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Elaine Bailey Appointed to Health and Safety Executive Board

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Elaine Bailey, by exception, to the post of Non-Executive Director to the HSE Board for 12 months

This appointment has been made following the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ approval to appoint Elaine Bailey by exception, to support and lead the organisation whilst it recruits a permanent Member.

Elaine Bailey will assist with the Health and Safety Executive, taking on the role of the Building Safety Regulator and, in the interim, supporting its shadow regulatory role.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey, said:

Elaine’s experience of building safety, as well as her work with tenants in a housing or high-rise building environment, will be an asset to the Board and its vital work in helping keep people safe.

Elaine Bailey said:

I am delighted to be taking up this role. It is vitally important that people are safe in their homes, feel safe in their homes and this is what we want to achieve at HSE. My thanks to Sarah Newton and to the Secretary of State for the opportunity to work towards achieving these goals.

HSE Chair, Sarah Newton, said:

Elaine Bailey brings a wealth of building safety expertise and experience to the HSE Board as our new Non-Executive Director.
Elaine is a staunch advocate of ensuring homes are safe and secure and her years of relevant experience and understanding of the housing sector will be a welcome and timely addition to the Board.

About Elaine Bailey:

With many years’ experience in the sector, Elaine has a wealth of relevant experience, a strong understanding of the housing sector, and is a strong advocate of ensuring homes are safe and secure.

Elaine was previously the Chief Executive of a social housing group, The Hyde Group, which responded early and positively to the emerging findings of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Elaine has been a sector leader in implementing the recommendations from Dame Judith’s independent review.

The Department will start a recruitment exercise in early 2021 to fill the role on a permanent basis.

Additional Information:

  • Remuneration is £15,100 per annum for 30 days per annum.

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