30 Jan 2018

NWCSG’s Claire Oakes Bags National Award

The dedication and hard work of our Vice Chair, Claire Oakes, has been formally recognised and rewarded at buffet lunch event, held at the House of Lords, by being named as the winner of the Maurice Adamson Award for 2017.

The award, which is open for nominations for elected members of any of the UK’s Safety Group’s Committee Members, serves to recognise ‘The Outstanding contribution from an individual to the Safety Groups Movement’ and is just reward for the diligence Claire has shown in her various roles on NWCSG’s Executive Committee over the past 12 years or so.

The event, which was attended by the great and good of Safety Groups UK’s membership, saw Claire presented with her award by The Lord Brougham and Vaux, President of SGUK. Claire was accompanied on her visit to London by Kenny Humphreys, NWCSG Chair and Philip Grundy, the Group’s PR Officer.

Celebrating with Claire after the event, Kenny Humphreys said, “Claire was such a worthy nominee and winner of this award. She has worked tirelessly to support the aims of the Group for as long as I have been a member and she has been a fantastic mentor and inspiration to me since she became the Group’s vice chair. I know that Claire also won a ROSPA Guardian Angel Award a few years back, so it’s great that she now has another award for her mantelpiece!”

Claire, who spends her working time as SHEQ Director of the Blackpool-based firm, Create Construction, said, “It’s lovely to be rewarded for my work with NWCSG, though it was totally unexpected! I feel really proud and privileged to have received a nomination from the other NWCSG Committee members. When I heard I had been nominated, I really didn’t think about winning, so to have done so is just brilliant!”


26 Feb 2017

CITB Propose Levy Changes – Have Your Say!

Those that are ‘in-scope’ of the CITB levy, may wish to know that there are proposals abound to change the levy

scheme, but that YOU have a chance to input before the proposals are finalised.

It may be worth you taking the time to watch this video and considering whether you should attend one of the nationwide employer events!

02 Feb 2017

NWCSG Win Coveted National Prize!

We are thrilled to announce that the North West Construction Safety Group has been named best UK safety group at a prize luncheon held at the House of Lords!

The Alan Butler Awards, arranged and fronted by Safety Groups UK, the umbrella organisation for UK safety groups, are intended to be an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and communicate the success of Safety Groups and individuals.

Following on from the silver award we received in 2015, both the gold and overall winner awards mark a significant step forward for the Group.


Three of the Group’s Executive Committee members, Kenny Humphreys, Neil Taylor and Philip Grundy, travelled down to the awards, held at the House of Lords, to attend the Luncheon and the various winners were awarded their prizes by the Lord Jordan CBE.

Speaking after the event, Kenny Humphreys said, “We were delighted to win the Gold Award. The Executive Committee have worked tirelessly for the past few years, promoting the Group and Health and Safety in general and the award was recognition of that.

We had no idea whatsoever that we had been shortlisted, so when the Overall Winner was announced as NWCSG, we were literally speechless. Those that know me will confirm that being speechless doesn’t normally apply to me!

The awards really are a fantastic accolade and I know I speak for everyone involved in the group when I say I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. From members, to speakers, to sponsors and to the Executive Committee, they’ve all been brilliant to work with and rather than viewing this as the pinnacle, we intend to use it as the catalyst to strengthen the Group’s position as the UK’s biggest construction industry interest group.”

When asked if he’d partaken in a few celebratory drinks after the event, Kenny declined to comment, but I think we all know the answer to that question anyway!




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