Michael Ellerby / Case Study

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Head of Safety Services appointment for the University of Sheffield

Michael was appointed as interim ‘Head of Safety Services’ for the University of Sheffield for the first half of 2012.

This interim head of department role proved to be both challenging and rewarding, with contributions being made in a large number of health, safety and management areas. Michael sat on a number of Key Risk Review Groups (KRRG), charged with driving forward safety improvements throughout the University. In particular, the Health and Safety Training programme at the University was overhauled and the Fire Risk Assessment programme has received a significant amount of attention and improvement.

Since the end of this interim post, Michael has worked with the new Head of Department and done further work for the University: reviewing the Control of Contractors and proposing a programme of improvements in this area.

‘Mike Ellerby was appointed on an interim basis to manage Health and Safety Services at the University of Sheffield. Mike’s personable, practicable and rigorous approach to health and safety was extremely helpful at a time when the University was in a period of transition for this key role.

Mike did a great job for the University in ensuring continuity of service and properly examining the issues which faced the organisation.’

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates, University of Sheffield, 11 October 2012

“Michael is a detail-oriented manager who knows his field of Health & Safety, giving sound advice and practical solutions to problems, he also keeps sight of the strategic objectives.”

Barry Whittles Head of Engineering & Maintenance at University of Sheffield

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Mike brings a common sense approach to a subject where sense is often uncommon. His pragmatic approach combined with a professional approach to Health & Safety make a real difference to his clients.

Paul Fileman

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