Our Be Safe by Choice programme is really starting to show results, and a lot of that is thanks to our key influencers.

We have seen a steady rise in the number of close-call reports since we started our behaviour based safety programme in May 2012. Each of these reports gives us the chance to make sure an accident doesn’t happen and offers an opportunity to improve what we do, which is why we reward staff who raise such concerns.

Helping to improve safety performance

Our key influencers are safety champions selected from our workforce. They are an important part of Be Safe by Choice: they help to improve safety performance throughout all our work areas.

Each person has been recommended by their manager, and, following an interview with our HSQE adviser, attended an intensive three-day key-influencer course. The course equips people with skills to manage unsafe behaviour before accidents happen, and they are then supported to work with their colleagues throughout the organisation. Regular meetings with other key influencers and with managers help to support them in keeping everyone safe.

If you work for VGC and would like to apply to be a key influencer, please speak to your labour manager.

To apply for a job with VGC, please register for work.


NameWorking onQualified as a key influencerPhoto
Adrian IliutaBond StreetJul 2017Adrian Iliuta
Aiden DoranEGIPSep 2016Key influencer Aiden Doran
Alan TaylorNorth Lincs resignallingNov 2012Key influencer Alan Taylor
Baljit SinghA14Dec 2017Baljit Singh
Ben DalyCreweJun 2014Ben Daly
Bereket KidaneBond StreetJul 2017Bereket Kidane
Binyam GebresilassieNorthern LineApr 2014Binyam Gebresilassie
Bobby MillsLondon Underground Track PartnershipJul 2017Bobby Mills
Brian McAleeseConnah's quayJun 2014Brian McAleese
Damien WalshLondon Underground Track PartnershipJun 2015Damien Walsh
Daniel RamsayHinkley PointSep 2017Danny Ramsey
Denis AhmedLondon Underground Track PartnershipJul 2017Denis Ahmed
Eamon KeoghCrossrail FarringdonJun 2013Eamon Keogh
Emmanuel AdetayoLondon Underground Track PartnershipJul 2017Emanuel Adetayo
Gideon Appong-tandohFerrovial HeathrowJul 2017Gideon-Appong-Tahdoh
Graham WalkerNorth west electrification 2CJun 2014Graham Walker
Guillaume GrimbeekLondon Underground Track PartnershipApr 2014Guillaume Grimbeek
Ibukun Banjo FadipeLondon Underground Track PartnershipSep 2016Key influencer Ibukim Fadipe
Ionut RomanA14Dec 2017Ionut Roman
James PiercyCrossrail AngliaApr 2014James Piercy
Jarrid Harrigan Hinkley PointSep 2017Jarrid Harrigan
Jason O'KeefeSiemens Manchester signals upgrade for Network RailSep 2016Jason O'Keefe key influencer
Joe AthertonCrewe resignallingNov 2012Key influencer Joe Atherton
John O'LoughlinTideway EastDec 2017John O'Loughlin
John PerrySiemens Manchester signals upgrade for Network RailSep 2016John-Perry-key-influencer
Jose Rivero-ZeaAbbey WoodJun 2015Jose Rivero-Zea
Kaleem Shahid AzizLondon Underground Track PartnershipSep 2016Kaleem Shahid Key influencer
Kelvin AustinHeathrow T4 logisticsJun 2013Key influencer Kelvin Austin
Kevin GaskellNorth west electrification 2CKevin Gaskell
Lewis HorneCrossrail AngliaSep 2016Lewis Horne
Mark BarrowCrossrail Woolwich boxJun 2015Mark Barrow
Mark DooganEGIPSep 2016Mark Doogan key influencer
Matthew BarkerM1 jn 19 SkanskaSep 2016Matthew Barker key influence
Matthew DayHinkley PointSep 2017Matt Day
Mihai GligorCrossrail AngliaSep 2016Mihai Gligor
Mohammed HasanTideway EastJul 2017Mohammed R Hasan
Moynul IslamATC C610Jul 2017Moynul Islam
Moyo GisanrinLondon Underground Track PartnershipJun 2013Moyo Gisanrin
Opeyemi OsiyemiLondon Underground Track PartnershipSep 2016Opeyemi Osiyemi key influencer
Paul KarimlarTXM NexusSep 2016Paul Karimlar key influencer
Pete GrimbaldestonNorth west electrificationJun 2014Pete Grimbaldeston
Richard NickellFerrovial HeathrowJul 2017KI Richard Nickell
Rishi KheraA14Jul 2017Rishi Khera
Rock OsayomwanborCrossrail AngliaJun 2015Rock Osayomwanbor
Saqieb FarooqCrossrail WhitechapelSep 2016Saqieb Farooq key influencer
Scott LetteboerHinkley PointSep 2017Scott Letteboer
Seamus BradyA14Jun 2015Seamus Brady
Sean ColemanHinkley PointSep 2017Sean Coleman
Sean KayserLondon Underground Track PartnershipJul 2017Sean Kayser
Solomon Kumar BrukCrossrail WhitechapelDec 2017S Kuma Bruk
Stephen BaxterSiemens Manchester signals upgrade for Network RailSep 2016Stephen Baxter, key influencer
Steven WallaceTXM NexusSep 2016Steven Wallace key influencer
Victor RosuWaterlooJul 2017Victor Rosu
Vlad-Alexandru BirtalanCVU LondonAug 2012Vlad Birtalan
Zayed-bashar NoorFerrovial HeathrowDec 2017Zayed Noor



The British Safety Council audit noted: “VGC’s behaviour-based safety programme ‘Be Safe by Choice’ has improved staff participation in health and safety management”.

Read more about Be Safe by Choice.

If you work for VGC and would like to apply to be a key influencer, please speak to your labour manager. To apply for a job with VGC, please register for work.