Record numbers attend RoSPA’s glittering gala dinner

A record-breaking number of organisations have shown their commitment to occupational health and safety, with over a thousand guests from around the world attending RoSPA’s glittering Gala Dinner in London on 16 May.

In what’s proving to be the biggest RoSPA Awards ceremony to date, safety leaders were rewarded for their commitment to improving health and safety at their organisations at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, a truly iconic five-star hotel located on Park Lane in the heart of Mayfair.

The evening ceremony was hosted by Rory Bremner, the master of quick and intelligent quips, and one of the UK’s best-loved comedians, impressionists and awards hosts. The Great Room, where guests dined and celebrated, began life as a vast ice rink, where it is said that RoSPA’s previous patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, learned to skate in 1933.


From L to R: Compere Rory Bremner, CEO of RoSPA Errol Taylor,
RoSPA Falls Prevention Trophy winner Jules Robinson of Trent & Dove Housing and Life President at RoSPA, Lord Jordan of Bourneville


Entrants to the RoSPA awards spanned a wide range of sectors, from manufacturing and construction to facilities management and healthcare. Winners received impressive accolades on the night including Trent & Dove Housing who won RoSPA’s new Falls Prevention Trophy, Openreach who won the Best New Entry Award and Actavo Network & In-Home Division who won the Fleet Safety Technology Trophy.

L’Oréal North Little Rock - Manufacturing managed to scoop the top honour of the evening, the Sir George Earl Trophy, which is the top accolade in the RoSPA Awards scheme and recognises the organisation’s unwavering commitment to improving health and safety.

Headline sponsors, Croner-I helped lead the night’s celebrations, while other award sponsors included, Alba, Berkley Homes, EcoOnline, GPIC, The HSE Recruitment Network, L’Oréal, NEBOSH, QBE Insurance Group, Safety and Health Expo, Tesco Dotcom and Westinghouse Springfields Fuels Limited.

Julia Small, Achievements Director at RoSPA, said: “It is truly great to see so many organisations of all sizes striving to improve the health and safety in their organisations and seeking RoSPA recognition as part of that. We are always honoured to play a part in helping recognise and celebrate the best in class, and very much had a ball celebrating everyone’s success.”

Ben Chaplin, Managing Director at Croner-i, said: “The RoSPA Awards is the industry-leading celebration of the best in class when it comes to occupational health and safety awards and we were truly honoured to commence our debut year as the headline sponsor. We also very much enjoyed the Gala celebrations at the historic Grosvenor Hotel.”

Speaking on winning the Sir George Earle Trophy, Travis Ellis, Assistant Vice President of EHS&S at L'Oréal, said:“Winning a RoSPA Award signifies that a company takes health, safety and the wellbeing of its employees seriously and methodically, so to win the charity’s top accolade is truly special and a testament to a company that has human welfare at the heart of what we do. We thank RoSPA for understanding our vision and acknowledging our hard work."

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