Spring 2021

Under the surface with Emma Raymond - head of HSEQS for the James Fisher Marine Contracting division

We meet Emma Raymond – head of HSEQS for the James Fisher Marine Contracting division who is spearheading safety initiatives across the newly formed JF Renewables and JF Subtech divisions

Tell us about yourself

I was born and brought up in small fishing village in Aberdeenshire, studied pharmacology at Aberdeen University and after many years travelling and working around the world I’m back in my home city. I’m currently studying (part-time) for a second degree in Health, Safety and Risk Management, but in my spare time you’ll find me hillwalking, exploring the outdoors with my French Bulldog, Bob, and – when we are allowed – visiting family and friends. 

How did you come to join the James Fisher group?

Over the last 12 years I’ve worked in the oil and gas Industry covering onshore and offshore work scopes in various locations worldwide. My main area of expertise has been safety and driving to change cultures within these areas, and that work has taken me to Nigeria, Libya, most countries in Europe and most recently Israel. Late last year, I was approached to join the James Fisher group as head of health, safety, environment, quality and sustainability (HSEQS) for the Marine Contracting division and I jumped at the chance. I was drawn to the challenge and opportunity to help create a new vision for these diverse companies and to bring my many years of experience of working in multicultural environments into play.

Tell us a bit about your job

The Marine Contracting division encompasses all marine (offshore and nearshore) projects and services supporting construction, operations and maintenance activities for the renewables, oil and gas and rapid response markets. This means I am the functional head of HSEQS for all the companies within the recently launched James Fisher Renewables and James Fisher Subtech. 

The ethos for the Marine Contracting division is to ensure we are all work together and assist each other where required to improve overall HSEQ performance and the Covid situation over the last few months has enabled us to show the power of working together to achieve a common goal.

Changing the structure of the group like this inevitably brings challenges, but my mission is to ensure HSEQ is factored into to the integration process so our companies avoid unexpected costs and suffer fewer injuries and missed opportunities. In fact, HSEQ can be used to enhance growth and improve operating efficiencies.

What do you most enjoy about your job? 

I joined in January 2021 when everyone was in lockdown so I haven’t yet met anyone else in the company face-to-face. It has been challenging to start with a new company and learn how the business works, while never actually leaving your own home. All our business is conducted via Microsoft Teams which isn’t always ideal.

But already I’m really enjoying the diversity of this job and the people I’m working with.
No single day is ever the same, and each day seems to bring new challenges, but I love the variety of my work and the fact that I can make a difference in the way people perceive HSEQS and the stigma that surrounds it by driving a healthy safety ‘paranoia’ (in a good way!) and improving the HSEQS culture throughout the business. 

The most fulfilling part of my job is knowing that if I do my job well everyone can go home safe to their families and friends. 

What does the future hold?

Our main priority going forward is to always ensure we are doing things as safely as possible and making sure people feel empowered to ‘stop the job’ if they suspect there are unsafe acts or conditions in play. 
At James Fisher we specialise in working in extreme environments, but one fatality at work is one too many, so we have to be continually looking at what more we can do to prevent death or serious injury in the workplace by driving proactive behaviours and searching for improvements.

We are putting new controls and processes in place across the division, and by measuring risk, and encouraging employers and employees to work together to assess and mitigate that risk, we can move things in the right direction. No matter how good we are, there is always room for improvement.

Beyond that, I’m looking forward to the day we can again travel more freely, to visit our personnel and see our operating companies in action!  

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