Hazards 28
IChemE's leading process safety conference
Hazards 28

Keynote speakers

Vanessa Sutherland 

Vanessa Allen Sutherland, Chairperson, US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)

“20 Years of Driving Chemical Safety Change: the Past and the Future”

Vanessa will speak during the opening session of the conference, delivering a lecture created to honour the memory of process safety pioneer, Trevor Kletz. Her presentation will focus on critical chemical safety challenges and improvements, and shared ownership of process safety principles.

Since 2015, Vanessa has served as the Chairperson and CEO of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the independent, US federal agency charged with conducting root case investigations of industrial chemical accidents. Prior to her appointment, she served as the fourth politically appointed Chief Counsel for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration at the US Department of Transportation, whose mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks associated with hazardous material transportation. Before her political career, she spent seven years as senior counsel at a Fortune 25 company.

Shahana Buchanan 

Shahana Buchanan, Process Safety Programme Manager, Nestlé, Switzerland

“Next Generation Process Safety”

The impending technology wave of artificial intelligence will manage every aspect of the process safety lifecycle – Shahana will explore how this will impact the process industries. From end-to-end computer controlled manufacturing processes, to replacing human interventions with robots, should be we scared of the robots we can see, or the robotic algorithms that we cannot see? Is the future safer, more secure, and sustainable?

Shahana has over 20 years' expertise in process safety environments in multiple industry sectors (including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, power generation, mining and food & drinks manufacturing). She is proud to be an IChemE Fellow and Chairperson of IChemE’s Safety & Loss Prevention Special Interest Group.

 Andy Ewens

Andy Ewens, Head Operations Assurance HSSEA, Wood, UK

"Adaptive Assurance of Process Safety"

Andy will explore the links between safety by design, process safety and major incident prevention and how we approach this from an assurance perspective.

Andy began his career as a Control Systems Engineer in the early years of North Sea oil and gas, working on control and safety systems in the sector with operating companies and contractors. His experience includes departmental, project and general management, as well as time served in business development and consultancy. His career has also had an international flavour including working in the UK, Middle East, North America, Asia-Pacific and the CIS. Andy joined Amec Foster Wheeler (now part of Wood) in 2009, as Engineering Director for Europe & West Africa. He was promoted to Group Engineering Director in 2012, a role he combined with that of Head of Engineering for Amec Americas, with oversight of all the company’s engineering and technical operations in oil & gas, mining, nuclear and environmental. When Amec and Foster Wheeler combined in 2015, Andy took on an operational delivery role as Director of Operations, with responsibility for BP Brownfield Oil & Gas projects in the UKCS and Azerbaijan, and later also became Global Lead for Upstream Consultancies. Following the acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler by Wood Group, Andy was appointed to the newly created role of Group Head Operations Assurance in Wood, reporting to the Executive President of HSSEA with a wide remit which includes process safety. He is a member of the UK Oil and Gas Technology Leadership Board and participates in other industry bodies promoting best practice in safety and operations.

John Mul 

John Mul, PSM Pool EMEA Manager, AkzoNobel, The Netherlands

"The Global Implementation of a PSM Framework at All Manufacturing Sites of AkzoNobel"

John began his career at BP, but has spent over 30 years working for AkzoNobel in The Netherlands and Sweden. After working in RD&I and plant engineering, he spent 13 years as plant manager for chlorine plants across The Netherlands and Sweden. He has been active in process safety and people safety for over 10 years, with roles including the manager / internal consultant linked to AkzoNobel’s safety laboratories in Deventer, and the HSE manager for the Pulp & Performance Chemicals business unit. He has been the Process Safety Manager for EMEA at Corporate AkzoNobel since 2014, and is responsible for a pool of PSM experts and the design of process safety policies, templates and tools. Alongside this function, he is a trainer in hazard studies and asset integrity at the AkzoNobel Faculty and a Lead HSE Auditor / Investigator.

John's process safety team was involved in the setup and piloting of AkzoNobel’s PSM Framework, which is being implemented across all 220 of their global manufacturing sites. He will discuss the most important learnings from the implementation process and how the framework adds value to both high hazard chemical sites and low hazard coatings facilities.

John holds Masters Degrees in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam and in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven.

Malcolm Staves 

Malcolm Staves, Group Health & Safety Director, L'Oréal, France

“Case Study: the L’Oréal Safety Culture Journey and Next Steps”

Previously a site engineering technologist and a plant manager, Malcolm has worked in corporate environment, health & safety for companies including Pechiney, Alcan and Bureau Veritas.

He joined L’Oréal in 2008, and is responsible for the development of the group's health & safety and fire prevention strategies, objectives and action plans. Since his arrival at L’Oréal, Malcolm has developed strategies for the globalisation of health & safety with a focus on risk management, visible leadership and safety culture. The next challenges are related to spreading the safety culture beyond the gates of L’Oréal.

Until recently Malcolm was chairman of the Conference Board European Health & Safety Council which has around 45 members and has also been a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) working group on skills & employment. He has co-authored several articles on health and safety and is a frequent speaker at the European Centre for Executive Development's (CEDEP)  Leadership & Safety Culture training programme.

An IChemE Fellow, Malcolm graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and has an MSC in Integrated Environmental Management from Bath University.

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