Property and facilities management consultancy, Barnsdales FM has appointed a new health and safety manager who aims to challenge negative stereotypes.
Louise Jackson joins the company after 15 years in health and safety at insurance company, Aviva. She’ll be working to help Barnsdales FM clients to achieve their goals without compromising on the safety and wellbeing of their workers, customers and site visitors, ensuring their facilities are safe and appropriate for their needs.
Barnsdales FM is a key part of the Barnsdales Group which is one of the UK’s leading property consultancies, founded in 1905. Barnsdales FM supports landlords, occupiers and agents in delivering efficient, well maintained and compliant properties.
Formally known as CPS, it’s the first time that Barnsdales FM has had an in-house health and safety manager, and Louise said she’s excited to use her experience and expertise to forge a new culture for health and safety.
New National Health and Safety Manager, Louise Jackson said:
“We get stereotyped in health and safety; people tend to either roll their eyes or become a bit panicked when we get involved because we’re seen as nay-sayers or dictators.
“My own background sets me apart from your typical health and safety professional and I have a very different attitude which is much more positive and engaging. At Barnsdales, my goal is to be innovative and I want to work collaboratively. I don't want to be marching in and telling people to stop what you’re doing; I want to work with them to help companies modernise their health and safety regimes, ensuring their colleagues are in a safe and secure environment while still being able to deliver a five star service to their customers.
“Health and safety was something I fell into: It was never anything I thought I'd do for a living, but it's actually a career that I've grown to really love, and it’s something I’m very passionate about. Health and safety is really about common sense; it’s not about saying no all the time, it’s about finding ways of doing things safely and changing cultures for the better. Health and safety can be approached with a very positive attitude and that’s something you get with me.”
Managing Director of Barnsdales FM, Clive Chippindale said:
"The appointment of Louise as our National Health & Safety Manager is a significant step forward and one that will differentiate Barnsdales FM. Having close control of risk across our multi-facetted instruction is essential and I am confident that Louise will bring considerable knowledge and support to the team and our clients."
Speaking about her first impressions of the company, Louise said:
“Barnsdales is a successful business that cares about its clients, and it has quite a female-heavy workforce which is fantastic. I know health and safety and facilities management tends to be quite male oriented, so it's quite refreshing to see such good female representation on the structure chart. The team members are also really lovely and lots of them are from Yorkshire so they’re my kind of people.
“Barnsdales isn’t a huge global firm, but it is a well respected and established company so I’m really excited to be part of the team and being part of a tight-knit workforce.”
To find out more about Barnsdales FM, please visit www.barnsdalesfm.co.uk or call the team on 01302 308 185.