Rail electrification contractor, RJ Power Group, has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of Mark Sheppard as HSQE Manager.
Mark began his career by gaining valuable expertise and experience on the shop floor within several industry sectors, including engineering and concrete roof tiling, before moving into health and safety around 20 years ago.
The production of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations) assessments proved to be a useful learning curve early on, even if it was on an electric typewriter! Mark soon gained his NEBOSH certificate, as well as a NEBOSH Construction Certificate, and began working in the highly regulated world of nuclear decommissioning at a Ministry of Defence site. His ten-year tenure made him highly proficient in providing concise, informative and well-written documentation and close adherence to regulations. It also had relevant parallels with the rail industry and his new role at RJ Power Group.
Mark cites his approach to safety as calm, considered and pragmatic. “I can see from my short time with RJ Power Group, that safety is taken very seriously and everyone has a good awareness of what is required,” he said.
“The new challenges I face are to fully understand how RJ Power Group works and the requirements of our clients, particularly Network Rail.”
RJ Power Group faces significant challenges in adopting the Principal Contractor role in the near future. Mark has experienced some of these in previous roles, and looks forward to bringing his skills to bear with regard to the rail division’s health and safety responsibilities.
Mark is married with two daughters. His eldest daughter is studying for a Masters degree in teaching, while his youngest daughter and her partner gave Mark and his wife their first grandchild just over a year ago.