After almost two months of lockdown, politicians, organisations and the public are considering what the future will look like.In this webinar with HSE, Acas and CIPD, the panel will consider the intricacies and contradictions surrounding how we can safely return to work in a post-COVID-19 landscape. As well as highlighting workers’ rights and needs, the discussion will look at how employers should be approaching this transitory period. With so many questions on health and safety, the long term picture and legal considerations, don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a Q&A with these expert speakers.
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ICAEW welcomes Sue Raftery, Senior Advisor from Acas (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and Andrew Kingscott, Principal Inspector from HSE. The webinar will be chaired by Iain Wright, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy at ICAEW.During this difficult time, we hope to offer as much clarity as possible - whilst understanding that this topic is continuously evolving.
Iain Wright BFP FCA, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy (chair)Iain started his career as a chartered accountant with Deloitte before moving to One North East the regional development agency for the North East of England. In 2004 he became Labour Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, having succeeded Peter Mandelson in a by-election. During his time in Parliament Iain was a Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government, first as Minister for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009 and then as Minister for Schools and Apprenticeships in the Department for Children, Schools and Families from 2009 until 2010. In opposition Iain was Shadow Minister for Industry between 2011 and 2015. Following the General Election of 2015, he was elected by the House of Commons to be Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he led high profile inquiries into the sale of BHS and working practices at Sports Direct. After deciding to stand down at the 2017 General Election, Iain became Chief Executive of NEPIC, a trade body in chemicals and processing industries in the North East of England. Iain is a Governor of Middlesbrough College and trustee of Kings College London’ Industrial Strategy Advisory Board. He also chairs the policy forum of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Susan Raftery, Senior Advisor, AcasSusan is a Senior Advisor at Acas based in the North West. Her role involves providing tailored support and practical solutions to address workplace challenges to a wide variety of organisations working with employers, Trade Unions and employees.
Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy, CIPDBen leads the CIPD’s Public Policy team, which works to inform and shape public debate, government policy and legislation in order to champion better work and working lives. His particular areas of interest in research and public policy include: skills and labour market policy; organisational culture and workforce reporting, leadership and management; employee relations, engagement and wellbeing.
Ben joined the CIPD in 2003 as an adviser on employee relations. Prior to joining the CIPD he was news editor and employment law editor at Personnel Today magazine. He has an LLM in Employment law from Kingston University.
Andrew Kingscott, Principal Inspector, HSEAndrew is the Principal Inspector leading HSE’s Public Administration Education & Volunteers Sector - (PAEV). PAEV lead on Engagement and Policy in respect of Local and Central Government, Education at all levels and Voluntary work across all sectors.
The PAEV team provide direction, advice and support to HSE’s operational teams in respect of standards and compliance with health and safety legislation across a range of matters including the management of asbestos in buildings.
Andrew joined HSE in 1990 and has spent most of his career securing improved standards, inspecting premises and investigating accidents across a wide range of industries including agriculture, construction, general manufacturing and services. He was promoted to Principal Inspector in 2007 and has led operational teams focussing on construction, and more recently covering a wider range of industries across 3 Counties in the South West of England.
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