LEADERSHIP, OWNERSHIP, RESPONSIBILITY
Ferry believes safety is about technology, organization and behaviour. The latter interests Ferry above all.
His greatest talent is getting people moving. Not because they have to, but because they want to of their own accord. Ferry is open minded, which he also says of himself, and knows how to get to the crux of any matter quickly.
He believes that safety has everything to do with leadership, ownership and personal responsibility – safeguarding your own health and safety and those of the people around you.
Ferry studied Environmental Science at the forerunner to the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer and was involved with environmental management within the Royal Netherlands Air Force during his military service. Time well spent! He also followed postgraduate studies in Safety Studies and from that point on dedicated himself totally to HSE. In his own words, '... because it's about people, it's about behaviour.'
Ferry is happiest when he can make a real difference within an organization. Finding and giving meaning to something is important to him and at Paltrock, he's truly in his element, 'It's a perfect match!' He believes that if you do something you like doing, then very little can go wrong. Above all else, he wants satisfied clients and healthy employees '... who go home at the end of the day with all their fingers.'
He'd also love to be a carpenter if he weren't himself all fingers and thumbs.
Ferry Smedema has worked for AVR, Eurotank, Van Gansewinkel Industrial Services, TNT Express, Reym and Paltrock.