Matt Smith – Speciality: Fire Safety, Manufacturing Health & Safety, First Aid, Emergency Response
Meet the team! Matt served as a Watch Manager with Humberside Fire & Rescue Service for 15 years. During his service he was responsible for two operational stations, one in the public sector and one in the private sector on a top tier COMAH site. As part of his role in the fire service, Matt delivered First Aid Trauma training, developed and delivered emergency response training and carried out numerous fire safety inspections and fire risk assessments.
After leaving the fire service, Matt spent two years as Howdens Joinery Supply Division Lead Technical and Safety trainer delivering accredited and bespoke health and safety training to a staff populous of over 1500 employees.
Whilst in the role Matt Played an integral part in bringing a large amount of external training ‘in-house’ whilst maintaining quality of product and delivery. He Developed and implemented competency skills assessments across manufacturing, warehousing & logistics as part of the long term (3 years+) strategy for compliance & technical training for the business. Another part of his role was to carry out fire risk assessments across the supply division including the manufacturing facilities and warehousing.
Sonia Cantwell – Speciality: Hotel & Hospitality Health & Safety
Meet the team! Our Hospitality & Hotel specialist Sonia, has worked in and around the sector for most of her professional career starting at the bottom of the ladder and progressing through the ranks to managing hotels and hospitality venues for a number of large national operations including Scottish & Newcastle and Enterprise Inns and also for independent large capacity public houses & more independent hotel chains.
Utilising her extensive industry knowledge, spanning over 18 years, Sonia regularly identifies potential Health & Safety issues for our growing customer base offering clear and practical solutions.
“A member of our staff had sustained an injury (broken leg) after an accident involving a delivery lorry to our hotel. Sonia helped us by conducting a thorough accident investigation and really helped us by giving us practical advice and an action plan, that didn’t cost a fortune, but reduced the chance of this happening again. We would highly recommend her would definitely use her again” Mark Buckles, Highborn Tavern.