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As Planning Supervisors under CDM 1994 and then CDM Coordinators under CDM 2007 we were the key advisor to Clients on matters relating to construction health and safety and risk management.

CDM 2015 has removed the role of the CDM Coordinator, effectively splitting their former duties between the Client, the Principal Contractor and the Principal Designer, who is responsible for planning, monitoring and managing matters relating to health and safety during the pre-construction phase. It is our firm belief that the skills, knowledge, training and experience that RJD Associates (North West) Limited have developed in construction health and safety risk management since the initial implementation of the CDM Regulations means that we are well placed to advise Clients on how to effectively discharge their Client duties under the Regulations, and assist them with recognising their legal and moral responsibilities and the commercial benefits of best practice in health and safety.

Our Team

Damien Ratcliffe
Damien RatcliffeDirector

Damien Ratcliffe is the director of RJD Associates (North West) limited and is a CDM and Construction Health & Safety Risk Management Consultant with a wide breadth of experience across a variety of sectors within the construction industry. Damien graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 1994 and then spent five and a half years as an architectural technician, where his duties included undertaking measured surveys of development sites and buildings, identifying defects and remedial works required on refurbishment projects, preparing detailed drawings for planning and building regulations applications for industrial, commercial, residential and refurbishment projects and listed building and conservation works. Following the implementation of the CDM Regulations in 1995, Damien attained a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health and acted as the in-house CDM Planning Supervisor for the architectural practice he worked for at the time.

Damien left that practice in 2000 to set up his own business, RJD Associates, which became a Limited Company in 2004. Through RJD Associates, Damien provided architectural design services on a variety of industrial, commercial, residential and refurbishment projects, and then following the implementation of CDM 2007 the business began specialising in CDM Coordination services and gradually transitioned into a dedicated Construction Health & Safety Risk Management Consultancy, working as CDM Coordinators on a wide range of construction projects. Since CDM 2015 came into force Damien has worked as both Principal Designer and Client CDM Advisor as RJD Associates have continued to develop their portfolio of Clients.

Away from work Damien is an avid music fan and enjoys eating out and socialising. His hobbies include hiking, cycling and reading, along with sampling real ales and craft beers, and he is a keen supporter of Burnley F.C.

Graham Nesbitt is a Health and Safety CDM advisor within RJD Associates (North West) Limited, specialising in Construction Health & Safety Risk Management and the Principal Designer role. Attending Wolverhampton University as a mature student attaining the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health and NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. Graham considers himself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on his academic foundations and stay in tune with the latest health and safety management strategies and has progressed to chartered status within IOSH.

Graham joined RG Wilbrey in 2007 and was fortunate to be able work under the tutelage of Roy Wilbrey, one of the founding grandfathers of modern health and safety advisory services. Graham spent almost 15 years working within that company assisting blue-chip organisations develop and implement health and safety strategies, within construction projects of all sizes, including urban regeneration, sports stadia, residential and commercial projects.

After redundancy Graham joined RJD Associates in 2021, his hunger for knowledge and determination to turn information into action has contributed to assisting clients with successfully completing projects safely to program and on budget. Currently working on behalf of companies with major high street presence along with residential and healthcare providers.

Graham believes mindfulness in the workplace and a work-life balance is key to providing an unequalled service to our clients, a tenet he lives out through his interests in current affairs, charity activities, gardening, DIY and supporting our national rugby and cricket teams.

Graham Nesbitt
Graham NesbittCDM Consultant
David Gray
David GrayCompany Secretary

Our Company Secretary David oversees the day to day running of our office along with fulfilling his administrative obligations and is also on hand to offer support to our technical team. David came to RJD with a wealth, and varied workplace experience ranging from a managerial role in the packaging industry to a site manager for a waste management company serving the construction industry and progressively elevating his role to Contracts Manager.

Prior to joining RJD David had decided to enhance his options and took time out to undertake a period of studying as a mature student. David successfully gained a BA(Hons) Public Services which enabled him to further his academic portfolio and embark on post graduate studies culminating in successfully gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

When adopting a more relaxed outlook to life that the weekend offers, you’ll find David dividing his time between father, grandfather, and dog walker (often combined!), socialising, and optimistically following East Lancashire’s Claret & Blue Football Club goes hand in glove for David. Movies, boxsets and music are also high on his agenda.

Some of Our Clients