About Us


David Cawthorne – Human Resources

David CawthorneDavid Cawthorne has spent his entire career in employment law and human resources.

After graduating from the University of Leeds in 1976, David undertook a postgradute qualification in human resources at the Business School of Manchester Metropolitan University.

He joined British Alcan in 1979 and after just 9 months as a trainee, at the age of 24 he was promoted to a senior employee relations role at a large site in the north west of England. At a time of robust employee relations, David’s calm manner and personal integrity was seen as key in bringing about a substantial improvement in employee relations.

“David’s attitude is to meet his clients needs and listens attentively to gain trust. The company has gone from strength to strength since meeting David.”

John Lane, Director, Electric City York, electrical contractors

David moved to Courage in 1987 where during a 6 year period he was promoted 3 times. Starting as Personnel Relations Manager for John Smith’s, he became head of human resources for John Smith’s and subsequently Courage Northern Trading and ultimately rose to be a Group Manager for Courage. In the latter role David was responsible for employee relations, training and development and health and safety. Following on from this he became Human Resources Director for part of Rieter, the top 100 Swiss company.

Since 1994 David has been advising clients both large and small. Blue chip clients include Sainsbury’s, Nestle, Motorola, The Royal Mint and Pedigree Petfood. Smaller clients can be found in virtually every sector.

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Alistair Hume – Health and Safety

Alistair HumeAlistair has more than 25 years professional experience in H&S, Engineering and Management. During his military career, Alistair was an appointed H&S Advisor. He was a Safety Practitioner covering all aspects of consultancy with the implementation of policies and procedures on Health and Safety, Environmental and Fire Safety issues across locations in the UK and Germany.

At this time H&S was more difficult to understand and attitudes more resistant to change, the process had to be very structured and was labour intensive. Additionally Alistair was involved with the introduction of Quality Management Systems throughout the services which further helped the development of his H&S systems with continuous improvement in mind.

For the last 10 years Alistair has further developed his experience and processes in the private sector with dozens of SMEs, planning and implementing long term safety management systems to comply with the law, advising management and delivering education and training programmes. Here labour is not so available and technological improvements have meant ever changing systems and documentation.

Looking forward, H&S compliance remains a requirement but the penalties are even costlier. With the ever drive for efficiency and lean management, Alistair understands safety practitioners need to be business focused as the roles of individuals need to be multi-skilled with increased Safety Support Services from your competent advisors available.

Alistair is a member of the British Safety Council, a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and is an Incorporated Engineer.

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