Amanda’s Journey to the Top


Amanda Lawson-Stoner CMIOSH

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We are pleased to announce that our Strategic Director, Amanda Lawson-Stoner, has gained Chartered member status with IOSH. Here, in an exclusive interview, Amanda documents her journey.

“Joining the family business back in 2008, I was given the chance to find an area that I wanted to progress in.  I found my niche in health and safety.

I joined IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) in 2010 as an Associate Member.  IOSH is the chartered body for health and safety professionals. It is the voice of the profession, the one who sets the standards and supports, develops and connects its members, with resources, guidance, events and training.

In 2011, I upgraded my membership to Technical Member (Tech IOSH).  This category recognises the qualifications, competence and experience needed by professionals working in a range of operational health and safety roles.  In order for me to maintain this status, and keep my skills, knowledge and experience up to date, I was required to join the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme

In 2015 I upgraded the membership to Graduate Member (Grad IOSH).  This category recognised the completion of a L5 Occupational Safety and Health qualification and the fact that I had maintained my CPD.  I was then asked by IOSH to start the completion of the Initial Professional Development (IPD).

The IPD process wasn’t an easy one, but is in place to allow us to demonstrate our professionalism.  The process started earlier in 2016 with the completion of two assessments – one being a multiple choice questionnaire the other a set of two reflective answers.

Upon completion of the first part of this process, I was required to attend a peer review assessment.  This involved an hour’s review with a panel of members who are also members of IOSH at Chartered Fellow status.  The interview / assessment involved me giving a ten minute presentation on how I had progressed in health and safety, the issues faced when dealing with health and safety in the workplace and my targets for the next five years.  Following the presentation, I was asked eight core questions based on health and safety and asked how I applied these in my workplace – the answers to these would demonstrate my competence and professionalism.  To complete the assessment, I had to answer key questions based on the IOSH Code of Conduct, which details the four high standards which I must work towards as a professional  – Respect, Integrity, Service and Competence.

The hour soon went!

I have today received news that I have passed the assessment and the IPD as a whole, allowing me to gain Chartered Member Status (CMIOSH)

IOSH is the only organisation in the world which offers Chartered membership to health and safety practitioners.  Employers know that when they work with a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, they are dealing with someone who is at the top of their profession.  Chartered Members have the respect of their peers – other professionals know that they have been through a rigorous process to become Chartered and have met the high standards of the world’s most prestigious body for health and safety professionals.

Next?… We will leave that for a few years!”

Congratulations Amanda, from all at Lawsons.


Our very own Special Agent – Gwyn Roberts

RotatedHuge congratulations to our agent Gwyn Roberts on achieving his Level 6 Construction Site Management.

Gwyn first joined us as a foreman renewing manhole covers and frames. He then became team leader on one of our major projects before being promoted to agent in 2014.

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i ti Gwyn.

Thank you and good luck

Lawson Civil Engineering and Utilities Ltd recently said a fond farewell to Ian Parkinson. Ian worked for ISOQAR as an external auditor. ISOQAR is the certification body for our ISO Standards and Ian first visited us back in 2007 for our first ever external audit along with Mike Clarke and John Golding.

He has been back every year since and has become a great friend – a friendly face who understood the company. As Ian retired recently, he was not officially auditing us this year but kindly came over to carry out a company handover with this year’s auditors. This was a great opportunity for the Directors to invite him to join them for a celebratory meal to both thank him for his services and to wish him well on his 65th birthday and retirement.

As we sat around the table at the Brookhouse Mill with him it reminded us all of the first two external audits where Ian had sat around the kitchen table of Frank Snr and Angeline along with George the Boxer as company. Our company has certainly grown and evolved since those early days and we are proud of how robust our systems have become and how they continue to grow to meet our needs.

Many thanks for all your support Ian – we wish you nothing but happiness in the years to come.

Ian Cake

BIG Breakfast

The number of employees being awarded with breakfast vouchers is on the up.

Proof that our standards and expectations are being met and exceeded

by an increasing number of staff. A massive congratulations to all of you. Bon Appetit!

Huw, Cyril, Kev and Simon looking forward to their breakfast
Huw, Cyril, Kev and Simon looking forward to their breakfast.
Sara bagging her first breakfast award
Sara bagging her first breakfast award

Gyorgy Street Works Success

Gyorgy Szabo is celebrating this week after adding another string to his bow. He hasGyorgy

successfully completed his Street Works training and is now looking forward

to making sure the streets are a safer working environment for all concerned.

Street Wise Stephen!

SteveAdding to the long list of accreditations gained by Lawson employees over the past

few weeks is Stephen Rowlands who has recently completed his NRSWA qualification.

The streets are now a safer place thanks to Steve’s hard work and dedication.

Congratulations Steve.

Breakfast for Two (plus 1)

Andy Constantine and Stephen Rowlands (left) are

the winners of the September Breakfast Awards for the most clear

audits during September. Gwyn Roberts, Lawson Agent, pictured here, 20151008_073813

accepted the award on Andy’s behalf. Hurry up and get better Andy or

your bap will be getting cold 🙂

August Award Winners

Congratulations to our August winners Eddie Friday, Alan Williams,
Si Keating and Dan Palmer for achieving excellence in the workplace in their own fields.