Richard Sharp is joining Spencer Rail as director of safety, a move that confirms Spencer Rail’s expanding presence in the rail industry.
Mr Sharp, a former RAF weapons engineer, has spent the last nine years working for J Murphy & Sons Ltd. He began as site manager before becoming quality manager and latterly head of rail compliance.
Sharp chairs a number of industry groups including the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).
Says Richard Sharp, ‘I was delighted to be offered this position. It’s a growing family business, well known within the industry for delivering the highest standards of workmanship. The company continues to go from strength to strength and that offers the promise of great career development. I believe the opportunity is there to apply my skills set and help the company to go on to even greater things.’
A family man, Richard relaxes by travelling abroad and scuba diving.
Says David McLoughlin, chief executive of Spencer Rail, ‘I’d like to join everyone at Spencer Rail in taking this opportunity to welcome Richard to the team. He brings a great depth and variety of experience to his new role as director of safety. These are exciting times for the company, as we continue to expand year on year into new areas of the industry. We’re also shortlisted for a number of industry awards which is testament to the multi-disciplinary skills and hard work of the Spencer Rail team over the last year.
‘We go to great lengths to ensure the safety of our people, our suppliers and the general public on every project we work on. Richard will be an important addition to that area of our operation.’
Safety remains Spencer Rail’s top priority with a focus on pre-empting and designing out potential risk, linked to ongoing behavioural safety training and mentoring. Richard Sharp will oversee the work of 20 safety professionals within the Spencer Rail business, ensuring that the company’s 300 plus staff and supply chain partners are equipped with everything they need from a health, safety and environment perspective.