Harriet Creagan, Safety, Health and Environment Officer joins the Ashwoods Electric Motors team to oversee legislative compliance and to minimise the environmental impact of the business.

Harriet joins Ashwoods after spending around three and a half years at AnTech in a similar role, looking after Health and Safety as well as being part of the Quality team.

Before her move to the South West, Harriet lived in Australia for seven years – moving out there a matter of days after her graduation from the University of Birmingham, where she studied Geology.

“At the time they were so desperate for Geologists, I had a couple of phone interviews and before I knew it, I was on a plane!”

Over the course of her time in Queensland, Harriet spent 3 years at the (literal) coalface, working 300m underground down the mines.

“You’d come up after a morning’s work and be covered from head to toe in coal dust – you would have to go straight into the shower before heading back to the office. It’s actually quite nice working somewhere you don’t need to worry about the possibility of the roof caving in!”

Harriet made the decision, after having worked in industries centred around fossil fuels, to switch to a more environmentally-minded business. In Ashwoods she found a young and rapidly growing cleantech business, making a significant impact for customers and helping the environment.

“For me, Ashwoods is an environmentally-friendly, upcoming and dynamic business – just the sort of place I wanted to work.”

Harriet’s immediate focus is to develop the Environmental Management System to achieve ISO 14001 certification. In the longer term, Harriet will concentrate on getting Ashwoods ISO 45001 certified. Both of these projects involve working closely with our Head of Quality, Steve Fluhrer. Harriet will also be looking at the waste streams from Innovation Valley and how we can become more efficient and effective in the ways in which we dispose of the business waste.

Welcome to the team, Harriet!