Position: Honorary President

    Wilson has been a member of the Executive Committee since 1966 and became President of the Group in 1994. He is very active in IOSH matters and was National President of the Institution in 1998.  He retired from the Construction Employers Federation in 2002 having been their Health and Safety Manager since 1979. Wilson is now a Consultant Charted Safety and Health Practitioner.October 2013 witnessed Wilson 50 years in H & S and was marked by a presentation at the Ssfety Group Conference.

  • James Fenton
    Position: Immediate Vice Chair

    Jimmy is Health and Safety Manager at Michelin in Ballymena. He joined Michelin in 1985 as an electrical apprentice. Having completed the 4 year apprenticeship he worked as a shift spark for 10 years before moving into training, followed by a project management role Jimmy moved into Safety in January 2009 .He has completed the NEBOSH certificates in health and safety management and recently passed his NEBOSH Diploma.

  • Mandy Nelson
    Position: Chair

    Mandy worked as a health, safety quality and environmental manager in construction and piling from April 2000 until October 2009 and is currently working as a health, safety and environmental officer in Phoenix Natural Gas and has been a member of the committee since 2009.

  • Priscilla Woods BSc Hons MIOSH Dip2OSH
    Position: Immediate Past Chair

    Priscilla took up the role of HSE Manager at Schrader Electronics in February 2003 were she has seen her role develop from a one plant operation with 200 employees in 2003 to a multi site global operation with over 1000 employees in 2013.

    She previously held the role of HSE & ISO Manager at Pritchitts, Newtownards and held a number of other HSE posts since her graduation in 1997. Priscilla holds an MBA and a BSc Hons Degree in Environmental Health as well as the NEBOSH 2 part Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Priscilla is a Chartered Member of IOSH and is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Northern Ireland Safety Group.


  • John Thompson
    Position: Vice Chair

    John joined H & J Martin in 2010 as HSQE. Prior to this he worked in H & s and Environmental Planning for Castlereagh Borough Counvcil and Sport NI. John holds a Master of Science (MSc), Occupational Safety and Health from QUB and was elected onto the committee in 2014

  • Ernie Spence
    Position: Secretary

    Ernie Spence has served on the committee since 1997. He has worked both in the private and voluntary sectors in both the business services and supplies sectors. He currently works as a self employed marketing consultant.  After standing in for the Group's previous Secretary he officially moved into the post in January 2008.

  • Tom Stephenson MIOSH
    Position: Committee Member

    Tom is  Group Health Safety and Environment Director Lakeland Dairies. Prior to this he held a similar position at the Balcas Group of Companies. He has been a member of the Executive Committee for over ten years and is a past Chairman. Prior to moving to Northern Ireland Tom held a number of high profile roles in England.

  • Jim Leitch BSc (Hons) MBA MA CMIOSH FCIPD
    Position: Committee Member

    Jim has served on the Executive Committee for fifteen years and is a past Chairman. Jim is currently the Human Resources Director of Northstone (NI) Ltd. He was awarded the MBE for services to H & S in NI in 2013. Jim is also a committee member of the Buildhealth initiative in construction.

  • Heather McKinstry MSSc CMIOSH
    Position: Committee Member

    Heather is employed as the Environment, Health, Safety Officer for Gallaher Ltd, Ballymena. She has worked in the Safety profession since 1990, initially in the Research and Development Division and since 1997, in the Production Division. Heather is currently on secondment in Europe. She has been a committee member since 1990 and was Chair of the group from 1996 until 1999.

  • Nicola McCracken CMIOSH ICIOB Dip2.OSH RSP
    Position: Committee Member

    Nicola has been a member of the Executive Committee for over ten years and is a Past Chairman. She is employed as Health & Safety Manager for Lagan Construction and has been working in H&S since leaving university.

  • David Cooke MIOSH AMCMI
    Position: Committee Member

    David is a H & S Consultant. Prior to this he was employed as a Safety Officer within Northern Ireland Electricity and has been working in the health and safety for 16 years. He has served on the Executive Committee for over ten years and was Chair of the Group from 2002 to 2003.

    Position: Committee Member

    Brian is a former Chairman of the NISG. He worked for the Construction Industry Training Board for 31 years where he was responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of the CITB’s Health & Safety Training Programme. He was awarded the MBE in 2003 for his services to Health & Safety in the Construction Industry in Northern Ireland.

  • David Knott
    Position: Committee Member

    David Knott is Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Prior to this he was Risk Manager at Shorts (latterly Bombardier). David is a Chartered Environmentalist and has a BSc in Geoscience and a MSc in Coastal Zone Management. He joined the committee inn 2014.

  • Damian Scarlett
    Position: Patron - ARCO

    Damian Scarlett is Sales Manager at ARCO Belfast. Originally from the NE of England he moved to NI in 2013 and has settled in Saintfield. Damian is involved as an Ambassador with the Bloodhound SSC land speed record, a STEM project designed to enthuse young people to gain the correct qualifications for future technical posts in industry.

  • Ashleigh Birkett
    Position: Public Relations Officer

    Ashleigh Birkett is an Associate solicitor at Carson McDowell LLP in Belfast specialising in health and safety law. Following her studies at Queen's University, Ashleigh moved to England to train and practise with an international law firm between 2002 and 2012.

    Ashleigh advises and represents companies and individuals facing investigations and/or enforcement action by regulatory bodies. Ashleigh also provides a considerable amount of health and safety compliance advice, including policy reviews and legal audits, as well as conducting seminars and training on a wide range of health and safety topics.

  • Wendy Armstrong BEng (Hons) IEng MICE DipNEBOSH MIIRSM
    Position: Committee member

    Wendy graduated in 2007 from the University of Ulster with a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering. In 2015 she also graduated at the University of Warwick after successfully completing the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Wendy is currently the Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Dixons Contractors and sits on the Institution of Civil Engineers NI Health & Safety Group.



  • Wendy Beatty
    Position: Committee member


    Wendy Beatty is HSQE Manager with W&H Alexander (CE) Ltd. She has 15 years experience working in the Civil Engineering & Construction fields having previously worked for Clarke Group, Lisnaskea as H&S Manager.  Wendy has both a NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health and a NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management. 



Next Meeting
H & S networking and collaboration - Q & A Forum
  • Date:
    25 September 2017
  • Time:
    2.00 for 2.30pm (finishes 4.00pm)
  • Venue:
    CITB Training Centre, Nutts Corner, Crumlin

Correct documentation + Effective message = Successful safety
  • Date:
    16 October 2017
  • Time:
    2.15 for 2.30pm
  • Venue:
    CITB Training Centre, Nutts Corner, Crumlin

CONSTRUCTION (Temporary Works/changes to L113 Lifting equipment ACOP/Contstruction dust supression)
  • Date:
    3 October 2017
  • Time:
    8.30 for 9.00am start (finishes 12.00 noon)
  • Venue:
    Corr's Corner Hotel, 315 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey BT36 4TQ

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