PANEL DISCUSSION:

A Competent Authority View on Skills for Competence & Compliance - Hosted by Cogent Skills

Guest Panellist

Max WalkerHead of Onshore Chemicals Strategy & Divisional Support | Chemicals, Explosives & Microbiological Hazards Division - Health and Safety Executive

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.00 to 14.00, Stage 3

About the Daily Skills Panels

How will changes to materials and process technology, increased digitalisation, and the drive towards energy efficiency and improved environmental performance impact on the regulatory landscape.

In this session we will share the findings from our UK Chemical Industry Skills Survey and hear from the Competent Authority their views on the short to medium term direction of travel and how the regulatory landscape may evolve in the longer term.

 

Featured  Panellists include:

 

  • Neil Smith – Head of Workforce Development, Cogent Skills (Host)
  • Sarabjit Purewal OBE – Cyber Security and Emerging Technology Lead – Health and Safety Executive
  • Dr Mike Nicolas – Senior Advisor : COMAH at Environment Agency
  • Max Walker –  Head of Onshore Chemicals Strategy & Divisional Support | Chemicals, Explosives & Microbiological Hazards Division – Health and Safety Executive

Speaker Bio

Max Walker started a career as a Factory Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive in 1988.  Since then his passion for health and safety and the importance of good regulation has grown and grown, fed by many tragic cases of death, injury and ill health arising from work activities, all too often preventable.

Max has spent much of his career as the senior manager for the South West region, leading teams carrying out inspections and investigations in workplaces as diverse as hospitals, farms, general manufacturing and even an MoD tank range.

Having recently joined the HSE Division dealing with major hazard sites in the COMAH regime, explosives industry and microbiological hazards Max is hugely excited to be able to help shape the way HSE and the COMAH Competent Authority enables an industrial revolution.