Job title: Group Competent Authority
Location: px Group Head Office
First job: Shop Assistant at Liptons when I was 14.
First car: MG Metro
Favourite TV show: Jeremy Kyle Show
Books or podcasts: Books! In particular Ben Elton fiction
Favourite music (artist/band): Leonard Cohen
First holiday destination after Coronavirus: Whitby
To marry a footballer, but unfortunately that didn’t work out! My mum said I wanted to work in Woolworths on the till and as my first job was in a shop, my ambition was fulfilled at quite an early age at Liptons. Like most kids I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was at school – I was good at science so ended up studying Environmental Biology at university.
By accident – I’d finished my degree and needed to find a job (footballers were still in short supply), environmental jobs were scarce so applied for an HSE Assistant role at company called Enron. I’d never set foot on an industrial site before and had limited knowledge on health and safety, however I was willing to learn and this was noted through the interview process.
It varies depending on business needs but in short providing SHEQ compliance support for the business as a whole. I deal with a range of external agencies as the key contact ensuring that px Group complies with the necessary regulations required to keep our operations going.
I have been actively involved in the planning of continuing safe operations during a global pandemic, which has been new, but other than a restriction on travelling to sites the day job has remained the same and after 3 months I think I’ve adapted pretty well!
For me it has been the variety of the work I have been able to get involved in – I’ve been involved with the transfer of operations to px Group of all the sites we have and had in the portfolio; worked on major development projects both for px and other clients; worked in different countries; worked with some great people.
Not officially but I have worked for some great people who I have learnt from. My first boss, whilst a ‘task master’, always challenged me but also supported me brilliantly and gave me opportunities to develop. He always encouraged me to present myself with confidence and looking back I think this has paid off.
I don’t think there’s a specific situation that stands out at the moment as a challenge, but that’s not to say the job is straightforward! I always say that if you work hard, you believe in your capabilities, and you’re not afraid to ask questions or stand up for yourself, you’ll be putting yourself in a good place to overcome things.
I’m not a highlight type of person – but I’ve just been lucky enough to work in a job that I like doing, for a company that I enjoy doing it for and with people who I enjoy working with. That goes a long way to fulfilling job and career satisfaction.
Give it a go – it might not be up there with being a footballer’s wife, but it can make an interesting career. I didn’t have a plan, but I followed my interests and grasped the opportunity which has given me a good career.
In my experience, I don’t particularly think it has to, but I suppose some would say differently. I personally didn’t have a master plan to work in this industry, but what I did do was study an area that I was interested in and I was good at, and it has paid off by giving me a good career. Be prepared to work hard and demonstrate like anyone that you deserve your role on individual merit.
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