Robin Mennell – ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER WORKING AT HEIGHT OPERATIONS
After two years Robin progressed to an IRATA Level 2 and began a long relationship with window cleaning, banner hanging and bird proofing netting systems.
Having gained a thirst to progress, Robin quickly became an IRATA Level 3 and began supervising a four-person team for a national window cleaning company. As the lead Level 3 for that company, Robin began planning work, co-ordinating teams, scheduling and creating risk assessments and method statements.
At a Level 3 revalidation Robin became interested in the instructional aspect of Rope Access and soon gained his trainer certification and embarked on instructing Level 1, 2 and 3 qualified individuals at Access Techniques in Sheffield.
When not managing rope operations Rob can be found riding his Ducati, spending time with his family and keeping fit.
Rob Fisher – General Manager UAV Operations
Following graduation, Rob joined WSP as a Geo-Environmental Engineer in 2005 and gained a thorough grounding in Phase-1 Desk Studies and Phase-2 Intrusive Ground Investigations. Three years later saw a move to Capita Property & Infrastructure as an Engineering Geologist in a similar role but with greater emphasis on project management and reporting aspects.
Upon returning to the UK in late 2012, Rob embarked on freelance work mainly with Amey Consulting as a railway Earthworks Examiner. Forming a key part of the earthwork review team for the Network Rail & Amey Vulnerable Asset Initiative, Rob assisted in identifying and assessing earthworks impacted by the 2013 winter storms and flooding in the south and south-east of England. Rob was also engaged in carrying out visual and tactile structure inspections of signal posts & signal lighting arrays and cyclical earthwork inspections on Network Rail managed infrastructure.
Having flown drones recreationally for a couple of years and seeing how the commercial sector was expanding rapidly Rob wanted to be a part of it and soon qualified as a commercial drone pilot receiving a Permission for Commercial Operations from the Civil Aviation Authority in 2017. Early in 2018 Rob joined the GeoAccess family as the Accountable Manager – UAV Operations and will be working closely with the Directors to develop a first-rate Commercial Drone Services Division, both aerial and submersible, providing a range of high quality services to our clients.
Outside of work Rob can be found with fishing rod in hand drowning worms and casting lures around the shores of the UK. Some claim he is “beyond fanatical” when it comes to angling but he says, “I’m just very keen.”