Who we are
A mechanical engineer by training, Derek graduated from The University of Sheffield in the mid 1960s and joined Imperial Chemical Industries as a Graduate Apprentice. Following three years of experience in junior roles, in different locations, on different products and different functions; he became involved in development, project and maintenance engineering finishing as a Product Senior Engineer with responsibilities for all plant engineering activties in the mid 1980s. Then followed a period as a Works Engineer with both multinational and privately owned organisations in biscuit and bread manufacture until the end of the 1980s. Six years of engineering and general management in the pulp and paper industry followed.
Since 1995 Derek has been involved in health, safety and environmental management. Qualifying through Loughborough University's Post Graduate Health and Safety Management and the NEBOSH Specialist Diploma in Environmental Management. Derek is also a Certificated LRQA Internal QMS Auditor. Experience of the responsibility for the 'Licenses to Operate' in health, safety, environment and quality for a large paper board included contact with regulatory organisations i.e. EA and HSE and with the mill's Quality Auditors.
As well as Membership of IOSH and a Registered Safety Practitioner, Derek remains a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the I Mech E.
An environmentalist by training, Kate graduated from Aberdeen University in 2002 with an Honours Degree in Countryside and Environmental Management. Her academic qualifications are well supported by practical experiences that include work with the Environment Agency on estuary sampling, assisting a Forestry Commission Ranger and a City and Guilds in Practical Environmental Skills whilst working in West Eire on conservation projects. Having worked in an office based environment with Westlakes Scientific Consulting reviewing a scientific paper on "The availability of plutonium and americium in Irish Sea sediments for re-dissolution" and researching IPPC in the pulp and paper industry, she is competent with all aspects of I.T. and communications, with experience as a team leader and team player.
As part of her continuing interest in the management of the countryside her undergraduate thesis looked into the environmental and social impacts of wind generated energy. Following graduation her interests remain strongly focussed on biodiversity and long term sustainability.
In addition we have contact with many other professionals who we call upon for specialist support e.g. occupational health, machinery issues, environmental management.