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Our expertise

Our expertise

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
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".
Chairman of MRS Training & Rescue, Dr Barrie Jones
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.
Chief Executive Officer at MRS Training & Rescue, Stuart Hoult
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.
Finance Director at MRS Training & Rescue, Darryl Walford
Errol Parrish
Director of Operations in Scotland
Errol joined the company in 1987 and has played a pivotal role in the diversification of the company from its historical role of mines rescue to becoming one of leading providers of health & safety training and safety services. Developing his knowledge and skills throughout his career, Errol was appointed to the board in 2021 to lead the business forward further.
Errol Parrish, Director of Operations in Scotland
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, Senior SHEQ Manager
Paul Wilson
Senior SHEQ Manager
Billy Grieves, SHEQ & Risk Manager
Billy Grieves
SHEQ & Risk Manager
Keith Dunbar, SHEQ Manager & Special Projects
Keith Dunbar
SHEQ Manager, Special Projects
Stuart Jackson, 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.

Andrew Watson, Specialist Technical Advisor
Andrew Watson
Specialist Technical Advisor
Wendy Masterton, IT &  Systems Manager
Wendy Masterton
IT & Systems Manager
Rob Tune, Lead IQA
Rob Tune
Lead IQA
Lisa Negus, Bid & Market Analysis Manager
Lisa Negus
Bid & Market Analysis Manager
Julie Wilson, Marketing 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.

Scott Stoker, Operations Manager in Houghton-le-Spring
Scott Stoker
Operations Manager
Russell Duff, Operations Manager in Southampton
Russell Duff
Operations Manager
Gerwyn James, Operations Manager in Rhondaa Cynon Taff
Gerwyn James
Operations Manager
Billy Grundy, Operations Manager in Knottingley
Billy Gundry
Operations Manager
Paul Antcliffe, Operations Manager in Swadlincote
Paul Antcliffe
Operations Manager
Errol Parrish, Director of Operations in Scotland
Errol Parrish
Director of Operations
John Mowbray, Operations Manager in Mansfield
John Mowbray
Operations Manager

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