David Frost – GeoAccess Operations Director
This included site supervision of cable-percussive, rotary and window / windowless sampling drill rigs, logging of soil and rock to the British Standard, in-situ and laboratory test scheduling for geotechnical and environmental testing plus factual and interpretative report writing and all associated pre site planning and H&S documentation production.
After a couple of years David moved companies and took the position of Geologist for another large ground investigation company based in Leeds and was involved in many large site investigation jobs based around the UK.
2006 saw a return to the UK and David made the move to form his own drilling business alongside other freelance engineering work. David worked for multiple site investigation and environmental companies based in various locations nationally and in particular Scotland. David soon progressed to more senior positions and gained much valued experience on many large contracts overseeing jobs from tender stage to completion.
In 2007 and 2008 and still working as a contractor, David began examining railway earthworks in the Western & Wales Region for Network Rail, and then in 2009 the opportunity came to join Amey Consulting on the large national framework contract delivering earthwork inspections to Network Rail across the whole country. David was involved in all the Network Rail routes and then in 2014 became the national technical lead for earthworks inspections and supported by a close team of senior managers and up to 40 examiners delivered more than 30,000 earthworks inspection reports annually to Network Rail.
After 10 years at the coal face of earthwork inspections, David realised the opportunity to leap back into self-employment, so in 2019 joined the GeoAccess family at a very exciting time in the companies growth and takes the position of Operations Director.
When not at work you can find Dave walking and climbing in the nearby Peak District, travelling and spending time with the family.
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.
After 3 years instructing Robin began his career in the Rail Sector, supervising a rope access de-vegetation team on a seasonal basis for Kraven Enterprises.
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.
As the recession began to bite Rob made a major decision to head out to Australia in 2011 to work in the mining sector. Joining the Moultrie Group based in Brisbane initially in their Database & Modelling Division, Rob worked on several major projects producing Tenement Reports and Geological Reviews in support of coal exploration applications by mining and exploration companies.
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.”