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 experenced 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

The Chairman of the Board 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

Our HR Director and former interm CEO.  Kim brings experience from a variety of industries with a focus on people, leadership, strategic development and operational delivery.  

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.

Interested in becoming our next Board Member?

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