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RoSPA Announces Winner of Inspiring Women in Safety Award on International Women's Day

A trailblazing Health, Safety & Environmental Manager has won a prestigious safety award to mark International Women’s Day. Erika Curnow of Hydro Aluminium UK Ltd was awarded the Inspiring Women in Safety Award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), pipping many high-ranking challengers to the prize.

In just two years at Hydro’ Cheltenham site as an apprentice interim manager, Erika's dedication and achievements have not only set a high standard for her peers but have also paved the way for future female leaders in the industry. 

Matt Cryer, Award Standards Manager at RoSPA, said: "We are thrilled to recognise Erika Curnow as the winner of the Inspiring Women in Safety Award. Her rapid progression, dedication to mentoring, and innovative approach to safety make her a shining example of leadership within the health, safety, and environmental management community.

“One of the standout features of Erika's nomination, submitted by her Safety Director, was her tireless efforts in mentoring another female apprentice. This commitment to mentorship underscores Erika's commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the field of health and safety.”

Erika's impact extends beyond the workplace, with her engagement efforts reaching local schools and communities. Her initiatives around mental health have demonstrated a commitment to holistic wellbeing, reflecting a broader understanding of safety beyond traditional boundaries. Notably, Erika also hosted Hydro's Women's Network Conference in Barcelona, bringing together 160 women from Hydro sites across Europe and beyond.

Commenting on her award win, Erika said: “I am truly honoured to be awarded a prestigious RoSPA award and I am excited to continue to my health and safety journey with other inspiring industry leaders. I would also like to thank the team at Hydro for their unwavering support.”

RoSPA also commends the outstanding efforts of the two other shortlisted candidates: Sian Deane, Health and Safety Adviser for Jones Bros (Ruthin) Co Ltd, and Mel Speller, Health & Safety Administrator for KpH Deconstruction. Both individuals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their roles and serve as exemplary figures in promoting safety within their respective workplaces.

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