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Hafiz Qadeer named QHSE manager as Mike Palmer exits Rapid Access

Palmer, who joined the high-access firm in 2015, has stepped down from his role, with Qadeer promoted as QHSE manager

Mike Palmer is stepping down.
Rapid Access
Mike Palmer is stepping down.

Mike Palmer, head of quality, health, safety, and environment (QHSE) at Rapid Access, has stepped down from his role after joining the high-access company in November 2015, with Hafiz Muhammad Qadeer to be promoted as QHSE manager for the Middle East.

In a statement on LinkedIn, accompanied by an official note by Rapid Access, Palmer said that he was confident in Qadeer’s ability to “continue to the good work we have been doing [and] maintaining the company’s position as the regional leader of work at height safety provision”.

According to Rapid Access’s note, Palmer spearheaded Tech X-compliance initiatives at Rapid Access and “established a solid health and safety framework on which the business can now continue to operate and grow”.

The statement added: “[Palmer’s] last working day in the organisation will be 22 July, 2019. We thank Mike for all his efforts during his service with the company.”

Qadeer joined Rapid Access in July 2016 with more than seven years’ experience in training and implementing HSE management systems.

In his new role as Middle East manager of QHSE, Qadeer will report to Martin Ashley Newton, technical manager for the Middle East at Rapid Access.

Commenting on his departure, Palmer said in his LinkedIn post: “When you join a company, especially one as good as Rapid Access, according to most studies, your aim should be to make yourself redundant and develop your team beneath you to take over. 

“So although I leave Rapid Access for a new challenge next week, and will no doubt miss the support, my colleagues, and industry contacts, I leave with a smile on my face, as I hand over the reins to my very capable and talented deputy.

“[Qadeer] has been an invaluable aid to our success at Rapid, and he will no doubt smash the new role he is deservedly being promoted into.”

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