Sunderland graduate’s eye on health and safety

Leanne Burke and Gareth Billinghurst.

Leanne Burke and Gareth Billinghurst.

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A GRADUATE is keeping the country’s workforce safe in her new job.

Leanne Burke has taken up a new post which will help keep the environment and health and safety standards of workers in peak condition.

When Wearside-based consultancy firm, Cedrec, was looking to employ a graduate to help develop its business, which provides information on the latest environmental and health and safety legislation to people across the UK, they asked the University of Sunderland for advice.

And Leanne, who finished her masters degree at the university eight months ago, was suggested by lecturers.

The 23-year-old, who completed a BSc in Geography followed by an MSc in Environment, Health and Safety, has now begun work as an environment and safety consultant with Cedrec, fulfilling her ambitions.

Leanne, of Hetton, said: “It’s going really well so far and the management is easing me into the work.

“The knowledge I gained during the masters course prepared me well for this job as we were involved in a lot of site trips and my new role will involve visiting sites across the UK to carry out audits.

“I feel incredibly fortunate that I was put forward for this position with the help of the university.”

Dr Mary Argyraki, university senior lecturer in environmental management, said: “When Cedrec contacted us with a position to fill, we sent a message to several students.

“However, Leanne was one of the graduates who immediately came to mind.

“She was always a dedicated and hard-working student.”

Cedrec director Gareth Billinghurst said: “Leanne has settled into the job very well and we are pleased with her progress.

“This is the second person from the university’s masters course that we’ve taken on in this kind of role, and also we regularly take on students on placements to help develop their understanding in this area.”

He added: “As a local company, we’re keen to prevent a ‘brain drain’ from the region, so it’s important to build those links with the University of Sunderland.”

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