David Crowe, HSE Director South Region and Levy UK & Ireland

David began his career with Compass Group UK over 27 years ago as a hospitality assistant and became an Assistant Hospitality Manager with Eurest before becoming a General Manager with Restaurant Associates. After 11 years in operations David decided to progress his career in HSE and completed the relevant qualifications before doing a secondment to Levy to assist in mobilising the O2 Arena, where he spent 3 months implementing the HSE Management Systems and training the teams. Following that he began as an HSE Manager in Levy UK where he has supported the business and developed a new Events HSE Management System which has now been rolled out across all Levy UK event sites. In 2014 David was promoted to Head of HSE for Levy UK and then in 2020 to HSE Director for South Region of Compass & Levy UK and Ireland. 

David also assists in the management of HSE at some of the UK’s most prestigious events such as London 2012 Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Ryder Cup, Wimbledon Championships, Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup to name a few. 

What most people don't know is that David is a published poet and has a keen interest in tattoos, he has undergone over 60 hours of ink work under the needle to date and has plans for further work in the future.

Contact Email: david.crowe@compass-group.co.uk

Contact Number: 07786 661775


Bruce Findlay, (Interim) Senior HSE Manager - South & ESS DMA

Bruce joined Compass Group In 2007 and has worked within the Defence sector as a Regional Operations Support Manager before moving in to a HSE role. Bruce has worked for ESS on a number of High profile events including the 2012 London Olympics providing feeding for Met Police and providing Operation Support for police feeding for the Celtic Manor NATO summit in 2014. Bruce has also provided HSE support to other business sectors including the Wimbledon Championships since 2016.

Bruce has a catering operational background gained from a 22 year career in the Armed Forces obtaining the Rank of Warrant Officer Class 1. After leaving the forces Bruce joined the Prison Service as a Food Safety and Health and Safety trainer.

Bruce is an avid birdwatcher who travels the world in pursuit of a new sighting for his life time list which now stands at over 2,500 different spices.

Contact Email: bruce.findlay@compass-group.co.uk
Contact Number: 07795 520784

Matthew Eakins, Senior HSE Manager South & Retail

Matthew has worked for Compass for 19 years in various roles. Started as a Chef, then Chef Manager, Relief Manager, Mobilisation Manager, Business Support Manager and finally a HSE Manager. He has mainly worked in B&I but has experienced a year with RA as their HSE Manager. The role as a HSE Manager for Compass is really rewarding. Every day you can make a real difference!

Matthews favourite past times is walking in the open countryside in the Garden of England with the dog off lead. He finds this satisfying, mentally stimulating and great for his health and wellbeing but not when his Sprocker named Chester leaps off walls of 15 foot in height!!!

Contact Email: Matthew.Eakins@compass-group.co.uk

Contact Number: 07736 727071

Jeanette Whitehead, Senior HSE Manager South & Healthcare

Jeanette has been with Compass Group Healthcare since 1993 in many positions from Front of House Manager to Contract Manager, with a number of years supporting the business during tenders and mobilisation of contracts and implementation of HSE procedures within the business. Incorporating health the diversity of Healthcare to include portering, help desk, domestic service and cleaning services and more recently the security services within healthcare.

Since taking up the role of sector lead in July 2018, working with the healthcare leadership and units teams to continue to develop our HSE culture across the business.

Jeanette's qualifications include  Advanced Food Safety, IOSH HSE Managing Facilities Management, and NEBOSH certificate, ISO lead Auditor.

Contact Email: jeanette.whitehead@compass-group.co.uk

Contact Number: 07775 551424

Zoe Hammett, HSE Manager South

Zoe started working for Jockey Club Catering (JCC) on a casual basis at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016, and her involvement gradually expended until she eventually took on the role of Health and Safety Manager for JCC.  In 2020 Zoe joined the HSE South Team and now supports across all sectors.  She enjoys the buzz of events and is always keen to assist in the management of health and safety events, such as Cheltenham Festival, Festival of Speed and Wimbledon.

Zoe loves travelling the world.  In 1989 she went on a round-the-world trip and got stuck in Australia for 5 years and then New Zealand for 12 years.  In 2016 Zoe moved back to the UK and is now thoroughly enjoying having the UK and Europe to explore. 

Contact Email: zoe.hammett@compass-group.co.uk

Contact Number: 07496 240 880

Nick Bracken, Operational Risk & Safety Project Manager

Nick worked for Compass Group for five years as a head chef at Restaurant Associates. He then made the move to HSE team last year.

Previously, he has mainly trained in the kitchens of London’s West End before heading to the City and Restaurant Associates.

Nick holds accreditation by IOSH and additionally by Highfield for Advanced Food Safety Management.

Nick spent the last few years as the HSE lead for the Restaurant Associates sector where he supported the operational teams in continually improving standards and ensuring the safety culture was demonstrated everyday.

Nick has now moved in to a Central HSE project manager role where he will support in upcoming projects and all business continuity and crisis management requirements from across Compass Group UK and Ireland.

Although Nick has spent some seventeen years cooking, he originally trained as an electrical engineer but he fell in to the kitchen by accident whilst studying and stayed.

Contact Email: Rnick.bracken@compass-group.co.uk

Contact Number: 079204 18755

Christopher Johnson, HSE Manager South

Contact Email: christopher.johnson@compass-group.co.uk

Contact Number: 07841 725157

James Stradling, Senior HSE Manager South & Restaurant Associates

James’s career journey started with a hospitality management apprenticeship at Compass Group in the late 1990s which saw him spending time in various operational and chef roles.

This is when he developed a keen interest in food hygiene and health and safety science which led him to successfully securing a traineeship sponsored by The Association of London Environmental Health Managers (ALEM).  James went on to spend 12 years working for various local authority environmental health departments in London, regulating and advising a broad spectrum of businesses and members of public on matters relating to food safety, food standards, composition and labelling, health & safety, licencing, environment and public health.  During this time, James also joined The Food Standards Agency taskforce during the London 2012 Olympics and policy steering group for The Food Hygiene Rating scheme.

Upon leaving local authority, James spent over 5 years heading up food safety and health & safety for two luxury hotel groups and an international restaurant group working with a range of celebrity chefs before returning to Compass Group in 2024.

James is qualified in accordance with the Food Law Code of Practice and a member of The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.  He also holds the NEBOSH Certificates in Occupational Health & Safety,  Fire Safety and Construction Safety

In his spare time James loves to travel, attend music concerts and is a self-confessed foodie, he also volunteers for housing campaign groups.

Contact Email: James.Stradling@compas-group.co.uk 

Contact Number: 07386 692822