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The first of this month saw the ten year anniversary of Shirley Parsons Associates – a recruitment company set up to help health and safety professionals reach their career aspirations. To celebrate, an event was organised at Blackfriars Bridge on the Southbank, with incredible views stretching from St Paul’s to Big Ben.
The evening saw presentations given explaining the four core values of Shirley Parsons Associates. Gerard Hand, past president of IOSH and director of GPH Safety, was the master of ceremonies. He began by introducing Shirley who took to the stage to explain ‘teamwork’ and how it fits in to the company. The second value – expert – was introduced by Karl Simons, Head of Health and Safety at Thames Water.
Arcus Solutions very own Head of Central Operations, Jay Vekaria, introduced the third value ‘excellence’ and explained how he met Shirley Parsons at a previous Safety & Health Expo where she offered trust and guidance helping to pave the future for him and others. He explained that through excellence success will follow – drawing on his own experience starting off as a graduate to winning awards. Jay led his teams via excellence to develop outstanding culture shifts is HSQE leading to awards and industry recognition
Heather Beach, director of the occupational safety and health and facilities portfolios at UBM, spoke about the final value: integrity.
To finish off the speeches, Martin McElhatton, chief executive of Wheelpower and the events chosen charity introduced the silent auction. He spoke of how his life had changed, when aged 18 he was hit on his way to work by a reversing lorry and became paralysed from the waist down. He described how wheelchair sports had changed his life, allowing him to meet new people, make friends and compete at an Olympic level. The end of the evening saw a silent auction successfully raise over £2,800 for Wheelpower, Arcus Solutions donated a Samsung Tab 3 to the auction.
The evening highlighted what an impact Shirley Parsons and her team has had over the last ten years and anticipated great things for the next decade to come.
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