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Two new appointments added to HSE board


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The Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed two non-executive director Board appointments to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The two new additions to HSE’s Board bring with them a wealth of public service experience that will be welcomed into the existing team.

Debbie Gillatt CBE is currently a magistrate and Trustee at Penny Parks Charitable Trust. Previously she held NED roles with Companies House and Insolvency Service and was the Director of Business Frameworks at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Within BEIS, she led the teams responsible for the UK’s company law, accounting standards and corporate governance rules, and those which lead on corporate transparency and anti-corruption initiatives. She also led on corporate responsibility and boardroom diversity initiatives.

Earlier in BEIS, Debbie managed a £3.2bn Government grant fund for business and led the cross-Whitehall team which supported Lord Heseltine in producing his report on the UK’s competitiveness. She also worked in the Cabinet Secretariat and managed The Secretary of State’s ministerial support team.

Her previous experience includes managing government’s relationship with a range of business sectors from production machinery to telecoms, and ground-breaking work in both economic regulation and inward investment.

Reverend Professor Gina Radford currently serves as Vicar in the Dart and Avon Mission Community in Devon. Between 2015 and 2019, she was Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England. She is a member of the National Police Ethics Committee and chaired Public Health England’s COVID Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions Ethics Group.

Chair of HSE, Sarah Newton welcomed both appointments to the Board. She said: “I am delighted that Gina and Debbie will be joining us on the HSE Board. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and I’m sure they will be a great asset to us.  I look forward to working with them.”

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