A partner at national law firm Shoosmiths, Ron Reid, has been presented with the IOSH president's distinguished service award for his services to health and safety over the past four decades.
IOSH - the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - is the biggest health and safety membership organisation in the world, and the only UK chartered body for health and safety professionals.
The institution campaigns for increased safety in the workplace and is the recognised voice of the profession, campaigning on issues that affect millions of working people.
Ron Reid, head of Shoosmiths' regulatory team and a lifelong expert on the law surrounding health and safety and other regulatory matters, was presented with his surprise award at an event in London.
Ron was nominated for the award by the IOSH East Midlands branch. Chair Tracey Stubbs explains: 'For over 20 years Ron has offered his time to the branch attending our annual legal update meeting. Ron's knowledge of the legislation and his experiences through his direct involvement in numerous health and safety cases ensures these meetings are always informative and by far the most popular with our members.'
IOSH East Midlands vice chair, Colin Jenkinson, who presented the award to Ron, said: 'This award recognises not just Ron's exemplary contribution to the legal profession and to Shoosmiths over the past four decades, but also to the world of health and safety where Ron is recognised as one of the leading legal experts.'
Immediate Past President at IOSH, Tim Briggs, said: 'Ron is one of those very special people who has been instrumental in helping IOSH members by sharing his invaluable knowledge and expertise. Giving the PDSA to Ron also helps to demonstrate and promote IOSH's desire to be seen as an inclusive organisation which is willing to learn from others' knowledge and experiences. This helps to broaden members' knowledge by utilising others' knowledge to advance the cause of health and safety. Ron's input has been most relevant and appreciated by the branch members.'
Ron said: 'It is such an honour for this to have come from the chartered body and its members and I am incredibly touched to have received this award. It means a lot to me to be recognised within the industry, especially given that I am celebrating working with Shoosmiths for 40 years this year.'
Ron specialises in business compliance and crisis management issues. He regularly advises and defends clients facing prosecution for corporate crime and breaches of health and safely, environmental, trading standards and other regulatory legislation.
He has worked with Shoosmiths for forty years and his expertise has been at the centre of the creation of a highly-regarded commercial and regulatory team. In that time Shoosmiths has changed from a single office, 60-strong law firm to the Top 40 national UK law firm it is today with 10 offices and 1400 lawyers and staff.