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HSE confirms appointment of new chief executive

22 August 2014

Dr Richard Judge has been appointed chief executive of Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator and will start at the Health and Safety Executive in November 2014. The first recruitment round for the £160,000-a-year job was mothballed with the publication of the Temple review, and the job description rewitten to take into account the new requirements for increasing the commercialisation of HSE. 

Dr Richard Judge, the new chief executive of HSE
Dr Richard Judge, the new chief executive of HSE

Commenting on the appointment, Judith Hackitt, HSE Chair, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Richard as our new chief executive and look forward to working with him. His valuable, considerable experience in both the public and private sector is a perfect fit for HSE, enabling us to take forward our commercial agenda whilst also ensuring we can build on our standing as a world-class regulator of workplace health and safety.”

Richard Judge said:
“This is a great opportunity to lead the executive of a renowned and respected regulator that will soon celebrate its 40th year. I look forward to working with my new HSE colleagues, and with everyone who has a stake in delivering further improvements in Britain’s health and safety performance.”

Judge is currently chief executive of the Insolvency Service. Prior to this he had a varied career in science and technology organisations spanning the nuclear, rail and environmental sectors. Richard has a professional background as a Chartered Engineer (Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), and is qualified as a Chartered Director.

He will take over from Kevin Myers, who has been acting chief executive since August 2013, when Geoffrey Podger stepped down after eight years in the role to set up WorkSafe New Zealand.

Unite the union said it was looking forward to working with Judge, but called on him  to “reverse the recent trend of removing Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) and the cut in guidance on health and safety at work”.

The union's national health and safety adviser Bud Hudspith said: “We welcome the fact that the government has at last appointed a new chief executive for the HSE. Hopefully this will end the decision-making paralysis at the top of the HSE.”

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