Steven Gould: A Military Man Who Made a Difference
Steven Gould is a military man who made a difference. He served in the RAF for over 20 years, and during that time he held a variety of roles, including supplier, basketball player, and triathlon competitor. He also learned a great deal about health and safety, quality, and the importance of teamwork.
This month is Military Appreciation Month, a time to honour and thank those who have served in the military. Steven is a shining example of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving their country.
In July 2020 Steven joined Sapphire Utility Solutions as HSEQ Manager. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of Sapphire’s employees and customers. He is also responsible for developing and implementing health and safety procedures and policies.
In this interview, Steven discusses his experiences in the RAF, his transition to the civilian workforce, and his hopes and goals for the future.
Q: What was your role in the RAF?
A: I was a supplier. This meant that I was responsible for ordering and maintaining all the supplies needed by the RAF, including everything from nuts and bolts to fuel and ammunition. It was a very varied role, and I learned a great deal about logistics and supply chain management.
Q: What are some of the skills you learned in the RAF that you use today?
A: I learned a lot of valuable skills in the RAF, including teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and leadership. I also learned a great deal about health and safety, quality, and the importance of following procedures. These skills have been invaluable in my civilian career.
Q: What are your hopes and goals for the future?
A: I hope to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I also hope to retire in Scotland and do up our house.
Q: What were your most memorable experiences in the RAF?
A: I have many memorable experiences from my time in the RAF, but two of my favourites are:
- Making lifelong friends through the sports teams I was a part of. I keep in touch with many of my RAF friends today.
- Surviving a 5.7 earthquake while on deployment in the Middle East. It was a terrifying experience, but it also taught me a lot about resilience and the importance of teamwork.
Q: Tell us about your achievements in the RAF.
A: I am most proud of winning the Henlow Ten, a 10-mile race that is held annually at RAF Henlow. It was a very competitive race, and I was honoured to come in first place.
I am also proud of the work I did as a supplier. I was responsible for ensuring that the RAF had the supplies it needed to operate effectively, and I take pride in the fact that I was able to do that job well.
Q: Tell us about your journey from leaving the RAF to working for Sapphire.
A: After leaving the RAF, I worked in a variety of different roles, including quality manager, electrician, care home worker, and health and safety advisor. In each of these roles, I was able to use the skills and knowledge I gained in the RAF.
In July 2020 I joined Sapphire Utility Solutions as HSEQ Manager. In this role, I am responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of Sapphire’s employees and customers. I am also responsible for developing and implementing health and safety procedures and policies.
I am excited to be a part of Sapphire, and I am committed to making a positive difference in the company’s safety culture.