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Driving Safety Performance

UK Coal logoUK Coal is Britain’s largest producer of coal, supplying around 15% of coal burned in the UK and 5% of the country’s energy needs for electricity generation. The company, which has always had a very clear safety agenda, retained Wickland Westcott to find a Safety Director to support the business in the achievement of its stated aims of zero accidents and zero incidents.

This high profile role represents an opportunity for a leader to shape the company’s safety strategy with a focus on improving levels of engagement and driving behavioural change in a uniquely-hazardous, multi-site environment.

The requirement, therefore, was for a senior safety professional with a track record gained in a similar high risk, heavy industry environment. The ability to develop and implement a compelling vision was critically important, including the expertise and influence to build commitment at all levels within the business.

Wickland Westcott conducted a thorough search across all relevant high risk sectors, supported by a targeted online advertising campaign. Based on a varied shortlist, including applicants with strong pedigrees from the construction, heavy engineering and utilities sectors, the client has successfully appointed an individual who demonstrates a clear balance of technical, change management and leadership capability.