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Health and safety chair to lead new safety centre

20 November 2009

Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive has been appointed chair of the new IChemE safety centre.

Judith Hackitt
Judith Hackitt

Hackitt, a member of IChemE’s Council and a chartered chemical engineer, assumed the post at the Institution’s Hazards XXI conference in Manchester in November where the centre was officially launched. Hackitt will lead a team of safety experts and provide technical guidance and support across all aspects of the Institution’s safety services and portfolio.

Hackitt said she is pleased and honoured to lead the centre: "We face a real challenge to ensure that process safety is embedded as a core skill within our profession."

The safety centre brings together IChemE’s existing publications, training services and specialist subject groups and also set safety strategy in line with the Institution’s overall plan.

Justin Blades, IChemE marketing director said: "I am thrilled that someone of Judith’s calibre has agreed to take on the role and ensure that IChemE process safety activities go from strength to strength."

IChemE CEO, Dr David Brown said that Hackitt is well placed to lead the new group: "Our safety centre incorporates a wide range of services and professional groups. It’s vital that the safety centre steering group is led by somebody with a multi-sector, multi-faceted understanding of safety. Judith’s chemical engineering background and safety expertise makes her the ideal candidate."

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