In Conversation With...kerry Benson

Issue 89

Health & safety assistant and office manager at Carney Consultancy

What is your role at Carney Consultancy?

I am a health and safety assistant, working within the construction industry. We specialise in Quality, Safety, Health and Environmental (QSHE) training and consultancy.

I work closely with our team of consultants and advisors, who support and manage all aspects of health and safety whilst on construction sites. I help support SHEQ Management systems, SSIPS and Constructionline applications.

I also look after office management, to ensure all operations run smoothly in the office and all policies, standards and procedures are implemented effectively, supporting clients and the team.

How has your career progressed at Carney Consultancy?

I joined the team in 2017 and my career has progressed a lot. I am currently studying for my NEBOSH construction certification which the company is supporting me through. The next step is to become a consultant. Whilst I undertake my training I will go out onsite accompanied by a member of the team, to help me learn more about the different aspects of the works Carney Consultancy undertake.

I’m also enjoying a mentoring role within the company. I work closely with Hafsa Ghaffar who is our office administrator and I am enjoying passing on my knowledge to benefit her learning journey.

What is your proudest business achievement?

Helping with strategic decisions which have made profit for the business. I have also worked to implement processes within certain areas of the business which has helped to save customers time, resulting in happier customers and smarter working.

How do you think the sector has changed since you first began your career?

After graduating from university in 2014 with a degree in construction management, I secured a job with Merit and Merrell, as an assistant project engineer, working on various projects throughout the UK.

I took time out to have a family and joined Carney Consultancy in 2017. If I look back over the last 10 years, the sector has become much more diverse and inclusive. Mental health and wellbeing is also a key priority for organisations to ensure their teams are looked after. I also think that women are much more accepted, particularly when out on site or within management positions.

What are the opportunities for you moving forward?

There is so much potential for me working at Carney Consultancy and becoming a consultant is one of them. I also have the option to keep advancing my knowledge through various qualifications which the company is happy to support me with.

How do you like to unwind outside of work?

I enjoy travelling and try to get away as much as possible. My partner and I are also in the process of renovating a barn in Yorkshire which we will then look to rent out.

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