March 02, 2012 12:00 ET

PICS Expands Its Business With New UK Employees

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 2, 2012) - PICS Ltd (PICS) is expanding its contractor screening and auditing business in the UK and EMEA with the appointment of four new employees, with an impressive combined experience of over 60 years in the risk and safety management industry.

PICS offers businesses operating in the UK and throughout EMEA, access to an established, simplified contractor prequalification service that is already supporting a client base of some of the safest and most successful companies in the world. The PICS solution is flexible and simple to use, with all contractor data available live and on demand.

By recruiting highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals from the safety and contractor management sector, PICS has swiftly established its credentials in the UK and EMEA market, demonstrating how its services can best benefit businesses across a wide range of sectors.

Rhys Bush has been appointed Commercial Director for PICS in Europe, Middle East and Africa, managing relationships with clients across the region spanning multiple sectors, with particular emphasis in mining, cement, oil and gas, transport and power.

Rhys has over 15 years' experience in the international risk management field, having joined PICS from Europe's largest occupational safety and health organization. During this time he led auditing, training and implementation projects for blue-chip clients with global operations. This integrated client objectives with local regulatory requirements and established sector best practice. Rhys also advises clients on how to engage contractors and suppliers in their sustainability initiatives.

Simon Lees, with a 30 year background in the commercial risk assessment field, joins PICS as Business Development Manager for UK and EMEA. Simon will contribute an in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing the UK commercial sector and how businesses can effectively protect themselves from the risks associated with managing large, complex supply chains.

Wendy Maddock also takes up position as Business Development Manager and has over 17 years' experience in the supplier compliance and accreditation sector and an extensive, expert knowledge in sustainable supplier solutions. She has worked with large corporations across all industry sectors and understands the benefits of best practice contractor management.

Andy Johnson brings to PICS over 13 years of experience in developing tailored and customized customer solutions through a consultative and professional approach. He has a real understanding of blue chip companies and the need to improve risk and compliance within large organizations in the UK and EMEA markets. He also joins PICS as Business Development Manager.

Ian McKinnon, Executive Director for PICS Ltd for EMEA, commented, "In order for PICS to offer a streamlined and efficient contractor auditing and prequalification service it is vital that each of our consultants has specialist knowledge and experience within this field. I am delighted to welcome Rhys, Simon, Wendy and Andy to the team and look forward to working with them to provide our clients with an excellent service."

PICS is a global contractor screening consortium committed to improving the Health, Safety and Quality of its contractor workforce. PICS' prequalification and auditing services have become the standard in many industries, including: Chemical, Oil & Gas, Power, Construction, Mining and Manufacturing. Access to thousands of vendors' prequalification information is housed online at Founded in 2003 as an organization dedicated to safety, PICS is the fastest-growing, full-service contractor screening company worldwide. PICS is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in Houston, Texas; Calgary, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Johannesburg, South Africa; Milton Keynes, U.K.; Munich, Germany; Paris, France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; Singapore; Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China.

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