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Chair and members of the Health and Safety Commission


Bill Callaghan

Appointed Chair of the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on 1 October 1999. He was previously the Chief Economist and Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the Trades Union Congress (TUC). He has had a long and distinguished career with the TUC, mainly in the economic field. He wrote the TUC's key strategic document Partners for Progress which sets out priorities in employment relations. He has considerable experience of working with different groups in industry and public life and has served on the boards of Business and Community and the Basic Skills Agency. He served on the Low Pay Commission from 1997 - 2000, He was also a member of the Education Services Advisory Committee's Research Priorities Board.


Mr George Brumwell

Appointment commenced on 1 April 1998. He is General Secretary of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. He is a member of the Labour Party National Policy Forum and the TUC's Executive Committee and General Council. He is a long-time member of the Construction Industry Training Board and a board member of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme for the Construction Industry. He is an Executive Committee Member of the European and International Federation of Building and Wood Unions.

Ms Margaret Burns

Appointment commenced on 1 April 1998. She is a part-time tutor of Public Law at the University of Aberdeen. She has taught in the law faculties at Dundee and Glasgow Universities and at the Open University. She was formerly the Legal Advisory Officer for, and is now a member of, the Scottish Consumer Council, which nominated her for the Health and Safety Commission.

Mr Abdul Chowdry JP

Appointment commenced on 1 April 1999. He gained more than 34 years experience as a Health, Safety and Environment Adviser at Turner and Newall plc (manufacturing), where he worked until August 1998. He is the Director of Blackburn/Darwen Racial Equality Council. He has been a magistrate since 1976. He was a Labour Councillor at Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council from 1972 to 1998, where he chaired a number of committees including Housing, Policy and Economic Development. He was also a member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority from 1986 to 1998.

Mrs Judith Donovan CBE

Appointment commence 1 October 2000. She is a Yorkshire businesswoman who founded her own direct marketing company in 1982, which now employs 50 people. She has chaired the Direct Marketing Association since 1998. She actively supports her local community and is Chair of the Bradford Training and Enterprise Council, President of the Bradford Chambers of Commerce, Patron of Bradford Samaritans and a Director of the Northern Ballet Theatre. She is also a Millennium Commissioner. She has undertaken no political activities in the last five years.

Cllr Joyce Edmond-Smith

Appointment commenced on 1 April 1997. She has been a councillor for 13 years and is a member of Brighton and Hove Council. She has been a member of the Association of District Councils for eight years and has a wide experience of environmental and health issues in local government. Over the past ten years she has chaired the Brighton Environment and Planning Committee and the Environment and Health Committee of the Association of District Councils. She has been a member of Brighton and Hove Community Health Council and is presently a member of the 'Local Agenda 21' Steering Committee. She taught in Further Education for 20 years.

Mr Sonny Hamid

Appointment commenced 1 April 1999. He commenced his training in electrical engineering in 1954. In 1969 his career led him into fire engineering and he gained membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers. His career path developed to include senior fire engineering, environmental health and safety and engineering and construction positions at Foster Wheeler Petroleum Development Ltd, Bechtel GB Ltd and Bechtel inc. Following the acquisition of Trafalgar House by Kvaerner plc in 1996, he had been actively engaged in preparing and implementing a new environmental, health and safety policy in the group companies serving clients in six main industrial sectors world-wide. Currently he is serving as an independent consultant specialising in environment and safety matters in business management systems, technology and education.

Mrs Maureen Rooney OBE

Mrs Maureen Rooney OBE is a National Women's Officer for the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union and is a Member of the Executive Council of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions. She was nominated for the Health and Safety Commission by the Trade Union Congress and has served on the TUC's General Council since 1990 and the Executive Council since 1998. She is a former Vice-President of the National Childminder's Association and was on the Board of Management for the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit. She was also on the Council of Management for the Merchant Navy Welfare Board. She has undertaken a range of political activities for the Labour Party including speaking and canvassing on behalf of the party and is a member of the NEC Women's Committee. She holds no other Ministerial public appointments.

Mr Rex Symons CBE

Appointment commenced on 1 October 1989. He acts as the Confederation of British Industries' (CBI) workplace health and safety consultant and is Chairman of its Health and Safety Committee. He is a member of the Employment National Training Organisation and Chairman of Bournemouth Primary Care NHS Trust. He is also Chairman of Bournemouth Transport Ltd and Dorset Travel Services Ltd. He was Chairman of Dorset Training and Enterprise Council for six years until 1998, Deputy Chairman of Merck Holdings from 1989 to 1991 and Managing Director of BDH Chemicals Ltd (formerly British Drug Houses Ltd) from 1980 to 1989. He is a member of the Employment Tribunals. He is also a Governor of the Bournemouth Arts Institute.

Mr Owen Tudor

Appointment commenced on 17 November 1998. He is a Senior Policy Officer at the TUC responsible for prevention, rehabilitation and compensation. He was a member of the HSC Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances and Occupational Health Advisory Committee's occupational health services sub-group. He is a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and is a member of the Civil Justice Council. He is a trustee of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People and developed the first social partnership between the TUC and a small firms organisation, the Forum of Private Business. He is married and has a young son.

Updated 2009-01-06