Find out more about HSE People Panel Member Tom Baines

How did you get started in the industry?

There are quite a few of us who happened to drop into this career or it became an extension of our normal job. I was in the early stages of my career at this time and working for Quaker Oats in Southall and wasn’t sure if this was for me. What changed my mind was the Southall train crash in 1997 seeing what happened first hand, how I asked the CEO to support, how we supported the emergency services.

Vivid memories still to this day, but it solidified my goals

Do you have a motto or saying that you live by?

‘Happy Days’ even on a bad day.

Who or what inspires you?

Knowing no matter whether we have a good or bad day we make a difference each day.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fish and Chips from a seaside chippy in Sunderland. Simply the best even in a -10 wind chill from the North Sea. 😊

What advice would you give to someone looking to getting started in the industry?

Despite obtaining the qualifications and experience. I would say be a good listener, don’t prejudge, stay human, take time out to talk to people and be a people person.

How do you unwind and relax?

Used to play golf (was a 4 handicap). Since returning to the UK helping my wife turn our garden into somewhere where relaxing summer weekends are a a mix of BBQ and G&T.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Got some time left but don’t see my self retiring. Love doing what I do too much..

Would you recommend a career in the HSE industry?

Yes for sure. It can be one of the most frustrating but rewarding careers.

Thanks Tom, it’s great to get to know you a bit better. If you have a question you would like to ask Tom or another member of the HSE People Panel let us know