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FIR Steering Group

Danny Sullivan Group is committed to Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) across the construction industry. We are a labour supplier to high profile infrastructure projects throughout the UK and we strive to ensure that each and every one of our employees feel supported and treated fairly. To achieve this, we champion FIR throughout our business.

We are committed to promoting a supportive and inclusive culture for our employees, partners and supply chain members.  This includes offering training, information days and workshops to promote our message. Over 100 of our employees have completed FIR training within our organisation and we work very closely with our partners at The Supply Chain Sustainability School to meet our objectives.

Danny Sullivan and FIR

FIR, Fairness, Inclusion and Respect

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FIR Steering Group

Danny Sullivan Group formed the FIR Steering group in 2018, whose membership includes Directors, Managers and other staff whose primary focus is to ensure we meet our FIR strategic priorities and goals.

The Steering Group drives the delivery of key initiatives; championing FIR and ensuring it is understood and embedded within our business, on site and in our offices.

FIR Steering Group Profiles

David Saxton

HSQE Director

Eibhlin Flynn

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

Joanna O’Connell

Group HR Manager

Julie Kissane

Director, Company Accountant

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David Saxton

Fairness, inclusion and respect are key elements to the welfare and experience of our employees and they are the cornerstones of making positive change. Innovation and collaboration are so important in the construction industry and so we can only benefit from a diverse range of experiences, skills and viewpoints. The talent pool is increasingly diverse and in order to recruit and retain our workforce, as well as ensuring their wellbeing at work, FIR is a necessity. The FIR Steering Group is made up of many passionate and enthusiastic individuals who want to work together to make positive changes to the industry. I am proud to be part of the group and to learn and work with my colleagues.

Eibhlin Flynn

I absolutely love what I do and every day is different. People are the core part of our business so FIR is a main priority to ensure that our employees are working in an environment where they are happy and being treated fairly. For our clients, we need to ensure that we are providing the best service and that we leave a lasting legacy economically, socially and environmentally on sites and in the local community. Current UK infrastructure industry plans are valued at £600 billion and at the same time, current statistics suggest a huge shortfall of new recruits joining our industry. In this climate, it has never been more important to have a culture of FIR so we can attract more people into our industry and retain a skilled workforce to deliver the pipeline of works ahead.

Joanna O’Connell

I have worked for the Danny Sullivan Group 14 years and have worked across all aspects of Payroll and HR. During my time here, I have learnt that everyone is individual, unique and different and we should embrace this. Regardless of these differences everyone deserves to be treated equally, fairly and respectfully. FIR is necessary in all industries, not just Construction, but as a well-know, reputable company in the industry the Danny Sullivan Group wants to lead the way towards positive change. It is really exciting to be part of the FIR Steering Group and to be an ambassador. Hopefully we will be involved in making a lasting impression on society to positively impact the future of my children.

Julie Kissane

I am proud to work for the Danny Sullivan Group because it’s committed to achieving a diverse and skilled workforce who are valued for their differences, experiences, knowledge, abilities and backgrounds. The Group employs approximately 1,500 staff who come from a range of different backgrounds including gender, language, ethnicity, cultural background, age, sexual orientation, religious belief and family responsibilities. Employees and stakeholders are diverse with respect to their educational level, life experience, work experience, socio-economic background, personality, marital status, abilities/disabilities. Therefore, we must remain active in ensuring that our workplace culture values that diversity, while influencing change across the supply chain and beyond, for the betterment of everyone.

Laura Roche

Compliance Coordinator

Michael Dowling

Executive Director

Ruairi Coffey

Health and Safety Advisor

Sinead Dineen

PR and Marketing Officer

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Laura Roche

I am part of the Health and Safety team and have a background in Gender studies. Being part of the FIR Steering Group has been a great opportunity to work with senior members of staff and colleagues who see FIR as an exciting and important project. I think that promoting FIR encourages diverse groups of people into the industry, whether that be women, young people, ethnic minorities or other marginalised groups. One of my most memorable moments working with DSG has been attending the Pride in London parade 2018. It is important that as a company we are vocal and visible in our support for marginalised groups and this was a chance to stand together with the LGBT+ community and especially those working in the Construction Industry.

Michael Dowling

I have worked for the Danny Sullivan Group for over 20 years and I have seen a major change in how we communicate with our workforce, clients and suppliers. It has become more and more important that we think about the language we use and the impact it has on those around us. What was once acceptable is not anymore and each of us as individuals are responsible for learning and changing for the better. The Danny Sullivan Group is taking a leading role in the Construction Industry to encourage these changes and to set the standard for Fairness, Inclusion and Respect. We want to embed them in everything we do as the construction industry continues to evolve.

Ruairi Coffey

I visit our client’s projects throughout the UK which offers me the opportunity to really engage with all our employees. FIR is a call to action to raise the bar and make sure our behaviours do not affect anyone in a detrimental way. We need to address and implement FIR from the top down do that it becomes the status quo and embedded in our cultural DNA. I am proud to have rolled out the first FIR Training Sessions across the Thames Tideway Project, and I am also part of a dedicated group of trainers on the A14 IDT. Another memorable achievement is being awarded for our Mental Health Awareness programme. The positive changes that we have seen following this initiative have been truly overwhelming and it’s great to know that staff have benefitted from it.

Sinead Dineen

My role is to instil our FIR values into our marketing campaigns, the language we use and messages we send to our employees. FIR is about respecting each other as individuals and not excluding anyone in the work environment. A highlight for me has been coordinating our involvement in the Pride in London parade 2018 and building our partnership with the Women into Construction Initiative. The FIR calendar is pretty hectic, we have lots of FIR ambassador workshops coming up as well as our health & wellbeing initiatives. I’m very proud to be part of the steering group and being surrounded by like-minded people who share an ambition of bringing about positive change.

Ethics and Values

The Danny Sullivan Group is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the company’s employees and of those people who may be affected by our activities, including members of the public.

Find out more about our ethincs and values below: