What does your day typically consist of?
Dealing with a diverse and constant stream of project safety related questions, both internally and externally. Keeping in touch with Dave Johnston (our Project Safety Consultant), who is usually on a grand tour of the UK rolling out our new project safety review process.
Some days can be primarily office based catching up on stats, preparing reports and inputting into tenders. Others can include site visits, delivering training internally and externally.
Other general tasks I have during the day include raising the standard of sartorial elegance in the team, boosting moral and saving lives!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The diversity of the role means that no two days are the same. I could be in a pair of wellies (safety compliant of course) in a peat bog talking to a drilling team or in a snazzy client office talking about the implications of CDM 2015.
The ability to actually make an impact upon the business and make positive changes in relation to safety and health is very satisfying.
How did you get into the role in the first place?
When I came back from an operational tour in Iraq as an infantry soldier in 2004 (my version of a gap year), I went back to university to complete my surveying degree. Following this I landed myself a graduate job which allowed me to take some safety training and qualifications and I accidentally transferred from surveying to safety.
I took the leap and moved to London to work on a number of large scale civils projects building a general knowledge of the construction industry and safety. In 2011, I accepted my first job in renewables with SSE’s offshore team. This was an interesting time allowing me to gain a wealth of experience in the offshore sector and working closely with Siemens in Denmark and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan.
So, a career in safety was almost accidental but it is a much more rewarding than the Daily Mail would have you believe!
What is your degree and /or professional qualification?
My degree is in Building Surveying and a list of professional qualifications which is too long to list here and hope to keep your attention.
What is the most interesting type of work you have done and why?
Working closely with WTG Manufacturers on the design of its offshore turbines which included using 3D simulators where you could walk through the turbines, being involved in testing and technical safety studies (HAZIDs/HAZOPs etc).
What is your biggest achievement at work?
My biggest achievement at Natural Power is being in the winning pub quiz team and having a 100% record, I just need a bigger desk to accommodate the high quality trophies.
Any hidden talents?
I am pretty good at “Mess Rugby” which is not remotely useful outwith the Armed Forces, and I used to do a lot of competition level motorcycle trials riding.
What is your favourite hobby?
Motorbike riding / skiing / hill walking / running