Interview: Sam Arnold
Last week Tideway Talk spoke with Sam Arnold about his time at Tideway East.
Hello Sam. Tell us about yourself.
My name is Sam Arnold and I’m from Farnborough in Hampshire. I’m married with three children and a sergeant in the Royal Marines. I’ve just finished a two-week placement at Tideway East.
How did you come to Tideway East?
Through a scheme with BuildForce UK, who help secure work placements in the construction industry for active service members and veterans. Tideway has been my second placement.
Has Tideway differed from your other placement?
Yes, it’s been a real eye-opener how such a major operation can be really organised and the staff motivated.
What has been your role at Tideway East?
I have been embedded with the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team. Predominantly based at Chambers Wharf, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the other sites. My placement has given me a really broad experience of the project. I’ve been on site performing SHE inspections and also able to gain experience with some of the other teams such as Quality and Logistics.
What was your role in the forces?
For the past 22 years I have been in the Royal Marines. I’ve been on deployment to the sort of places you’d expect a Marine to go. In 2001-02 I was in Northern Ireland. In 2003 I was in Iraq and in 2007 I was in Afghanistan.
My current role is in the State ceremonial team within a 1,500 man training establishment at HMS Collingwood, I deliver ceremonial training (marching practice) and organise key ceremonial events like the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and November Remembrance ceremonies at the Cenotaph.
What has the experience of Tideway been like?
I think I was quite sheltered until I came to Tideway. Doing something different after 22 years in the same job has really exposed me to new ways of working. I’ve seen how the management system works at Tideway East, how people can collaborate to succeed.
It has been really great to work with the Lifting Team to learn not just the importance of safety but how to ensure safety measures are maintained. Working with the Logistic Team on Traffic Management Plans has taught me how to plan for Health and Safety.
It really has been a broad learning experience. For example, my afternoon with Barrymore Nicholls, Tunnelling Manager, was a great opportunity.
Is there anything you’ll miss from your time at Tideway?
I’ve really enjoyed being able to try out a new role which has really helped me develop my skills set. Being in a new operation and learning about different ways of working has given me a lot I can take away to apply to my current role.
I’ve been really well looked after. Even though everyone is busy, they’ve all been very supportive. Andy Brown, my main contact, has really helped me make the most of my two weeks.
Do you have any future plans?
I want to take what I have learnt and be able to apply it. I’ve got my NEBOSH (National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety) – being able to add a practical Health and Safety experience will really help me elsewhere.
What are doing next?
I’m back to work – starting off in Portsmouth.
Sam has been in the Royal Marines for 22 years