A key member of staff at Ideagen is celebrating after becoming the first female Chair of a Scottish safety chamber.
Jane Murdoch, a member of Ideagen’s Aviation, Aerospace and Defence team, was sworn into her new role within the Scottish Chamber of Safety (SCoS) at an official handover ceremony recently.
Jane, an active member of Safety Group West of Scotland (SGWS), replaces Norman Stevenson who has held the position for a decade during two separate periods. He is current Chair of Safety Groups UK (SGUK).
Andrew O’Hara, a member of Ideagen’s Marketing team, was also named Secretary of the Chamber.
Norman said: “It is with great pride that I and the wider Chamber congratulate Jane Murdoch on her new position as Chair of the Scottish Chamber of Safety.
“Jane is a long-term supporter of the Safety Groups’ movement, having been involved with Safety Group West of Scotland for over ten years.
“She is well respected among the safety community for her passion and enthusiasm, and you will find her at almost every safety event around the country.
“Her drive for continual improvement and in utilising technology to make the role of a safety professional more effective is well known, with her knowledge and expertise benefiting many well know organisations.
“I am excited to see the impact Jane’s enthusiasm, knowledge and industry standing has on the future success of the Chamber.”
Following her appointment, Jane said: “I am absolutely delighted to be named as Chair of such a prestigious and well-respected safety organisation.
“I must thank Norman Stevenson, and all previous Chairs, for the work that has gone on before me. It is important that the Chamber and accompanying safety groups all across the country continue to improve safety levels and awareness of safety across the UK.
“Being the first Lady Chair I will bring a unique perspective to the role. In a predominantly male industry, we are seeing more women coming forward to highlight their achievements across the health and safety spectrum.
“My vision is to give everyone a voice, as I firmly believe we need balance through equality.”
During her work for SCoS, Jane has been involved in the UK-wide strategy for health and safety, including playing an active part in initiatives such as ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’.
Jane added: “Alongside the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), SCoS is determined to change the face of health and safety, and that will involve continuing the collaboration between ourselves, the wider safety groups and member organisations such as Ideagen.”
The SCoS was formed as the coordinating body for Scottish safety groups that had emerged throughout Scottish industry. The Chamber is made up of the various Occupational Safety Groups throughout Scotland and aims to provide a forum for health and safety.
Ideagen, which supports the SGUK through its membership of SGWS, is an industry leader in the Environment, Health and Safety Management sector not just in the UK but globally. The organisation develops software and provides services to over 3,000 organisations operating in some of the most highly regulated industries including aviation, life sciences, manufacturing and oil & gas.