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Our Expert Panel

Introducing our experts.

CallConfidential have assembled a team of industry and subject matter experts. We will only deal with reports that we can competently interpret and actively help to finding a solution, working closely with our members. whether its health, construction, rail or road, CallConfidential aim to be able to review and engage with proper knowledge and expertise in those subjects that we take reports on.

Our team are always expanding and we would be interested if you would like to join us.
Call us on 01323 818030 or email us at info@callconfidential.com for more information.

Jonny Simmons

Mental health & well being expert

Jonny is Director of Training & Coaching for A Deeper Understanding Limited and an expert panel member on NHS, Mental Health and Wellbeing for Call Confidential. He also works for Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant to their Recovery College Programme.

Jonny works with individuals and organisations to help them understand ‘the human operating system’. By understanding the role of Mind, Thought and Consciousness, he helps people across the full spectrum of mental health to discover their true resilience and infinite potential for living life with far greater ease, whilst achieving far greater results.

Following his own journey through the mental health system, Jonny is passionate about helping to enable everyone to attain good mental health.

Richard Bell

Richard Bell

Rail, supply chain, training, safety, construction

With a railway career spanning almost 20 years, Richard began on the tools, rapidly progressing to safety critical roles such as PICOW later to become Controller of Site Safety; Engineering Supervisor and Auxiliary duties. Following two years working on the construction of the then CTRL High Speed link in Kent where he trained as a driver of shunt locomotives and qualified with an NVQ Level 4 in Shunting Operations.

Following this role Richard trained as a Trainer and Assessor & Verifier and began delivering training for a number of Kent based rail training organisations. This led to a move to Atkins where he became an integral part of the team delivering both rail and safety related training courses. During his training career, he developed bespoke accredited training course used within the Renewable Energy and Cross Channel Ferry sectors.

During his training career Richard also led the training and development of inmates at Coldingley prison: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2006/mar/15/crime.penal1

Headhunted by Halcrow Group Limited in 2008, Richard took the role of Rail Training Manager, later progressing to European Rail Safety Manager later the same year.

In 2010 Richard moved on to establish his own consultancy business, PRB Consulting. This company has gone from strength to strength employs over 20 staff and provides compliance consultancy services to over 100 rail industry suppliers, rail interface planning, NSAR Assessing, IRSE Assessment agency and safety consultancy.

Martyn Gommersall

Martyn Gomersall

Rail, Construction, Tunnelling

Martyn is an independent safety consultant to large international consulting companies including Parsons-Brinckerhoff, Egis Rail (France), AECOM (Asia) as well as highly regarded contractors such as GE, Invensys, Impregilo and many others. Within the United Kingdom he has engineering experience in Signalling Installation, Track Works and Track Welding. Martyn has worked directly for MTR (Hong Kong) and London Underground in both Operational and Engineering Safety.

Martyn’s career began in mechanical engineering in South African gold mines and later in Coal Mining where he transitioned into Training and Industrial Relations and into Occupational Safety. Returning to the UK in the late 90s he joined London Underground in an Operational Role but soon an opportunity to get into back into engineering came along as he headed up the Sub-Surface Lines Stations Assurance section and then later taking up a Safety role with the Docklands Light Railway (Greenwich – Lewisham). At this stage Martyn desired to move on into his own consultancy and hiring out his knowledge and skills, not just in the UK but around the Middle East and Asia. Heading up PMC Safety in India on three large Metro Projects as well as championing safety on two Middle East rail projects and also in the capacity of Safety Intelligence and Knowledge with MTR in Hong Kong. With this knowledge and experience Martyn has a holistic view of the railway industry from Construction to Operation & Maintenance.

Martyn has delivered a number of high impact presentations on various safety topics including Safety in Tunnelling, Construction Safety and Safety in India; he is also an avid writer on Safety subjects and not afraid to “go off piste” with his views on the need for a “New Safety” in the workplace and challenging the status quo.

Martyn is currently developing the Safety4Justice® program to assist SMEs develop a trust based safety culture together with a company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Martyn joins Call Confidential as an expert in many fields and he looks forward to continuing his journey in helping the workplace become an even safer environment.

Dave Lee

Dave Lee

Construction, Mental Health Specialist

Author, Speaker, Transformation Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Wellbeing Consultant and father of two teenagers.

Dave believes that we can all experience real change irrespective of our early life experiences, if we are willing to go beyond what we think we know. Having lived through a difficult childhood with experience of both the care and justice systems, Dave, at the age of 21, found himself wielding a broom on a building site.

As the years progressed he found that he quickly rose through the ranks and was responsible for running multi-million-pound jobs. From an external perspective Dave was doing well, however, the stresses of the job combined with being the key provider for a young family took their toll and the only way Dave could cope was to rely on alcohol.

After hitting rock bottom, Dave started to explore alternative ways of dealing with stress and his mental ill health issues, that didn’t involve alcohol. On this journey, he discovered tools that made both his personal and professional life easier.

As his journey through life continued Dave started sharing these tools with his workforce. This led to him writing a book called “The Hairy Arsed Builders Guide to Stress Management”. Dave is co-founder of A Deeper Understanding Limited (ADUL) and he currently supports various companies, bodies and individuals on how to utilise these tools in their personal and professional lives.

Dave is inspiring and passionate about sharing his insights and wisdom to create real change.

Dave joins CallConfidential with over 30 years of experience in construction and now focuses on helping others with health and well-being.

Lorna McDonald

Lorna McDonald

Police, Counter Terrorism and Rail

A newly appointed assistant director of Rail, having joined BEIS as a civil servant in May 2017. Lorna joins Call Confidential expert panel and with her impressive portfolio in the Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism command (both in UK and Abroad) and her current work in rail, she will certainly add great value and competence.

Lorna started her employed life in motor vehicle engineering at the age of 16, but after several years in the industry and returning to college to complete her ‘A’ levels, she fulfilled her ambition to join her local police force in Yorkshire in 1997. For the past 20 years, Lorna has been privileged to work across such a broad range of departments, including community policing, major crime and child protection (as a vulnerable victim officer working with both adults and children). She left the comforts of a county police force 7 years ago to move to London to join the Counter Terrorism command within the Metropolitan Police. Whilst working from New Scotland Yard, Lorna built up a series of key strategic relationships with intelligence partners both in and outside of the UK. During this time in London, Lorna has dealt with many cases including a high profile political murder and more latterly the Westminster terrorist attack. During the last 3 years she took on the additional role as a project manager for a £90m digital programme, working with other Counter Terrorism regions across the UK to design and develop a national integrated IT infrastructure. It was during this time she also developed a national digital training pathway programme with academics and industry.

Within her new role, Lorna works with strategic partners and across government within the rail sector, to identify opportunities and add value to UK rail supply chain. She seeks to build trust and confidence with new entrants into the market place as well as enhancing existing ones, from Tier 1’s and OEM’s to the SME community. All who have their place within such a diverse, professional and exciting industry. She is a champion for women and recruiting into the industry, having joined Women in Rail recently.

Lorna has successfully studied for a degree in Global Politics and International Relations over the past 4 years and will graduate in November 2017, she is also a parent governor of a local senior school in Surrey.

Rob Miles

Rob Miles

Human Factor Specialist

Rob Chairs the Energy Institute Human and Organisational Factors committee developing and promoting guidance for the energy sector on the application of human factors to improve risk management, business performance and health and safety. He is currently contributing to the US Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) publication on the use of “bowtie” methodology in process safety and is the only UK contributor to the revised American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice for health and safety management systems (API RP75).

Rob’s experience includes over a decade as the human factors independent advisor to the rail sector confidential reporting scheme, CIRAS and is now an Elected Public Governor for a large NHS Trust. He is a STEM Ambassador and gives talks to local schools encouraging pupils into the infrastructure and energy sectors and is an external lecturer on the Petroleum Engineering MSc at Cranfield University

After originally qualifying as an aircraft engineer and going on to engineering in the offshore sector he retrained in both experimental and occupational psychology. Rob then spent over 20 years heading up the HSE team inspection, investigating and assessing human factors across in the UK offshore sector. During this time he developed a multinational audit framework.

He has recently written guidance on managing major shutdowns and turnarounds and is currently working on guidance on the management of contractor competence.

He also is a Technical Director for Hu-Tech Risk Management Services and UK Board Member for I-CAB the international Competence Assessment Board and Chartered Member of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (I.Mech.E) and Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF).

Rob joins CallConfidential as an expert in many fields and he looks forward to continuing his journey in helping the workplace become an even safer environment.

Bonita Raisbeck

Bonita Raisbeck

Engineering, Rail and Construction

Following 11 years’ military experience as an Electrical Engineer, Bonita has broadened her personal and professional experience with HSQE roles within the heavy engineering, Construction, Rail, local council, further education and Consultancy sectors.
Throughout Bonita’s varied career she has been involved at all tiers with Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) compliance – from shop floor delivery through to strategic decision making at Director level.

She has managed operational; training and SHE needs across several sectors and is a Chartered Member of IOSH with an Environmental Management biased BSc. She also holds a full ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001 and RISQS auditing portfolio with over 10 years’ experience.
Qualified to BSc, NVQ4 OHSP, with CMIOSH, OSHCR and AIEMA Status, Bonita has helped businesses build compliant systems that go beyond just standard design, in gaining various ISO certifications, and other accreditations by always focusing on reducing business risks. During a recent career break Bonita diversified her experience and worked internationally by volunteering at an orphanage in South America for 2 months.

Bonita joins CallConfidential as an expert in safety and looks forward to continuing her journey in helping the workplace become a safer environment.

Jean Duprez

Jean Duprez

MBE - Construction

Jean holds the position of Vice Chair on the Business Development Board at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) London and also sits on both their Policy Board and the 14-19 Education Committee. Jean is also an Executive of the Construction Client Leadership Group (CCLG) sits on the Mayors Construction Skills Advisory Group, is a representative on the City of London’s Social Value Consultation Panel, and an ambassador for the London Chamber of Commerce.

Jean also acts as an ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service, promoting apprenticeships in various sectors. As a Director of Women into Construction she is passionate about her work in raising awareness with females both in recruitment and more importantly retention within the Construction Industry and more importantly is also championing raising Mental Health awareness across all Industries by supporting various amazing initiatives which include Building Site to Boardroom, A Deeper Understanding and Vector Equilibrium.

In 2015 Jean received an MBE for her services to skills and training.

Jean has worked in the construction industry for the past 25 years, as a Business Manager for the Regus Group, the Senior Manager for K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd for 14 years, where she co-developed a ground breaking 5 week pre-employment boot camp and opened and managed a fully accredited CAA College and then in October 2015 formed Duprez Consulting Ltd, a company committed to young people considering and entering the world of work and increasing productivity and retention for businesses by better engagement with the people within their workforces and the supply chain.

Jean joins CallConfidential as an expert in both construction and young persons in the workplace and with her wide network will continue her work in promoting best practice across the UK.

Paul Richards

Business Expert

Paul is an entrepreneur with a wide range of experience across a number of sectors including: finance, IT, retail, leisure, catering, government, local authority and charities.  He established a new IT business in 1999 to meet an identified need in the local authority marketplace. After 8 years of continual growth, this business was acquired in 2007 by the UK arm of a US corporation.

Paul continued to work with them after acquisition, culminating in a role as Director with full P&L responsibility for a significant and profitable IT business, reporting into the UK Executive Board.
Now working with a number of SME’s helping them with development and growth strategies.

Alan Tordoff

Rail Safety Specialist

Alan has a wealth of experience both in the UK and abroad.  In his early career he was a train driver working with British Rail before moving onto become Traction Inspector and then quickly stepped up to Driver Manager.

A former HMRI/ORR Inspector Alan went onto become the Head of Safety & Standards within a large Freight Company before joining the RSSB as the Freight, Major Contractors & Charter Engagement Manager.

His achievements are extensive and include Successfully delivered the High-Speed Passenger Safety Certification for Deutsche Bahns ICE Project, for the UK, Channel Tunnel, Belgium and France.

Recently he worked in Saudi Arabia as a Safety Specialist on a Middle East Rail Project before returning to the UK working on the Crossrail project.

Alan specializes in the development, implementation and review of Safety Management Systems,
Application, assessment and review of Safety Certification, Development of Technical and Operational Safety Cases, testing of rail vehicles, Advice on the application of Common Safety Methods, including independent assessment. Development, implementation and review of Safety Standards across all aspects of railway activities, including Operations, Safety, Security, Engineering, Buildings & Facilities. Delivery of Project activities.Guidance on legal compliance, and audit / inspection activities.Risk assessment, HAZOP, HAZID techniques.