• Tim Marsh

    Psychologist, AnkerMarsh

    Tim Marsh was one of the team leaders of the original UK research into behavioural safety (in construction) in the early 1990s. He is considered a world authority on the subject of behavioural safety, safety leadership and organisational culture, was awarded a “President’s Commendation” in 2008 by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and was selected to be their first ever ‘Specialist Fellow’ in 2010.

    Founder of Ryder Marsh Safety Tim has worked commercially with more than 500 major organisations around the world, including many international oil and gas, utility, chemical, transport, IT and manufacturing organisations as well as the European Space Agency, the BBC, the National Theatre and Sky. Founded Anker & Marsh in 2018 with Jason Anker to focus more closely on wellbeing and mental health issues.

    Tim has worked with media such as the BBC (radio work and selecting and fronting a box set of their “disaster” series). Additionally, Tim has written dozens of magazine articles, many academic articles and the books “Affective Safety Management”, “Talking Safety”, “Total Safety Culture”, “Safety Savvy”, “A Definitive Guide to Behavioural Safety” and “A Handbook of Organised Wellbeing”.


    Speaker for following sessions
    • 12:00 - 12:30 Safety talk: Sustaining the safety mindset (Part I)
      Disasters are nearly always something we couldn’t imagine. Hence, it is often difficult for leaders to relate to previous disasters, especially, if they happened in different industries. Nevertheless, the deeper learnings are often generic independent of industry. But how do we make them accessible to other industries/trades e.g., how does a leader in renewables learn from Chernobyl? What is the process? Do we have any good examples? What are the enablers? What are the challenges?
      13:30 - 14:00 Thinking health, safety, and wellbeing
      In recent years there has been a massive change in orientation in the mindset of the health and safety world. From the criticism “we shout safety but only whisper health” we now have departments re-naming themselves ‘Wellbeing, Health and Safety” with mental health in particular front and centre. This reflects a growing appreciation that we are 30 times as likely to lose a colleague to suicide as to an accident and that the link between mindset, empowerment, engagement and accidents is both strong and causal - and likely to get far worse as the effects of long covid are felt. The impact on mind-set of the industry shift from oil and gas to renewables and all the challenge and uncertainty associated with that only adds to the issue. The good news is that the methodologies needed to provide strong cultural leadership to address this are well known and proven to deliver integrated, holistic and human focused cultural excellence. It’s a win:win as both an opportunity and a necessity.
      14:40 - 15:10 Safety talk: Sustaining the safety mindset (Part II)
      Discussions to improve “safety” are more and more challenged by arguments of “more people are being damaged by long-term effects of the working environment and stress than by physical accidents”. Therefore, we must  deal with the working environment to a much larger extent before we go on with traditional safety talks. But how do we do this? How can we integrate health and wellbeing into safety? How do we handle the interface with HR? What is similar – and what is different? What are the challenges? What are the enablers? What are the pitfalls and the tips’n’tricks? 
      17:00 - 17:30 Safety Talk: Sustaining the safety mindset (Part III)
      Understanding change and how it affects our people, our organizations, and our culture is crucial for how we navigate safety. But can safety be put in generic terms to cover both huge organizations faced with complex challenges and the risks faced by a front-line worker when flying a tornado squadron patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq? What are generic learnings we can take home? How can we learn from each other, across industries? Both ways? What’s working? and how do we establish a room in which this cross-industry learning can happen and floourish
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