Andrew Sharman is the CEO of international safety culture consultancy RMS, he holds masters degrees in international health and safety law, and in industrial psychology and organisational behaviour. He revels in the interplay between compliance and culture. With a safety career spanning almost two decades he has guided global leaders in their commitment to zero accidents and towards safety excellence across a range of industry sectors including aviation, construction, power generation and supply, fast moving consumer goods, oil and gas, and manufacturing. His experience now spans more than one hundred countries across five continents.
Andrew is Professor of Leadership and Safety Culture at the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP) at Fontainebleau in France, and Professor of Risk Management at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He has a reputation as a thoughtful, innovative, engaging orator and speaks extensively on the subjects of risk management, safety culture, leadership and organizational behaviour with corporations and NGOs. He has chaired or given keynote papers at more than three hundred professional development events around the world including the prestigious TED conferences. Andrew is the former Vice Chairman of the Board, and now Vice President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), the world’s largest professional health and safety membership organization representing over 44,000 members globally. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Leadership & Management.
Far from being risk averse, Andrews loves high risk adventure sports including free-flying, rock climbing, sea kayaking and swimming with sharks. He uses these pursuits to think differently about the language, perceptions and function of occupational safety, health, risk management and sustainability and to align these disciplines with broader organizational issues to drive positive impact and enhance the performance of individuals, teams and businesses. His written articles on safety leadership, organizational culture, and behaviour reach more than 100,000 readers globally each month.