After a first career as a fire fighter an opportunity came up to be the first safety officer at Brands Hatch and Phil Atkinson jumped at it. He already held the NEBOSH Certificate and went on to take the NEBOSH Diploma in 1992 taking all five papers (as it was in those days) in one go. However, the hard work paid off and he passed after retaking a couple of them and has not looked back!
Phil claims the NEBOSH qualifications were of immeasurable benefit to him in the early 1990s as not many people had NEBOSH qualifications and corporate membership of IOSH. So they were a passport to a good career and opened up a wealth of opportunities for him since then. In fact, he advises people interested in health and safety to get a NEBOSH Diploma, and with the relevant experience you will have the world at your feet.
He now owns a consultancy which includes acting as Safety Advisor for lots of events including Royal Ascot, the Grand National, Burley Horse Trials, the Royal Windsor Horse Show. He also runs Fire, Health and Safety audits across their 50 European sites for one of the world’s top five consumer packaging companies as well working for a host of other clients.
As part of his continuing professional development he has recently taken the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management as he has been doing fire risk assessments and wanted to get a formal qualification.
Phil works long hours, and talks to people from all walks of life, but there is a nice balance and he enjoys working in this rewarding field. He says NEBOSH qualifications have definitely given him more choices in his career development.