I am a person who strongly believes in finding the balance in life. Whilst I operate very much in a left-brained manner (analytical, logical, structured), my wife is very much the opposite (creative, carefree, artistic). My passion for social justice is what instigated my career in government through Child Protection. And although I no longer operate in a frontline capacity, much of my work in DHHS can still be related back to Child Protection in some way, shape or form.
Whilst I am a person that sees value in a lot of the work that we already do, I am also a person that strives to find and support ways to do things better.
I have a degree in counselling, which has supported my abilities to be empathic, understanding and actively listen to others.
Child Protection provided me with a list of skills and experiences too long to document, including case management, crisis management, and court proceedings.
Having worked in several roles centrally within DHHS, I have relied strongly on my skills with relationship building, coordination, reporting, problem solving, planning and organisation.
Routine mental health checks for kids
Targeted care packages
An Incorporated Engineer and Fellow of the IRSE with 40+ years’ experience in railway signalling. Throughout my career I have been at the forefront of introducing new technology and in my early years I was the lead engineer for the production implementation of the first computer based interlocking in the UK called Solid State Interlocking (SSI) and supported the introduction of other computer based systems such as Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) and Integrated Electronic Control Centre (IECC), all based in Scotland.
Management of signalling design, supply and construction projects Management of signalling safety risk assessment Management of testing and commissioning activities Management of programmes using project planning packages (including Primavera) Working knowledge of conditions of contracts Good working knowledge of Microsoft and IOS applications Production of project safety strategies, safety plans and quality plans Production of signalling safety system specifications Production of signalling design, supply, construction and test specifications
My main focus has been the introduction of High Capacity Signalling, supporting development of the Business Case, developing requirements for procurement, then supporting the procurement process and now kicking off the project.