About me

Education

  • 1st Class BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences 1988
  • CIEH Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health 1992
  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • Visiting Lecturer in Health & Safety to the University of Salford since 1992-2014

 

Work

  • June 2008 – April 2016 Head of Health & Food Safety SSP UK Ltd & Rail Gourmet
  • Aug 2003 – June 2008 Trading Law Manager/ Project Manager Asda Stores Ltd
  • Oct 1996 – June 2003 Safety & Security Manager – Allied Domecq Plc (Spirit Group from 2000)
  • Oct 1995 – Oct 1996 Senior EHO Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Jan 1991 – Oct 1995 Senior EHO Salford City Council
  • Oct 1984 – Jan 1991 Trainee / Environmental Health Officer Blackpool Borough council

 

Background

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I worked as an Environmental Health Practitioner for 12 years at Blackpool, Salford and Bury councils. From life of grime activities in pest control, drainage, nuisances and complaints to housing enforcement but specialized for the last 6 years in occupational health and safety and food hygiene.

I completed my post graduate qualification in H&S
at Salford University in 1992 (now an MSC course)
and for the next 21 years was a visiting lecturer there teaching environmental health undergraduates on
H&S modules.

I’ve worked in retail / catering / food service sectors for the last 20 years for 4 blue chip organisations. Firstly Allied Domeq Retailing, then the largest drinks company in the world and initially my role was in the developing Big Steak Pub / Wacky Warehouse brand. We operated every category of pub and bar plus a selection of hotels and nightclubs. Latterly I was also responsible for security management.

The pub business was sold and rebranded as Spirit Group but I moved on after a short stay to work for Asda, initially as a regional Trading Law Manager, working with operations but was developed and promoted into a project manager role in head office responsible for landing innovation into the business and with leadership responsibility for cleaning, maintenance and pest control.

My next role working for SSP where there was an opportunity to merge the health and food safety functions of their air, rail and retail businesses. I restructured management systems from over 50 forms down to one simple diary systems for the trading businesses. For the last 2 years I had leadership responsibility for health and food safety in the Rail Gourmet business a logistics and retailing supplier to railway companies for food and drinks on board and also the sole supplier of food services to the Eurostar.

SSP operates shops, bars and restaurants predominantly in travel locations. They operate franchises, the most recognizable being M&S Simply Food, Burger King and Starbucks. Their own brands include Upper Crust, Café Ritazza, Pasty Shop, Whistlestop, Pumpkin, Beer House.

The Cabin, a variety of other bar themes large and small plus the Millies cookie brand in some 90 shopping centers. They also operate a dozen restaurants and cafes in all five of the UK Centre Parcs Villages.

SSP is an unusual business insofar as it does so many different things. There is no one best way to do anything as they operate in excess of 40 different concepts. In every location they are a contractor with different requirements from a diverse selection of landlords. As a result of this complexity I’ve learned a lot about how to work effectively and collaboratively with many different types of stakeholder.

I’m an accredited trainer with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and have been responsible for content and delivery of all statutory training for our workforce of 10 000 at SSP and Rail Gourmet and have delivered training throughout my career.

As part of my strategic responsibility for SSP I developed and maintained a Primary Authority Partnership with Manchester City Council for SSP for H&S, and food hygiene and food standards.

I have a genuine liking for people and am an extremely sociable person. The best part of most of my work life has been the people I’ve worked with and the relationships forged along the way. As a result, I’m lucky enough to have a large network of contacts who I’m always happy to help out and equally who I can call on for advice and to benchmark ideas.

In my spare time I love to travel and go on holidays – who doesn’t! I positively devour newspapers at the weekends, and spend time with friends and family, eating out, going to the pictures, walking and cycling. In the summer, I dabble with open water swimming and am the proud owner of a hugely unflattering wetsuit to do it in.

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