Professor Doctor Andrew Sharman is the managing partner of international culture and leadership consultancy RMS, he holds masters degrees in international health and safety law, and in industrial psychology and organisational behaviour and a doctoral degree in leadership & culture transformation. He revels in the interplay between compliance and culture. With a safety career exceeding two decades he guides global leaders in their commitment to 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 130 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 also teaches at CalTech, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA, at executive eduction school IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and 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 five hundred professional development events around the world including the prestigious TED conferences.
Andrew is the 53rd President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), the world’s largest professional health and safety membership organization representing over 48,000 members globally. His Non-Executive roles include Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Leadership & Management (2017-2020), Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Earth Focus Foundation (2014-2017), Trustee and NED of One Parent Families Scotland (2021-) and Founder and Chairman of the Board of the One Percent Safer Foundation (2020-).
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. He is the author of 10 best-selling books on leadership, culture, behaviour and wellbeing.