Richard Williams

Spotlight on a Broadcasting and Telecommunications Group committee member

Richard WilliamsHow did you become part of the BTG committee?

A colleague was part of the committee, and after he retired I asked about becoming involved, it really was that simple!

What benefits do you feel that the BTG brings for you?

It helps me to feel like I am giving something back into the subject area which I have chosen as my career, and brings me into contact with others who also want to make a difference.

What do you do in your “day job”?

I work for BT, so the range and breadth is huge, from policy building through to dealing with complaints from members of the public about safety, working across all of the possible industrial environments, to working on domestic properties – it really is that wide.

How would you describe the way you do your role – in 5 words?

Influencing, mediating, delivering, relationship-building, supporting.

What do you find the most interesting part of your role?

Dealing with people, its people who deliver safe and healthy operations, alongside well-being in general, whether it be those who “set the scene” at a high level, or those who deliver out in the field.

What part of your role presents the most challenges?

Meshing the gears between the policy and the operational delivery organisation to get health, safety & well-being built in at the outset.

What’s your health and safety “soap box” subject?

Convincing people that thinking safety, health & well-being at the beginning of a project / change will actually deliver cost savings and be better all-round for their people.

What is your one piece of advice for any safety professional?

Keep learning, and keep connected to those who deliver – it’s them your policies / procedures and processes rely on for delivery…