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Dr Richard Heron, President, Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Richard is the President of the Faculty. In his day job, he is Vice-President Health and Chief Medical Officer at BP. Richard is responsible for strategic development of the BP Group Health agenda including Employee Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Hygiene requirements for over 80,000 employees and Community and Public Health matters in the countries where BP operate. He trained in internal medicine in the UK and New Zealand before specialising in Occupational Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He is a past President of the UK Society of Occupational Medicine. Richard is married to Helen and has three daughters. He and his family are keen runners.




Dr Sally Coomber, President, Society of Occupational Medicine

Sally Coomber trained at Newcastle Medical School, completed her GP training then went on to specialise in occupational medicine at Addenbrooke’s Cambridge. She has more than 25 years occupational health experience; 17 years as Consultant Occupational Physician in the NHS during which she developed a specialist interest in the mental health of doctors. In 2011 she was appointed Clinical Lead to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s accreditation scheme – an opportunity to improve the quality of occupational health provision in the UK. In January 2015 she was appointed Deputy Director Occupational Health and Staff Wellbeing for Public Health England. In 2016 Sally became President of the Society of Occupational Medicine. She is a Fellow of the both the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and of the Royal College of Physicians.




Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine

Nick is CEO of the Society of Occupational Medicine, which aims to improve the health of the working age population across the UK. It is a national leader in supporting professional development and education in occupational health. He is also currently vice Chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine and on the steering group of the Professional Associations Research Network. He was previously CEO of the British Acupuncture Council, Assistant Director in a London NHS Primary Care Trust and has held senior posts of a national hospice charity and Marie Stopes International. Nick has completed a Windsor Leadership Trust and ACEVO next generation CEO training, has a diploma in management, a degree in Economics and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.