Friday 13th September 2019: 10:30-15:00

Hilton Carlton, North Bridge, Edinburgh



Learn what actions are being taken to protect employees at risk and victims of domestic abuse and about the tools you can employ to improve the safety and welfare of your employees.

Hear from

Scottish Government, Alan Crawford – Lone Worker Protection Implementation

Alan has been a safety professional for almost 25 years. He started his safety career with the Scottish Prison Service where he was the first full time Health and Safety Co-ordinator, based in HMP Edinburgh. He moved to his current role with Scottish Government in 2006.
Scottish Government is one of the largest employers in the country with approximately 6500 staff and over 70 buildings. The organisation is generally low risk desk based but have pockets of high-risk-activities that are carried out in agriculture and marine. Alan and his team have developed an Employee Protection System over the last 8 years that is now considered as best practice. Alan’s mantra to health and safety is always to be sensible, practical and proportionate with his main aim to ensure all staff get home fit and healthy.

Police Scotland,  Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie – Domestic Abuse

Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie is Police Scotland's national lead for Domestic Abuse, Forced Marriage, Honour Based Abuse and Stalking and Harassment. He has a broad policing background having worked in Response Policing, Covert Policing, Hostage and Crisis Negotiation, Area Control Rooms, Criminal Investigation, Counter Terrorist Training and Firearms Command. His current role involves significant collaborative working to establish organisational policies and direction around domestic abuse. Additionally, he has command of the Domestic Abuse Task Force, a dedicated and national team of Detective Officers who tackle 'the worst of the worst', the serial perpetrators of abuse who move from relationship to relationship damaging the lives of all whom they touch." In February 2019 Gordon nominated TecSOS for a Police Scotland Excellence Award and was delighted to see them recognised as the winner of the Policing Partner of the Year category.

Elizabeth Filkin CBE - Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse

Former Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, Elizabeth Filkin CBE, has successfully carried major roles in both the private and public sectors. She currently combines chairing The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse, TecSOS and The Independent Advisory Board, Marston Holdings with board membership of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She also serves on several Trusts.
Elizabeth has served as Independent Advisor to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on the relationship between the media and the police. She conducted an extensive inquiry following the phone hacking scandal, and published advice in 2012, which the MPS are implementing in full. She also provided her report to the Leveson Inquiry.
She was Deputy Chief Executive at the London Docklands Development Authority after promotion from her role as Director of Community Services and was responsible for delivering a major housing programme and a range of services including schools, colleges and health centres. Elizabeth’s first major management role was Chief Executive of Citizens Advice. Elizabeth has been the non- executive chair of Annington Homes and a non- executive director of Britannia Building Society, HBS, Logica, Jarvis and Hay Management Consultants.

Louise Taggart- Michael’s Story

Louise Taggart was an employment lawyer in Scotland until personal tragedy led her into the field of health & safety. The death of her younger brother Michael, an experienced electrician, in a preventable electrical incident in 2005, has driven Louise to tell her brother’s story and ensure that others don’t have to suffer the same tragic loss.

Louise left her job to help convert the Scottish Hazards Campaign Group into a charity that provides a health and safety advice centre for workers, and through Michael’s Story, travels across the UK speaking to organisations and conferences about ensuring health and safety training, leadership and attitudes are effectively embedded in order to keep workers safe. She also works with Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) to provide support and a voice to families who have lost loved ones.


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