Martin Temple appointed as the new Chair of HSE

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Martin Temple as Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board.

Martin has more than 30 years of experience in private and public sector roles, including senior positions at the Sheffield Hospital Trust, EEF Manufacturers’ Organisation and 600 group.

Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson said:

“I am delighted with Martin’s appointment. He brings a wealth of experience to the role and joins at a time when the work of the HSE in promoting health and safety amongst employers is as important as ever.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Judith Hackitt as the outgoing Chair. Under her leadership the organisation has gone from strength to strength.”

Martin Temple, the new Chair of the Health and Safety Executive said:

“I am delighted to be appointed as HSE Chair. I hold a long-standing interest in Health and Safety and look forward to working with HSE and the board to build on its success as a world-leading workplace health and safety regulator and I look forward to this challenge and the opportunities ahead.”

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Martin is an experienced director, having served on a number of boards in the public and charity sector. He is currently:

  • Chairman of the Design Council
  • a non-executive director of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • on the Council of the University of Warwick
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of Warwick Business School.

He has previously worked with HSE, having led an independent triennial review of the Health and Safety Executive in 2014.

Martin will take up the role from 1 May 2016, following Dame Judith Hackitt’s departure.

HSE is the national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces. It does so:

  • through research
  • by providing information and advice
  • by promoting training
  • by producing new or revised regulations and codes of practice
  • by working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement



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