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ICE-Costain health and safety lecture 2024: eliminating harm through leadership

Event organised by ICE

30 January 2024

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As one of the UK’s leading infrastructure companies, Costain is committed to eliminating harm to our people, property and environment.

They have made significant improvements to the delivery, operation and maintenance of infrastructure. However, while they have successfully lowered incident rates, their goal remains the complete elimination of harm.

The 2024 ICE-Costain health and safety lecture will focus on how leading indicators can be used as the next step in the journey.

When it comes to health and safety, leading indicators are predictive measures used to identify and eliminate risks and hazards in the workplace that can lead to harm. They can provide foresight in the form of predicting trends and early warning for opportunities to improve, rather than focusing on events once they have taken place.

Join this lecture which will explore the following areas:

  • Do we truly understand leading measures and their implications?
  • Has the industry identified the correct leading measures in design, construction and leadership?
  • Do leading indicators provide a false sense of security?

We are delighted to be joined by industry experts including Stuart Hughes, head of health and safety, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team and IOSH president, who will explore how they have used leading indicators in the cutting-edge sector of Formula 1.

The event will be co-chaired by Prof Priti Parikh, professor of Infrastructure engineering and international development and director of UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and ICE Trustee and Sam White, managing director of Natural Resources, Costain.




Costain helps to improve people's lives through smart infrastructure solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK's energy, water, transportation and defence markets.


19:00 - 19:05

Opening remarks by Prof Priti Parikh, director and professor of infrastructure engineering and international development, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL

19:05 - 19:10

Introduction by Sam White, managing director of natural resources, Costain

19:10 - 19:50


19:50 - 20:10

Q&A session moderated by Prof Priti Parikh

20:10 - 20:15

Summation by Sam White

20:15 - 20:20

Closing remarks by Prof Priti Parikh

20:30 - 21:30

Event close


Sam White

Sam White


natural resources managing director

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Sam White

Sam White joined the Executive Board of Costain in January 2022, as Managing Director of the Natural Resources Division. Sam is responsible for the Costain teams delivering complex infrastructure programmes across energy, water and defence sectors.

Sam joined Costain from Babcock International Group where he was responsible for overseeing the delivery of infrastructure and engineering services in the UK, Europe, North America and Brazil. He previously held leadership positions in BAE Systems and General Dynamics.

A member of Costain’s Executive SHE Committee, Sam is a passionate advocate of safety, health and environment and inclusivity in the workplace. Sam has a BSc in Business from the University of Wales Cardiff, an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and is an executive coach and board mentor, specialising in supporting the development of diverse talent.

Stuart Hughes

Stuart Hughes

Mercedes AMG Petronas Forumula One Team

head of health and safety

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Stuart Hughes

Stuart's guiding principle for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is that a healthy and safe work environment is a fundamental human right. Throughout his 19 years as an OSH professional, Stuart has focused on ensuring the working environment enables people to thrive and flourish.

Currently, Stuart is the head of health and safety for Mercedes AMG Petronas Forumula One Team, who won eight consecutive constructor world championships and seven consecutive driver world championships.

Previously, he has worked for KPMG as a subject matter expert within their Sustainability Services team, implemented safety management systems for Veolia Environmental Services across their largest European waste contract and enforced health and safety legislation as an environmental health officer for the City of Westminster and Camden Council.

Proud to be a chartered member of IOSH and a committed volunteer, he is currently the president of IOSH.

Stuart brings all his passion for OSH and experience to promote the societal benefit the OSH profession brings to the world of work, to inspire both the membership and wider profession to recognise the difference they make. As a first-career safety professional, Stuart aims to inspire a future generation of OSH leaders, leveraging OSH as a purpose-driven career that has a positive global impact.

Prof Priti Parikh

Prof Priti Parikh

Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL

director and professor of infrastructure engineering and international development

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Prof Priti Parikh

Priti Parikh is a professor in Engineering Infrastructure and International Development at director of UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction.

She is the founder director of UCL’s Engineering for International Development Centre. This centre focuses on engineering solutions for human development and wellbeing; and researches locally acceptable water-sanitation-energy solutions in low-middle income countries.

She has over 15 years of engineering industry experience in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the UK with consultancies to include hands-on experience of designing infrastructure for slums in partnership with local communities. She was awarded the prestigious BBOXX/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair fellowship that focuses on energy access in sub-Sahara Africa through smart solar solutions.

Priti was the editor-in-chief of ICE’s Engineering Sustainability journal for three years. She then went on to get elected to ICE Council and is a member of the Learned Society Committee. She also sits on the board of Happold Foundation and Engineers Against Poverty to influence strategy on engineering and development.

Priti was named as one of the 100 most influential academics in the UK Government for her work in climate and sustainability by Apolitical and as the top 50 women in engineering in 2022. Priti’s research has influenced policy and practice especially the work around evidencing links between infrastructure and Sustainable Development Goals with governments and charities.