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BSIF Networking Day 2015

16 October 2015

Looking at the beaming faces of those photographed who attended this year’s event held at the Forest of Arden Marriott, it will be easy to glean that it was a great day for networking and not a bad one for golf too.

At 11am on the morning of 1 October, BSIF members and their guests gathered to listen to Alan Murray’s brief presentation on the Federation’s activities in the past 12 months. Alan’s PowerPoint may have only taken 20 minutes but he provided an update on the Strategic Review and outlined the extent of work the federation has been undertaking on behalf of members.

After teas and coffees, people registered with Benedicte and got individual team and start sheets for the day’s golfing. In teams of four they dispersed to the green and the ‘gamers’ gathered for outdoor pursuits which included archery, human table football and laser clay pigeon shooting. Out on the green, the BSIF golf trophy was hotly contested with Mark Johnstone of JSP taking the title from Nick Murray, the 2014 champion. Mark Johnstone also won the longest drive to top off his winning streak.

That evening over prime beef steak and a glass of full bodied red, £800 was raised from the very generous contributions of guests for the Lighthouse Club, which supports families who have been affected by illness, accidents and death in the construction industry. With desserts and digestives at hand, Frank Angear announced the winners of the BSIF Outstanding Contribution Award and the Commitment to Federation Activities Award for 2015.

BSIF Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by The McOnie Agency

The outstanding contribution award was made to an individual who has improved occupational health and safety through exceptional personal effort, Dr Bob Rajan-Sithamparanadarajah OBE JP PhD CChem FRSC FFOH ROH SIIRSM, who was nominated for his lifelong commitment to occupational health and safety.

His contribution to the work of the BSIF has been invaluable, taking a prominent role in developing many of our educational and awareness projects such as ‘It’s in your hands’ and ‘Clean air? Take care!’ There can be no doubt that his work continues to be instrumental in improving the quality of occupational health and safety across the UK.

BSIF Commitment to Federation Activities Award

The Commitment to Federation Activities Award was presented to David Holdham, chief executive of Centurion Safety Products. who has shown exceptional personal commitment to the work of the BSIF.

Centurion Safety Products is a founding subscriber of the BSIF, and its chief executive, David Holdham, has been personally involved and committed to BSIF goals since the very early days. The BSIF was delighted to acknowledge and recognise his skilled management and commitment to strategic growth, which has gone the extra mile in driving and developing its work.

A very special presentation was made to David Lummis, former chief executive of BSIF, for his unwavering dedication to the world of health and safety.

As the evening came to a close, it was generally felt the day had been a great success and one to be included in the diary for 2016.