Dräger Marine & Offshore appoints former Survival Instructor to new Training Commercial Manager Role
Friday, Mar 06, 2015
Aberdeen – Dräger, an international leader in safety and medical technology, has welcomed Rachel Gater to the team.
The appointment comes as part of the company’s expansion which has seen it more than double its workforce in the past five years.
Rachel has been appointed as training commercial manager working for Dräger Marine & Offshore in Aberdeen, where she is responsible for working with customers across the UK and Europe, specialising in safety solutions for the offshore marine markets.
Born and bred in Aberdeen, Rachel, 25, completed three years working for a leading oil and gas company as a survival, marine and medical instructor, where she learned specialist skills in delivering offshore training.
Prior to joining Dräger, she also worked for another safety specialist for a short spell where she specialised in product training.
In the short space of time since Rachel joined Dräger, she has already travelled thousands of miles to spread the safety message, including trips to Norway, Germany and Blyth, Northumberland to deliver bespoke training packages.
No two days are the same for Rachel. She comments: “Every day is different at Dräger and that’s what I like. One day I can be working on internal audits, the next, I can be working face-to-face with customers on leg entry training.”
Speaking on her appointment, Rachel said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of such an established and well-respected team which has such a diverse product range. I spent my first day with the team in Blyth and they really made me feel a part of the team straight away.
“Short-term in my new role, I would like to support the team, establish myself within the company and build good working relationships.
“Long-term, I would like to extend and develop the training provision across the oil and gas industry, extend our customer base and continue to provide a service that is second-to-none.”
Rachel’s role today involves helping workers train safely and efficiently by following risk assessments and lesson plans.
However while she started out on a rather different path, studying for a nursing degree at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, it soon became clear that her skills were transferable to the offshore sector.
She said: “Safety is very important to me personally as it reminds me every day just how fragile human life is and how quickly it can be taken away. No price is too great when it comes to human life and shortcuts can never be made.
“Having grown up in Aberdeen, I have been touched by the tragedies, such as the Piper Alpha disaster. It was Piper Alpha that made me realise that I wanted to be involved in keeping offshore workers safe.”
Rachel’s previous experience as a survival instructor means she has built up a wealth of knowledge on offshore safety, survival, marine and emergency response, in accordance with the HSE and OPITO standards.
She said: “In my previous role I ran a sea survival course where a large part of my day would be spent teaching workers to escape a helicopter following an unexpected water landing.
“I would also teach them the art of climbing a knotted rope, swimming techniques and how to retrieve anyone in the water with the help of a Jason’s Cradle. I carried out weekly medical courses and medical assessments of staff.”
Phil Saxton, General Manager at Dräger Marine and Offshore, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rachel to the team. Her experience and understanding of the industry ensures she will be a great addition here at Dräger as we continue to work with businesses on a regional, national and global scale to deliver technology for life.”
Dräger has a wide product range and provides sales, rental and training services in Aberdeen. The company prides itself on offering tailored training solutions for its customers, as well as providing OPITO approved courses, such as H2S and Authorised Gas Tester to BA Care & Maintenance and Gas Detection Use And Calibration.
For more information, please visit: www.draeger.com/AberdeenTraining