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Profile of Sir Paul Kenny

Board Member Health and Safety Executive

Paul Kenny

Sir Paul Kenny was appointed to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Board as non-executive director for a three year term starting 1 October 2010. His appointment has been extended for a further three years until end of September 2016.

Sir Paul was elected General Secretary of the GMB trade union in May 2006, having become Acting General Secretary in June 2005. He spent his early working life at Fuller's brewery in Hammersmith and then as an apprentice gas fitter, prior to working for Hammersmith Council as a park keeper where he first became active in the GMB. In 1979 he started working for the GMB as a full time official and became London Regional Secretary in 1991 before being elected as General Secretary in 2006.

"I am proud to be appointed to the HSE Board. These days we hear too little about the very real improvements health and safety has brought over the years. As a Board member I will do my best to shift the focus to the true value of protecting workers from unsafe working practices, and to the wider benefits for business and society."

Sir Paul was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours list for his services to trade unions.

Register of interests

1 Companies, partnerships, trusts or other bodies of which you are a paid employee. GMB
2 Companies and organisations in which you or your family or close associates:
a) has/have a controlling interest, or Nil
b) is/ are a Director or Partner, or Nil
c) has/have shares or securities with a nominal value of more than £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issues share capital, and  Nil
d) could be involved in the supply of goods or services to, or have business dealings with the HSE Nil
3 Non-profit making organisations (e.g.  charities, housing associations) where you or your  close family are Trustees, or on the Committee of Management or other controlling body and which might receive grants, carry out activities designed to promote or develop the organisation, or have other significant dealings with the HSE Nil
4 Any land or property in which a member has a direct interest and is clearly within HSE’s sphere of activities. Nil
5 Membership of local authorities, health authorities and trusts, the Magistrates Bench, and relevant voluntary sector bodies. Nil
Updated 2015-06-17