The A Plus Team
Meet the A Plus Team who are responsible for delivering the best possible training and consultancy solutions to our clients.
Andy started a career in Health and Safety Management in 1998 while he was employed at Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM). As the Health, Safety & Environment Coordinator in the Assembly Frame Division of HUM Andy’s role included general health and safety management aspects such as risk assessment, incident and accident investigation, auditing & inspection and training.
Within a diverse manufacturing environment Andy developed a great understanding of ergonomics in manufacturing which led to Andy working in Japan, America and Canada on new model projects where ergonomics was introduced into car design to improve the functional layout of several component parts of the cars produced at HUM to reduce musculoskeletal risks within car assembly at HUM.
In 2009 Andy took the decision to broaden his commercial experience with a move into Health and Safety consultancy with PFA Consulting in Swindon where Andy worked with a range of clients in a range of sectors to include construction, manufacturing and office based services. He registered as a trainer delivering accredited courses from NEBOSH and IOSH as well as tailored courses bespoke to client’s needs.
Andy continued to expand his experience by concentrating on commercial property fire safety and general risk management before becoming an independent consultant in 2011.
Andy is a chartered member of IOSH and a member of the International Institute of Risk & Safety.
Andy enjoys spending his spare time taking photographs and supporting his son’s local football team.
Tracey has worked in the training industry since 1988. She was initially employed as a receptionist for an IT Systems Integration company but quickly progressed through the ranks becoming MoD Training Sales Manager. She left to assist with the formation of a sister company within the group, Interlight Training Ltd, which was a new mobile training venture. During her time as general manager they were named new company of the year in the institute of IT Training award. In 1998 the company was purchased by one of the UK’s largest IT recruitment and training groups, the CRT Group for 1.33 million.
Wanting to spend time with her two young children she worked on a freelance basis in various sectors before returning to the training industry in 2007 when she was approached by PFA Consulting to assist with the development of their Health and Safety Training division. In 2011 the Safety, Health and Environmental business was transferred to A Plus Safety & Training Services Ltd.
When Tracey is not working she can usually be found cheering on her children who are both keen participants in sporting events.
Matthew recently resigned from the HSE after 36 years. As one of the HSEs most experienced operational inspectors he undertook proactive inspections in a wide range of industries and was also the lead inspector for several high profile investigations. He was part of the HSE group which established OSHCR and worked with a range of stakeholders to identify and recommend improvements to their health and safety management systems. For a number of years he has lectured on both NEBOSH Diploma and certificate courses and continues undertake bespoke training on a regular basis to various audiences including employee groups, senior managers and health and safety professionals. Having now set up as an independent health and safety consultant he works for various organisations providing advice and training on a wide range of both technical and risk management issues.
Malcolm McDowall has joined A Plus after working as a Health & Safety Inspector for HSE for the last 27 years. During that time he worked in a variety of groups within HSE’s Field Operations Division. This included groups dealing with general manufacturing in Hampshire and Dorset; construction safety; national interest groups dealing with specific sectors such the MOD, Fire & Rescue Services, Police and Prison Service, particularly in relation to the application of health & safety legislation to operational training. And finally, in HSE’s Enforcement Policy Section, where he lead on topics such as penalties & sentencing for health & safety offences, policy on work related death investigation, the repeal and revocation of legacy legislation, and the Working Time Regulations.
Having mainly taught on A Plus’s NEBOSH Diploma modules during 2013, Malcolm will now also be teaching on the NEBOSH General Certificate courses and providing support to those students taking their Diplomas with A Plus.
In his spare time, Malcolm’s main hobby is target shooting and he shoots competitively within his club and at the National Shooting Centre at Bisley. In addition, he is a National Rifle Association (NRA) qualified Club Instructor and is one of his club’s coaches.
Emma has been involved in teaching and training for the last 16 years. Having taught for several years in an innovative Further Education College, Emma left to pursue a career as a freelance trainer and personal safety expert. Subsequently Emma became the Founding Director of a successful training company and spent several years as the Managing Director.
Looking for a more balanced lifestyle after the birth of her two children, Emma gave up her Directorship to work as ‘boots on the ground’ trainer and to get back to the grassroots delivery of training which is where her passion for the industry lies.
Emma specialises in training trainers and in the delivery of Conflict Management, Physical Intervention, First Aid and Medical training.
In her spare time Emma is a keen mountaineer and cyclist, and generally likes spending as much time outdoors as possible.