On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Steven Ostle

Derbyshire rail maintenance firm MTMS has appointed a new health, safety and environmental manager.

Steven Ostle has taken on his first role in the rail industry having previously worked on car and construction equipment assembly lines, on oil rigs, and as a Captain in the British Army.

At MTMS, Ostle will review and update H&S policies, offer training and advice and make site visits to discuss issues with staff in the field, while also drawing up specific health and safety procedures for minor engineering projects designed to improve the depot infrastructure.

He will also help the company attain the coveted ISO 45001 international standard for health and safety at work.

MTMS services and maintains rolling stock and specialist depot equipment at over half of the UK’s rail depots. Its clients include Hitachi, Arriva and Siemens.

Ostle said: “The rail industry is a new industry to me but it is a sector where health and safety is of paramount importance and it’s enjoyable doing something different after working in factory settings for the last five years.

“While the majority of my work will be supporting our engineers undertaking their routine maintaining rolling stock at rail facilities, I’ll also be planning health and safety frameworks for one-off infrastructure projects.”

He added: “This role fits well with my military career, because the Army also relies on rules and regulations, and requires the ability to understand the work culture in order to be able to communicate them effectively.”

Matt Forst, managing director of MTMS, said: “Steve’s CV shows that he is incredibly well-qualified and has an understanding of how to undertake his health and safety role in a range of different and challenging settings.

“We’re delighted that he has joined us here at MTMS, where we’re confident that he will help us maintain our proud safety record and enable us to achieve the ISO 45001 standard.”

East Midlands Environmental Consultants (EMEC) has welcomed a new project manager.

Lee Holland was previously a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

In his new role, Holland will be responsible for managing many of the firm’s regional and national projects, which involve acting as a consultant ecologist tasked with protecting habitats and advising developers.

Lee Holland

He said: “Growingly environmentally aware, I wanted to work for a business that was positively impacting our natural environment. Having recently left the Armed forces I qualified as a Project manager and wanted to join a smaller, local business that was ambitious whilst maintaining strong core values and beliefs and EMEC ticked all these boxes.”

Dr Ed Tripp, consultancy director at EMEC, added: “To have someone of Lee’s background join the business is a major coup. EMEC is entering an exciting period having won some exciting new contracts, which Lee will be a valued member of our project management team.”

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