Stonbury’s Green Team annual Stand Down Day was an important educational event for site-based team members.

Earlier this month, over one hundred staff gathered in Derby to attend one of several educational Stand Down Days. All site-based staff in the midlands area attended to improve their knowledge in safety, health, wellbeing, environmental and quality (SHWEQ). The collaborative events aim to improve health and safety, consistency and standards of delivery across the business.

Leaders from Stonbury’s delivery and support departments, Panton McLeod and Severn Trent shared information on a variety of ‘hot topics’ and offered opportunities for attendees to ask questions, raise concerns and share their views and innovations.

Stonbury’s directors, heads and project managers delivered lectures on quality, supply chain and fleet, health, safety and environment, and upcoming changes including the launch of the new cultural change programme OPEN among the topics.

David Hayward from the project team and Craig Oldfield from Stonbury’s wellbeing committee provided a talk on wellbeing, highlighting an article from the LightHouse Charity of which Stonbury is an official company supporter.

Stonbury was delighted to welcome Darren Weston, Dean Wright, Rosie Squires and Tom Savill of Severn Trent, who thanked staff for their dedicated work, and Jim Panton of Panton McLeod, who introduced himself to attendees following Stonbury’s acquisition of the business, highlighting the benefits of the new partnership.

After the talks, attendees took part in quizzes on health, safety and quality, and strengthened their professional relationships during a team-building exercise.

Adrian Young, Head of People Services, said, “Stand down days provide a fantastic platform for us to engage with remote site-based teams on some of our people-centred topics such as wellbeing and culture, and are an opportunity to drive teamwork through group communication activities.”

Stonbury’s Regional Director Mark Coope hosted the question-and-answer session. He said of the event, “The day was an excellent opportunity to share crucial insights on health, safety and well-being with our Midlands team and Severn Trent Water. It was great to see the team together for a day of collaboration, innovation and to outline our overarching strategy. We received positive feedback from our client, and overall had a very successful day.”