About Our Team


Factory on manufacture of threadsAlthough based in the Scottish Borders we travel throughout the UK to service our individual clients needs.

With extensive industrial experience in Safety & Environmental consultancy, Training, Risk Management and Business Excellence our professionally qualified team hold an enviable track record.

It’s the technical knowledge derived from years of working in partnership with our business clients that sets us apart. We are practitioners who know from experience what can and does work, with the ability to design, communicate and implement effective management systems.


Jim Shepherd

Managing Director

Jim and his wife Helen established EcoSafety in 2006.

Jim has over 25 years of experience operating at Senior Management level, determining, and dictating strategic corporate policy and advising on safety and risk management, across a wide variety of industrial sectors.

He has led and encouraged EcoSafety to pioneer a cultural approach to Safety Management by adopting a unique Business Excellence model. This challenges conventional compliance attitudes and methodologies, focussing on engagement, efficiency and consistently maintaining safety standards. This is heavily influenced by the extensive range of courses and Business Excellence Training he has undertaken at the Disney Institute.

As well as being MD for EcoSafety, Jim currently holds Director positions in both a large, private business and as a Board member of a local rugby club.

Outside of work Jim is into all things 4-wheel drive but mainly tractors!

His favourite regular holiday destination is Florida with its mix of theme parks, Cape Canaveral and it being home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Email: jim@ecosafetyltd.com   Phone: 07789 233504

Helen Shepherd

Director and Office Manager

Helen is Director and joint founder of the business. Helen previously worked for over twenty years in Human Resources and training roles within the Electronics industry before starting as an HR Consultant. She and husband Jim established EcoSafety in 2006.

Helen believes that EcoSafety provides a unique service. The company was created to support clients in the delivery of safety excellence, to shape their cultures, and support their leadership. She believes Safety is about people and culture and not about rules and bureaucracy. Our Practitioners play a pivotal role within any business, working to achieve positive outcomes, allowing everyone to understand the true value of their role within their company. She feels that safety is about educating and protecting people within all aspects of a business, ultimately evidenced through a happy, healthy workforce and a positive financial performance.

Helen is immensely proud of our business, its people and its reputation. The fact that as a small business based in the Scottish Borders it is approached to service clients large or small throughout the UK is indeed testament of its standing within the business community.

A keen horsewoman she loves unwinding enjoying the sport, exploring the glorious Scottish Borders landscape. As a Borderer, she embraces the culture and heritage of the annual Border Common Ridings having the privilege of participating in many of the ride outs. When not horse riding she loves to unwind spending time with her family and new granddaughter, and she enjoys exploring her beloved Borders countryside walking her Hungarian Vizsla, Cooper.

Email: helen@ecosafetyltd.com   Phone: 07729 034949

Iain Boath

Director of Health & Safety Operations

Iain has a practical background in Health & Safety derived from over 20 years spent in senior management positions within the agricultural sector, further education and electronics manufacturing.

Prior to joining EcoSafety in 2007, Iain worked on overseas sugar cane plantation projects, and lectured in engineering and management studies, gaining valuable additional skills that are utilised within the business today.

He is a systems specialist having successfully coached clients to full ISO / OSHAS accreditation standards.

Iain became our Director of Health & Safety Operations in 2010.

Iain enjoys Scuba diving and is a PADI qualified Open Water diver.

Email: iain@ecosafetyltd.com   Phone: 07884 051617

Gavin Kellett CMIOSH

Health Safety and Training Manager

Gavin is a Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner with experience across a diverse range of business sectors. He promotes and takes a practical approach to safety and regularly coaches clients towards contractor scheme registration and safety management standards. He is our ITSSAR Approved (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register) Fork Lift, Excavator, Pallet truck Instructor/Examiner and specialises in the delivery of Working at Heights and Abrasive Wheels training.

Outside his work with EcoSafety Ltd Gavin is a qualified mountain Instructor and expedition leader with experience across a diverse range of countries, landscapes and people. As part of his mountain travels he has been fortunate to visit such places as Alaska, Nepal, Russia, Iceland, Norway, the European Alps and throughout the British Isles.

In the distant past he played rugby for Selkirk RFC when the club played in the top flight of Scottish club rugby.

He spends most of his spare time outdoors and likes to put back some of his experience helping others. Gavin has been a member of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team for around 26 years and when time permits he enjoys riding his mountain or road bike.

Email: gavin@ecosafetyltd.com   Phone: 07887 514785

Andy Love

Training & Business Development Manager

Prior to joining the EcoSafety team, Andy spent over 30 years leading and developing teams in Finance & Risk Management across the UK and has vast experience in supporting business growth. As well as helping clients achieve positive safety culture and business excellence, he develops and delivers interesting, bespoke and interactive training sessions to managers and staff across a diverse range of business sectors.

Andy values strong and lasting business relationships and is keen to develop new connections where EcoSafety’s fresh and creative approach to safety and business culture can make a real difference to business performance.

When he’s not working Andy enjoys cycling, watersports and outdoor adventures with family and friends in his self-built campervan. He’s a passionate Ulster and Ireland rugby supporter, a bit of a ‘petrol head’, and loves his music!

Email: andy@ecosafetyltd.com   Phone: 07551 507590