The UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire company has announced that one of its ‘shining stars’ has been shortlisted for a prestigious international award.

Compliance officer, Jane Downey, has been nominated in the ‘Compliance Officer of the Year, Large Sized Company’ category at the fifth Women in Compliance Awards.

Jane is one of 15 women to be listed in the category and will be competing against nominees from the USA, Malaysia, Germany, Poland and Singapore.

The Annual Women in Compliance Awards attracts more than 350 compliance professionals from across the globe and celebrates the achievements of female compliance professionals.

Jane joined A-Plant’s 18-strong Performance Standards Team in 2015 and she is now a vital cog in ensuring compliance across the business including 45 of the company’s 185 service centres across the UK.

She played a key role in helping A-Plant achieve its ROSPA Gold Medal Award in 2017.

Achieving so much in such a short space of time hasn’t been without sacrifice. Jane explained: “I’m thrilled to have been nominated for such a prestigious award.

“When I joined the company three years ago, I was half way through my OHSE Degree with Greenwich University. I passed my degree with first class honours and now I’m currently working towards becoming a Chartered Member of IOSH, before beginning another degree in Risk Management.”

Chris Ryan, head of Performance Standards at A-Plant, said the company was exceptionally proud of Jane’s achievement: “From day one, I have been impressed with Jane’s capabilities and above all, her tremendous commitment.

“For Jane, a compliance role isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life for her and she has put her own personal life on hold to progress in her career. She is exceptionally well regarded by all the managers of the service centres she looks after nationwide.

“She has already achieved so much – from delivering first class compliance procedural training, to helping us reduce accidents and minimising negative effects on the business – and the world really is her oyster. We’re exceptionally proud to be part of her journey.”

Douglas McLuckie, director of Risk Management, added: “We have a large Performance Standards and Compliance team at A-Plant and Jane really does stand out as a first class colleague who will go exceptionally far in her career.

“Compliance runs through Jane’s blood and she has done everything in her power to progress herself both academically and at work.

“Over the past year, we have run a series of campaigns to ingrain a robust health and safety culture across the company, such as our ‘Work Safe, Home Safe’ initiative and Jane has been a key member of the team to get the message across.

“A-Plant is well known throughout the hire and wider construction industry for our exceptional health, safety and compliance practices, as underlined by multiple RoSPA awards, and Jane has been a shining star in our team. This is also well recognised by my fellow Board Directors at both A-Plant and Ashtead Group plc.”

The winners of the Women in Compliance Awards will be announced during a glittering gala dinner at London’s Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel on Thursday 22 March 2018.