-Women from across the globe benefit from ‘valuable’ mentoring scheme

-November course in real demand

RoSPA and L’Oréal’s Leading Safely for Women programme, part of their Safe@Work-Safe@Home partnership, which launched earlier this year has had a ‘phenomenal response’, according to Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s health and safety policy adviser.

The purpose of the training programme is to develop the abilities of women with an entrepreneurial spirit in health and safety, enhancing their visibility in the sector and working towards creating gender balance for smarter EDI[1].

The first two Leading Safely courses held in February and June received an overwhelming response from women across the sector, seeking to develop their skills and roles within health and safety, with the courses heavily over-subscribed. The next course, which will cater for a further eight mentees, is due to run on 11 November, with the deadline for applications on 15 October. The inspiring leading safely content helps delegates to develop a health and safety strategy that aligns to their overall business values, alongside how to reach and exceed personal and business objectives.

Identifying women from across the globe and encouraging them to realise their full potential in the health and safety sector is at the heart of the collaboration between L’Oréal and RoSPA. The IOSH Leading Safely courses are fully funded by the Safe@Work-Safe@Home partnership; attendees commit to a day of training, joining the mentoring program and writing about their journey.

Comments from some of the previous course attendees:

“Since the course took place, I have shared what I’ve learned and become more visible. It has been very empowering, and I feel I can conquer the world in terms of my professional approach.” Belinda Nyambare, age 29 from Kenya

“I recommend the course to any ambitious female who wants to break the mould.” Dr Jwan Kamla, 38 from Kurdistan

“The course showed me that we should push ourselves and support each other… I’m now pushing for a senior manager role. I want to change the culture, challenge myself and drive change.” Nishma Mistry, 39 from Bedfordshire

Previous attendees have reported promotional opportunities, as well as being able to communicate what they do, and how they are working to making a difference within their organisations.

Louise Hosking, director of Hosking Associates (who leads the training), comments: “We have been overwhelmed by the success of the Leading Safely programme so far.

“We need greater diversity in health and safety, and more women in leadership positions who are visible to support this. This initiative focuses on creating gender balance and we examine the challenges being faced and how to have the confidence to overcome these. Through smarter EDI better decisions will be made, and when we make better decisions in health and safety we save more lives. Gender parity is not just the morally right thing to do it is also the financially smart thing to do. It is vital that women see other women in leadership or influencing roles within the sector. It’s time for a change.”

Malcolm Staves, L’Oréal’s Global Vice President Health & Safety, said: “The first two leading safely training sessions were a great success and the attendees are now all benefitting from the coaching/mentoring phase of the programme. Diversity and inclusion are part of our DNA in L’Oréal and we are convinced that better diversity will result in better decision making which, in the Health & Safety profession, will mean we could save more lives and reduce injuries. It just makes sense.”

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s occupational Safety & Health policy adviser, said: “Each connection forged through the Leading Safely programme increases the visibility of our phenomenal women, it has been a privilege to mentor both Jwan and Nishma, we have all benefited from the experience. When you see the invite for the November programme ‘get involved’.”

NEXT COURSE 11 November 2021

To be considered for one of the fully funded IOSH Leading Safely places, please email & your name, organisation, role, contact details and some information about yourself along with a 250-word personal statement explaining how this opportunity will help you and your business by 15 October 2021.

For more details and to apply online visit:

Mentoring opportunities

If you would like to become a mentor we would love to speak with you about getting involved in this programme. Please email your details to &

[1] Equality, diversion and inclusion