In our latest 60-second interview, we had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with Helen Emerson, H&S Incident Prevention Executive & EDI Ambassador. Helen opened up about her day-to-day life and driving passions.
How would you define your role at Bidvest Noonan?
My role is multifaceted, primarily focused on integrating health and safety into everyone’s mindset. I actively engage with people to understand their needs, conduct risk assessments, and devise solutions. As a Health and Safety Incident Prevention Executive, my role involves reducing insurance costs while working closely with people to find the best solutions for them and the business.
What has been your most memorable day at Bidvest Noonan?
One of the most memorable days I had while working at Bidvest Noonan was during the ‘Food for Thought’ event held at the University of Limerick. Although we had organised several ED&I events in 2023, this one was truly unforgettable. It was amazing to see everyone bringing dishes from their own cultures. It was more than an event; it was a celebration of our diversity, a real community moment. That day, we didn’t just share food; we shared stories and a sense of belonging.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best piece of advice that I have received was about the importance of listening. Not just to the words spoken but to the unspoken ones, too. This advice has been the key in my personal and professional life. It’s about understanding, empathising, and really connecting with people.
How do you motivate yourself?
I motivate myself by setting personal standards and goals. I love the feeling of a full diary; it shows I’m making a difference. Ticking off tasks on my to-do list gives me a sense of achievement. It’s about setting targets and hitting them, day in and day out.
Who or what has inspired you the most?
What inspires me the most is the people who work with me, my colleagues in EHS like Marina Goncalves and Declan Ryan as well as those in the Risk and Compliance team. Additionally, the everyday learning experiences at Bidvest Noonan fuel my personal and professional growth. These interactions enrich my life and contribute to my development.
If you had a motto, what would it be?
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson is my guiding star. It’s all about ambition, diligence, and making the most of every moment.