Sean Gallagher - Independent Quality, Health & Safety and Environment Professional

Group QEHS Manager at Kleerex Retail Services



Work category

Manufacturing and Operations



I am a Quality, Environment, Health and Safety Manager with 14 years’ experience of building sustainable, integrated management systems (across Quality, Environment, Health and Safety and Ethical Trading disciplines) allowing companies to continuously expand without the concerns of stress on their management systems.

Sean Gallagher's Professional Experience

2011 - 2011

Kayfoam Woolfson (Kaymed) - Health and Safety Consultant

Analysis of company’s factory processes.
Generated Risk Assessments and Safe Operating Procedures for each process.
Trained operators on processes.

2008 - 2011

Kleerex Retail Services - Group QEHS Manager

• Developed, installed, and maintained Integrated Management Systems in Quality, Environment and Health and Safety to ISO standards, across 5 different sites in the UK and Ireland.
• Achieved ISO14001 and expanded ISO9001 accreditation across 4 of our sites.
• Maintained our Legal Obligations under Environmental and Health & Safety Law in UK and Ireland.
• Completion and management of Corporate Due Diligence Enquiries and replies within legal M&A processes for Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental areas within the Kleerex business for Ireland and the UK, in terms of both buying and selling businesses.
• Compiled Site Safety File for Construction Stage Works under CDM Regs.
• Responsible for the full audit and accreditation process across the group to FSC and SAFEcontractor.
• Responsible for all elements of Waste Management on each site.
• Achieved and Managed Company Sedex Membership.
• Management and reporting of packaging usage on each site including Valpak (UK) & Repak (Ireland) returns each year.
• Management of site Energy usage.
• Monthly/Quarterly and Annual Reporting to the board on Quality, Environment and H&S activity and KPIs.
• Maintained responsibilities as outlined in Group Quality, Health & Safety Manager below.

Key Skills
construction Health and safety KPIs waste management
2004 - 2008

Kleerex Retail Services - Group Quality, Health & Safety Manager

• Write and Maintain Method Statements and Risk Assessments.
• Responsible for site Security and Facility issues including Insurance requests within each factory.
• Developed Emergency Response Procedures for H&S and Environment Considerations.
• Carried out Accident Investigations and reported any Reportable Incidents to relevant authority.
• Managed Company Training requirements and carried out internal training through Tool Box Talks.
• Chaired monthly Environment and H&S meetings at each site.
• Management of Chemicals on each site.
• Maintained responsibilities as outlined in Group Quality Manager below.

Key Skills
Accident Investigations quality manager
2001 - 2004

Kleerex Retail Services - Group Quality Manager

• Implemented quality system across 2 UK sites and achieved ISO9001 Certification.
• Responsible for client audits from Quality, Health and Safety, Environment, Security and Ethical Trading/Social Responsibility perspective for the purpose of approval to a supplier list to major UK retailers.
• Managed Company Maintenance Programme.
• Carried out audits at each of the sites on a monthly basis.
• Responsible for approval of key business suppliers across Ireland, UK and Eastern Europe and their ongoing performance.
• Worked with management teams to develop annual Objectives and Targets for the various systems requirements.

Key Skills
audits Health and safety
1999 - 2001

Kleerex Retail Services - Project Manager

• Project Managed delivery of store equipment and fitting of same to retail outlets throughout the UK.
• Maintained responsibilities of Quality Engineer

Key Skills
Engineer Quality Engineer retail
1997 - 1999

Kleerex Retail Services - Quality Engineer

• Implemented quality system and achieved Certification against ISO9001 standard.
• Controlled all systems documents, manuals, procedures, forms and records.
• Managed all elements of the System.
• Worked closely with the Sainsbury’s team in the UK market to deliver store equipment and develop KPI system to monitor account.
• Worked on a team that sourced the company’s new ERP system, assessing 5 different systems before choosing IFS.

Key Skills
1996 - 1996

AT&T - Student Placement

Developed and implemented ISO9000 standard for a start up facility

Sean Gallagher's Education and Qualifications


Bachelor/Degree - Post Grad Diploma, Buniness and IT

Dublin Business School


Bachelor/Degree - BSc, Quality Management

Institute of Technology, Sligo


Bachelor/Degree - Diploma, Manufacturing Engineering

Dundalk Institute of Technology


Bachelor/Degree - Certificate, Manufacturing Engineering

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Bachelor/Degree - NEBOSH, Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety


Sean Gallagher's Additional Information


Golf (Member of Malahide Golf Club)
Interested in most sports


Awarded HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment) Supplier Best Practice Standard by BP.