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Phil Mood, Divisional Manager M&E: “I’m taking part in a voluntary beach cleaning project”

Phil Mood is the Divisional Manager of the Mechanical and Electrical team at Rullion. He has been part of Rullion for almost 8 years, based in the Newcastle office. Phil has a strong experience in recruitment as he has been working in this industry for 25 years. To unlock his potential, Phil is taking part in a voluntary beach cleaning project after being encouraged to join by his daughter.

Tell us about what it is that you're doing

"I take part in voluntary beach cleaning projects with my daughter, as part of the Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign. We are involved with formally organised events, but also spend at least a couple of hours every weekend doing our own mini-clean".

Why are you doing it?

"My daughter had been talking for some time about environmental issues. She persuaded me to take part in a beach clean which was organised by the charity Sea Shepherd. I went along because she wanted to do it, rather than having any interest. However, I really had my eyes opened by the experience.

The Sea Shepherd organisers are a motivated group of activists who run environmental and conservation campaigns word wide, including annual anti-whaling campaigns, turtle conservation projects, seal protection projects, dolphin conservation projects and the Marine Debris Campaign.

I had no idea how much plastic ends up in the oceans. Much of it can be prevented with a little thought. Even our best beaches are absolutely littered with plastic and fishing gear. Every time the tide comes in, more of it washes up. Documentaries like A Plastic Ocean, The Cove and Blackfish have made me re-evaluate a significant element of my lifestyle".

What impact is your action having on others?

"The oceans are dying because of man-made pollution.

In many cases, plastics in the seas never break down. Those that do, form "micro-plastics" which absorb chemical pollution, resulting in them becoming even more toxic. These micro-plastics get into the food chain due to marine life ingesting them, ultimately winding up on our dinner plates.

The media regularly cover stories about dead whales with stomachs full of plastic carrier bags. Turtles mistake them for "delicious" jelly-fish. Wildlife also gets trapped in discarded fishing gear or plastic containers, resulting in deformed growth or death.

My contribution to the Marine Debris Campaign is only a tiny part of what is going on worldwide, but hopefully raising awareness of the issues caused by our careless disposal of plastics will preserve many species for future generations, and raise awareness of the dangers we are causing by poisoning the food we consume".

What are you doing next?

"I'll be on a beach this weekend with my charming offspring, equipped with a couple of bin-liners, some gardening gloves and a litter grabber (my dodgy old spine isn't as flexible as it was) collecting plastic cups, fishing gear, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, netting, burst footballs, crisp packets, balloons and carrier bags for safe disposal. Next time you go to the beach, have a look amongst the sea weed and rock pools, you'll be surprised how much dangerous refuse we generate".

What do you find exciting about working for Rullion?

"The exciting growth of the company has seen many innovative ideas being introduced, many of which benefit us as employees. Rullion presents an opportunity for us all to get involved in developing the business and ourselves. Communication within the group has improved dramatically and the business has a "progressive" feel about it now. For me, Rullion is an environment where individuals are encouraged to be involved and opinions are valued".

If you want to join Rullion and unlock your potential, have a look at our current vacancies or send us your CV by visiting our careers page.

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