Alumni Case Study: Lisa Kirkbride


Woodward Alumni member Lisa Kirkbride was recently interview by NEBOSH :

“A career in health and safety seemed like a natural step when I left the Army.”

Lisa Kirkbride joined the British Army in 1997. After 25 years with the Royal Military Police, she left in April 2022 to take up a role in health and safety. In this case study, Lisa tells us about her transition from the forces to civilian life and how NEBOSH helped her.

Lisa, tell me about your role within the British Army.

I joined the British Army in July 1997. After completing my training, I was posted to Northern Ireland. Over the course of my military career, I served in various locations, including the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Canada, and Afghanistan. During my tenure with the Royal Military Police, I held several key roles, including:

• Section Commander
• Platoon Second-in-Command (2IC)
• Police Office Manager
• Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS)
• Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (RQMS)
• WO1 Policing

I left the military in April 2022 at the end of my contract.

When approaching the end of your contract with the Royal Military Police, did you have an idea of what career you wanted to transition into?

Throughout my service, I consistently applied health and safety policies and procedures at various levels and conducted numerous audits of vast locations. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in health and safety after my military service, so I obtained the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety with Woodward SHE Ltd during my transition. Additionally, I acquired other civilian qualifications while working as a Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS) and Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (RQMS), which allowed me to demonstrate relevant experience in health and safety.

Since December 2022, I have been employed as the Health, Safety and Facilities Manager for Pioneer Foodservice in Carlisle, covering Cumbria, North East and Southern Scotland. To further solidify my expertise, I am due to begin the NEBOSH Level 6 National Diploma for Health and Safety Management Professionals with Woodward SHE Ltd later this year.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in health and safety?

Having been a Royal Military Police Officer in the Army for 25 years, I was naturally inquisitive and completed a number of appointments where I was required to carry out health and safety duties or accident investigations. A career in health and safety seemed like a natural step when I left the Army following the completion of my contract. While I was waiting for my current opportunity in a health and safety role, I was employed as a transport manager, which required me to carry out accident investigations and safety audits.

What drew you to choose a NEBOSH qualification?

NEBOSH qualifications are globally recognised, they provide a range of qualifications to suit various industries and career paths, all of which complement each other. Many organisations are increasingly prioritising employee safety, and companies recognise the value of having skilled safety professionals on their teams.

Did you use ELCAS funding to fund your NEBOSH studies?

I used Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding to complete my NEBOSH National General certificate to cement my experience throughout my military career. I am due to commence my NEBOSH Diploma this year and will utilise the last ELCAS to partially fund this.

Find out more about utilising your ELCAS funding for your NEBOSH training here: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/elc-funded-training/

What is the best piece of health and safety advice you have been given throughout your career in the forces?

Communication is key and make sure you have a plan from the outset which should be reviewed at all times.

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Adapted from an article posted on the NEBOSH website here: https://www.nebosh.org.uk/our-news-and-events/case-studies/a-career-in-health-and-safety-seemed-like-a-natural-step-when-i/

NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2023


We were honored to be invited to attend the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremonies which took place on Monday 11 September 2023 at the University of Warwick as VIP guests, accompanying our learner Lindsay Platt who won the Award for the best candidate in the NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (UK) qualification.

The H&S Myths of Christmas


The H&S Myths of Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year. Even so, it doesn’t stop health and safety being – wrongly – cited as a reason for preventing pretty harmless activities from going ahead. Not only does this needlessly ruin the festive spirit but it also trivialises the true purpose of health and safety: protecting people from real risks at, or connected with, work.

Sweets at Pantos

Shopping centre Christmas Trees

Seats for tired shoppers

Banning Carol Singers

Banning Snowballs

Bannning coins in Christmas Puddings

Bannning Christmas Decorations

PAT for Christmas Lights

Double Best Candidate Award Winner ~ Kirsty Rodger


Double Best Candidate Award Winner ~ Kirsty Rodger

We were honored to be invited to attend the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremonies which took place at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Monday 5 September 2022 as VIP guests, accompanying our learner Kirsty Lee Rodger who had won TWO Best Candidate awards. A phenomenal achievement !

Kirsty Lee Rodger won;

The Richard Booth Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety – Unit B 2019/20, and

The Jim Hammer Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Unit C 2021/22.

Dee Arp, Chief Operating Officer at NEBOSH, said the following before the awards were presented to Kirsty:

“Our next award is the Richard Booth Award for the best candidate in the NEBOSH National Diploma Unit B. Unit B is the part of the syllabus dealing with hazardous agents in the workplace.

Our winner is studying the Diploma with Woodward SHE. They already hold a NEBOSH General Certificate and NEBOSH Fire Certificate and tell us that working in health and safety has allowed them to work with fascinating people from all fields and backgrounds.

Not only have they won this award but they have also picked up the 2021-22 award for Unit C. Louise Adamson will present both of these awards to our winner. Please congratulate: Kirsty Rodger.”

Andy Wilkinson-Sharpe, NEBOSH Acting Chief Executive, added: “A NEBOSH qualification is so much more than a certificate. It represents learning, knowledge, confidence, respect, inspiration and much more. Above all, our learners are able to enable business activities to take place in a way that protects the safety and health of their colleagues, and the environment and communities in which they work. An achievement to be proud of.”

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For more information about the NEBOSH Diplomas visit: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/courses/nebosh-national-diploma-for-occupational-health-and-safety-management-professionals/

NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2022


NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2022

We were honored to be invited to attend the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremonies which took place at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Monday 5 September 2022 as VIP guests, accompanying our learner Kirsty Lee Rodger who had won TWO Best Candidate awards.

Normally an annual event, the Graduation was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. This meant that 2022 was a record year – two ceremonies took place instead of one and more than 400 Diplomates and Masters holders, plus their families and friends, were in attendance to celebrate their achievements.

Among those celebrating were the winners of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 NEBOSH Best Candidate Awards, recognising the achievements of the top performing candidates for Certificate and Diploma qualifications in the year.

The raging bull from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony welcomed us to the event.

Inside the hall we were welcomed by the NEBOSH reception team who were distributing #NEBOSHGrad2022 brochures and helping to direct the Diplomates. The brochure contained lots of useful information for the day, the names of all the Diplomates and Award Winners, and words from the guest speaker Louise Adamson.

Diplomates, families and friends also heard from guest speaker and SHP’s Most Influential Award winner 2018, Louise Adamson. Louise delivered a powerful and moving speech that shared the stories of people who had lost their lives in workplace accidents, urging Diplomates to ‘pick up the pen’ and write the story for a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.

Addressing the audience, Louise said: “You are the ones with the superhero powers, who will help ensure that when our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, or other halves, head out to work, that it will be another stride along the road to them fulfilling their hopes and dreams. I know that no-one lives forever. But, work, it should be life-changing in a positive way. It should never ever be life-limiting or life-ending. You are key to ensuring families get to live their lives as they should….to the full!”

Our learner Kirsty Lee Rodger won The Richard Booth Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety – Unit B 2019/20 and The Jim Hammer Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Unit C 2021/22.

Andy Wilkinson-Sharpe, NEBOSH Acting Chief Executive, added: “A NEBOSH qualification is so much more than a certificate. It represents learning, knowledge, confidence, respect, inspiration and much more. Above all, our learners are able to enable business activities to take place in a way that protects the safety and health of their colleagues, and the environment and communities in which they work. An achievement to be proud of.”

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For more information about the NEBOSH Diplomas visit: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/courses/nebosh-national-diploma-for-occupational-health-and-safety-management-professionals/

Woodward Alumni Newsletter – Autumn / Winter 2018


Alumni Newsletter

We have now published the Autumn  / Winter 2018 edition of “SafetyNet”, our Woodward Alumni Newsletter.

The newsletter can be downloaded here or by copying the following link into your web-browser:

http://www.woodward-group.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/12.2-Alumni-Newsletter-Autumn-2018.pdf

We hope it will be of interest to you.

Office Move

Please be aware that on Monday 10th December 2018 we moved our HQ from Esk Suite in Carlisle to ENERGUS in Workington.

Our new address is ENERGUS, Blackwood Road, Lillyhall Industrial Estate, Workington, CA14 4JW.

Our new telephone number is (01900) 609175.

Merry Christmas !

May we wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and you much prosperity and success in the New Year.

Please note we are closed for the Christmas Holiday period, opening again on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

 

Safety is more than Statistics !


Safety is more than statistics – never forget the impact a single incident can have on a person, their families and loved ones.

IOSH Course Range Update


 

Everyone has heard of the IOSH Working Safely and IOSH Managing Safely courses, but have you heard about the other excellent IOSH courses that have been launched recently?

There are new IOSH courses available which cover Health and Wellbeing, Fire Safety and even Environmental issues !

We can deliver these course in-house for you – or – you might be able to deliver them yourself as a Woodward Associate Trainer !

More information on our Woodward Associate Trainer Scheme can be found here: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/associate-trainer-scheme

If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Woodward SHE Ltd
Tel: (01228) 592614
Fax: (01228) 593769
E-mail: info@woodwardgroup.co.uk
Website: www.woodwardgroup.co.uk