Health & Safety expert, Mark Slocombe, joins us as Senior Principal Designer. Based in the firm’s Chester office, he is providing PD support to clients across the UK via the firm’s network of regional branches.
Mark joins the business from Keelagher Okey Klein after 11 years in post working directly with a broad spectrum of commercial property clients as well as health and local authorities such as Halton Borough Council, Halton Hospital, and Liverpool Royal Hospital.
A highly experienced health and safety professional, who also worked previously at Morgan Est, Simpson York and Mears Group, Mark originally trained and worked as an oil rig medic and paramedic in the UK and overseas.
“The role exists to ensure that each of the stakeholders complies with their responsibilities towards health and safety on both new build and refurbishment projects. I will be overseeing the whole health and safety process on behalf of our clients, giving them reassurance that the correct plans are implemented and processes followed.
We work alongside the contractor and designer to support their development of the pre-construction information which must be in place before work can start, to eliminate or mitigate risks. We continue to work with them throughout the project and have responsibility for collating the information for the health and safety operational and maintenance file upon completion. We can take on client’s duties as well as our own.
My previous career as a paramedic gives me great insight into the consequences of when health and safety regulations are not followed to the letter, something I often talk to site teams about. Those experiences were one of the reasons I came into health and safety management and underpin my total commitment to site safety.”
His arrival boosts Powell Williams’ PD team, headed by David Hollingsworth, allowing the firm to provide the crucial PD role alongside traditional project management or independently to clients.
Focusing entirely on health and safety management, Mark will support the project management and development monitoring teams, and provide PD as a standalone service to new and existing developer, fund manager and operator clients.
David Hollingsworth, head of the principal design department at Powell Williams, said:
“With more than 16 years’ hands on experience of health and safety management, Mark is one of the region’s foremost experts and will provide an invaluable asset for our clients. We welcome him to the practice and will be introducing him to projects across the North West and beyond.”