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 observations and 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. That 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. Our key influencers lead the way in raising observation reports to share best practice and increase safety levels.

Some of our key influencers are also mental health first aid champions. They have been trained to spot signs of mental ill health and given the skills to support positive wellbeing for themselves and others.

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
Alan TaylorNorth Lincs resignallingNov 2012Key influencer Alan Taylor
Baljit SinghA14Dec 2017Baljit Singh
Bereket KidaneBond StreetJul 2017Bereket Kidane
Binyam GebresilassieNorthern LineApr 2014
Mental health
training: May 2018
Binyam Gebresilassie
Damien WalshLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Jun 2015Damien Walsh
Denis AhmedLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Jul 2017Denis Ahmed
Eamon KeoghCrossrail FarringdonJun 2013Eamon Keogh
Emmanuel AdetayoLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Jul 2017Emanuel Adetayo
Gheorghe CatanaKier Wheatfield WayMay 2018Gheorghe Catana
Guillaume GrimbeekLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Apr 2014Guillaume Grimbeek
Jarrid Harrigan Hinkley PointSep 2017Jarrid Harrigan
John O'LoughlinTideway EastDec 2017
Mental health
training: May 2018
John O'Loughlin
Josh CormackCrossrail AngliaMay 2018Josh Cormack
Kaleem Shahid AzizLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Sep 2016Kaleem Shahid Key influencer
Kelvin AustinHeathrow T5Jun 2013Key influencer Kelvin Austin
Leontin MateiEurovia StotfoldMay 2018Leontin Matei
Mark DooganEGIPSep 2016Mark Doogan key influencer
Matthew BarkerM1 jn 19 SkanskaSep 2016Matthew Barker key influence
Mohammed HasanTideway EastJul 2017Mohammed R Hasan
Moynul IslamATC C610Jul 2017Moynul Islam
Moyo GisanrinLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Jun 2013Moyo Gisanrin
Opeyemi OsiyemiLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Sep 2016
Mental health
training: May 2018
Opeyemi Osiyemi key influencer
Richard NickellFerrovial HeathrowJul 2017
Mental health
training: May 2018
KI Richard Nickell
Rishi KheraA14Jul 2017
Mental health
training: May 2018
Rishi Khera
Saqieb FarooqCrossrail WhitechapelSep 2016
Mental health
training: May 2018
Saqieb Farooq key influencer
Scott LetteboerHinkley PointSep 2017Scott Letteboer
Sean KayserLondon Underground
Track Partnership
Jul 2017
Mental health
training: May 2018
Sean Kayser
Steven WallaceTXM NexusSep 2016Steven Wallace key influencer
Vlad-Alexandru BirtalanVolker Highways WindsorAug 2012Vlad 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.