In her large garden in Kessel – that’s where you’ll find Anne-Marie Verrelst (53) when she is not at work. Busy with her animals and her flower garden, or to harvest her fruit and process it into juice, raisins or other delicacies.
Project ONE is being built safely and with an environmental consciousness. As HSSE (Health Safety Security Environment) Manager, Anne-Marie Verrelst makes sure of this. But, of course, she and her team are also looking further: “We’re tackling the design in such a way that the site will be able to operate in a sustainable and future-oriented manner.”
Safe and environmentally-conscious, now and in the future
Anne-Marie works primarily from the site in Lillo and the UK project office. But Project ONE often takes her to other locations as well. Always with one clear goal in mind.
“I make sure that Project ONE is conducted in a healthy way for everyone. In addition to building the installations safely and environmentally-consciously, we are also approaching the design in such a way that the site will be able to operate in a sustainable and future-oriented manner.” So, Anne-Marie and her team are working closely with a lot of other people: the representatives of the current site, the future operational managers, the designers, the neighbouring companies and governmental bodies.
A family business on a global scale
Safety is in Anne-Marie’s DNA. For 20 years, she was in charge of her own consultancy and study agency specializing in risk analyses, safety reporting and the supervision of licensing processes. In 2018, she became HSSE Manager of the existing site in Lillo. Why did she choose INEOS?
“There are several very definite reasons. INEOS is a privately-owned company, and therefore it’s not dependent on the stock exchange. It has an open culture – you can compare it to a family business, but on a global scale: just enough hierarchical structure, but also plenty of room for taking responsibility. In addition, I’ve always felt connected to the site in Lillo in one way or another: 30 years ago, I helped build the existing installations, as an extension of Solvay’s site at that time. Now, after all this time, the fact that I’m meeting so many familiar faces again tells you a lot. People feel at home here.”
“We’re building the installations safely and environmentally-consciously to be able to operate in a sustainable and future-oriented manner.”