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

Guest Panellist

Sarabjit Purewal OBECyber Security and Emerging Technology Lead – Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.00 to 14.00, Stage 3

Panel Session Overview

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

Sarabjit Purewal OBE BSc PGDip CEng MIET

Sarabjit is a Principal Specialist Inspector and the portfolio lead for cybersecurity and emerging technologies in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Sarabjit started his career with the CEGB in the electricity supply industry working on automation of conventional and nuclear power plant. He later worked with Kennedy and Donkin Consulting Engineers as the engineering manager of the Power Group, and then with Mott MacDonald as divisional director, before moving to the Health and Safety Executive where he has worked on a number of technical areas, been an advisor to the Minister for health and safety, and led operational teams in the major hazards sector in the HSE. He was awarded an OBE for services to health and safety and cybersecurity in 2020.

Sarabjit sits on a number of technical committees in the IET, RITICS and BSI GEL/065.