An IOSH member who has been awarded an OBE has described it as “a wonderful way to end my career”.
Caroline Wake CMIOSH was one of two IOSH members who were included in the New Year Honours list. She receives an OBE for services to transport safety and the community of Kent, while Andrew Butt has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to public safety.
Caroline, of the Railway Safety Directorate at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), is head of the UK delegation for the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, a bi-national organisation covering the English and French sections of the tunnel.
After working as a chemist, she started to get involved in health and safety when the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations were introduced in 1988.
She became a factory inspector at the UK Health and Safety Executive. She later managed the inspection team which regulated Transport for London before transferring to the ORR. She held a number of roles at the ORR before being made responsible for Channel Tunnel safety six years ago.
Caroline, who retires at the end of March, has been invited to an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 23 February.
She said: “I am humbled and very honoured to receive an OBE. The letter came out of the blue. It is a wonderful way to end my career.”
As well as being a Chartered IOSH member, Andrew Butt serves on the organisation’s Council, its representative body which represents the views of members to its Board of Trustees.
His award comes after nearly 20 years working in occupational safety and health, most recently for the National Probation Service’s Southeast and East of England division.
BEMs are awarded for “hands-on” service to the local community. Away from work, Andrew has given up huge amounts of his spare time to volunteering, including delivering blood and other urgent medical supplies to hospitals, provided first-aid at public events for St John Ambulance, and helping out with the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service at stock car races.
Andrew said: “I was taken aback when I heard that I was going to receive the award. I feel very humbled by it.”
Andrew will receive his medal in a ceremony in his home county of Suffolk. It will be presented to him by the county’s Lord Lieutenant, though no date has been given for this yet. The award will also mean Andrew will be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.