Anita Lidbury
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Anita Lidbury

Senior Associate at Shirley Parsons Project Services

About Anita

​Anita McReynolds-Lidbury is a consummate quality professional dedicating the last 20 years of her esteemed career as a Subject Matter Expert advocating for corporate-level quality programs for Federally Funded transit projects valuing $1 Billion or greater. Anita has lent her experience in quality to the Federal Transit Administration as a Project Management Oversight Consultant and as a quality consultant for contractors and various transit agencies across the United States. 

Anita was most recently the Director of Quality for Austin Transit Partnership - formed under a joint-powers agreement – between the local transit agency and the City of Austin, TX - working wonders by bringing the experiences in her years of cultivating Quality Programs from conception, development and the nearly impossible task of implementation to an estimated $10 Billion Program including Light Rail Transit, Bus Rapid Transit, Vehicle Procurement, and Combined Maintenance Facility Construction.

In addition to standing up Quality Programs all over the United States, Anita is certified by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Certified Manager of Quality for Organizational Excellence and as a Certified Quality Auditor, she is a current Executive Board Member and Past-Chair for Design & Construction Quality for ASQ. She’s also internationally certified as a Lead ISO Auditor and an ISO Registrar for Quality Programs and is a co-author of the Federal Transit Administration’s Quality Management System Guidelines for 2012 and 2019. Anita is happily married to her husband, John and has 2 sons, and 1 daughter. She enjoys traveling, good food, putting miles on a Harley and fashionable shoes. She speaks fluent Sarcasm and bleeds quality principles all over the quality plans she’s asked to review for the betterment of our transit systems and our world.

Regional Safety Manager

$140k - 160k per year


A  leading construction engineering and maintenance contractor is looking to add a Regional Safety Manager, to their team in the Bellflower, CA area. This is a newly created position, where you will lead a small team and be responsible for the development and continuous improvement of the company’s safety culture and program. This represents a fantastic opportunity to join a growing company, with a commitment to safety and who will offer continuous development opportunities. The Role: Promote a proactive safety culture at all levels of the organization, with heavy focus on employee engagement towards the safety programHighlight successes and focus areas to senior leadership, in order to continually develop the company safety program Lead a team of EHS professionals throughout the region Undertake job-site inspections, hazard observations, near miss investigations and audits across all operational projects as deemed necessaryIdentify, develop and deliver safety training in areas such as: safety regulation, hazardous conditions, use of tools and equipment etc. Ensure company continually remains compliant and informed of industry regulatory changes when it comes to bodies such as Cal/OSHA  The Candidate: 7-10 years safety leadership experience in an industrial construction environmentA proven leader, with strong communication skills who can engage with internal & external stakeholders alikeBachelors Degree in Occupational Safety, Engineering or other related discipline (preferred)Experience dealing with regulatory bodies e.g. Cal/OSHA Able to travel as the role requires (circa. 25%)

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Interim Head of Environmental Sustainability & Operational Excellence

£80k - 85k per year


Interim Head of Environmental Sustainability & Operational Excellence London / Remote £85,000 + benefits Shirley Parsons is thrilled to announce its partnership with a global-leading Maritime classification and compliance specialist to seek out a Head of Environment & Operational Performance for a 12-month fixed-term contract. The selected candidate will spearhead the company's net-zero strategy, bolstered by science-based targets, and further elevate sustainability issues by championing tailored improvement initiatives.In this pivotal role, you will: Take ownership of the sustainability strategy, fostering an organizational culture that consistently pursues enhanced sustainability performance through behavioural shifts and pioneering thought leadership.Generate comprehensive reports on the company's sustainability performance, ensuring data alignment and compliance with the reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).Coordinate the execution of the emissions reduction plan in alignment with the company's long-term science-based targets and net-zero aspirations.Utilize your engaging personality traits to influence key internal stakeholders effectively.Continuously assess performance against internal and external benchmarks to ensure adherence to mandatory and voluntary standards and regulations. The ideal candidate possesses: Extensive experience in implementing Environmental systems, including ISO 14001 and 45001.Demonstrated success in utilizing science-based targets to drive emission reduction implementation plans.Proven track record of effectively engaging stakeholders across all levels of the organization through exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, rallying senior leaders behind sustainability strategies to facilitate success.A degree in Environmental Science or a related field.Attentive listening skills and the ability to swiftly build trust with key stakeholders both internally and externally.   

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