Health and safety and employment law specialist, Law At Work (LAW), has appointed a new head to manage its health and safety division. Steve Ashton joins the consultancy from SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy), where he most recently managed the provision of the SHE (safety, health, environment) support on the Beauly to Denny power line, one of the largest engineering projects in Scotland. He brings over three decades of experience in the profession to the role, and has worked both as an in-house professional and consultant in a variety of sectors, including science, engineering, local authority, health, leisure, food and construction. Ashton will be responsible for developing LAW’s growing health and safety division, LAWSafe, sharing his expertise and knowledge with the consultancy’s staff and clients. Jane Wright, chief executive of Law At Work, stated, ‘The demand for our health and safety services has grown rapidly since we expanded our core product and service provision in April last year, as more organisations opt to stay safe and legal. Our clients come to us for the practical, expert advice and Steve’s wealth of hands-on experience will enable us to continue to extend this area of the business and the markets we serve.’ Throughout his career, Ashton has provided health and safety audit, advice, support and training services to a range of organisations, including BP, Scottish Power, Network Rail, UKAEA, Scottish Water and World Bank.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.