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
Aiden DoranEGIPSep 2016Key influencer Aiden Doran
Alan TaylorNorth Lincs resignallingNov 2012Key influencer Alan Taylor
Ben DalyCreweJun 2014Ben Daly
Binyam GebresilassieCrossrail WoolwichApr 2014Binyam Gebresilassie
Bobby MillsLondon Underground Track PartnershipJuly 2017Bobby Mills
Brian McAleeseConnah's quayJun 2014Brian McAleese
Damien WalshLondon Underground Track PartnershipJun 2015Damien Walsh
Eamon KeoghCrossrail FarringdonJun 2013Eamon Keogh
Gideon Appong-tandohFerrovial HeathrowJuly 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
James PiercyCrossrail AngliaApr 2014James Piercy
Jason DonnellyCrossrail C610Sep 2016Jason Donnelly key influencer
Jason O'KeefeSiemens Manchester signals upgrade for Network RailSep 2016Jason O'Keefe key influencer
Joe AthertonCrewe resignallingNov 2012Key influencer Joe Atherton
John McGarryNorthern Hub ManchesterSep 2016John McGarry key influencer
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
Mihai GligorCrossrail AngliaSep 2016Mihai Gligor
Moyo GisanrinLondon Underground Track PartnershipJun 2013Moyo Gisanrin
Norman WoodCrewe resignallingNov 2012Norman Wood
Opeyemi OsiyemiLondon Underground Track PartnershipSep 2016Opeyemi Osiyemi key influencer
Paul KarimlarTXM NexusSep 2016Paul Karimlar key influencer
Pete GrimbaldestonNorth west electrificationJun 2014Pete Grimbaldeston
Raymond LodgeATC C610July 2017Ray Lodge
Rishi KheraA14July 2017Rishi Khera
Rock OsayomwanborCrossrail AngliaJun 2015Rock Osayomwanbor
Saqieb FarooqCrossrail WhitechapelSep 2016Saqieb Farooq key influencer
Seamus BradyA14Jun 2015Seamus Brady
Stephen BaxterSiemens Manchester signals upgrade for Network RailSep 2016Stephen Baxter, key influencer
Steven WallaceTXM NexusSep 2016Steven Wallace key influencer
Vlad-Alexandru BirtalanCVU LondonVlad Birtalan



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.