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To link together the constituent Safety Groups
To circulate programmes and activities of member groups to the other member groups
To increase the efficiency of the area groups by pooling information and creating a source where advice and assistance shall be available to member groups on request
To organise the annual Conference and Exhibition
To promote Conferences, Seminars and Exhibitions and any other appropriate initiatives to further the cause of Occupational Health and Safety within the region
Shelagh O'Sulivan (North Manchester
John Edmonds (Merseyside)
Cathy Nixon (Manchester)
Mark Burns (Lancashire)
Mike Nixon (Manchester)
Mike Kershaw (Merseyside)
Susan Moore (North Manchester)
Chris Shaw (CDM Group)
James Woolgrove (South Cumbria)
Philip Watson (East Lancashire)
Steve Winstanley (East Lancashire)
We are indebted to Eddie Miles for providing the following information:
1989 - 1992 C Tracey Lancashire
1992 - 1993 B Holt Cumbria
1993 - 1994 J King Lancashire
1994 - 1995 T K Williams Merseyside
1995 - 1997 W E J Greville Lancashire
1997 - 1998 M Sagar East Lancashire
1998 - 1999 B Wilkinson Manchester
1999 - 2001 B Baines NE/NW Wales
2001 - 2003 M Burns Lancashire
2003 - 2005 M Sagar East Lancashire
2005 - 2006 M Nixon Manchester
2006 - 2008 M Kershaw Merseyside
2008 - 2010 M Sagar East Lancashire
2010 - 2012 M Burns Lancashire
2012 - 2014 M Nixon Manchester
2014 - 2016 J Edmonds Merseyside
2017 - 2018 S O'Sullivan North Manchester
The valuable contribution made by those who served as Chairman and whose names and dates of office are not recorded is also acknowledged.
The Association came about as a result of the work and wishes of key players in Health and Safety in Lancashire during the late 1950's. It is apparent that Mr Bill Hanley was the chief moving force behind the formation of the NWA and played a leading role in its running until his death. Members of the Preston and District Industrial Accident and Prevention Group (now LOHSG - the Lancashire Occupational Health and Safety Group) played an important role in its formation.
Conferences (later supplemented by an Exhibition and expanded to a 2 day event) have been held in October every year, till more recently when it changed to a one day event varying between June and September depending on other local events at the following venues:
1959 - 1966 Floral Hall, Morecambe
1967 - 1968 Fleetwood
1969 - 1984 Pembroke Halls, Salford
1985 - 1986 King Georges Hall, Blackburn
1987 - 1988 The Crest, Runcorn
1989 - 2015 Barton Grange Hotel, Barton, Preston
In 2009/10 the Conference was held in June to avoid clashes with the Health and Safety Event at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton in October. As this started to clash with the SHE Show in Blackpool we have moved the date to September.
From a newspaper cutting in 1958 the Preston Group launched a "vigorous attack" against the prevalence of accidents and injury in local works and factories. Sir George Barnett, Chief Inspector of Health and Safety for the country agreed to give a review of the field of accident prevention at a group event held at the Harris College, Preston In October 1958 - particular emphasis was given to attracting small firms including those employing less than 25 people.
The second Association Conference was held on the 6th October 1959 at which a draft constitution was approved and adopted.
At the formation of the North West Association (NWA) a management committee was set up and a further Conference planned for the following year. A study course (the first of several that included residential courses for apprentices) was also arranged at Alston Hall, Longridge.
This group meeting was an important occasion that attracted and brought together members from safety groups throughout Lancashire and it is likely that its success engendered the thought of running a similar annual event that would attract top national speakers and receive support from safety groups and their members throughout the North West of England. Retrospectively the event at the Harris College can be considered as the first Conference of the North West Association.
Bill was the Director of the HSE's North West Area based in Preston. In this position, and since in his semi retirement, he has actively sought to build links with the local safety groups and facilitate co-operation with the HSE in the provision of speakers, advice and expertise relating to the Associations work.
Over many years Bill has been a member of the Executive, acted as its Chairman, and served a key role in conference planning. He was appointed President of the Association in 1999. Sadly Bill passed away on 22 August 2015 aged 89 after being ill for some time. His influence and contribution to the Conference planning will be missed.
William Handley MBE
Bill was the chief influence in the founding of the NWA in1958. He was Safety Officer for Leyland Birmingham Rubber Co, Chairman of LOHSG 1964-1970 of which he became President in 1976. He received an MBE in 1969 for his work in Accident Prevention.
1958 - 1972 Association Secretary
1972 - ~1985 Controller of the Association
Frank Riddell DSA (RoSPA)
Frank was the Chief Safety Officer for WMP Ltd which later became the Reed Paper Group to which he was appointed Senior Safety Engineer. Frank has spent 40 years working for the Association mainly in his retirement.
1970 - 1985 Secretary and Conference Organiser
1985 - 2000 Treasurer and Exhibition Organiser
2000 Appointed Governor of the Association
2000 - 2007 Governor, Treasurer and Exhibition Organiser
Harry Banks MBE
Harry was a Production Engineer with British Aerospace and apart from his association position was President of the Lancashire Occupational Health and Safety Group in succession to Bill Handley. Harry devoted his years in retirement to advancing health and safety mainly working for the association and LOHSG. He received an MBE for his work in accident prevention.
1967 - 1970 Representative for Manchester Group
1983 - 2002 Secretary and Conference Organiser
Looking at the programme for the 1982 Conference it is noted that only speakers are listed - no themes or topics. This is interesting and reflects the fact that delegates need and enthusiasm was such that they were prepared to come and listen to experts talk on safety matters irrespective of their content knowing it would be of value to them
Another observation is that 50 years ago people were even then emphasising the need to reach small firms and to focus on training young people