Sector: Health and Safety
Abigail Allick set up her health and safety business in what was then a “male dominated industry”. Abigail has since built up an extensive support network and says she’s glad to see more women involved in the industry.
Where do you call home?
Tell us about your role?
I’m director of A&N Safety Consultants.
How did you get to where you are today?
I completed a three year degree in 2014 at Teesside University in sport and exercise. Unsure which career path to take, and after some research and family guidance, I self-funded my NEBOSH General Certificate while working as a receptionist at a local leisure centre. At the end of 2014, I secured a week-long work experience placement with a local health and safety consultancy. This led to being offered a position in the company as a graduate health and safety advisor.
After a few years I progressed throughout the company and became a safety consultant. Over the past few years, I have also completed a two year course Higher National Certificate (HNC) in building studies and obtained the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) certificate. Throughout my career to date, I have successfully gained a significant level of valuable knowledge and experience across a range of different industries.
What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way?
The biggest challenge I had to overcome during the early stage of my career – and sometimes still occasionally today – is the negative perception of a woman working within the construction industry. As a young professional back in 2014, it was less common to see women on construction sites and it could be intimidating to be working in what was perceived as a “male industry”. As the years have evolved, attitudes have changed, and today more women are involved within the construction industry, which is great to see.
My other challenges that also came alongside this included trying to advise contractors on site. In the early stages of my career, some contractors didn’t want to take on board health and safety advice. Again, this partly related back to being a woman on site and being a younger professional. Over the years, I have fought to overcome this by building strong and successful relationships with companies and individuals, building on providing quality and trusted advice and always acting in their client’s best interests. I have a built up a good rapport with people over time.
Describe the moment you first got a feel for success?
My biggest achievement so far is establishing a new health and safety consultancy, A&N Safety Consultancy, and becoming director of the company. I set up A&N Safety Consultants on 26th April 2021. The company has got off to a flying start and I have been overwhelmed with the support received from both past clients and new. The business is really looking forward to a bright and successful future. I am proud to have a business based in the North-East region and in the heart of Middlesbrough. A&N Safety Consultants are passionate about providing the highest standard of health and safety support and advice to their clients.
Do you have any advice for aspiring young females?
Give it a go and always stand your ground. Your gut feeling is always a good thing to follow.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Anything you put your mind to is achievable. Never be too scared to give anything a go, it’s better to try than regret not to. If you work hard enough, the reward will pay off.
What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?
Believe, gratitude, plan.
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