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November 2020 - GST Survey

The Gas Safety Trust are interested in hearing your feedback on our organisation. It will take a couple of minutes of your time - we would really appreciate hearing from you. 
 
Please click here to access the survey.

 

November 2020 - Gas Safety Trust Vacancies

  • Chair of the GST Board of Trustees
  • GST Trustees

The Gas Safety Trust, was established in 2005 as a registered charitable body UK and has the key objectives of further improving gas/fossil fuel safety for the public and industry throughout the UK and reducing the incidents of death and serious injury from carbon monoxide (CO) exposure. The Trust does this through the funding of research and data collection relating to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Under the leadership of Chris Bielby, the current Chair, and our Board of Trustees the Trust has become the leading gas safety research charity and is committed to becoming the trusted sources of evidence-based information relating to CO. This evidence is used to inform and implement far reaching safety initiatives for the betterment of safety in the UK. Some examples of our current projects include the possible link between CO and other conditions (co-morbidities), CO exposure risks to pregnant women and the foetus, CO in the leisure environment and CO emissions from solid fuels.

Since 2013 we have awarded £2.5 million to a variety of programmes and projects relating to gas/fossil fuel safety and carbon monoxide exposure.

Chris Bielby will be stepping down around the end of this year after 10 years as Chair but will remain a trustee, and we are now seeking to appoint a new Chair. The Board of Trustees of the Gas Safety Trust is responsible for the Governance of the Trust and is the ultimate decision-making body. Supported by Adrian McConnell as Head of Charitable Operations, it is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Gas Safety Trust’s aims and objectives.

The role is unremunerated but reasonable expenses will be paid. There is no fixed term of office. Each Trustee appointment comes up for renewal on a rotating 3-year basis – it is expected that the Chair would serve a minimum 2 terms (i.e. 6 years).

The Gas Safety Trust is committed to diversity and providing equal opportunities for all. Experience of operating at a strategic level in an organisation, and across a wide range of stakeholders, including government, and a broad knowledge of gas/fossil fuel safety and specifically CO risks would be an advantage.

Chair of the GST Board of Trustees - Job Description

GST Trustee - Job Description

 

Find Out More

To find out more information and to have an informal conversation about these roles, please contact Adrian McConnell, Head of Charitable Operations – adrian@gassafetytrust.org

The deadline for applying is Friday 27 November 2020.

 

July 2019 - Gas Safety Trust launches its 2019 call for grant applications

 

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has launched its 2019 call for grants. Applications are invited from researchers and academics related to prevention and better understanding of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Since 2013 GST has awarded £1.8 million to a range of gas safety programmes and projects.

The Trust, set up in 2005, is the UK’s principal CO research charity and has in recent years refocused its strategy on funding several strands of CO related research, to provide the underpinning empirical evidence that supports improved awareness and understanding of the effects of CO.

Current research involves the Trust working with a range of medical and academic personnel from various areas including victims of CO poisoning, Accident and Emergency services, coroners, and low income households.

The Trust looks forward to receiving applications by Friday 4 October 2019.

The GST provides grants to a wide range of charities, voluntary groups, associations, gas related businesses, social housing associations, local authorities, statutory organisations, academic bodies and others.

Parties interested in applying for a GST grant are asked to apply via the Apply Now section on the Gas Safety Trust website, or alternatively contact Trust Officer, Graham Hall via GST@electralink.co.uk

 

March 2019 - Record low incidents of Carbon Monoxide poisoning from piped natural gas according to GST’s latest Downstream Incident Data Report 

For the first year since 1996, there were no fatalities from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning relating to piped natural gas and piped Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) incidents, according to The Gas Safety Trust’s (GST) Downstream Incident Data Report statistics for 2017-18. Overall, the report recorded five separate incidents, involving six non-fatal injuries and one fatality — a man in his 80s caused by a solid fuel space heater.

Please click here for the full press release

July 2015 - Say No to CO Campaign

GST's Chairman, Chris Bielby, recently appeared on ITV's Loose Women programme to suppoort their 'Say No to CO' campaign. Chris highlighted the dangers of CO safety while camping and using BBQ's, click here to watch the clip.

 

June 2015 - Festivals Awareness Radio Campaign

GST's Chairman, Chris Bielby, and CO survivor, Roland Wessling, talked to BBC Radio Scotland highlighting the dangers of CO poisoning, click here to listen to the audio clips.