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Directors

Combined, our leadership team of specialists have over 120 years’ experience from working in difficult and potentially dangerous environments, and are qualified and competent health and safety experts.

Dr Barrie Jones
Chairman
Barrie has worked in mining in its various formats for many years, joining as a Mining Engineer Graduate Trainee, then various appointments at collieries before being appointed as Head of Mining for the British Coal Corporation. He was the first Chief Operating Officer of the newly inaugurated company, Mines Rescue Service Ltd, and served in this role until 2016, when he accepted the role as non-executive Chairman of the Company. He was also awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2012 for "services to mining".
Stuart Hoult
Chief Executive Officer
Stuart is a Chartered Engineer and prior to joining MRS Training & Rescue, he operated in various roles within a major hazard industry. Formally Chief Operating Officer of UK Coal, he is very experienced in all mining operations. He has a broad understanding of what is required to operate safely in a high-risk environment, and works to maintain the required standards across the organisation and the people that work within it.
Andrew Watson
Commercial Director
Andrew is an experienced and competent Health & Safety professional with expertise in confined spaces, mining, mining supervision, rescue, firefighting, first aid and senior management qualifications. He has developed numerous training courses and National Occupational Standards and has written and had published several papers on Health and Safety issues and on competence, in relation to production and its connection to Health and Safety.
Darryl Walford
Finance Director
A CIMA qualified finance professional with broad ranging leadership experience, gained in a blue chip retail environment and at executive board level with a national charity. This experience includes senior positions under both plc and private equity ownership.
Health & Safety Team

Our specialist H&S Consultants have years of experience and provide practical Health & Safety advice, along with support to meet your legal H&S obligations. They can also carry out safety policy and safety audits, review your safety management systems, conduct risk assessments and competence assessments to National Occupational Standards.

Paul Wilson
SHEQ / Risk Manager
Keith Dunbar
SHEQ Manager, Special Projects
Stuart Jackson
SHEQ Manager, Special Projects
Management Team

Supporting the directors and H&S team with extensive experience and expertise in their given fields.

Alastair Hadfield
HR Manager
David Hill
IT Manager
Ronnie Munro
Lead IQA
Lisa Negus
Bid & Market Analysis Manager
Julie Wilson
Marketing Manager
Operations Team

All our Operations Managers at each of our seven training centres have worked in confined spaces and continue to do so - with real life stories to share to make the theory come alive. They are also technical rescue specialists and are passionate about the service they offer.  They ensure that standards are met at their sites, and are competent to discuss at a technical, operational or layman’s level, any requirements the client may have. They have a direct responsibility for producing and reviewing risk assessments and method statements produced for the task, and are competent to draw up and implement rescue plans.

Robert Colledge
Operations Manager
Houghton-le-Spring
Russell Duff
Operations Manager
Southampton
Kevin Griffiths
Operations Manager
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Billy Gundry
Operations Manager
Knottingley
John Mowbray
Operations Manager
Swadlincote
Errol Parrish
Operations Manager
Fife
Mark Whittaker
Operations Manager
Mansfield

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