NBI CEO Peter Hendrick sat down with Ronan Redmond in our meet the team blog series.
The National Broadband Plan is one of the biggest and certainly one of the most transformational infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Ireland. To deliver it, one of the things we’re most proud about is the breadth of experience in our team, which includes people with vast international credentials.
For this week’s ‘Meet the Team’, I’ve been pleased to chat with Ronan Redmond from our HSQE team. Having spent two decades in the construction sector, Ronan’s experience spans projects across three continents and he’s become an incredibly valued member of our growing team.
Meet the Team Delivering Your National Broadband Plan
What’s your job role at NBI? I joined NBI back in November 2020 as a HSQE Advisor within the HSQE team.
How many people are on your team? Currently five
What’s your background prior to joining NBI? I have worked in the construction, utilities and telecommunications industries for the past 20 years and have been fortunate to gain international experience working in Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
I started off in the construction industry having completed my apprenticeship in plastering and returned to education to complete a Degree in Environmental, Health & Safety. Recently I also completed an Honours Degree in Construction Management.
Can you tell me a bit about what your role entails? I am part of a team of five which leads the Health Safety Quality Environmental Functions within NBI. My role is multidisciplinary and complex but very rewarding. I collaborate with a brilliant team who are respectful, engaging, and professional. I get a great sense of satisfaction knowing our team is in safe hands.
What are some of the challenges you face in your role? Given the size and scale of the National Broadband Plan, it takes a great deal of planning and collaboration to ensure our build & design partners are adhering to our HSQE requirements and statutory regulations. The individual build & design partners have different strengths and weaknesses and it is our responsibility to identify and manage them proactively. We thrive on improving our HSQE management system to allow for a standardised approach for all build partners continuously.
What are you most looking forward to in the rollout of the NBP? The passion that every member of the NBI team has for delivering the National Broadband Plan is genuine and visible. Knowing that the work we’re doing every day is helping build towards rural communities being provided with high-speed broadband is a great motivating factor and I’m excited to see the transformation once rural areas have the benefits of innovation with new technologies.
How would you describe the culture at NBI? One of the things I notice most is everyone’s accountability to our stakeholders. Our ambition is to build world class infrastructure and we’ve got an innovative management team helping everyone to achieve their maximum potential.
What is your favourite value that NBI works hard to promote? “Collaborate for success” is my personal favourite as I feel it is vital to allow for efficient and regular collaboration, which leads to successful outcomes and deliverables and in-turn assists everyone at NBI achieve our major milestones.
Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you: I am a die-hard Liverpool Fan and have also been known to participate in the odd Karaoke after a few pints!