BOHS, The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is delighted to announce its new President for the 2018 – 2019 presidential term: Neil Grace took over the role on 18 April at BOHS’ annual conference OH2018.

Karen Bufton, BOHS’ immediate Past President, commented: “I’m delighted with Neil’s appointment, which is highly deserved.  Neil has been undertaking voluntary activities for BOHS since 2012 and has held several important posts: from 2012 – 2014 he was an ordinary Council member; from 2014 – 2017 he was honorary treasurer; and from April 2017 to the present time he has been President Elect.  His long-standing involvement with BOHS, along with his extensive experience as an occupational hygienist over the last 20 years, will make Neil an excellent President.”

Neil is a Chartered Professional Occupational Hygienist (CFFOH), and completed an MSc in Occupational Hygiene at the University of Manchester in 2010. Having gained experience in the oil and gas, nuclear, and pharmaceutical industries, he currently works for Spirit Energy as senior occupational hygienist within exploration and production.

Talking about this latest phase in his career, Neil said: “I feel honoured and proud to be appointed BOHS’ President for the forthcoming term. When I began my career in occupational hygiene nearly 20 years ago, this position is something that had never crossed my mind, and if asked, I probably would have thought it unachievable. However, via my volunteering work with BOHS over recent years, and networking with occupational hygienists and other professionals from many and varied backgrounds, I am now able to stand on these ‘giants’’ shoulders. I am eager to continue the amazing progress the society has made, in terms of raising awareness and effectively promoting worker health protection not only in the UK, but also globally.”

Speaking about his personal aims for his presidential term, Neil concluded: “Obviously, the core aim will be the continued focus on raising awareness of occupational hygiene, in terms of what it is, and how it can benefit organisations. Additionally, I am very keen to support improvements in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for members: this is a subject I’ve focussed on during my President Elect regional tours, and I am specifically championing the take-up of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) promotion in schools and colleges – not only by occupational hygienists but by the entire health and safety profession.”

Commenting on Neil’s appointment, Simon Festing, CEO of BOHS, said: “BOHS’ Presidents play a pivotal role in helping deliver our strategy, and in attaining our overarching vision to achieve a healthy working environment for everyone.  Once more, we are privileged to have a President of such high calibre, and I look forward to working with Neil over the forthcoming year.”