The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Sarah Albon.

Ms Albon is set to join the HSE on September 1st, 2019. She will leave her current role as Inspector General and Chief Executive of the Insolvency Service, a role she has occupied since 2015.

Ms Albon’s will replace outgoing Acting Chief Executive of the HSE, Dr David Snowball, who has held the post for a year and plans to retire from the HSE at the end of this year.

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Speaking about her appointment, Ms Albon said: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the executive of this important and hugely respected regulator. Working together with my new colleagues across HSE, I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the vital mission we deliver on behalf of Great Britain’s workplaces.”

At the Insolvency Service, Ms Albon implemented strategies to improve the services to its customers, lower costs and further strengthen the UK’s insolvency regime. Of her new role at the HSE, she added: “My focus will be on continuing to deliver improvements in health and safety performance as our workplaces move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.”

Chair of the HSE Board, Martin Temple, welcomed the new appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah Albon to HSE as our new Chief Executive and look forward enormously to working with her.

Ms Albon has an impressive track-record of previous roles in Government, including Director of Strategy and Change at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, Director of Civil Family and Legal Aid Policy at the Ministry of Justice, Deputy Director of Criminal Legal Aid Strategy, Ministry of Justice and she has also served as principal private secretary to two Lord Chancellors.

Mr Temple lauded praise on the incoming Chief Executive. “Sarah’s CV speaks for itself and her valuable experience in leading organisations through change and planning for the future will stand her in good stead leading this world-class regulator of workplace health and safety.”

Ms Albon’s appointment was made following an open recruitment process.

What is the HSE?

The HSE is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The HSE is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. They prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.

Further information about the HSE and its Board can be found here.

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