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  • Mike Gray - Managing Director - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Mike Gray

    Managing Director

    I first became involved with In Line Safety in 2004 when it became a limited company within its own rights. I was then director of Survey Roofing and the now ‘In Line Safety’ was our in-house Health and Safety department. I soon realised the ever-increasing demand for Health and Safety services across all industries was something I wanted to be a part of, and so took a very proactive role in developing our new venture.

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    Over several years, myself and the team grew In Line Safety to become a viable standalone business, to a point where in 2013 I led a ‘management buyout’ to purchase the business. Myself and two other board members were successful in taking over the company, and setting up all new management structures and methods of working. Since that time, we have grown the In Line Safety brand, client base, turnover and members of staff to nearly twice that of 2013. We also relocated the business to our current registered offices at Moor Hall, East Grinstead.

    Prior to In Line Safety, I had joined the management team of Survey Roofing Ltd in 1999.
    I spent 15 years with this national roofing organisation becoming a shareholding board member. Between the three key directors we grew the business fivefold and placed within the top 25 roofing companies within the UK. 
    I gained huge experience in running a business and all that that entails, including business development, accounting, running the fleet, recruitment, corporate image and branding to name but a few of the key areas.

    I started my career as an apprentice Mechanical Engineer and qualified in 1988. I spent my first five years after qualifying, designing and manufacturing control valves for the medical industries.
    I was then approached by Vickers Medical to join their marketing team to promote there range of Neonatal products and then subsequently progressed and joined the market leader in Cardiology monitoring, Marquette Electronics Inc.
    After 10 years in this fascinating industry I was approached by a friend to join Survey Roofing, and so in 1999, I joined their Management team.  

    When I am not working within the business, I live on a dairy farm with my wife Claire and like the rural life. I also enjoy scuba diving, sailing, clay pigeon shooting, restoring and renovating vehicles and houses. I also organise musical firework displays, for celebrations and of course November 5th.

  • Brian Shears - Operations Director - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Brian Shears

    Operations Director

    After completing college in 1999 where I studied A Level Sciences and Geology, I started my working career with Southern Testing Ltd, who specialise in Geo-Technical site investigations. My role here was wide and varied and involved carrying out site studies using varying techniques for foundation design, road design and or contamination remediation design.

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    During this time, I attended university where I obtained an HNC in Building studies and HND in Building Surveying as well as obtaining other specific courses relating to Health and Safety such as NEBOSH Construction certificates, CITB courses, confined space management, asbestos surveying courses etc.

    My career path within this company then took a change towards the Management of Health and Safety.

    From this, I then joined In-Line Safety Ltd. in 2009 as a Health and Safety Consultant with main duties including but not limited to carrying out Fire risk assessments, asbestos surveys, management audits, compliance audits writing risk assessments and method statements for construction projects.

    In-Line Safety Ltd. was part of Survey and Construction Group of companies, and in 2013 I assisted in a management buyout along with the Managing Director Mike Gray and Existing Director Jules Byrd. Therefore, as of 1st March 2013 I became Operations Director for In-Line Safety. 

    When I am not at work, my main enjoyment is spending time with my Wife and 2 Children. We live on the outskirts of Ashdown Forest in Sussex in a small rural village which offers a very quiet and relaxing environment. I am a keen golfer and have started paragliding lessons!

  • Jules Byrd - Technical Director - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Jules Byrd

    Technical Director

    After leaving school and working in the building supplies industry, I took up an excellent opportunity to work abroad and spent three years in construction in Spain, then moved to the USA where I worked for an outdoor outfitter company in Colorado. Here my duties took me into a responsible role in health and safety matters for the first time.

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    I started “on the tools” as a roofing maintenance operative, driving a MEWP (cherry-picker) and carrying out roofing maintenance repairs and services all over the UK. After a short period, I progressed to Roofing Contracts Manager and was responsible for running the maintenance fleet, as well as running from start to finish, various re-roofing contracts on a national basis. At one point I was asked to also take on the role of Health and Safety Officer for the company and was in charge of all matters pertaining to that role, specialising in construction and roofing health and safety.
     I undertook various training courses and started a course of continual professional development in health and safety, and when on 1st September 2005 the company split into a group of four companies I was appointed as director of the health and safety company, which was wholly owned by the parent company of the group, Survey & Construction Ltd
    Survey & Construction Safety Ltd. changed its name in September 2008 to In-Line Safety Ltd. and has dramatically expanded from attending to the requirements of the three roofing companies (also created when the new group of companies was formed) which it still does, to also developing its own base of well-known blue-chip clients  including high street retail names, pub and club chains, NHS Trusts, housing associations, government departments (national and local), and independent contractors and trading companies both small and large.

    On 29th February 2014 In-Line Safety underwent a management buy-out from its parent company, and became wholly independent.

    I act as Technical Director overseeing all other staff of health and safety officers and am responsible for all aspects of ensuring speedy, accurate and realistic health and safety solutions for our wide range of clients. Our services include construction sites health and safety, asbestos surveys, sampling and reporting, fire risk assessment and reporting, design, fitting and certification of roof-top safety systems, assisting clients with health and safety policies, risk and COSHH assessments, method statements and contractor accreditation schemes, health and safety management and commitment / leadership schemes, health and safety training, CDM assistance duties, health and safety audits and reviews, and accident investigations, as well as advice on all matters pertaining to health and safety, including recommendations to third parties where matters fall outside of our experience and expertise.

  • Isabelle Lea - Operations Manager  - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Isabelle Lea

    Operations Manager

    My role involves being the person permanently in the office on a day-to-day basis. I organise the teams’ schedules, quality check their assessment reports, invoicing and generally keeping order in the office.

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    After completing my degree in History & Cultural Theory, gaining a First Class Honours, I worked, for a period of time, within the London Arts Scene on a magazine called make. This was an exciting time to be involved in The Arts and the year that Tracey Emin won the Turner Prize for her unmade bed!

    That was my entry into the world of media publishing where I then stayed for the next 17 years. During this time, I undertook a variety of roles including pre-press production, sub editor, and content researcher. Also during this time, I met and married my husband and had two lovely children.

    In the middle of last year, I decided to take the huge step leaving the world of publishing and everything I knew before I became too institutionalised! Luckily enough for Mike, this also coincided with his decision to create the new role of Office Manager.

    In my spare time, I enjoy a weekly trip to the cinema with a group of friends and I have recently taken up running. I am also a foster carer for rescued Romanian dogs who arrive in this country with all sorts of issues and stay in our care until they are ready to be permanently adopted.

  • Lee Taggart - Health and Safety Consultant, Construction Manager - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Lee Taggart

    Health and Safety Consultant, Construction Manager

    I joined In Line Safety in 2013, coming from a health and safety background in manufacturing. Since I have been a part of the team here I have gained experience and qualifications in health and safety fields such as fire risk assessment, asbestos surveying and all areas of construction.

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    My role takes me all over the country carrying out fire risk assessments, asbestos surveys and site inspections across a wide variety of locations including residential properties, retail and leisure premises, schools and government buildings. I specialise in Supermarket refurbishment and act as CHASP (Construction Health and Safety Professional) for 2 of the leading UK supermarkets, primarily dealing with roof replacement or refurbishment programmes.

    I am a Technician level (TechIOSH) member of IOSH, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.  I was a committee member of the South East IOSH members branch, acting in the role of Web Champion coordinating their social media and online content, however I have had to recently give up this role due to family commitments.

    As a father to 3 children under 5, my spare time is mostly spent trying to control the chaos 3 children generate and clearing up afterwards. When I do get some free time, I enjoy going to concerts, reading, football and going to the cinema.

  • Steve Mills - Health and Safety Consultant - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Steve Mills

    Health and Safety Consultant

    I joined In-Line Safety Ltd. in October 2014 as a Health and Safety Consultant. My role is varied working for clients across different sectors of industry and providing different services. These include carrying out fire risk assessments, asbestos surveys, management audits, writing and reviewing policies and procedures, writing risk assessments and method statements, conducting construction site inspections and many other functions.

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    Prior to this opportunity with In-line Safety I spent 12 years working for various housing associations in London and across the South-East. My initial career was in facilities management and over time I became more involved in health and safety. The majority of my time was spent managing fire safety, gas safety, asbestos and water systems.  I achieved the NEBOSH National General Certificate in 2006 and the NEBOSH National Diploma in April 2011.

    I realised, eventually, that I wasn’t using my knowledge and skills to their full potential and decided to look for a job outside of social housing. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

    I am married with three children and live in a little village in Kent. As a family, other than ensuring my children are at their limitless extra-curricular activities, we enjoy taking long walks in the country or along the south-east coast finishing at a café or a pub for something to eat or a quick drink.

  • Emma Webb - Project Assistant - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Emma Webb

    Project Assistant

    I joined In Line Safety in September 2018 as a Project Assistant. This is a new industry for me so I’m constantly learning. My role involves looking after three of our major customers. Keeping track of which sites our consultants have visited, what stage the works are at, writing up reports, keeping a close liaison with the client at all times and invoicing when required.

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    Until now I’ve always worked in either HR or Payroll, for a variety of companies and industries including, construction, civil engineering and accountancy. I decided I needed a change, which was timed perfectly with Mike looking to expand the admin team at In Line Safety. I’m enjoying the learning curve and the challenge and look forward to getting involved in more projects in the future with In Line Safety.
    In my spare time I enjoy horse riding once or twice a week helping a friend out with their horse, I try and get to the gym also and love a long walk out in the countryside on a weekend. I also enjoy going to the cinema, dinner out with friends and learning new recipes at home.

  • Naomi  Barton - Office Administrator  - In-line Safety in West Sussex

    Naomi Barton

    Office Administrator

    After working in Social Housing & Ventilation for over a year and half, I decided to come and work for In-Line Safety. This is a different industry for me but I'm enjoying learning everything about it. My Role involves quality checking the assessment reports, invoicing, general admin, and working closely with Isabella and the rest of the team.