Meet the Team- Gizela Liebert
Meet our HSEQ manager, Gizela Liebert. Gizela has been with EDS for just over a year now and become an integral part of the team. We catch up with her on her time at EDS.
What is your role within EDS and what does it involve?
I am the HSEQ manager here at EDS. No two days are the same in this role which is great because it keeps me on toes. Some of the main tasks I’m involved with include reviewing policies and procedures to ensure robust systems are in place, ensuring the systems are compliant with our systems and helping to develop an integrated management system.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in health and safety?
I left my home country of Poland to move to Scotland where I went to college to learn English. I managed to pick up a part time role with an oil and gas company and was initially involved with maintenance administration. The HSEQ administrative person went on maternity leave and the rest is history!
By the time the HSEQ admin came back from her maternity I’d already decided I’d found something I was passionate about and wanted to follow a career in. I applied for full time role as a health and safety coordinator with a different company and was accepted into the position. I ended up staying with them for 4 and a half years and learned so much in the time. My manager was very patient in passing on their knowledge which I’m very thankful for. During this time I undertook training and was pleased to get my NEBOSH certificate.
The oil and gas market was contracting at the same time that the renewables market was expanding. I knew renewables was a growth market and was the future and thus wanted to get involved. Also, as a relatively new industry there seemed to be lots of opportunity to have an impact.
Why did you choose to work for EDS?
On the EDS website a statement particularly caught my attention – “share knowledge, not withhold it.” I could see EDS genuinely wanted to make an impact in the industry and help push it forward. They have a good reputation and the fact they’re relatively small meant I could make my mark and make a big difference.
What do you think is the best thing about working for EDS?
Everybody was very welcoming when I joined the team and this theme has continued. I’m impressed by the commitment of everyone to go above and beyond and as a relatively new industry, there’s a real freshness about the place. There are so many diversely talented people and I’m working alongside some very clever people which has been great for my own personal development as I’m learning new things daily.
What do you find most challenging about working for EDS?
Allocating time to all the different aspects of my role. As a growing company, you’re always busy and balancing the strategic side of the business (for longer term gain) with the shorter term operational requirements can be challenging. I think we all wish we had a bit more time in a day!
In your free time?
It’s great to be able to unwind and I find walking and the outdoors a great escape. I also love reading, I’ll try and get a few books in a week as it keeps my mind sharp. A few other hobbies include knitting, crafts and crochet.