Steel River Consultants

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Steel River Consultants's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Steel River Consultants is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Graham Tyerman, Managing
Director of SRC and SRCPM
welcoming Gary Marshall,
Managing Director of SRCPM
Offshore turbine
Originally specialising in the renewable industry, Steel River
Consultants offer health and safety consultancy to a wide
range of sectors, including the petrochemical, utilities
and construction industries, having diversified following frequent
policy changes. As an increasing number of the workforce are
migrating back to the utilities sector, Steel River Consultants
have begun to train apprentices to address this new shortage of
workers. Managing Director Graham Tyerman established the
company in 2010 and talks about their work in the renewables
sector and how they have expanded into other areas.
We were established in 2010 as an alternative to larger corporate entities, offering
the renewable industry a cost-effective health and safety consultancy, with a
particular specialism in onshore and offshore renewable energy. The company
has been built on its reputation in both the renewable and industrial sectors and,
following this success, has expanded into more traditional sectors.
The renewables sector continues to be a UK success story, with renewable
energyhitting a record share of power generation in the second quarter of 2018,
reaching new highs of 31.7 per cent.
Identifying an opportunity to provide a more end-to-end service, our sister
company Steel River Cost and Project Management – also known as SRCPM – was
born. This was a natural development within the business and was launched in
»Managing Director:
»Based in Stockton
»Established in 2010
»Services: Health and safety
»No. of staff: 14
»No. of clients: 544 projects
with 216 clients; 108 live
projects with 64 clients
Steel River
Health and safety are more
than just box-ticking
Some people think that fulfilling health
and safety requirements is just a box-
ticking exercise. This is certainly not the
case with our service. We believe in
safety and offer a pragmatic approach
to health and safety solutions.
I established the company nine years
ago. Formerly national safety manager
for EDF, I felt that the level of service
offered within the energy industry
fell short of both clients’ expectations
and, at times, the legal requirements
for delivering a competent and
Since launching, we have developed
our reputation in key sectors and
have developed a strong blue-chip
client base, with an impressive
track record of repeat business. We
work on projects whose output
equates to a massive 2 gigawatts of
renewable energy – including wind
farms, solar power, hydropower and
Renewable energy projects often
involve complex engineering studies
and developing technologies, which
bring associated health and safety
challenges. We are experienced in
working with multinational companies
to deliver renewables project safely
across the UK, Europe and the rest of
the world.
As a member of RenewableUK, our
positive dialogue with the Health and
Safety Executive during intervention
projects, as well as regular liaison with
industry stakeholders, ensures that
our knowledge and experience of the
safety challenges faced by the sector
are always up to date.
Our biggest project so far has been
providing safety management services
for a £1.6 billion project, focusing on
the creation of wind farms for one
of the UK’s largest energy suppliers.
We provided all the health and safety
management services for the project,
in which 116 turbines provide over
440 megawatts of power to the
We worked as construction design
and management advisors, as well as
assisted with the development of the
full safety management system for the
project. This increased the value of the
project, as we worked with the HSE
to present the project’s construction
design and management approach at
an industry safety seminar. We also
implemented safety initiatives at both
corporate and site levels.
Frequent policy changes have
led to diversification
With frequent policy changes affecting
the renewables sector supply chain, we
have found ourselves diversifying into
a number of different sectors, such as
petrochemicals, utilities andconstruction.
In the past, as a result of changing
regulations, projects always required
a dedicated construction, design and
management co-ordinator. However,
in the CDM Regulations 2015, that
requirement was scrapped, and the
onus fell on a project’s principal
Renewable energy via
solar panels
With frequent
policy changes
affecting the
sector supply
chain, we have
found ourselves
diversifying into
a number of
sectors, such as
utilities and
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designer, usually architects, to fulfil
In the majority of cases, rather than
upskilling, architects have outsourced
the role to companies such as ours. As
a result of this, a large proportion of
our work in the North East currently
comes from the construction sector.
Reacting to constant policy
The renewables industry relies heavily
on government policy. Thus, policy
has a huge impact on the industry,
and we are constantly reacting to
Frequent UK policy amendments
have a detrimental effect on the
renewables industry supply chain.
Changes create uncertainty because
of both financial incentive decisions
and third-party factors influencing
the viability of projects, which in turn
creates nervousness and an unstable
job market.
While the country was in recession,
the renewables sector was a growth
industry, and we benefitted from
this. Specialists who had previously
worked in the utilities sector moved
into the renewables industry while it
was flourishing. They’re now migrating
back to take advantage of increased
opportunities, taking those skills with
them because of a drop in industry
prospects due to legislative and
We have seen it ourselves: we’ve had
to diversify away from renewables to
a certain extent and look at alternative
markets. The danger is that when
the sector is in resurgence, we will
struggle to find a quality workforce.
To combat this, we need cross-party
agreement to ensure a steady stream
of qualified staff and the retention of
Promoting a low-carbon
energy revolution
The renewables industry continues
to grow, aiming to meet the UK’s
commitment to reducing greenhouse
gas emissions by 57 per cent by 2030
and by 80 per cent by 2050. There’s
no doubt that a low-carbon, renewable
energy revolution will give us the best
chance to hit these targets.
We see investment in people as pivotal
to the growth of the business. In our
years of operation, we’ve grown from
one member of staff to 14 employees
across two offices. To address the skills
shortage in the renewables health
and safety sector, we’ve taken on two
apprentices and are one of the only
practices to do so. They’ll learn about
every aspect of health and safety
across all the industries we specialise
in. They are a key part of our plans for
the future, as we have the ability to
train and develop them with the skills
that are being lost to other industries.
We want to become the go-to firm
for health and safety expertise, and
our ambition is to become a truly
national firm, with offices in London,
Birmingham and Edinburgh, as well
as our current bases in Stockton and
Derby. The UK is looking towards a
green energy revolution – and we
want to be at the heart of it.
We believe in
safety and
offer a
approach to
health and
Full safety support to
the development of a
Round 3 440 megawatt

This article was sponsored by Steel River Consultants. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy