Our Board

We are lucky to be supported by a Board with extensive experience in health and safety, project management, media and communications, and strategic planning. With our Board behind us, we are ready to take on anything.

Louise Richardson

Our current Chief Executive Officer who is experienced in the commercial sector and charity sector.  Louise qualified from the University of Chester in 1999 with a BSc in Health Care and Community Studies.  

David Forsyth

Our Treasurer and QHSE Director for Rever Offshore providing a wealth of experience gained in both the oil & gas industry and the fire service. David’s role in safety leadership training has led him to help shape the next generation of the workforce with Absafe.

Wayne Henderson

Our Vice-Chair and Managing Director of Kaizah Limited, a consultancy focusing on supporting businesses develop strategy, business improvement and growth opportunities. Wayne brings skills in project management, commercial and strategic planning to the Absafe board.  

Mike Skitmore

The former UK Business Unit Manager of Premier Oil. Mike has extensive know-how in HSE performance, production operations, projects, development, business growth and leadership. 

Kim Woolner

Kim is the Chairperson of the board and HR & Business Leader with over 20 years’ experience of delivering people solutions for leading organisations, both in London and Aberdeen. She currently works as HR Transition Lead at TAQA, as part of the Brae Transition Team, with the key focus being on integration and managing change. She has been involved with well-being at work for over 15 years and in a more recent role, as Corporate Services Director, was responsible for leading the HSEQ, Marketing and Communications and Facilities functions, which further established her passion for well-being and behavioural change.  

Carolyn Smith

Works for Step Change in Safety as Health & Safety Programme Delivery Manager. She has previously held various roles as HSEQ Manager/Director. With degrees in Microbiology & Genetics and Environmental Health, she has worked within the manufacturing industry where she managed compliance in a factory setting. She has also worked as an Environmental Health Officer, enforcing health and safety law (amongst others) onshore conducting proactive and reactive inspections using a graduated approach to enforcement. More recently Carolyn worked as an HSEQ Manager in the UKCS, NO & NL gaining an excellent understanding of health, safety and welfare issues affecting the offshore workforce, including mental health and the importance of fatigue, wellbeing and communication.

Kelly-Marie Stevenson

Our secretary, Kelly has worked as an HSEQ professional for over 20 years with a wide variety of companies and clients across the O&G Industry. Kelly is a Law & Management graduate, with a Diploma in Applied Health and Safety, a Post Grad Diploma in Environmental Decision Making and has recently completed the Human Factors in Industrial Practice program at Aberdeen University.  She is also a professional member of both IOSH and IEMA.

Additionally, Kelly is one of our volunteers at The Safe and really enjoys the interaction with the children. Its a home from home as she has two boys of her own who keep her busy. Any spare time is used to read, cycle and bake (she bakes an awesome triple-layered chocolate cake).

Julia Stringer

Julia works for the Maritime and Coastguard agency as the Offshore Energy Support Officer.  She has been fortunate to be able to serve her community by working in the emergency services for the last fifteen years.  Julia served ten years in the Fire Service control room, moving on to the Coastguard operations room and she now supports our energy industry to prepare for, and respond to emergencies.  

Julia had an interlude between her posts five years ago and she wanted to share her passion for safety in a positive way so she contacted Absafe to see about volunteering.  It was the best thing she’s ever done!  Having the opportunity to work with the youngsters in our community has not only given Julia a deep sense of fulfilment and been a real privilege, but is also immense fun. 

Interested in becoming our next Board Member?

Contact CEO Louise Richardson on 0774 865 4105 or email louise@absafe.org.uk