Wales & West Utilities has appointed Martin Cook as Head of Health and Safety.

In his new role he is responsible for health and safety management across the company’s gas network, which serves 7.5m people in Wales and south west England. Leading a small team, he will focus on keeping communities and Wales & West Utilities colleagues alike, safe by maintaining high standards of compliance and process.

Martin, 52, has worked in health and safety for over 25 years, most recently at Scottish Water, where he delivered strategic health and safety improvement projects. As a Chartered Health and Safety professional, he has also worked as a consultant in the health, retail and finance sectors.

Martin said:

Wales & West Utilities is working to prepare the gas network to play it’s part in a green and sustainable future and I’m delighted to take up this role at such an important time in the company’s journey.

At Wales & West Utilities it’s our responsibility to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power homes and businesses across the area and health and safety is a top priority for us. We ‘Demand Safety Always’ – for both our colleagues and communities.

Looking to the future, I am focused on driving the best health and safety practice as we take the first steps to inject hydrogen into our gas network and expand the role of biomethane.

Martin will report directly to Director of Regulation, Asset Strategy & HS&E, Sarah Williams.

Sarah added:

At Wales & West Utilities we have an exemplary safety record, and as we face the future – delivering Net Zero ready gas network by 2035 and unlocking the potential of green gas like hydrogen and biomethane – it’s important we build on that.

We’re delighted that Martin has joined us, to help keep the gas flowing, and communities and our colleagues safe

Wales & West Utilities is the company that look after the pipes that keep the gas flowing to heat the homes and power businesses of 7.5m people across Wales and south west England. They operate the gas emergency service, connect new homes and businesses, and upgrade the gas network so it’s safe today and fit for the future.

The company is also committed to playing its part in getting to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. 46 power stations connected to its network support renewables like wind and solar power while 19 green gas sites inject enough decarbonised green gas to power approx. 180,000 homes, Additionally, the company’s network supplies bus garages in three locations across the south west of England, fuelling CNG buses that improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions from public transport.