Highways UK 2017 Starts in

8/9 November, NEC, Birmingham

Programme 8 November

09.00-10.30: Safer Highways UK breakfast briefing

Raising the bar on work-related road risk in the Highways England supply chain

The Driving for Better Business campaign is a core aspect of the Highways England business outreach programme. This session launches DfBB's new 'Raising the Bar' document covering work-related road risk and explains what it means for Tier 1 contractors and their supply chains.  

Scene setting and welcome

Simon Turner, Campaign Director, Driving for Better Business

Raising the bar on work-related road risk

Lucy Fell, Health & Safety Director, Highways England

Supply chain case study - good practice from a Tier 2 supplier

Colin Knight, Head of Fleet Safety Management & Compliance, Clancy Group

Practical fleet compliance in your supply chain

Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans, Freight Transport Association

How to easily ensure that your own supply chains meet their obligations.

Safer Highways UK Conference

11:00-12.15 Session 1: making the network safer for contractors


David Gibby, Former President CIHT

Safety is the number one priority on the SRN

Mike Wilson, Chief Highways Engineer, Highways England

An update on the latest Highways England safety initiatives and the recently revised 5-year safety plan.

Learning safety culture lessons from rail

Jonny Buckley, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group

As Highway's England launches a new 5-year Safety initiative, there's a growing need to address the cultural and leadership barriers to delivering safer roads to users and employees. Delve deeper into the forces that create a challenging safety culture, and consider how to mitigate them based on lessons learned from rail so that you are able to deliver safety improvements; straight from the top.


12:30-14.15 Session 2: safety, health and wellbeing for roadworkers


Tackling mental health in the highways sector

Jocelyn Shaw, Executive Director, Mates In Mind

Phill Ross, Head of SHEQ, Connect Plus Services 

With awareness of mental health reaching new highs, how can individual employers recognise the signs within their workforce and positively effect change

Tackling road worker abuse

Pat Sheehan, Head of Health and Safety, Colas UK,

On behalf of the HTMA Health, Safety & Welfare Working Group

One year on from the alarming results of the HTMA's Health Safety & Welfare working group findings, what steps has industry taken to tackle the issue of Road Worker abuse, and is it having a positive impact?

A step change in road worker safety

Andy Stubbs, Commercial Director, WJ



14:30-16.30 Session 3: safe working and safety culture in your supply chain


Kevin Robinson, Head of Immersive Learning, Turner Kenworthy

Four friends: a director's perspective of a fatal incident

Matt Hazleton, Proud to be Safe

A real-life perspective on the impact that an accident can have with personal and professional consequences. In conjunction with Jason Anker MBE at Proud 2 Be Safe, Matt's story has been developed into a unique half-day immersive learning tool.

Leading the way in supply chain safety

Glyn Williams, SHEQ Director, Toppesfield Ltd

Leading cultural changes can influence safe working

Toppesfield, one of the UK's leading surfacing contractors, invite both clients and subcontractors to their staff safety days to strengthen the safety culture both up and down their supply chain. Their aim is to change attitudes towards safety and foster a positive working culture, Glyn will outline the success of this and offer an insight into the approach.


Mock Trial: the consequence of cutting corners

Turner Kenworthy with Pump Court Chambers

Video reconstruction and live action drama. Part of an immersive learning engagement day developed by a highways contractor, to illustrate to the workforce, the real human impact of failing to follow established safe working practices and that safety is the responsibility for everyone including operatives and supervisors. The defendants are actors but the scenario and its implications are very real.

16:30 Conference closes


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