having overseen several related projects. Michael also has extensive experience in the design of airport facilities having been involved in major alteration, extension and refurbishment works of several key airports across Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

In addition to his extensive design and energy experience, Michael is also the company's Health & Safety Director and Director in charge of Construction Design & Management Co-ordination (CDMC), overseeing a team of chartered CDMCs with a substantial portfolio of work in a range of commercial, marine, and aviation locations.

Noel McKee, Director, East Antrim Counselling

Noel has worked as a firefighter for 31 years in North Belfast. He started counselling training in 2004 and to date has 4000 hours of face to face counselling, dealing with relationship, family and abuse issues along with loss, stress and depression difficulties.

He volunteers with Cruse bereavement care and runs his own private practice East Antrim Counselling in Carrickfergus. He's married to Gillian and has two teenage sons Tom and Cameron. He delivers talks on stress, loss and grief and on substance abuse. He created the here2help app to help people access emergency helpline numbers easily, and works in the community to help reduce self-harm and suicide.