The British Safety Council has announced the appointment of Richard Evens as its new commercial director, responsible for building the organisation’s membership base and increasing sales and delivery of its health, safety and environmental training, audits, awards and consultancy services.

Richard will be responsible for increasing the take-up of the British Safety Council’s training courses, audits, awards and consultancy and membership services to help organisations of all sizes and sectors in all countries to access the help and advice they need to achieve the highest standards of health, safety and environmental management.

He will also be responsible for growing the British Safety Council’s membership base globally so that greater numbers of organisations benefit from its services and expertise in managing health, safety and environmental risks sensibly and proportionately and to help businesses understand the social and economic benefits that flow from this approach.

Richard has over 15 years’ experience in senior commercial roles in the not-for-profit sector, most recently as commercial marketing director for St John Ambulance. At St John, he was responsible for developing first aid training products, publications and educational standards and marketing its products and services to raise income and deliver charitable benefit. Prior to this, he worked for Oxfam in another senior commercial role and also held marketing and logistics roles in the oil sector with Shell and Total.

Commenting on his new role, Richard said: “The British Safety Council is dedicated to making sure nobody is injured or made ill at work and I am delighted to be part of this.

“By expanding our membership and providing cutting edge and relevant training, qualifications, audits and consultancy services, we hope to help more employers across the globe improve their health, safety and environmental management performance in a sensible and proportionate way.

“Our members play a vital role in promoting the business and economic benefits of effective health, safety and environmental management by sharing their knowledge and experience with others, such as their supply chain and business networks. They also help the British Safety Council to influence government thinking and policy on occupational safety and health by providing us with their views including where improvements to our regulatory framework can be made.

“By growing our membership base, we hope to further encourage sharing of good practice in health, safety and environmental management among businesses, and to use our members’ views to remind government, opinion formers and other employers of the social and economic value of sensible health and safety and the need for regulations and guidance that are practical and easy to understand.”

Welcoming Richard on board, Alex Botha, the British Safety Council’s chief executive, said: “Richard has a wealth of experience in increasing generating income to increase the influence and reach of organisations in the not-for-profit sector, and I am certain that he will help the British Safety Council to offer the products and services that businesses everywhere need to effectively manage their health, safety and environmental risks.

“Richard has an important role to play in spreading the message that sensible and proportionate health, safety and environmental management make workplaces safer for everyone and helps to improve long-term business performance.”