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Sir Bill Callaghan

Bill Callaghan has had substantial experience in public life. He is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). He has held this position since 2011.

He gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1969, and an MA in Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1970.

For much of his working life he worked at the Trades Union Congress from 1971 to 1999. He became the TUC’s Chief Economist and served on a number of Government Committees, most notable the Low Pay Commission which set the National Minimum Wage.

He was appointed as Chair of the then Health and Safety Commission in 1999, and served until 2007. He has also chaired two other Government Bodies, the Legal Services Commission (2008 to 2013), which was then responsible for Legal Aid, and the Marine Management Organisation (2011 to 2018) which is responsible for licensing marine activities and managing fisheries in English waters.

He also chaired the Board of a charity, the British Occupational Health Research Foundation from 2007 to 2017.

He was awarded a knighthood in 2008 for services to Health and Safety. He has one son who is now working and studying in Germany. He remarried this year and divides his time between London and Hampshire. He is a keen sailor visiting ports on the South Coast of England and on the French Coast.

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