Professor Dame Carol Black, president of the Royal College of Physicians, was named as the UK’s first national director for health and work in April. She will head the cross-departmental government initiative to cut the number of people on incapacity benefit and promote health in the workplace following the launch of the government’s ‘Health, Work and Wellbeing’ strategy last year. In 2002, she was awarded the CBE for her work on systemic sclerosis, and in 2005 she was awarded the OBE for services to medicine.
There have been personnel changes at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) with the appointment of Jan Maw and Sharon Horan as part-time professional nursing development (PND) advisers. They will work with Carol Bannister, the RCN’s national OH adviser. Horan will now step down from her voluntary position as chair of the RCN Society of Occupational Health Nursing (SOHN), an elected position. The PND advisers can be contacted via the RCN website at www.rcn.org.uk.
Andy Gillies was elected in May as president of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). His objectives during his year as president are to extend the BOHS’s influence with and to contribute to the government’s ‘Health, Work and Wellbeing’ strategy, as well as take an active role in the development of guidance, and the implementation of the REACH regulations in the UK. In the past, Gillies worked for British Steel and Dow Chemical before setting up his own consultancy.