Manchester innovator scoops Woman of the Year at National Safety and Health Excellence Awards

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Manchester-based Khalida Suleymanova has been named “Woman of the Year” at the national Safety Health and Excellence Awards 2024 having developed innovative technology that is transforming the renewable energy sector.

In conjunction with the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the Safety and Health Excellence Awards celebrate innovation and achievements in health and safety across industries. This year, there were a record 455 entries, double the number in 2023 with TV presenter Dara Ó Briain announcing the winners at this years’ ceremony in Birmingham on 1 May. The “Woman of the Year” category recognises a female health and safety professional who has made a significant contribution to the implementation or enhancement of health, safety or wellbeing standards or has made a significant contribution to their organisation.

Khalida Suleymanova has a long history overcoming adversity and finding innovative solutions to challenges. Being a young QHSE female in an ageing male oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan, presented numerous challenges, and Khalida recognised the necessity to change risk attitudes, business functions, leadership mindsets and operating risk levels.

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Today, as co-director of renewable energy’s top safety organisation, ARMSA Academy, Khalida is based in Manchester, authoring and delivering market-leading IOSH programmes to improve asset performance and optimise safety in renewables. Khalida has trained over 130 professionals over the last 12 months through in-person or online programmes, with delegates joining her across the globe, from Amsterdam to Tokyo. Due to the critical skills gap in the renewable energy industry, training programmes such as those from ARMSA Academy are in demand and often over-subscribed.

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Last month, the offshore wind industry unveiled an Industrial Growth Plan (IGP) to create an additional 10,000 jobs a year. However, already the lack of skilled resources and reactive workforce planning mean people on the ground are often left without the knowledge or tools to make agile, informed decisions, leading to asset breakdowns, lost production, and threats to safety.

Khalida has long recognised the need for a transformative solution to accelerate industry growth safely and at a rate never before seen. To address the challenge, Khalida and her team launched h’alt® - innovative technology that accelerates human decision-making, lowers risk and builds capacity, enabling renewable organisations to scale profitably and safely. Driving performance through safety, h’alt® integrates with Microsoft Teams and empowers learning and decision-making in the workflow. Users type in queries and access role-based content on-site or at desks, ensuring that busy professionals avoid costly mistakes and can apply new knowledge immediately rather than take time out of the work day for classroom training.

h’alt® is already improving workforce planning and performance at offshore wind turbine manufacturer Vestas APAC and is currently deployed across two countries. Government-backed Innovate UK has identified the potential of h’alt® and has recently funded the development of the technology. With Machine Learning (ML) technology upgrades for the management reporting and analytics currently underway, ARMSA Academy is aiming to reduce frictional costs by 10% and project delivery times by 7%.

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The Safety Health and Excellence Awards 2024 has recognised Khalida’s dedication to ensuring that we reach our net zero targets and the renewable sector surges forward not just in scale and efficiency, but with an unwavering commitment to the safety of its workforce.

Khalida says “I am humbled by winning “Woman of the Year'' because this year has really been a team effort. The whole ARMSA Academy team and our partners have worked incredibly hard to launch h’alt® whilst delivering more training programmes than ever. Our success is down to their commitment and some incredible collaborations we have formed with industry associations and investors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is supporting our projects because with them, we are looking at a very bright future.”

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