Plenary speakers

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Mike Bell, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, US

Mike Bell, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, US

Manager, Safety Services

Mike has led various teams of safety professionals over an 18-year career with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Prior to joining Disney he worked in the petrochemical industry. Mike's presentation will focus on the management of unconventional risks, specifically how Disney manages a unique and diverse risk portfolio designed to keep its cast members and guests safe. He will speak during the opening session of the conference, delivering a lecture created to honour the memory of process safety pioneer, Trevor Kletz. Read more >>

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, EEF, UK

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, EEF, UK

Chair, EEF

Dame Judith is chair of EEF, the member organisation which champions manufacturers and manufacturing in the UK. Prior to that she chaired the UK Health and Safety Executive for over eight years. She has spoken to worldwide audiences about the importance of safety and how it must be integral to everyone's role. Dame Judith will refer to her recent independent review of building regulations and fire safety to illustrate the need for engineers to share vital knowledge and skills to embed systems thinking and process safety principles in every sector. Read more >>

Mark Neate, Sellafield Ltd, UK

Mark Neate, Sellafield Ltd, UK

Executive Director, Environment, Safety & Security

Mark's role at Sellafield Ltd includes all forms of safety (including health), quality, safeguards, resilience, emergency management and security. As such he is also the client for security, resilience and emergency management enhancement programmes. His goal is to establish Sellafield Ltd so that it is recognised as a demonstrably safe and secure site providing the competence necessary to accelerate hazard reduction; promote environmental remediation; and prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and threats to the business. Read more >>

Tracy Whipple, BP, US

Tracy Whipple, BP, US

Upstream Technical Authority, Process Safety Engineering

Tracy has world-wide accountability for the implementation of process safety in operations, projects and wells at BP. She has worked at BP for 14 years, in a range of roles related to process safety, risk management and engineering leadership. She has led the development of barrier models and been involved in developing leadership field engagement training and career mentoring within BP. Tracy will speak about her experiences in the oil and gas industry and her thoughts on the process safety challenges that we face today. Read more>>