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HSE announce new chief executive Sarah Albon

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that Sarah Albon has been appointed its new chief executive, with the current inspector general and chief executive of the Insolvency Service joining HSE on 1 September.

Ms Albon will replace the outgoing acting chief executive David Snowball, who has held the post since June 2018 and is set to retire from HSE at the end of the year.

Speaking about the appointment, Ms Albon said: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the executive of this important and hugely respected regulator.

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“Working together with my new colleagues across HSE, I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the vital mission we delivery on behalf of Great Britain’s workplaces.

“My focus will be on continuing to delivery improvements in health and safety performance as our workplaces move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.”

Ms Albon joined her current employer, the Insolvency Service, in February 2015, implementing a strategy to improve service to customers, lower its costs and further strengthen the insolvency regime within the UK.


New Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chief executive Sarah Albon, who will take up the position on 1 September 2019

Previous roles in government include serving as director of strategy and change at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, director of civil, family and legal aid policy at the Ministry of Justice and deputy director of criminal legal aid strategy also at the Ministry of Justice.

Ms Albon has also served as principal private secretary to two Lord Chancellors.

Her appointment was made following an open recruitment process.

HSE is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


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