The Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) have announced a new senior appointment. 

As of November 2014, Dr Richard Judge will take the position as HSE’s chief executive. Prior to becoming the chief executive of the Insolvency Service, Dr Judge has had a varied career in science and technology organisations spanning the nuclear, rail and environmental sectors. He also has a professional background as a Chartered Engineer (Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), and is qualified as a Chartered Director.

Dr Judge will be taking over from Kevin Myers. Mr Myers replaced Geoffrey Podger last August; Geoffrey stepped down as chief executive after eight years in the role.

HSE’s Chair, Judith Hackitt, commented that: “His valuable, considerable experience in both the public and private sector is a perfect fit for HSE, enabling us to take forward our commercial agenda whilst also ensuring we can build on our standing as a world-class regulator of workplace health and safety.”

Richard Judge remarked: “This is a great opportunity to lead the executive of a renowned and respected regulator that will soon celebrate its 40th year. I look forward to working with my new HSE colleagues, and with everyone who has a stake in delivering further improvements in Britain’s health and safety performance."