Step Change in Safety Announces Search for Successor

Step Change in Safety announces today (Wednesday 7th June 2023) that Executive Director Steve Rae is to step down from the member-led safety organisation. Mr Rae has been at the helm of Step Change in Safety since 2019, and under his leadership the organisation has strengthened its brand, grown the domestic membership base and expanded internationally, while maintaining its focus in the offshore sector.  The organisation has also begun the process of evolving its portfolio of services to ensure it continues to serve member needs as they transition into alternative energy production. 


Mr Rae has taken the decision to reduce his working time and he will exit the Executive Director role as and when a successor is appointed.  He will remain involved with Step Change in Safety as a board member, whilst also continuing to provide expert advisory services.


Mr Rae says, “I have been fortunate to have had an incredible tenure at Step Change in Safety, supported by a dedicated support team. Over time, the organisation has evolved and adapted to the changing safety needs and challenges faced by the UK energy industry.  We have responded to adverse situations, embraced new technologies, grown our portfolio of resources and member engagement events.  Throughout its existence Step Change in Safety has supported the industry by enabling its workforce to recognise risks and hazards associated with the complex business of producing offshore energy. Together with our growing membership, we continue to strive to improve safety through engagement, leadership, and collaboration.”


Mr Rae continues, “As the industry transitions to alternative energy sources, we need to ensure that we take the valuable, and at times hard, lessons learned over the years with us and adopt the same approach.  Many of our larger member companies are already transitioning into alternative energies and we look forward to assisting them to do so with a mindset of safety first, always. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our board and senior leadership team, co-chairs, working groups, focal points and of course our members who continue to engage and help shape our plans, activities, and direction, together. I look forward to remaining involved with Step Change at board level and offering my advice within safety leadership and process safety matters.”


Dave Allan, Managing Director of professional executive recruitment firm GTL Search, who has been tasked with finding the right successor, says, “Anyone who understands the remit of Step Change in Safety, and who knows Steve, will recognise that these are big boots to fill. We are looking for an experienced leader with a solid reputation in an industry with exposure to potential major accidents and hazards. Expertly informed on safety culture, the successful candidate will be passionate on all matters safety and committed to making the UK Offshore Energy sector as safe as it can be. This is a high profile and high impact role operating in a complex stakeholder environment. We therefore need a leader who is confident in the public eye, has strong business acumen, high drive and energy, personal stability and standing.”


Interested parties are invited to write to Dave Allan,, with a CV and a covering letter outlining your interest in the Executive Director position. Applications will be accepted up until the closing date of 28th June 2023.

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