Our Leadership Team

Bill Nixon

Bill Nixon - Chair

Since joining the NEBOSH Board in 2016, Bill played an active role in our Committees before becoming NEBOSH Chair in 2018.

Previously, Bill was International Director for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In this role he led the development and delivery of HSE's international business, building on the UK's strong reputation overseas in health and safety regulation. This involved developing high-level relationships with overseas Governments and Agencies, and working closely with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office network of Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.

In addition to his work with NEBOSH, Bill undertakes a number of other voluntary activities. This includes working with Citizen's Advice in his home town of Warrington and contributing to the work of Warrington Youth Club.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor - Chief Executive

Ian Taylor joined NEBOSH as Chief Executive in 2018. In a career filled with senior management positions, Ian has previously worked for organisations across a variety of sectors. Most recently he spent five years leading Sector Skills Council, SkillsActive, gaining in-depth experience of the qualifications, skills and standards landscape. He has also held many non-executive positions, including Chair of the Federation of Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISS) and Director for the British Olympic Association.

Ian’s early career was crowned by a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. It set the scene for many high profile achievements including becoming Chief Executive of London Irish Rugby Club, Chief Executive of Sport Scotland and delivery of projects for the Olympic Games, Ryder Cup and Formula 1 to name a few.

Dee Arp

Dee Arp - Director of Technical Standards

Dee Arp is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner of IOSH and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. Dee moved into occupational health and safety 20 years ago whilst working at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). At that time Dee was a Technical Manager for Road Safety, which led to her involvement in occupational road risk training. After becoming a qualified health and safety practitioner; she taught on a wide range of courses and worked with several boards to implement safety governance. Prior to joining NEBOSH; Dee held the roles of Course Developer and Head of Occupational Safety for RoSPA.  

Dee is now NEBOSH Director of Technical Standards and has responsibility for providing leadership on all matters relating to qualification development and assessment of NEBOSH qualifications and compliance matters, including learning partner accreditation. Her previous experiences gained as a learner, partner and examiner are of great benefit to Dee in her role.   

Dee previously studied with Cambridge University for the Certificate of Continuing Education (Principles and Practice of Assessment) and is now undertaking further study with Cambridge University for a Masters in Education.

Sarah Mace

Sarah Mace - Director of Assessment

Sarah Mace has been part of the NEBOSH team since 2006. Her previous experience in customer services management and process efficiency made her the perfect appointment to set up and manage the NEBOSH customer services team. Sarah managed this team, which offers support and assistance to both NEBOSH’s learning partners and learners, for nine years.

Sarah was appointed Head of Business Improvement in 2015, a role that was created following a period of rapid growth at NEBOSH. Sarah was tasked with identifying areas that required improvement across the business and driving through process efficiencies to address them.

In May 2018 Sarah was appointed NEBOSH’s Director of Assessment. In this role Sarah was responsible for the recruitment, training and monitoring of Examiners and Moderators and Internal Assessors along with the delivery and awarding of over 176,000 assessments. Earlier this year Sarah returned to her roots when the customer service team moved under her charge, resulting in the creation of a new Customer Experience directorate which is responsible for the learner journey throughout the assessment process. 

Stuart Naylor

Stuart Naylor - Director of Relationship Management

Stuart Naylor joined NEBOSH in 2006 as International Manager; a role that was new to the structure and reflected the organisation’s global aspirations. Under his leadership, the international operation has gone from strength to strength and now accounts for over half of NEBOSH’s total registrations. This international success was recognised in 2014 when NEBOSH received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. 

In 2016 Stuart was appointed Director of Relationship Management and along with his team, take the lead for NEBOSH’s business development in both the UK and overseas. They identify new markets and seek to gain formal recognition of NEBOSH qualifications by lobbying employers and government ministries. To help ensure expansion into new territories is successful, the team also look to support the continued development of NEBOSH’s learning partner network.

Barry Wilkes

Barry Wilkes - Director of Strategy

Barry joined NEBOSH in 2005. His role as Director of Strategy and Marketing is to support the Chief Executive in the development of NEBOSH’s future business strategy. This includes identification of market trends and the management of key stakeholders as well as evaluating product performance and overseeing the brand guidelines and promotional activities.

He has worked on a number of international projects including advising the Ministry of Labour in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

Barry is an experienced health and safety practitioner and is the President of INSHPO (the International Network of Safety & Health Practitioner Organisations). He is involved in the INSHPO Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Professional Capability Framework which provides a global benchmark for the role of the OHS professionals and practitioners as well as the requisite knowledge and skills.