EWMG Position


Place of birth


IOSH Background

Having gained a NEBOSH Certificate via Gateshead College and a NEBOSH Diploma (Part 1) via Sunderland University, I joined IOSH in 2007 as a Technician Member. I achieved Chartered Member status in 2013, having successfully completed the IPD route of Skills Development Portfolio, Open Assessment and Peer Review.

IOSH Activity

• Member of Tyne & Wear Branch and Environmental & Waste Management Group since joining IOSH in 2007.
• Executive Committee Member of Tyne & Wear Branch since 2010.
• Executive Committee Member of Environmental & Waste Management Group since 2010. Chair from September 2013.

Professional experience

Having served my time as an electrical technician apprentice, starting in 1982, I subsequently spent time as a tooling engineer, site mechanical supervisor and quality engineer before moving into health, safety and environmental management in 2001. My employers included Parsons Turbine Generators and Komatsu UK before starting up a health, safety and environmental consultancy “Andy Robertson Associates” in 2007. I predominantly work in the manufacturing and waste management sectors.

Professional Interests

• Development, implementation and audit of OHSAS18001, ISO14001 & ISO9001 management systems
• Manufacturing process safety and efficiency
• Accident investigation implementation and training
• Risk Assessment design, implementation and training
• Abrasive Wheels training and trainer training
• Hand-Arm Vibration management
• Waste transfer station health & safety management
• Waste Duty of Care programme development & site auditing
• Zero waste strategy development and implementation

Other interests

I’m married with three teenage children – two sons and a daughter who ensure that my taxi driving and bank management skills are always kept up-to-date.

Being a true Geordie, I won’t let a lack of ambition by the Chairman, the sale of any decent players we have, a complete disregard for supporters, mediocre performances by players with no passion or pride in the jersey get in the way of me supporting Newcastle United.

I have an eclectic taste in music including punk, dance, trance, electronic, rock’n’roll and reggae.