SaRS Committees

The Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS) is governed by and operates through a committee structure. SaRS is grateful to the volunteers who serve on committees. Did you know that committee work contributes to continuing professional development (CPD)? Working with colleagues on committees and workgroups provides networking opportunities in addition to cross-industry discussion about technical issues. If you are interested in serving on a SaRS committee please email

SaRS Council

SaRS governing body is the Council, supported by a number of committees each responsible for various aspects of business.


Secretariat to Council

  • Jacqueline Ward (CEO and Secretariat to Council)

Trustee and Director Board

The Trustee and Director Board meets 4 times per year. The main work of the board is the detailed monitoring and scrutiny of the finances of the Society and SaRS Ltd, in order that Council can rely on summary information rather than poring over the detail of every entry on the balance sheets. The board also oversees the general running of the Society, and in particular the Office.


  • Richard Denning (President)
  • Andrew Buchan (Chair)
  • Peter Stanton (Finance Director)
  • Louise Whiting (Chair Elect)
  • Peter Sheppard (Past Chair)
  • Jacqueline Ward (Chief Executive) (Secretariat)

External Affairs Committee

  • Providing feedback to SaRS members on the activities within external bodies (reports on external bodies here); (Jo Hursell)
  • Co-ordinating technical input to standards bodies e.g. BSI and response to consultations from HSE, BSI, etc. (Jo Hursell)
  • SaRS Branches
  • SaRS Affiliate Organisation and Academic Affiliates (Andrew Buchan)


  • Andy Buchan (Chair)
  • Peter Sheppard
  • Harry Hopkins
  • Jo Hursell
  • Andy Buchan
  • Colin Dennis

Corresponding Members

  • Allan Bain
  • Simon Burwood
  • Martin Cottam
  • Rhys David
  • Richard Denning

Membership Committee

Reviews membership applications and ensures that potential members meet the appropriate standard.


  • Richard Denning (Chair)
  • Nick Barnett
  • Trevor Cockram
  • Paul Short
  • Peter Stanton
  • Obinna Ugboaja

Engineering Membership Committee

Reviews and assesses IEng and CEng applications for Engineering Council Registration


  • Simon Rutherford (Chair)
  • Richard Denning (Chair CPD Sampling and Assessment)
  • Isuru Herath (Chair Academic Assessment Committee)
  • Nurudeen Momodu (Chair Professional Registration Advice)
  • Harry Hopkins (SaRS Council Representative)
  • Nick Barnett (SaRS External Liaison Officer)
  • Nicola Lane (Engineering Council Liaison Officer)
  • Jacqueline Ward (Secretary)

Webinar Committee

Providing high quality cross industry learning on interesting safety and reliability (S&R) topics,
Promoting the message of a safer and more reliable world,
Encouraging greater participation in the development of S&R across all industries,
Providing presenting, career development and CPD opportunities to individual S&R practitioners,
Broadening the reach of SaRS and encouraging more S&R professionals to get involved with the Society,
Helping to meet the charitable aims of the Society


  • Colin Dennis (Chair) – SaRS,
  • Simon Burwood – Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd.,
  • Jibril Okin – Process/Technical Safety Engineering Consultant
  • Louise Whiting – Barberton Ltd
  • Eileen Banks – Ultra CSS
  • Harry Moss – formerly with BP