Staff Spotlight— Kimberley Berry

In this edition of our staff spotlight, we speak with Kimberley Berry who has been working at Gray & Adams Dunfermline since 2022.

How long have you been working with Gray & Adams and what is your day-to-day role?

I started working at Gray & Adams, Dunfermline in September of 2022, in the role of HSEQ Manager. My role has evolved slightly since starting with the company, and I now take on a number of HR responsibilities as well as the health and safety aspect of my role.

A typical day for me can look very different each day of the week, taking on the extra HR responsibilities means my time is split between HR and Health & Safety. I also spend a lot of time on site, sorting maintenance by looking at breakdowns in equipment and ensuring the general health and safety is as it should be. I also induct all the new starts and provide young person risk assessments.

What attracted you to the company initially?

I was in an HSEQ role previously before I came to Gray & Adams, but it was much further away from home, and I had to travel a lot. Gray & Adams is local to me, which is what drew me to the company initially. I am also about to go off on maternity leave also, so being a local company, will provide me with comfort when returning to work in 2025.

Tell us about your greatest achievement whilst working for Gray & Adams

Gray & Adams gets audited twice a year, and so every six months, the team and I put in hard work towards the audit. When we achieve a good audit result, it’s a nice feeling knowing all the hard work paid off and is a good boost internally within the team. I also introduced a new employee performance tracker system for use in the business, which has been running since October 2023. This new system tracks the employee’s length of service, attendance, timekeeping, four skill competencies and training. This formal tracking system is a fair way to help management to assess pay grades and look at how to progress employees within the company.

In the workshop we have introduced new Health & safety boards which have everything from risk assessments to training matrices in the one place. We are also about to share new incident packs which will be located at the safety notice boards and contain everything required for dealing with an incident. It’s so important to get everything documented and backed up with photographic evidence in the unfortunate circumstance of an incident occurring.

If you could do someone else’s job (at Gray & Adams) for the day, whose would it be and why?

I would like to do something totally different to my current role, something hands-on in the manufacturing side of the business.

What is the best thing about working for Gray & Adams?

What sets Gray & Adams apart from other companies is the staff and employees, they are a good bunch of people. The office environment has a really positive feel to it, and everyone gets on which is quite rare to find. Everyone gets together and works as a team; Dunfermline is a close-knit team.

What does your future look like at Gray & Adams?

I am heading off on Maternity leave at the end of April but look forward to coming back to the business after my leave in 2025. It will be hard not seeing everyone every day, but I am looking forward to this new adventure of mine along with some sunnier weather.