19th November 2020
After a particularly busy year in his department, Health & Safety Manager Mike Browne has earned his retirement, and Hawkins wishes him every happiness in the next stage of his life. Mike joined Hawkins in September 2012, and has spent 8 years advising our investigators and support staff on best practices, arranging and delivering training courses, ensuring effective use of PPE, drafting and checking risk assessments, and near-miss incident reporting. He has helped our company to achieve excellence in the eyes of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which has granted Hawkins a Gold Award for the last three years.
Health & Safety Director Andy Bryce says this about Mike: “I first came across Mike as a regular and engaging lecturer at an annual Health & Safety course. In 2012, I was sat in a service station pondering how Hawkins needed a professionally qualified H&S manager, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a news report that showed Mike, among others, being rescued by the Royal Navy from Libya (where he had been working on a construction project). A few phone calls later, and we had our man!
Mike is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH and after leaving the Royal Engineers, embarked on a highly varied 35 year long career in H&S management and consultancy. Mike has simply transformed H&S at Hawkins and the infrastructure that he has put in place will be his legacy for many years to come.
From a personal point of view, I will miss Mike’s vast knowledge, wisdom and counsel. But there was one thing overall that made Mike so effective as a H&S manager and this is that he genuinely cares about people, taking a real interest in their welfare and with an almost uncanny ability to read people. I am sure that it was the knowledge that he was no longer going to be having the same personal contact with Hawkins’ people due to Covid-19, that prompted him to decide to retire when he did.”