Dr Kevin J Thurlow CMIOSH, MIIRSM, MBIFM
Director of Facilities/Departmental Safety Officer
The London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) has bid a fond farewell to its Director of Facilities/DSO, Kevin Thurlow who has left this position to take up the role of Director Of Environmental Health, Safety and Fire Services for all of Queen Mary's - University of London.
Kevin is a qualified Health and Safety Practitioner of Chartered Status who comes from a strong laboratory and research background, backed with a number of safety, science and management qualifications. Kevin's career has included work at the Wellcome Foundation, the National Institute of Medical Research, the MRC's new Clinical Sciences Centre at the Hammersmith Hospital site, Imperial College School of Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute and more recently as Deputy Head of Health and Safety Operations for Cancer Research UK. He joined the LCN in April 2009 on a temporary contract which lasted 18 months.
Kevin's remit at the LCN was to review and re-vamp all of the current health and safety procedures and systems that were in place as well as to take the lead on all aspects of building management covering facilities, maintenance, cleaning, capital projects and security. Kevin has produced a significant amount of high quality work that includes; the establishment of a new health and safety policy, the introduction of a number of detailed Codes Of Practice, health and safety standards; the establishment and successful running of a new health and safety management committee and establishment of a programme of self-inspection and performance monitoring. On the building services side, Kevin was involved in the installation of a new 2000 litre nitrogen tank for the centre; modifications to many laboratories to accommodate new equipment; initiated projects to improve building facilities such as additional space, new toilets and additional showers and generally improved the day-to-day running of the building.
Everyone at the LCN wishes Kevin the very best in his new position.