Bob Sayers, based at Redrow Group’s UK headquarters at Ewloe, Flintshire, was the first person to be drafted in to head up the new team more than a decade ago.
After being enlisted by Redrow, Bob was then joined by Steve Sayers, Robin Scoot, David Bunyard and Dave Ford to create the company’s original health and safety team. Dave Ford will now take over as director in early March.
Bob said: “I’ve worked in the construction sector for 30 years altogether and now just feels like the right time to move on. Things are changing and the time comes when a fresh approach is needed.”
Dave Ford joined Redrow as one of the original health and safety team and has worked his way up through the ranks to the position of director.
“I wish Bob lots of luck for a long and happy retirement,” he said. “One of his legacies is to bring people, like me, up through the ranks within Redrow. It’s been a pleasure to work for him and all of us on the team are sad that he took the decision to retire early.
“But people move on and things change and I’m excited and thankful to Redrow for giving me this opportunity.”
Since its inception, Bob’s team has helped Redrow to achieve an exemplary health and safety record and win several awards including the coveted Gold Medal from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) for three consecutive years. The Gold Medal Award is presented to organisations that have already achieved five consecutive Gold Awards.
The health and safety department’s role is to maintain safe working environments through regular site inspections, training and on-the-job advice to site teams and sub contractors. All members of staff receive appropriate health and safety training through in-house programmes delivered by the team and the company also expects all of its subcontractors working on site to hold the relevant Construction Skills Certification Scheme card.
The dedicated in-house health and safety team operates across the country to ensure appropriate health and safety standards are applied at all sites, and each member of the team is based in a different region.
Bob said: “Since the original team of five was established, we’ve had two new members of staff join us straight from school, Charlotte and Tom. Each has now been with us six years and nine months respectively, which is a pretty good record in an industry where staff turnover can be high.
“Charlotte joined us for work experience and will be promoted to take over Dave’s role as health and safety manager in March which shows mine and Redrow’s belief of promoting from within. Tom will continue as office junior with an emphasis on training to help him become a health and safety professional in the future.
“It is simple things I will miss about the team, we all get along so well and they have been fantastic to work with. We are such a good team partly because we are genuine friends. I started working with Dave when he started out as a young trainee and now he’s going to be a director. To be a part of that kind of journey is just fantastic and quite humbling.
“I have loved my time at Redrow, it is a great place to work and I’d like to think that my legacy is that health and safety culture is now firmly established.”
On his retirement, Bob added: “I’ve decided I’m going to have a gap year! I left school at 16 and worked practically non-stop since then, so it will be nice to have a break. The first thing everyone asks me is what I’m going to do with my time, I’ve already booked a couple of holidays for some time to relax and I’m in an amateur dramatics group so I’ll spend more time with that, I’ll probably take up golf too!”
As well as its UK headquarters at St David’s Park, Ewloe, Redrow has divisional operations around the UK, with offices in central London, Basildon, Bristol, Cardiff, Northampton, Tamworth, Wakefield and Chorley. The company is currently building at around 80 locations in England and Wales, where the focus is mainly on family friendly homes with traditional looking Arts & Crafts influenced exteriors, a high quality internal specification and excellent customer service. Further information: www.redrow.co.uk.
Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011 and 2012; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.