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A practical conference to explore through life development in the chemical & process industries.

Date: 10th October 2019
Time: 9:30 – 15:30
Lunch and refreshments are included
Venue: The University of Bradford
Cost: Free

To book your free place simply complete the form below:

This unique event is led by our employer networks, who will share best practice and case studies with you.

Attend to gain insight into:
Employer schools engagement programme
Higher education programmes for industry
Employee up-skilling for technicians and operators
Apprenticeship programmes available for chemical industry and supply chain

09:30 Registration
10:30 Welcome – David Talbot, CEO CATCH
10:45 Keynote: Employment and Skills Board, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
11:15 Engaging Young People – NuGeneration Team, Nufarm
11:40 Working with Industry- Alex Burnham, Principal, UTC Leeds
12:00 Apprentice Journey – Ian Nunn, Syngenta
12:30 Lunch, networking
13:30 Industrial relations with the University – Tom Swift, The University of Bradford
13:45 Working with the University of Bradford
14:00 Apprenticeships and upskilling programmes for the Chemical industry – James McIntosh, CATCH Skills
14:30 Q&A panel – All speakers
15:30 Close

This event is sponsored by:


Key industry led membership organisation CATCH, welcomed over 90 delegates to its facility in Stallingborough to discuss the latest developments in Process Safety Leadership.

The sold out conference, which had support from numerous industry sponsors, aimed to enable companies to network, share best practice and provide solutions to challenges that companies could take away and implement in their own workplaces.

Commenting on the day, Katie Hedges, Head of Membership at CATCH said, “This conference is born from our Major Hazards Member Network, the network is a forum for safety leaders to collaborate and learn from each other across the process industries.  This group is led by our industry chair, which means that the network is always relevant and provides significant support to those who attend”.

The conference highlighted the COMAH Competent Authorities (CA) year of Process Safety Leadership, which aims to ensure that a strong focus is placed on those in senior positions.  Recommending that major hazards are at the core of a clear and concise business strategy, starting from board level.  Delegates were advised to “look for the bad news” and to ask questions such as “what assures you that everything is alright?”.

Furthermore, the Organisation Safety Culture ought to be the fundamental basis of any process safety strategy, starting from the top.  Ensuring that those in charge have the enthusiasm and consistency for understanding and communicating how process safety principals of major hazards are managed. Another principal consideration should be benchmarking, continually reviewing how you are performing against your set standards.

After all, Process Safety is integral to the reputation of the chemical & process industries and vital in protecting the people and the environment.

The next Major Hazard network for client members is on 7 November.  Please contact Katie Hedges for further information.

Many thanks to all our sponsors for their support








This conference will explore how we embed the value of Behavioural Safety, understanding Occupational Psychology and getting buy in from critical mass.

Attending this Full day Behavioural Safety Conference will enable you to:
▪ Discuss the future of Behavioural Safety and why it fails
▪ How to drive Behavioural to the next natural level and get the buy in
▪ Set the tone for facility inductions – getting it right, first time

Learn why skilled and highly skilled people in the industry still have accidents.
▪ Understand what conscious overload means. (7+/-2)
▪ Appreciate Immediate Corrective Action and Short Term Memory
▪ Intervention and a modern safety culture
▪ How to implement the improvement suggestions that count
▪ See how inattentional blindness affects us all

Bottom up or top down – the eternal question…
What’s expected from the Leader?
▪ Who pushes, who sells?
▪ If it’s good enough for the boss, it’ll be good enough for me

Raising the Safety profile of the Leader.
▪ How a process of conversations set a tone and create a culture

Behaviour-Based-Safety is designed and managed by employees resulting in a truly employee-driven process. In addition, behaviour-based safety is a more positive process that places greater emphasis on employee involvement in the use of the observation data, to developing action plans for continuous improvement. As a result, behaviour-based safety creates a much higher and more consistent level of feedback supporting safer workplace practices.

Full Programme
09:00 Catch Housekeeping followed by welcome introductions from Mick Tutty, HSE, Manager
Humber Refinery
09:20 Passions for Safety in 2019, Brad Francis, Phillips 66
10:30 Break
10:45 How an observation process works from a Leadership view with Jeff Smith, Phillips 66
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Aligning the transient labour to your minimum standards from Trevor Crofts, Turnaround Manager, Phillips 66
14:00 Keep off the grass, Brad Francis
14:15 Inattentional Blindness, Brad Francis
14:45 Break
15:00 Motivation for Safety (Ignite) – Brad Francis
15:15 Safety Leadership. (Flip chart session) – Brad Francis
16:00 5 – A – Day – Brad Francis
16:20 Wrapping up and closing comments and questions

To book a free place or learn about sponsorship opportunities please see Sponsorship booking form 20 Jun 19 or contact Katie Hedges for more details –

This special annual event is supported by:

CATCH network events are supported by our recruitment partner:       


CATCH are delighted to be hosting the Annual Major Hazards Group conference on 18 July – the theme is process safety leadership and opportunities to sponsor this event are available.

With places filling up fast please review the Major Hazards Conference sponsorship booking form Jul 2019 to secure your place.

This event forms part of the annual CATCH networks and events programme and is attended by over 70 delegates from CATCH client members and stakeholders.

Please contact Katie Hedges for more details.



The CATCH annual awards dinner, celebrated the process industries successes in a glittering awards ceremony at the Mercure Hotel, Hull.

Focusing on Skills and Young People, the dinner saw nine awards presented by Andrew Pilling, Director of E3 Recruitment, following a surge of entries in the previous months.

Connor Watson, Mechanical Apprentice at Philips 66, took home the coveted ConCom Apprentice of the year award, Connor attitude and enthusiasm along with a will to succeed ensures that he will be a very successful engineer in the years to come.  It was a close competition – runners up, Kieran Sembiante from Jacobs Field Services and Michael Avis from TOTAL Lindsay Oil Refinery came close second.

The People awards, also focused on the next generation. Natasha Greenbury, project planner and cost engineer, secured the Young Achiever Award. Natasha competed her Advanced apprenticeship in project controls and successfully developed her career along the path of project management.  Contenders Eweline Choma, Customer services coordinator and Paulina Kozielska, regulatory manager, both from Orean Personal Care, were strong runners up.

The Skills Project of the year award went to the Nufarm NuGeneration Team. A new initiative that was set up to actively engage the local community.  A cross-functional working group led by young members of the company work with Worthington Primary School to build positive associations with industry.

The Humber Waste Alliance, celebrated obtaining the Best Partnership Award.  The Alliance actively involves several organisations across the North Humber Bank, to reduce waste to prevent marine litter polluting the Humber.

The Final award – Outstanding Leader – recognised Marc Doyle, Principal & CEO, Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.  Marc led the UTC in implementing incredible improvements in engineering provision for the local community and created an incredible culture of unconditional positive regard.

The evening progressed with a final passionate speech by Brendan Conlan, Chair of CATCH, who will be stepping down from his chairmanship in 2019.  Brendan engaged the audience by inviting representatives of industry onto the stage, from teachers and apprentices to the UTC and employers, creating a visual pathway of how industry needs to step up and encourage, show and work with local primary and secondary schools to showcase industry in the Yorkshire and Humber.

David Talbot, CEO of CATCH said “We would like to thank all our Sponsors, award finalists, guests and colleagues for helping to make the event the premier industry dinner for the process industries in the Yorkshire & Humber Region”

On Line Group were the main sponsor of the evening, along with E3 Recruitment who sponsored the awards ceremony.

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Join us for the Humber Environmental Managers conference during Humber Business Week and on World Environment Day – Wednesday 5 June 2019 at The Rope Walk, Barton, DN18 5JT 

There was much activity on Climate Change in the run up to the December 2018 ministerial meeting on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In this conference we will consider the recent work of UK’s Climate Change Committee and the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), latest UK Climate Change Projections (UKCP18) and National Adaptation Plan.  Now we have Greta Thunberg and Youthstrike4Climate, Extinction Rebellion, Mark Carney’s strictures to the finance industry, David Attenborough’s programme ‘Climate Change – the Facts’, David Wallace-Wells’ apocalyptic ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ and the Committee on Climate Change report on the UK achieving net zero carbon emissions.

The conference will consider the implications for the sustainable management of the Humber region, and hear about practical initiatives that are in progress.  The event is free to attend and is being held as part of Humber Business Week

Registration from 9.00am

Environmental Managers Conference 5 Jun 19

To book your place please contact or call 01469 552821




Over 300 guests from the process, renewable, engineering and energy industries are now registered to attend the CATCH / YCF Annual Awards Dinner on the 9th May 2019.  The event, the first that the two organisations have held together, since their merger in 2018, is shaping up to be the premier industry dinner for the Yorkshire and Humber regions.

The Awards, sponsored by E3 Recruitment, which are now closed to enter, will celebrate the areas high achievers, with presentations for the Young Person of the Year Award and Best Partnership of the year Award.  Katie Hedges, Head of membership at CATCH said, “The YCF People Awards perfectly complement the CATCH ConCom Apprentice of the Year awards, we have attracted many entries throughout the supply chain, and we are looking forward to announcing and celebrating with this year’s winners and runner ups on the 9th May”.

The attendees, including main dinner sponsors On Line Group, will listen to Fay Banks, share her incredible journey. Fay is the IET UK Young Woman of the Year 2004 and has won a number of additional prestigious awards, including the Achievement of the Year Award, by the Open University, The English Women’s Awards for services to science and the Higher Education National Gold award, as well as being named one of the top 50 Female Engineers by the Telegraph newspaper.

There are limited tickets available, to book please download our booking form here  or contact Lisa for further information –



There was much activity on Climate Change in the run up to the December 2018 ministerial meeting on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In this conference we will consider the recent work of UK’s Climate Change Committee and the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), latest UK Climate Change Projections (UKCP18) and National Adaptation Plan.  

The conference will consider the implications of these documents for the sustainable management of the Humber region, and hear about practical initiatives that are in progress.

Event sponsorship opportunities are also available Sponsorship booking form 5 Jun 19


This event is aimed public and private sector delegates with responsibilities for Environmental Management in their organisations and anyone with an interest in climate change and adaptation.

LOCATION: The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5JT

DATE AND TIMES: Wednesday 5th June at 9:00am until 1:00pm


Please email or call 01469 552821 to book your free place



Stallingborough-based CATCH and YCF – the not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting the manufacturing industry and its supply chain – are holding their first joint Awards dinner following their merger in June 2018.

The People Awards are sponsored by partner E3 Recruitment and celebrate the successes of people within the processing industries. The awards set out to acknowledge individuals that go above and beyond in their roles to drive industry change, personal development and the growth of their companies. Including the ConCom apprentice of the year award.

The finalists and an expected 300+ attendees will enjoy an evening of celebrations, from a drinks reception where guests can network with sponsors and peers to a three-course meal, the awards presentation, an after-dinner speaker and a fantastic charity raffle!

Commenting on the evening, David Talbot, CATCH CEO said: “The awards act as great recognition for individuals that work hard within the industries that we support.

“But with so many companies expected to attend, it will also be a great opportunity for people to network and build relationships. And that’s what we’re all about as an organisation! We’re here to support businesses, share best practice and overcome common challenges, whilst creating connections between our members.”

Nominations for the awards are now open and they include; the Young Achiever Award, Outstanding Leader Award, Best Partnership Award and the Skills Project of the Year Award.  Nominations can be put forward by their peers, colleagues and mentors, and the winners will be chosen by the CATCH board.

The ConCom Apprentice of the Year will be awarded to apprentices in years 2, 3 or 4 working for a Concom Client or Contractor member. The apprenticeship can be in any discipline, any NVQ awarding body and with any training provider.  The winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £500 and 2 runners up will receive of £250 each.

Andrew Pilling, Director of E3 Recruitment which specialises in engineering and manufacturing recruitment said: “CATCH is a great organisation which shares new developments and information within the industry, and acts as a voice for many companies, that otherwise wouldn’t have one.

“So, we were extremely proud to be a partner and sponsor the dinner and the People Awards. We are in the business of people so we know how important it is to recognise people’s achievements. We’re already looking forward to this event and the first year of the partnership.”

The dinner takes place on the 9th May at the Mecure Hotel Grange Park Hotel, commencing at 7pm. Book your place before 19th March and save £15 off the ticket price.


We would like to thank Thor Specialties (UK) for hosting our event, Microbiological Solutions (MSL) and the recruitment agency E3R for their sponsorship of the event.

CCUK held a ‘Practical Brexit’ day on Dec 4th for cosmetics sector companies with presentations from HSE/Defra (the UK legal authority post Brexit for the cosmetics and personal care industry), the CTPA (advocate for the industry) and CCUK member companies who together provided advice on Brexit ‘deal or no deal’.

Francesca Rapolla, Regulatory Officer
introduced the considerable work that the CTPA is doing to help the industry and in lobbying the government. Her advice in preparation for a ‘no deal’ Brexit is for UK companies selling in the UK and exporting to the EU is to make arrangements for a EU based Responsible Person (RP) – a legal entity based in one member country, that will hold the product information file (PIF). She advised against the default position of the importer being the RP. Furthermore the name and address of the EU RP needs to be on pack in addition to the name and address of the UK Company. Finally a word of caution on the entity providing product safety assessment – Francesca said that post Brexit, companies should check to ensure that safety assessor organisations remain complaint with the EU. For regular updates and more information, go to

Post Brexit without a deal, the HSE/Defra will take over from ECHA all responsibilities for health and safety within the cosmetics industry, including adopting REACH legislation into UK-REACH. If we exit the EU with the current proposed deal, we will remain within ECHA in the transition period and until a subsequent full economic partnership agreement is in place. Elinor Lloyd (HSE) and Alun Williams (Defra) gave an update on the post Brexit arrangements where we exit without a deal. As with the CTPA, HSE/Defra are urging companies to be aware of what they need to do should the UK exit without a deal.

Post a ‘no deal’ Brexit, HSE will become the authority for UK notification of new chemicals and actives used in products. Companies looking to operate in both UK and EU markets will need to deal with both regulatory systems. Basically, for UK companies to maintain access to the EEA market, UK REACH registration holders will need to transfer their registrations to an EEA-based organisation (such as an affiliate, an importer or an Only Representative (OR)). New registrations will need to be made both in the UK and EU.

An online portal is being developed which should make transition from ECHA to HSE ‘fairly painless’ and will support new registrations post March 29th. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK Companies selling into the UK will have 60 days to open an account providing basic information. All the guidance is available on the HSE website.

We were delighted to welcome three CCUK partner companies to present their take on Brexit. Alex Fotheringham
from Microbiological Solutions (MSL) talked more about the Responsible Person (RP). MSL have taken on the role of 3rd party RP for their own client companies and have established an office in Dublin to be able to act as RP in the EU.

Key to the RP is that entities address is shown on the product packaging, the RP should complete the required Cosmetic Product Notification through the Portal (CPNP) and they must hold the Product Information File. Alex presented several scenarios that face UK companies whether they sell just in the UK or in both UK and EU. If we exit the EU with no deal, the requirements are ultimately likely to be the same for companies, but the timescales will be shorter as there will be no transition period. So he urged companies to consider whether they are ready now for a no deal Brexit and suggests that becoming dual compliant won’t be a waste of time as it will be required – deal or no deal!

Scott Betts, Technical Manager
Thor Specialities (UK) Limited talked about their plans for Brexit. As a major user of chemicals, the supply chain for imports from the EU was one of the most relevant aspects of Brexit and Scott emphasized that the need for dual registration of chemicals will incur additional costs and an interim position of retaining higher stocks, which they are planning for.

Greg Barton, deputy MD at Surfachem completed the day with his perspective on all the possible scenarios that may emerge over the coming weeks and presented implications to Surfachem of the effects of tarrifs that would be introduced under a no deal scenario. If a 10% duty was applied on purchased good from the EU – costs to their business would be considerable at over £2m. He also presented scenarios on how the effects on currency would affect the business with weakened sterling vs dollar and Euro. Together the impact of tarrifs and currency represents considerable input cost; however, (and because every cloud has a silver lining) exports would benefit through lower output costs. Finally Surfachem have made some strategic joint ventures and acquisitions in the EU, which will help cushion the impacts of Brexit.

So, key take home messages were that the sector needs to be ready now for a ‘no deal’ Brexit on March 29th 2019 with examples of issues being REACH legislation (moving to UK REACH under HSE/Defra), product safety assessment by UK companies has to ‘pass’ EU requirements for UK product sales in the EU and UK and products for sale in the UK and EU will need to be registered in UK and an EU country with an EU RP. Employability issues were also discussed in the context of the possible downturn in well-trained EU nationals coming to or continuing to work in the UK, and the ability of the UK to fill these skills gaps via Further and Higher education and apprenticeships. This latter point is something that CCUK are already engaged in with partners including the CTPA, SCS, CEW-UK and will be working to understand the impacts in its Cosmetic Science Employability Project next year.


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