Dr Andrew Sharman

Dr Andrew Sharman

Former President of IOSH. Managing Partner at RMS Switzerland. Founder and Chairman of the Board at One Percent Safer

Former President of IOSH. Managing Partner at RMS Switzerland. Founder and Chairman of the Board at One Percent Safer

Managing Partner of RMS, a global consultancy specializing in culture and leadership supporting organizations around the world through industry sectors including mining, construction, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and FMCG. His person al consulting experience spans over 100 countries with a broad range of clients from FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organizations including Amazon, Apple, BASF, Bayer, Bridgestone, Burberry, Carlsberg, Cemex, Coca-Cola, DHL, Gazprom, Glencore, Heineken, Hilti, IKEA, L’Oreal, MarsWrigley, Mercedes Benz, Merck, MolsonCoors, Nike, PepsiCo, Rockwool, Rosneft, Sanofi, Skanska, Sodexo, Solvay and Tata to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) including the United Nations, the International Trade Centre, and the World Health Organization.

Andrew has Masters degrees in International Health & Safety Law and Environmental Law, in Occupational Psychology and Organizational Behaviour, and a Doctorate in Leadership and Culture Transformation. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health, a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Member of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association, and a Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

Andrew is the 53rd President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (2019-2020) – the world’s biggest body for H&S professionals with over 48,000 members. Between 2017 and 2020 he was also Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Leadership & Management, the international membership organization inspiring great leadership around the globe, and Non-Executive Director of the Earth Focus Foundation, a Swiss non-profit organization founded by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan to promote positive environmental risk awareness and effective sustainability management.

Regarded as a dynamic and visionary thought-leader – having earned several international awards for his work – he is Professor of Leadership & Safety Culture and Program Director at CEDEP – the European Centre for Executive Development on the INSEAD campus near Paris, France; and has taught at several other prestigious schools including IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland; UZH – Universität Zürich, Switzerland; and CalTech in the USA. His Lean Six Sigma Black Belt ensures that his approach is grounded in practical application and is results-focused.

In demand as a chairman, debate facilitator and public speaker, known for an interactive, thought-provoking style, Andrew addresses audiences of up to 2,000 people at professional development and corporate conferences around the world – in the last twelve months this includes more than 20 separate events across Asia, the Americas, Australia, Russia, Africa and many across Europe. Andrew is the co-founder and Chairman of Europe’s three leading HSE and Sustainability summits: HSE Excellence, EHS Congress, and Sustainability Leaders Congress.

Whilst his 2014 TED talk continues to change perceptions around risk and fear in modern society, a letter from HM the Queen – in commendation of his creation and chairmanship of Scotland’s first ever public debate on workplace safety, held at Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament – could well be his most treasured memory.

Andrew is the author of ten books on safety culture, leadership, wellbeing and resilience. His first book – From Accidents to Zero – is the global best-seller on safety culture with over 90,000 copies sold. Mind Your Own Business: What Your MBA Should Have Taught You About Workplace Health & Safety – co-authored with Dame Judith Hackitt (former Chair of Great Britain’s workplace safety regulatory body the Health & Safety Executive) has been commended for its direct and persuasive perspective on safety leadership. As a prolific writer, Andrew provides monthly features for several journals on sustainability, safety behaviour, culture and leadership. Combined, these articles reach a global audience of around 100,000 people each month.

Creating Safety: the secrets to safety culture excellence


In this session we’ll explore the 3 keys that unlock safety culture excellence and bring about superior safety performance, encourage you to reflect on how your leadership sets the tone […]

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