Successful ARMSA Consulting Project Results in Conference Seminar Partnership and Shortlisting for Industry Award

As a result of groundbreaking work with REG Group of Companies, which includes REG Windpower and REG Biopower, ARMSA Consulting has been invited to contribute to a prestigious industry event, and been shortlisted for an associated award.

Representatives from ARMSA Consulting and REG Windpower will host a seminar on ‘Leadership and Organisational Change’ on 31 January 2013 as part of the Renewable UK Health & Safety 2013 Conference and Exhibition in Sheffield, and ARMSA has been nominated as a finalist in the 2013 Renewable Energy Health and Safety Award.

Voting is now open for the award at http://www.renewableuk.com/en/our-work/health-and-safety/health-and-safety-award.cfm

The partnership has been the result of ARMSA effectively completing an innovative project, which led to REG Group of Companies performing better by resolving difficult safety-related issues. The project was the first of its kind within the renewable energy market and created a unified cultural shift that has engaged and unified all employees to control risk, leading to significantly improved business efficiencies.

As a result of this hugely successful partnership, Rakesh Maharaj, Managing Director of ARMSA Consulting and Neil Crudgington, Project Manager at REG Windpower will host the Leadership and Organisational Change seminar at the Renewable UK Health & Safety 2013 Conference and Exhibition, using REG Windpower as a case study to discuss transformational leadership and the importance of developing an effective and robust safety culture within high consequence organisations.

What’s more, the project also resulted in ARMSA Consulting being nominated as one of seven finalists in the 2013 Renewable Health and Safety Award. The voting process closes at 5pm on 29th January 2013 and the winner will be announced at the exhibition and conference on 30th January 2013.

The industry seminar hosted by Rakesh Maharaj and Neil Crudgington will concentrate on the partnership between ARMSA Consulting and REG Group of Companies. ARMSA Consulting was initially instructed by the two subsidiaries to conduct health and safety audits of their operations. The audits identified operational risks at wind farms in the case of REG Windpower and at oil recycling plants in the case of REG Biopower. Not unusually within this sector, the subsidiaries were vulnerable, as was the holding company, and an appropriate and satisfactory risk management strategy was required. Corporate Governance Directives were created and, by taking the responsible approach to impose Directives and monitor performance, the holding company ring-fenced its risk, placed responsibility for managing risk with the parts of the organisation best equipped to do so and limited its liability.

This holistic approach has resulted in REG Windpower achieving far greater benefits than just ‘taking care of safety’; a cultural shift is underway and as a result of taking proactive steps, REG Windpower is now equipped with the right people and the right tools, in the right place at the right time.

Representing ARMSA Consulting, Rakesh Maharaj said: "Our partnership with REG Windpower has allowed us to demonstrate how ARMSA’s multidisciplinary skills can bring further value to a successful business that has had rapid growth in recent years but its underlying systems, processes and measures have not always been aligned to the pace of growth – leading to potentially higher commercial and operational risks."

Neil Harris, construction and operations director of REG Windpower states: "Our holding company initially employed ARMSA Consulting to conduct a one-off safety audit but out of this came so much more. Working with us over a period of 14 months, they have now designed a holistic business solution that has minimised our corporate risk and re-engineered our business processes. Out of this exercise I now have an effective overall business reporting team that I can utilise to give clear and concise information to the board."

For further information on how managing and controlling risk can significantly benefit overall business performance, please call Khalida Suleymanova at ARMSA Consulting on 0844 880 5111 or visit www.armsa.co.uk

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