Introducing your Vital HSQE team
Our highly skilled HSQE team at Vital Human Resources plays a crucial role in getting in front of our growing rail workforce to provide regular face-to-face safety briefings and ensure the correct health and safety practices and procedures are both front of mind and adhered to. Collectively, they promote our health, safety and wellbeing standards, develop and implement behavioural safety programmes, provide advice and support that adhere to the latest legislation, common industry themes and best practice, whilst developing a strong HSQE culture that promotes openness, fairness and ensures lessons are learnt from accidents and incidents.
Mark Barrett Health And Safety Manager
Mark served 20+ years in the British Army before leaving in 2008 to work in private security and oil & gas in Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning to the UK in 2014 and working for a local law firm and armed forces charity, Mark joined Vital in 2016 as a labour manager on the Glasgow Queen Street Station redevelopment before moving into a health and safety role later that same year, and is now training all out HSE Ambassadors. In his spare time, Mark runs a local veterans organisation in Cumbria.
Steve McKay HSE Advisor
Stephen spent almost 20 years in finance and consultancy roles before moving into the rail industry in 2014. He’s progressed through the ranks to advise on HSQE matters throughout Scotland and the North of England, and brings a broad experience working across Aspro, high output, I.P. and works delivery sites. Outside of work, Stephen runs a five- a-side football team for the numerically challenged.
Jalal Ahmed HSE
Advisor Jalal has worked in rail since 2006 spanning a variety of projects that have seen him involved in gangs that changed sleepers and wheel timbers, dug wet bets, replaced porcelain pots and conductor rails and completed renewals. His experience also includes safety critical duties including lookout, COSS, traction and power distribution and HV COMP. Jalal’s role covers the South of England and he also manages the Morson Vital Safety Unit operations throughout Cardiff, Farnham MK and Canning Town. He’s extremely approachable, easy to talk to and passionate about staff wellbeing on site.
Jane Hepburn HSE Advisor
Jane joined the rail industry in 2003 and has occupied roles including trackperson, COSS and track chargeman where she supervised her own gang. After progressing to site access controller to manage all access on various high profile blockades, Jane became a resource co-ordinator before being offered her current position. She played a pivotal role in the launch of the first Morson Vital Safety Unit in 2016, which now forms part of a larger fleet, and has since received the Group’s Gerry Mason Award. She also received Network Rail’s Safety Award in 2007 for her hard work and devotion to health and safety.