Dr Richard Judge has been appointed chief executive of Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator.

Judge will start at the Health and Safety Executive in November 2014, andtakes over from Kevin Myers, who has been acting chief executive since August 2013, when Geoffrey Podger stepped down after eight years in the role.

Judge, a qualified chartered director and chartered engineer, is currently chief executive of the Insolvency Service. Prior to this he had a varied career in science and technology organisations spanning the nuclear, rail and environmental sectors.

Commenting on the appointment, Judith Hackitt, HSE chair, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard as our new chief executive and look forward to working with him.

'His valuable, considerable experience in both the public and private sector is a perfect fit for HSE, enabling us to take forward our commercial agenda whilst also ensuring we can build on our standing as a world-class regulator of workplace health and safety.”

Judge added: “This is a great opportunity to lead the executive of a renowned and respected regulator that will soon celebrate its 40th year. I look forward to working with my new HSE colleagues, and with everyone who has a stake in delivering further improvements in Britain’s health and safety performance.”

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death, injury and ill health.