Journalist shot by terrorists to recount story at IOSH 2019

The programme for IOSH 2019 is live – and includes journalist and author Frank Gardner, who will recount his personal story of survival.

Frank Gardner, keynote speaker at IOSH 2019

Frank, who was shot six times by terrorists while reporting in Saudi Arabia in 2004, will be one of the keynote speakers at the ICC in Birmingham from 16-17 September.

Fellow author and renowned wellbeing expert Dr John Briffa will also present, talking delegates through building a wellbeing programme in their business and how this can boost the bottom line. 

The conference will examine some of the key topics which impact on the health and safety profession now and in the future: business and leadership skills; from compliance to competitive advantage; healthier workplaces; collaborating with others; what we can learn from OSH research; future risks, challenges and opportunities; and leading sustainability and human capital.

There will also be a careers zone while interactive sessions have been built into the programme.

Each day of the conference will have a clear focus, designed to help people decide between investing in a two-day or one-day pass. The first day will help delegates enhance their understanding of the key areas and give practical advice on managing risks, while day two will focus on the latest thinking and insight into leadership, strategy and innovation.

Sue Bull, IOSH’s Conference Producer, said: “We are very excited by the IOSH 2019 programme. Frank Gardner’s story will, I’m sure, be really inspiring. Dr John Briffa will be equally inspiring and will give delegates a wellbeing programme they can adapt to their business.

“But there is so much more. The conference will cover the areas that really matter, and it will be relevant for people at all stages of their career, from those new to the profession to the senior leaders with decades of experience.

“And it will be interactive as well. Our conference isn’t about just sitting there and being spoken to; people can get involved and ask those burning questions. All this will be facilitated by our chair, journalist and broadcaster Cathy Newman.”

View the conference programme and book your pass at Those booking before midnight (UK time) on 19 July can get money off as part of the early-bird rate.


Marcus Boocock is a communications officer at IOSH. He was previously a journalist at the Nottingham Post.

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