Mr H&S Phil DeBoise

Mr Health and Safety

One of the more senior (experienced) team members supporting the cycling challenge. In my day role, I work with my colleagues as the health and safety adviser, but when off duty enjoy  riding motorcycles (safely of course) dispelling some of the myths of health and safety advisers as risk adverse and working with the two-wheel community as part of the Fire Bike team promoting safe riding.

My working career started with BT as an engineer and after 28 years couldn’t resist the temptation in a career change to join Suffolk Fire in 2001. Apart from a sabbatical with Suffolk Constabulary, I’ve remained with the service. Wellbeing is my passion especially around reducing injuries, mental health and fitness, so it was a no-brainer in supporting the LEJOG team. In my role, it’s a privilege to work with a team of professionals who are dedicated in helping people, but sometimes work and personal pressures can take their toll on the team, so if I can help in easing those pressures  by talking and signposting, I’m committed in making a difference.

The reference to ‘Private Godfrey’ came about after the ‘Dads Army Tour’ on our motorbikes to the WW1 & 2 battlefields and we were assigned our character names, which we wore on our high-visibility vests and the ‘mole’ in the picture goes back to my BT days when I was on ‘holes & poles’.

Phil (Private Godfery) De Boise

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