Why Chris would be an effective mentor

  • Most of Chris’s working life has involved mentoring within the land-based sectors; in university as a postgraduate researcher; in farming through his advisory roles; in the forestry and woodland industries through his senior management and auditing roles, and as director of a multi-disciplinary training company which involves mentoring a team of over 30 instructors and assessors
  • He has held mentoring roles and worked as a verifier for both Lantra and City & Guilds for the last 25 years
  • Having run his own companies since 1983, Chris has also been involved with planning and delivering training courses on a wide range of subjects to people at all levels
  • He is a good communicator and is keen to share his knowledge and experience of working in the land-based industries, specifically the agriculture, forestry and woodland, arboriculture, construction and landscape/amenity sectors
  • Chris is looking forward to giving something back by helping businesses manage health and safety in the workplace, based on practical work experience
  • Together with wife Anne and four of their grown-up children, Chris runs their home-based family woodland contracting business which they first set up to produce firewood and woodfuel chips in 1985, alongside his business as a training provider for the land-based Industries.

Current farm business

  • 10 acres of mixed broad-leaved woodland - managed on a continuous-cover basis implementing a low impact silvicultural system
  • Director of a multi-disciplinary training provision company for the land-based sector, Mwmac Ltd.

Qualifications/achievements/experience

  • BSc Agricultural Botany, Aberystwyth University
  • MSc Upland Agriculture Improvement, Aberystwyth University
  • Animal health specialist
  • Woodland Management business
  • 1985 – to date, Land-based Training for Professionals
  • Ran the for the Forestry Commission’s Wood Energy Business Scheme Training which continued as the Lantra ‘Ignite’ course for growing, processing and utilising woodfuel

Top tips for Health and Safety management

“Only carry out a task if you have the competence to carry it out in a safe and effective manner. In other words, have the knowledge, understanding, ability, training and experience to see the job through safely:

  • Plan out what you intend to do
  • Sort out the safeguards to put in place
  • Take advice where necessary

Then, work at a pace to match your level of skill but be willing to stop and think if things aren’t going right.

If you’re asking others to do a job, the same process applies. It is common sense to ensure everyone is fully involved in the process of managing risk.