The Board and Senior Leadership Team work together to develop and set NEBOSH's strategy. Our Board are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing NEBOSH and directing how it is managed and run. They ensure that we follow regulatory requirements and that we carry out our purpose and objectives.

Find out more about our Senior Leadership Team.


Trustees are volunteers and are recruited for their experience in particular areas such as international markets, strategic planning, or financial management. They are recruited through an open recruitment process like all of our other employees, including attending interviews to ensure that they meet the requirements we have at that time. 

Les Philpott

Les Philpott - Chair

Les has been a member of the NEBOSH Board since 2017 which has included chairing the Group Audit and Risk Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession, with a background in public finance and leadership at senior executive levels. He formerly held the role of Chief Executive at the Office for Nuclear Regulation and had previously held senior roles in the Health and Safety Executive.

Ian Marchant

Ian Marchant - Vice Chair

Ian is a strong Manufacturing and Operations Leader having delivered growth and performance improvement in international manufacturing and technology businesses. Ian has extensive experience of Strategy Development & Deployment; Stabilisation, Improvement & Growth; Lean Operational Excellence Deployment; and Health & Safety Leadership across multiple international manufacturing operations.

Ian’s most recent role was ‘COO – Global Operations’ for API Group, a manufacturer and distributor of foils, laminates and holographic materials for brand enhancement of FMCG and Consumer packaging. In this role, Ian led the Global Operations function across a network of 15 manufacturing and distribution sites in Europe, North America and Asia.

Prior to this, Ian has held Operational leadership roles in Scapa Group plc, General Electric and Avon Rubber plc and has lived and worked in France and Ireland.

Ian has a degree in Applied Physics and an MBA, both from The University of Bath and is a Chartered Engineer.

Maggie Galliers CBE

Maggie Galliers CBE - Trustee

Maggie Galliers is Chair of the Learning and Work Institute Company Board, a lay member of the Open University Council and a member of the Further Education Advisory Panel for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

She served for sixteen years as Principal of two Further Education Colleges, Henley College Coventry and then Leicester College, and was elected President of the Association of Colleges in 2012/13.

Maggie has extensive experience at Board level nationally and locally. This includes having been a member of Ofqual Board, the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) Quality Assessment Committee, the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) Board, the National Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the LSC’s Young People’s Learning Committee, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Teaching Quality and Student Experience Committee and the Teaching Excellence Framework Review Advisory Group.

She has also carried out varied assignments in colleges as a National Leader in Governance for the FE Sector, was Chair of City College Coventry leading up to a merger in 2017 and Vice Chair of the Learning Without Limits Academy Trust.

Maggie was appointed CBE for services to local and national further education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List 2009. In 2013 she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Education by the University of Bedfordshire for “her outstanding contribution to further education and support for access and progression to higher education.”

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson - Trustee

Andrew is an experienced and successful Non-Executive Director, Chair & former Chief Executive of substantial private sector organisations. He has a track record of business development, profit generation and company turnaround across multiple company sectors: primarily within food manufacturing; but including significant experience in non-food manufacturing, service operations and public sector healthcare.

He became a Managing Director at the age of 33 & has managed complex portfolios of businesses on international sites concurrently with individual business turnovers ranging from £1M pa to £250M pa. Overall: new Product Development and outstanding quality of service have been major platforms for him. He has proven skills in strategic vision, business development, commerce, operational excellence, process control, quality improvement, international negotiation & financing provision - combining vision & drive in product innovation, customer franchise development & process improvement with firm financial & operational control.

He lives in Rutland with his wife, Alison and has two children: Richard is a teacher at University College School, London, and Harriet works for Amazon Business UK in customer relations.

Julie Nerney

Julie Nerney - Trustee

Julie Nerney was an accidental serial entrepreneur, starting 14 businesses in the UK and overseas, spanning sectors as diverse as a record label, health and fitness operations and a Polish speciality coffee company. Next came an interim career in business transformation. Assignments span complex change programmes, whole organisational turnarounds and high-profile projects, including a leadership role in the transport operation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has experience of every stage of organizational life, from start-up through to disposals and acquisitions, through dozens of Executive and CEO roles. She has a portfolio of Chair and NED roles for organisations with a social purpose, is a coach, mentor and guest lecturer, including supporting Oxford Sai¨d Business School’s global online leadership development programme.

Julie is struck by the commonality across the hundreds of organisations she has worked with. Regardless of why they exist, how teams approach their work is a far bigger driver of success than what they do. The what is important, but the how is the game changer. A passionate advocate for authentic, purposeful leadership, she thrives on creating cultures that allow individuals to be the best version of themselves.