Marlene Robinson is the proud founder of ASTAS, an accredited training safety advice service. This established business was born in 2016 following on from Marlene’s 25 years of health and safety experience. In this blog we help you learn more about the founder of ATSAS!
Marlene’s first job was with Glaxo Operations (now GlaxoSmithKline) working as an Aseptic Operator. This role was carried out in a sterile area, with many precautions being taken regarding health and safety. Right from the start of her working life, she was already learning all about safety standards and gaining the qualifications to back it up.
In the years after this, Marlene worked in various workplaces, building experience. She saw the lack of health and safety in these establishments at times. This was one of the reasons for her drive to go into the profession of improving businesses health and safety standards.
After a second stint at GSK from 1989 to 2002, Marlene left the company when her department closed down. She took this as the perfect opportunity to do something different and started working for Darlington Children’s Fund. Her role in this job involved holding meetings with minority groups in the area and coming up with ways of making life in the community for them. This included setting up children’s clubs and arranging parties for Eid. Fast forward to 2005 and Darlington Children’s Fund was funding a young carers project at Darlington YMCA, with Marlene’s job being to audit the project and ensure it was being funded correctly. This project particularly interested her, so much so that she wanted to be a part of it. Marlene would soon apply for a job there and became a School Liaison Officer at Darlington YMCA.
Within a year, she was a manager here and carried on in the role for the following 4 years. During this time, Marlene used systems and skills that she had picked up in the past and started helping YMCA’s across the North East in implementing them effectively. On top of her vast health and safety experience, Marlene also studied at Darlington College for her NEBOSH Certificate which she passed with a Credit. As well as this, she also trained as a First aid tutor and helped Tees Valley to gain a contract with Redcar and Cleveland council to deliver their First aid training for 4 years.
In 2016 Marlene made the decision to take voluntary redundancy from Tees Valley YMCA to start up her own business. From this moment, ATSAS was born. Since it’s founding, the ATSAS customer base has increased to working with most of the YMCAs in the north east of England which include North Tyneside, Teesdale, Sunderland, Chester-Le-Street, Tees Valley, Richmond, Ryedale and Humberside.
If you are wanting to keep your business up with health and safety legislation, look no further than ATSAS. Marlene delivers a wide range of accredited courses and assessments to match your business needs. For more information please call 07549 845721 or visit: www.atsas.org.uk.