New HSE Chief Executive Officer Appointed:
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Safety regulator for England, Scotland and Wales has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer – Sarah Albon.
Sarah Albon is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Insolvency Service and will join the HSE organisation on 1 September.
Sarah Albon joined The Insolvency Service in February 2015, and was tasked with implementing its strategy to improve service to its customers, lower its costs, and strengthen the UK’s insolvency regime.
She replaces Richard Judge who resigned on 17 August 2018 after 4 years in charge. Judge himself was a former CEO at the Insolvency Service before moving to the HSE.
An interesting connection here is the fact that the HSE has to waive or abandon intervention fees charged to around a thousand insolvent companies each year costing the HSE around £1.5 Million.
During Judge’s period of tenure and that of his predecessor Geoffrey Podger the HSE’s funding allocation from central Government has shrunk year on year for the last decade under anti-health and safety Governments. Unsurprisingly HSE proactive inspections of workplaces declined as did prosecutions and convictions.
After her appointment announcement Sarah Albon issued a statement to the effect that she was honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the HSE which is an important and hugely respected regulator and was looking forward to working with her new team of colleagues across HSE which has a vital role to deliver on behalf of Great Britain’s workplaces. Her aims will be to focus on continuing to deliver improvements in health and safety performance as Britain’s workplaces move into a future with new challenges and new technologies.
Prior to her role at the insolvency service Sarah Albon had previous roles in Government including director of strategy and change at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, director of civil family and legal aid policy at the Ministry of Justice, deputy director of criminal legal aid strategy, Ministry of Justice and has also served as principal private secretary to two Lord Chancellors.
The position of the CWU is clear and has been set out in Conference Policy decisions. The CWU wants to see a positive change in direction from the HSE with increased inspector resources, a greater emphasis on inspections, investigations and prosecutions against those employers who fail to comply and meet basic health and safety standards, putting workers in danger of injury, ill-health or death.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer