Despite the challenges the UK faces as a result of the pandemic, 2bm continues to expand its team of industry experts, following the appointment of Carl McDonald as Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager (HSEQ).
The recruitment of Carl further emphasises 2bm’s commitment to health and safety, quality and environmental matters. As well as focusing on the immediate needs of each project, Carl will also look into the future about what 2bm does at the time of delivery that will have an impact for the client moving forward.
Here’s what Carl had to say about what ‘life’s like away from work’:
What would you cook at a dinner party?
I would choose a Jamaican goat curry with sticky rice. My wife and I cooked this on a date night “to cook a new meal together”.
What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I was once told by doctors and colleagues that I wouldn’t be able to run beyond a few hundred yards. The challenge was too much to resist, in 2020 I went on to complete three 10 km races all for charity. Despite no racing, I still train three or four times a week.
What’s your favourite movie?
I am a sucker for a chick flick, so I will say ‘Love Actually’.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Last year I decided I would enter the Great North Run, ‘unfortunately’ it was cancelled before I could take up the challenge. Maybe this year!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
We enjoy socialising with a drink and something to eat and, as we are surrounded by so many wonderful places to walk, we really enjoy getting out and about, especially in lockdown.
Where is your holiday destination?
I’d say Mauritius, we first went there on our honeymoon!
Where did you go to school?
St Thomas More’s School, Buxton in Derbyshire.
What was your first job?
My very first paid job was in Buxton, working in an extrusion factory making copper compression fittings.
What star sign are you?
I’m a Capricorn, the 10th sign of the zodiac which is represented by the goat. They say that people born under this sign are generally pragmatic, ambitious and disciplined, which is quite an accurate description of my own personality.
What is your dream car?
It would have to be an Aston Martin. I just want to drive about like I’m James Bond.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I strive for the best possible outcome in everything I do. I am very much driven by passion and desire to succeed. Unlike my football team, where my heart rules my head as I have to confess to being a Derby County supporter. Now working in Nottingham, that doesn’t go down too well in a company where most of the staff are Forest supporters!!
Why health and safety?
That’s a good question. I first became really interested in how to make working life better.
Many, many years ago I was employed by a small company that did a lot of ground working. One day a passer-by pointed out to me the detrimental effects on what I was doing would have on my long-term health. I decided to look into his comments and now, after 15 years of health and safety management, my aim is to ensure others remain as safe as they can be at work.
I always try and stress to colleagues that health and safety is not an obstacle to getting work done. In fact, I try to work with colleagues and customers to ensure we create a more efficient and safer working environment, which will actually improve productivity as well as safeguard again injury.
Why have you joined 2bm?
The feeling I got from the moment I entered 2bm’s offices for my interview was one of professionalism, commitment and growth, something I immediately wanted to be a part of. And now that I’m here and working towards becoming a chartered member of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), it’s great to be helping deliver projects for 2bm and making a real difference.
What do you feel you can contribute to 2bm?
I’ve worked in multiple industries and developed both mentoring and training techniques along the way. I’m now at a point in my career when I can help 2bm develop further health and safety, both within the organisation and the wider industry. Developing a positive safety culture is paramount to any business that seeks to create a safe and secure environment.