Spencer Rail has announced the appointment of a new Director of Safety.
Richard Sharp will join the company on July 10.
He brings with him a wealth of industry experience, having spent the last nine years working for J Murphy & Sons Ltd. Richard began as Site Manager before becoming Quality Manager and latterly Head of Rail Compliance.
He also chairs a number of industry groups including the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).
The former Royal Air Force Weapons Engineer is looking to take his career to the next level with Spencer Rail.
“I was delighted to be offered this position. It’s a growing family-business, well known within the industry for delivering the highest standards of workmanship,” he said.
“The company continues to go from strength to strength and that offers the promise of great career development. I believe the opportunity is there to apply my skills set and help the company to go onto even greater things.”
David McLoughlin, CEO of Spencer Rail, said: “I’d like to join everyone at Spencer Rail in taking this opportunity to welcome Richard to the team. He brings a great depth and variety of experience to his new role as Director of Safety.
“These are exciting times for the company, as we continue to expand year on year into new areas of the industry. We’ve won a number of industry awards, including two RoSPA awards, which is testament to the multidisciplinary skills and hard work of the Spencer Rail team over the last year.
“We go to great lengths to ensure the safety of our people, our suppliers and the general public on every project we work on. Richard will be an important addition to that area of our operation.”
Safety remains Spencer Rail’s top priority with a focus on pre-empting and designing out potential risk, linked to ongoing behavioural safety training and mentoring. Richard will oversee the work of 20 safety professionals within the Spencer Rail business, ensuring that the company’s 300+ staff and supply chain partners are equipped with everything they need from a health, safety and environment perspective.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys spending quality time with his family and holidaying abroad where he loves to go scuba diving.