Everyone has a role to play in their family. But it’s fair
to say that Stuart Rhee’s role in his is a little unusual,
because Stuart is his family’s safety, health and
When you understand that Stuart is an important part of
his family’s business, his role starts to make more sense.
The business is called Power Plant Installations and is
based in Newport Pagnell. Owned by Stuart’s father, the
firm employs just six people but is a very successful smallto-
medium-sized enterprise (SME). As the business name
suggests, it specialises in the installation of power plant
machinery, such as switchgear in substations and cabling.
Power plants are dangerous places to be and the work is
environmentally sensitive. So to win business and satisfy
clients Power Plant Installations has to demonstrate
high standards of safety, health and environmental
management. This is where Stuart comes in.
Stuart is 24 years-of-age and is a mechanical engineer. He
has a degree in engineering and he brings these skills to the
site when he works for the family business. However, he
also takes responsibility for safety, health and environmental
matters. This includes satisfying the safety, health and
environmental audit requirements of clients and regularly
completing paperwork to confirm that all work has been
carried out to expected standards.
It’s a major task and given the hazardous nature of the sites
that Power Plant Installations operates in, Stuart needs a
lot of technical know-how and confidence in his abilities to
perform his role well.
That’s why as soon as he started work the family suggested
he took his NEBOSH National General Certificate. The firm
was winning more heavy electrical substation work at the
time, so it was felt someone in the business needed more
in-depth health and safety knowledge. Stuart gained a
Shortly afterwards, and recognising the importance of
environmental standards, the family decided Stuart’s
next step should be a NEBOSH Environmental Certificate.
Stuart and his father had asked their clients about which
qualification he should pursue and the overwhelming
recommendation was to continue along the NEBOSH
“A lot said NEBOSH was the flagship qualification and the
best one to have on both fronts, health and safety, and
environmental,” explained Stuart.
Stuart worked hard, but admits he was a little surprised
when he learned he’d achieved the highest mark in
2010/11 for his Environmental Certificate exam and
assessment. He says his course provider, West Anglia
Training Association did “a very good job” getting the
material over, especially as they made it applicable to his
Unsurprisingly, his family are very proud of Stuart’s success
and the NEBOSH ‘Top Candidate’ Award he gained as a
result of his high mark.
“It’s not just family pride, but they’re proud in a business
sense. It’s another achievement to put on the company
profile,” he told us.