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CHAS makes three key appointments designed to strengthen operations

Supply chain risk management expert CHAS (the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) has appointed Alex Minett as head of products and markets and Elaine Bailey and Peter Hepworth, both of whom become non-executive directors at the trusted Health and Safety compliance advisor.

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Alex Minett brings in-depth knowledge of the SHEQ sector in the UK and internationally from a contracting and consulting perspective having established SHEQ strategies for multiple businesses (including blue chip companies) across diverse sectors.

He also has extensive knowledge of construction Best Practice and compliance having worked for 20 years in the construction sector, including on iconic projects such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Battersea Power Station where he advised on safety measures for the demolition and re-erection of the four iconic chimneys.

In addition, Minett was responsible for establishing the initial SHEQ strategy for Transport for Wales and supported the procurement team within the wider provision of the multi-billion pound franchise with pre-qualification of the bids.

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Alex Minett

Further afield, Minett worked closely with the World Bank and other funders on one of the world’s largest solar farms in Benban and initiated a zero harm approach to safety at the Facebook Data Centre in Lulea. He was also responsible for embedding safe working practices for the construction and delivery of the Saudi Aramco Petroleum Polytechnic in Saudi Arabia.

Now, Minett has overall responsibility for all of the CHAS products both current and new and is closely involved in the strategic position of CHAS within the marketplace and identifying opportunities for growth.

CHAS managing director Ian McKinnon stated: “Alex is an excellent addition to the CHAS team and we’re delighted to have him on board. His insight and experience will be invaluable as we continue to expand our service offer.”

Minett himself commented: “I’m excited to be joining CHAS at a time of marked growth for the organisation. As the founder of contractor prequalification, CHAS enjoys a first class reputation and I’m looking forward to helping build on this as the business evolves and grows.”

Extensive experience

Elaine Bailey became a non-executive director at CHAS with effect from Wednesday 1 July. Bailey has worked extensively across the construction, criminal justice, Government services and housing sectors in the private, public and not for profit sectors and brings 15 years of executive Board experience to the role.

From 2014 to 2019, Bailey served as CEO of London-based Housing Association The Hyde Group where, as well as significantly improving financial and operating performance, she drove a major change programme designed to simplify, automate and improve service delivery.

Bailey also sits on the Industry Safety Steering Group chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt which is charged with scrutinising proposals and progress towards culture change within the construction industry following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

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Elaine Bailey

Previously, Bailey held senior positions at FTSE 250 outsourcer Serco and is a trustee of Catch 22 and the Greenslade Family Foundation, as well as a Board member of the Andium Housing Association.

Speaking about Bailey’s appointment, Ian McKinnon stated: “Elaine’s successes at The Hyde Group, along with her knowledge and experience of good governance, make her an excellent addition to the CHAS Board. We also welcome Elaine’s commitment to driving cultural change within the construction industry following the Grenfell Tower tragedy through her work as part of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Steering Group.”

Bailey responded: “I’m delighted to be joining an organisation which plays a key role in improving occupational Health and Safety performance in UK workplaces. I’m looking forward to working with CHAS to continue to raise Health and Safety standards right across the UK.”

Digital transformation

Peter Hepworth formerly oversaw a portfolio of businesses while serving as executive officer of the Professional Services division at Capita plc, where his achievements included rationalising 14 separate learning businesses into one organisation and executing the digital transformations of Constructionline and Parking Eye.

He simultaneously served as CEO of AXELOS.com, a joint venture between Capita and the Cabinet Office and the publisher of global Best Practice guidance for IT, project and risk management. In fact, Hepworth was responsible for founding the operation in 2013. He grew the business internationally, expanding the product range and launching a cyber resilience portfolio while regularly liaising at ministerial level. Hepworth also transitioned AXELOS to become a Content-as-a-Service subscription model.

Previously, Hepworth served as managing director of Activision Blizzard UK where he was responsible for transitioning the business to meet the digital future. He has also held senior positions at L’Oréal, Sara Lee and BDO Stoy Hayward. His additional board experience includes having served as a non-executive director of The Fire Service College, Fera Science and eve Sleep. Hepworth is a Chartered Accountant by background.

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Peter Hepworth

“We’re very happy to welcome Peter to the CHAS Board,” enthused Ian McKinnon. “He brings a wealth of experience in digital transformation which will prove invaluable as we continue to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.”

Hepworth informed Security Matters: “I’m excited to be joining the Board of CHAS as it continues its strong growth trajectory. The company has an excellent reputation with an impressive portfolio of digital products and services that can help businesses transform their risk management processes. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to support the further success of both CHAS and its extensive customer base.”

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Charter Global launches “first-ever” SR5 security-rated shutter solution to UK market

With heightened levels of security across the globe, Charter Global – established manufacturer of the Obexion LPS 1175 range of security shutters – has raised the bar in terms of security by introducing the “first-ever” SR5 security-rated shutter.

The Obexion MD SR5 is certified to LPS 1175 Issue 7 SR5 and specifically designed to provide the highest level of security available for high risk locations such as Critical National Infrastructure, military and national security establishments as well as high value public and commercial premises.

The SR5 is designed to protect against a sustained and professional attempt to gain entry using a range of handheld performance power tools for extended periods of time.

To achieve this exceptional level of security rating, the shutters have to withstand a total attack time of ten minutes using various high performance power tools including an 18 V reciprocating saw and an angle grinder.

Charter Global's Obexion SR5 security shutter

Charter Global’s Obexion SR5 security shutter

Obexion’s ‘Lockdown’ technology means that the SR5 requires no auxiliary locking system. The ‘profiles’ lock the shutters in any stop position, fully closed or otherwise. This means the shutters cannot be forced open to gain entry, making them ideal as a first point of entry security for any facility.

The SR5 can be installed on re-enforced concrete and structural steelwork, but its lightweight construction also means that it may be installed on buildings of cultural and historic interest.

The shutters are motorised to allow controlled ascent and descent with either a 240 V/415 V motor depending on aperture size and/or duty cycle. There’s a full range of controls including push button, key and radio control or the system may be integrated into building management systems and third party alarms.

Electronic monitoring and alarm options are available for higher risk environments.

Roger Humphreys, Charter Global’s managing director, told Risk UK: “With the certification of Obexion to LPS 1175 Level 5, and with a continuing programme of product development and testing, we feel we’ve established a new benchmark for the security shutter market and we’re committed to build further on this success. We will continue to listen to our customers and develop products that meet developing risks and changing environments.”

For over a decade, Charter Global has been supplying specialist security shutters to prestige commercial properties, retail premises, buildings requiring high levels of security, those in high risk locations and critical infrastructure projects.

The company also supplies bespoke security shutters for specialist applications, working with clients to develop specific products to resist evolving attack methodologies, tool capabilities and risk status.

Charter Global’s products are LPCB approved and accredited by Secured by Design, UVDB Supplier, SMAS, SSIP, the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and also benefit from Safecontractor accreditation.

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