About the Jersey Safety Council

The Council consists of a Chairman, appointed by the States of Jersey on the recommendation of the Minister for Social Security, four members and one co-opted member, all of whom are selected from the working community and recognised as individuals with an interest in health and safety at work.

The Council is assisted by a part-time secretary as the only paid employee of the Council, with the Chairman and members serving in an honorary capacity.

Since its inception, the Council has been involved in holding seminars, training courses and more recently carrying out promotional activities and awareness raising through various means.

The achievements of the Council over this period have been recognised and formally recorded, initially by the Social Security Committee and subsequently by the Minister, with thousands of individuals having benefited from the work carried out.

In order to carry out this work, the Council is financed with an annual grant by the States of Jersey which is provided by the Minister for Social Security. This grant is based on a carefully controlled budget.

We continue to look at ways of raising awareness of health and safety within the working community through a variety of options. 

All members of the Committee are listed below.

Steve Taylor - Chairman

I worked for 32 years in the oil industry, becoming a senior leader responsible for developing and managing oilfields around the world.

Safety is the single most important aspect of hydrocarbon production hence I am experienced in safety intervention techniques, safety audits & incident investigation. I believe that having a strong safety culture driven by visible safety leadership can dramatically reduce harm to others.

I enjoy engaging across an organisation, from technician to senior management, with the objective of promoting safety thinking and increasing the individual’s knowledge about their accountability and responsibilities in health and safety. 

Adrian De Gruchy - Member

I originally worked within the Agricultural Industry and since 2003 within the Construction sector. Working initially for an equipment hire company, I have had experience on an extensive range of projects.

For the past 10 years I have headed up a local safety training company and have coordinated tailored solutions to many local businesses. I am great believer in providing quality training to candidates so they are empowered, more efficient and safer to do their work and not just tick a box.

I believe I can assist the Jersey Safety Council to continue their on-going promotion of good health and safety practice within the island.

Robert Matthews - Member

I initiated my career in the Construction Industry as an indentured trainee engineer, some 36 years ago. Of the 37 years in the construction industry, I have spent 24 working in the Jersey Construction Industry being involved in many large, landmark projects throughout the Island.

I am currently the CEO of The ROK Group of companies who undertake construction in Jersey.

In the past 5 years I have witnessed a considerable improvement in health and safety standards on the island, having been achieved by all parties involved in the construction industry, ensuring health and safety is a priority: However, continued improvement is still required, which we will endeavour to promote and roll out over the years to come.

With my knowledge of high value and high risk projects and the challenges they present, along with working with the other members of the Jersey Safety Council, we aim to raise the levels of Health and Safety Standards and promote best practices throughout all industries in Jersey.

Kirsten du Heaume – Member

Having worked in the quarrying and construction materials industry for the past 17 years, I have managed a variety of operational activities that require care and attention to ensure both the safety and long term health of the people involved.

I am General Manager at Ronez Ltd. I have a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology and industry specific qualifications including a Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering. I gained my NEBOSH general certificate in 2008 and am actively involved in the implementation and writing of Health and Safety Management Systems.

I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management and believe that good health and safety management requires collaborative leadership alongside a clear systematic approach; if you make people part of the process, they become part of the solution.

Wayne Balcombe – Member

I began a twenty-five-year career working for British Telecom as a trainee, I progressed through the ranks to Operations Manager for West London. I have been in management for over twenty years and have since worked in the water and utilities industries. In more recent years, I have worked as a project manager on major construction projects and today I manage a portfolio of commercial and high-end residential properties across the Channel Islands.

The safety of those around me has always been paramount throughout my working life, it is more so than ever today with responsibilities for construction health and safety and for the statutory compliance across the portfolio.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Technical Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Furthermore, I am a Member of the Institute of Workplace Facilities Management.

I have always worked toward continual improvement and I am pleased to be able to use this opportunity, to offer my skills and experience to make progressive improvements to health and safety within the community.

John Gavey – Honorary Member

My career started in retail operations with opportunities to diversify my skill set over the sixteen years in the sector. I led the pan-island teams for Learning, Development and Technical Safety as part of this journey. Utilisation of a blended approach to the support and advice provided by my teams enabled them to focus on fine-tuning softer skills to develop technical knowledge and assist in embedding positive cultural change.

Most recently I have moved to the public sector, currently fulfilling the role of Health and Safety Manager for Health and Community Services (Government of Jersey).

Effective health and safety management for an organisation can be daunting. I believe that it is through people that an organisation can positively influence its safety culture and that this is achieved through authentic leadership. As part of the Jersey Safety Council I look forward to contributing to the drive for continuous improvement in occupation health and safety standards.


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