Board of Directors

CHSG President

Bob Hackett CHSG Immediate Past Chairman

Robert Hackett

Health and Safety Practitioner

HSEQ Director at Ferrovial Construction

Robert is a Health and Safety Practitioner with over 23 years’ experience in managing safety, health, environment and quality in the construction industry, 11 as HSQE Director for Ferrovial Construction UK & Ireland.

He is a graduate member with IOSH, a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and IEMA.

Robert has been involved with a number of high-profile projects including Tideway Central Section, HS2 Early Works, Northern Line Extension, Crossrail Farringdon Station and Heathrow T2A Terminal.

In addition to the CHSG, Robert represents Ferrovial Construction UK & Ireland, on a number of Health and Safety Groups including the London Health & Safety Leads Group and the European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development (ENCORD).


John King

Head of Wellbeing, Health & Safety at BW: Workplace Experts

John King

John has over 15 years’ experience within the Construction Industry, from a client support, contractor and main contractor perspective.

He is a Fellow with the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management and a Chartered member of IOSH. 

John now works as Head of Wellbeing, Health & Safety for BW: Workplace Experts an interior fitout main contractor.

He is responsible for Health & Safety management and brings with him a wealth of managerial knowledge and experience across several sectors.

With experience across a range of organisations, John represents BW at several forums and is also a trustee of the London Health & Safety Group.

His interests include photography and he can be found wandering sites at weekends taking pictures.

Immediate Past Co-Chairs

Declan Davis


Declan Davies | CHSG Board Member

Declan is a Chartered Member of IOSH with over 30 years experience in the construction industry.

With an operational  background in civil  engineering,  he  made a move into the functional role of Health, Safety, Quality &  Environmental  in 2011. 

Declan is a Chartered Member of IOSH with over 30 years year experience in the construction industry, with an operational background in civil engineering, he made a move into functional role of Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental in 2011.

He is the Assistant HSQE Director for Ferrovial Construction UK & Ireland and is involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK such as T5 & T2 at Heathrow Airport, Crossrail, Thames Tideway Tunnel and on HS2.

Jeff Russell

IOSH Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner

Jeff Russell CHSG Board Member

Jeff is an IOSH Chartered Health & Safety practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in Safety, Health and Environment within the construction industry, the majority of which have been with Spadeoak.

He is a member of the IIRSM and holds certification form various industry bodies. Working with specialist surfacing, sports and civils contractor Spadeoak, Jeff has been involved in highly prestigious projects ranging from the London 2012 Olympics to Crown Estates together with numerous well-known main contractors.

Part of Jeff’s role on the CHSG board is to represent SME contractors; his interests include travelling and competitive swimming.


Martin Lovegrove


Head of Health, Safety & Build Quality Assurance

Martin has worked in health and safety for the last fifteen years for a number of organisations covering agriculture, civil engineering, engineering, telecommunications, utilities and construction. Prior to that, he was in Farming and Estate Management for twenty-six years.

He is a Chartered Member of IOSH, Member of IFE, Member of IIRSM and Practitioner Member of IEMA.

Since May 2013, he has worked for the Berkeley Group where he is currently Head of Health, Safety & Build Quality Assurance which includes involvement in setting the strategic direction for the group in health and safety, as well as an operational supporting role across the sites. Recently he has taken up leading a team in Build Quality Assurance.


Gavin Bye

Gavin joined Costain in 2013 and has led both the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Divisions as Director of Safety, Health and Environment.

From January 2017 he became Costain Group SHE Director. He leads a team of over one hundred and fifty professionals working across Costain’s diverse operations.

Prior to joining Costain Gavin spent 24 years with HSE as an Inspector, Principal Inspector and Head of Operations.

His last role in HSE from 2009 was to lead HSE’s Construction Sector and Policy Unit leading the delivery of the evaluation, review and revision of CDM including leading negotiations with the European Commission.

Sean Elson

Partner with Pinsent Masons LLP an international law firm that has worldwide reputation for construction related law.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1994 he now specialises in health and safety law and has been for the past 20 years. Sean is also the secretary for the Health and Safety Lawyers Association.

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