Dräger, an international leader in safety and medical technology, has welcomed Rachel Gater to the team.

The appointment comes as part of the company’s expansion which has seen it more than double its workforce in the past five years.

Gater has been appointed as training commercial manager working for Dräger Marine & Offshore in Aberdeen, where she is responsible for working with customers across the UK and Europe, specialising in safety solutions for the offshore marine markets.

Born and bred in Aberdeen, Gater, 25, completed three years working for a leading oil and gas company as a survival, marine and medical instructor, where she learned specialist skills in delivering offshore training.

Prior to joining Dräger, she also worked for another safety specialist for a short spell where she specialised in product training.

In the short space of time since she joined Dräger, Gater has already travelled thousands of miles to spread the safety message, including trips to Norway, Germany and Blyth, Northumberland to deliver bespoke training packages.

No two days are the same for the new recruit. She comments, “Every day is different at Dräger and that’s what I like. One day I can be working on internal audits, the next, I can be working face-to-face with customers on leg entry training.”

Speaking on her appointment, Gater said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of such an established and well-respected team which has such a diverse product range. I spent my first day with the team in Blyth and they really made me feel a part of the team straight away.”

“Short-term in my new role, I would like to support the team, establish myself within the company and build good working relationships.”

“Long-term, I would like to extend and develop the training provision across the oil and gas industry, extend our customer base and continue to provide a service that is second-to-none.”

Gater’s role today involves helping workers train safely and efficiently by following risk assessments and lesson plans.

However while she started out on a rather different path, studying for a nursing degree at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, it soon became clear that her skills were transferable to the offshore sector.

She said, “Safety is very important to me personally as it reminds me every day just how fragile human life is and how quickly it can be taken away. No price is too great when it comes to human life and shortcuts can never be made.”

Phil Saxton, General Manager at Dräger Marine and Offshore, said, “We are delighted to welcome Rachel to the team. Her experience and understanding of the industry ensures she will be a great addition here at Dräger as we continue to work with businesses on a regional, national and global scale to deliver technology for life.”