It is with sadness that we farewell Libi, our Project Officer, from the Charter. Libi has been an integral part of the Charter’s success over the past four years and the Charter team and Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Libi and reflect on her great work.
Libi started with the Charter in 2014, leading the worker engagement project. This involved six months of research and engagement with construction workers on site. Her research report (found here) provided great insights into the opportunities for improvement and informed the development of the Charter and its work programme.
One of the outcomes from that report was the health and safety representatives event that Libi led at the end of 2016. This successful event led to the formation of the Health and Safety Reps Leadership Group in 2017 that Libi has been a major support to. The programme of HSR events shaped by this group, including the sold out first one this year, the upcoming breakfast in June and the others planned for later in the year, are a key indication of her successful work with this group. Libi has been a strong advocate for health and safety representatives and has empowered the Charter HSR Leadership Group to take charge and deliver a great work programme for them.
But Libi’s engagement has not just been with workers and reps. She has facilitated many workshops for new Charter signatories, helping them assess their performance and plan ways to improve it, using the Charter’s online assessment tools. She has also been a key member of the Charter Working Groups, making a real contribution across the Charter.
Libi is probably best known to newsletter readers for her worksite visits. She will be well remembered as the face of the Charter for many Charter companies, particularly the smaller ones that she has engaged with on site. Libi has successfully built strong relationships with her engaging and exuberant style in delivering onsite toolbox talks and presentations at Charter events.
Members have consistently told us that a visit from Libi has led to improved practices around health and safety and more positive perceptions of the Charter. Clear proof of this is in the 2017 members survey where those who have interacted with Libi rated the Charter highly (+44) compared to those who had not (-1).
We will miss Libi and I am sure you will join us in wishing her all the very best for the future.