Meet IOSH's Youngest Fellows

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) logo Reza Mehboob and Rachel Butler have achieved IOSH’s highest level of membership at the ages of 29 and 30 respectively.

They are our youngest Chartered Fellows, having reached CFIOSH status because of their commitment and dedication to IOSH and the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession.

IOSH only awards Fellowships to Chartered Members of at least five years’ standing who have gone ‘above and beyond’. Here Reza and Rachel share what it takes to join this elite group of just over 500 members to inspire others – of any age – to do the same.

Reza’s story – ‘Fellowship represents competence and integrity’

Reza Mehboob, IOSH Fellow OSH is an “opportunity to serve humanity” for Reza. Having lived in India and the UK, he is now adding to his academic and OSH achievements with a PhD at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Reza joined IOSH early in his career because of its international credentials. He has worked his way through our member grades from Graduate level, guided and mentored by fellow members.

Wanting to achieve CFIOSH as a “symbol of professional excellence”, Reza used our CPD programme to enhance his knowledge and skills, supported and mentored OSH professionals and helped shape the industry through his role as an IOSH Council member. In fact, his past and present volunteering activities saw him receive the IOSH President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2018 for services to OSH.

Reza achieved Fellowship in April 2020 – making him the youngest-ever member to reach this level.

“I felt humbled and honoured, and I find it a great privilege to utilise the CFIOSH designation after my name,” said Reza, now 31.

“It represents competence, integrity, ethics and a commitment to the community and the OSH profession as a whole. There are no words to express how grateful I am to IOSH for providing me with a platform for thought leadership that has shaped my career in a way that I never imagined.”

Reza will continue to use his status to influence and motivate others to achieve the highest standards of OSH.

Rachel’s story – ‘Having the CFIOSH badge backs up all the hard work’

Rachel Butler, IOSH Fellow Rachel’s career choice stems from her passion for changing preconceptions around health and safety.

Starting as a receptionist at a construction company, she has progressed to become Head of Health, Safety and Risk with commercial property specialists Bruntwood – a role that she relishes.

Rachel was equally keen to move through the IOSH membership grades. Joining as an Affiliate, she took advantage of content, learning and support offered by our Future Leaders Community and her local Branch, Manchester and North West Districts.

Keen to be proactive, she has spoken at webinars, is Treasurer of her local Branch Committee, and on the disciplinary committee – all of which helped her achieve Fellowship status earlier this year.

“I feel incredibly proud,” said Rachel, now aged 31. “As I have never been particularly academic, I like to share my story so others can see that with passion, determination and a genuine desire to help others, they too can achieve this status.

“Having the CFIOSH badge backs up all the hard work and demonstrates that you are ambitious with your career, opening doors for new networking and opportunity.”

Rachel hopes to use her status to influence more women to go for this grade.

“I plan to continue to fly the IOSH flag with the intention to campaign for other young people or those just starting off in their careers to choose IOSH and to explore their development through to Chartership, not just in health and safety, but in any industry,” she said.

“I would also like to influence across sectors, campaigning to businesses to include OSH on all graduate recruitment programmes.”