Mike Adams MBE
26 October 2018
RISK Founder & Managing Director, joined the army as a boy soldier at 16 and worked his way through the ranks to RSM in 1998. Specialising in managing, organising and instructing training courses in diverse skills Mike’s transition to civvy street utilised this experience.
The Military Mind Set
RISK Founder & Managing Director, joined the army as a boy soldier at 16 and worked his way through the ranks to RSM in 1998. Specialising in managing, organising and instructing training courses in diverse skills, Mike’s transition to civvy street utilised this experience and the military mindset to create one of the UKs most respected specialist safety management training organisations with a number of ex-service personnel delivering the training.
Mike joined the Army at 16, serving as a boy soldier in the Royal Engineers at Old Park Barracks Dover.
On successfully completing basic training, Mike served in Germany and Northern Ireland, during this time he also returned to the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) Chatham, to complete technical trade training as a plant operator mechanic. After successfully completing the various courses to CITB and City and Guild standards Mike returned to Northern Ireland for a lengthy period attached to 45 Commando Group.
Commando values, ethos and work ethic
The Commando values, ethos and general way of working appealed, and so Mike subsequently volunteered and successfully passed the All Arms Commando Course.
Mike was employed in a variety of roles firstly as an Explosives Engineer but also specialised in managing, organising and instructing training courses in diverse skills – Fast RIB handling, Arctic, Jungle and Chemical Warfare, Military Intelligence and Resistance to Interrogation.
Mike also completed various operational deployments with the Commando Brigade – UK, Canada, Norway, The Falklands, Ascension Islands, Sardinia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Brunei, Austria, Holland, Denmark and Germany.
Injury opened up a different path on the road to civvy street
After being injured whilst on operations, Mike returned to the RSME for a period of convalescence. During this period Mike was given the responsibility of mapping military qualifications with equivalent civilian competencies. This resulted in lengthy discussions with CITB and the introduction and modification of various senior management courses at the RSME.
24 years of military service then medical retirement
Having completed 24 years of military service, mainly in Commando Forces Mike was medically retired having reached the rank of WO1/Regimental Sergeant Major.
Due to his experience working alongside CITB, Mike was asked to provide input and revitalise some of the Construction Management courses then delivered by the CITB.
Risk and Safety Management Services Ltd (RISK) was born shortly afterwards (1997) and quickly became a key provider throughout the UK in providing a variety of supervisory and management courses for the construction industry.
RISK has since expanded to also include a full range of NEBOSH and IOSH management level courses for all industry throughout the UK and on occasion has delivered training internationally (Ireland, Uganda, and the Ukraine).
Mike was awarded the MBE in 1998
In 1998 he was awarded the MBE for his efforts assisting and advising ex-service personnel in securing suitable employment in the commercial world.
RISK have consistently achieved some of the highest pass rates for the industry
During the last 20 years Mike has been focused on growing RISK and made it one of the UKs most respected specialist safety management training organisations with a number of ex-service personnel delivering the training. In addition, Mike and the ‘RISK‘ Team have also trained a number of students to IOSH and NEBOSH standards, securing the top student across the whole of the UK and consistently achieving some of the highest pass rates for the industry.
Supporting the Charities which focus on ex-service personnel
Pictured: Anne-Marie Brewster (RISK Office Manager), Valerie Adams (RISK Finance Director) and Mike Adams (RISK Founder & Managing Director) with Janet Britton ABF Soldiers Charity, East Midlands Executive Assistant.
Mike remains passionate about supporting those who have served their country and actively participates in numerous charitable activities supporting worthy causes.
Mike is still currently involved in the day to day management of RISK, but also plays an active role ensuring course development and delivery is maintained by regularly delivering the higher level management courses.
RISK Health & Safety is proud to be an approved and registered provider of ELCAS courses
The Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) is a government-led education and funding initiative that is designed to support the lifelong learning of members of the UK Armed Forces.
RISK have a passion for Health and Safety, and key members of the management team are ex-military, so they understand the transition from the forces to civvy street. Whether you are currently in the Armed Forces and are planning your future civilian career - or you have already served and are looking for qualifications to start a new career - RISK offer a variety of ELCAS approved health and safety training courses for military personnel. Helping you 'get the recognition you deserve,' by developing your skills and confidence to gain employment after you have left the military.