Multiple people from our management team recommended Ryan as the subject of our latest staff spotlight. Ryan started with CPA over 10 years ago. He is a true example of a CPA employee with the ability and training to fit in wherever he is needed.
We caught up with Ryan on one of his visits to the office.
What is your professional background?
Upon leaving school I joined the Australian Army, in the Infantry division, where I spent 10 years including 2 deployments overseas in Afghanistan and East Timor. I instructed at the School of Infantry for 3 years, before transferring to become a Physical Training Instructor in the medical Corps. I met my wife 2009 and decided to discharge to focus on raising a family.
From military service I was recruited by Dave Hatton to work at WICET in 2012 as a security supervisor. I met Dave through a friend, Dave was GM of security for CPA at that time. (Note: Dave is still involved with CPA, and Dave’s wife Lorraine is our Indigenous Ambassador).
Working at WICET I was introduced to the emergency services part of the business. I felt it suited me with my military background and I liked the idea that it gave me the ability to work in a team environment again. I spent the next 6 months doing my Fire and Rescue training and was recruited by Kevin Waterman, National Operations Manager F&R, for a role on the QGC contract 2013-16.
Where are you working now?
Since January 2023, I took on the challenger role of Field Contract Coordinator (FCC) for our Fire & Rescue division. This has me managing Ausgrid, the Sydney fire & rescue service, as well as assisting with the Bravus and Shell contracts, and Shutdowns. I still go on shift regularly to maintain skills and currency.
What other Corporate Protection sites have you worked?
I had a year at WICET in security, then 3 years at QGC during CPA’s first contract. I left the industry for personal reasons for 18 months, and on my return I spent few months at Rio Tinto Weipa as an ESO, before being deployed to Bravus to help establish the F&R service and train the onsite ERT in Cert III Mines Rescue.
In 2020 I went back to QGC for 2 years before accepting the FCC role in 2022.
What are your primary responsibilities?
As an FCC I am directly responsible contractual compliance, and day-day site management of our Fire and Rescue services. This can be anything from client interaction, rosters, staff pays, or site procedure development. I am required to cover shifts at times filling in when shortfalls arise on rosters. This allows me to work on many sites and meet a wide range of people and experiences.
What do you find most challenging or fulfilling in your role?
The diversity in sites and roles. Each site has its own risks, requirements and system of works and being new to the role, I find that the biggest challenge currently. I love the challenge, every career change in my life has been a challenge, and this one is no different.
One of the things I like about Corporate Protection is the variety of disciplines within the company and the ability to grow and transition between services. I have tried to educate myself across most of these disciplines.
And what do you do in your spare time?
I am all about family. Every chance I get I spend time with them. I have a 9- and 5-year-old, girl and boy, and they take up most of my time. We have a Camper Trailer and go on getaways as much as we can. I like to keep fit so I train regularly, and I love to surf.
What would your manager say?
My manager is Kevin Waterman, National Operations Manager F&R. I have always had a great relationship with Kevin, ever since I started working with him. He has always been good to me, and I enjoy working with him. He’d probably say I’m a troublemaker!!
Ryan has recently joined the team as one of CPA Fire and Rescue’s Field Contract Coordinators, managing several projects in Queensland and NSW. He has worked previously on several Corporate Protection’s projects including a security supervisor in Gladstone, an ESO at Bravus and more recently as a fire team member at Shell.
Ryan’s career with Corporate Protection is the model that all staff should aim for, to be diligent in their role, strive for excellence and to progress to their full potential. I am looking forward to having Ryan meeting all of the Corporate Protection Fire and Rescue team.