Originally an industrial chemist with experience of both lab work and plant operation, Ken joined HSE in 1986 as a specialist inspector, dealing with process safety. He worked as a field inspector across the North of England and spent periods in HSE headquarters, in major hazards and operational research. He moved to Hickson & Welch in 1994, after the company’s major accident, as their Health and Safety Manager. He recently retired from Synthomer plc, an international polymer group with 20 manufacturing sites from the UK to Vietnam, where he was Group Risk and SHE manager.
Ken was a member of the working group which wrote IChemE’s “Fundamentals of Process Safety” course and has taught the course a number of times. He chaired the working group which produced the revised third edition of the CIA’s Occupied Buildings guidance and is a member of the UK Chemical Weapons Convention Advisory Committee. In 2012 he was awarded the Franklin Medal by IChemE for his work in process safety.
Ayssar is a risk engineering director, a Chartered Engineer and a dynamic leader with 25 years of global experience in all aspects of process safety management and leadership as well as business improvement for both operations and major projects.
Experienced in safety leadership, design hazard and risk management, inherently safer design, safety cases, emergency response, auditing and human factors strategies, Ayssar has advised and supported senior leaders in the application of company visions, values and strategies and has consistently delivered exceptional value in complex, high-pressure environments.
A passionate coach and skilled trainer, Ayssar is also an IChemE Global Award winner and a finalist for the Oil and Gas UK Safety Awards. She believes in ‘understanding before doing’ and focusses on promoting the fundamentals of process safety leadership and lean applications operations and projects across the energy industry.