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About Matt Lavery

Always having a love for the outdoors and being active I didn’t really excel at school and looked forward to spending my free time with my local Scout group, camping and generally getting into mischief.

As soon as possible I persuaded my parents to let me have a go at joining The Royal Marines. Being only 16 years old at the time they signed me up thinking I’d fail, with that out of my system I would come home with my tail between my legs and go to College….. However, I passed!

I spent the next 10 years bouncing all over the worlds hot spots as part of one of the most elite forces in the world. I trained in a huge range of skills from mechanics, parachuting and intensive medical training to demolitions, communications, and counter-terrorism operations. I had to learn new skills fast and adapt to any situation, knowing that the people around me were relying on me, just as much as I was on them to stay alive.

After my time in The Royal Marines, I moved on to Rope Access and have since worked all over the world on various projects involving a wide range of tasks from Bat surveys to unblocking Nuclear power station seawater inlet pipes!

Keen on working/playing outdoors I regularly take part in Running, Diving, Climbing, Cycling, Camping, and pretty much anything that is active, while dragging the family along, rain or shine (the kids will appreciate it when they’re older!?).
As well as industrial rope access, I am very keen to promote Charity abseil events for various charities at home and abroad

I apply all the same values and attitude from The Royal Marines to Orb Rope Access, Honesty and Integrity are key to building a trustworthy and friendly relationship between clients.

– Matthew Lavery, Director Orb Rope Access

About Julie Lavery

I have been a Director at Orb Rope Access since January 2016, prior to which I gained business and managerial experience with RBS Bank, and worked as a School Business Manager. That mix of public and private sector experience gave me a good grounding for running a family business that relies on teams to work effectively together. You could say that nothing would prepare me for managing a Rope Access business with its team of technicians hanging off tall buildings, but resilience is in my nature!

For Orb Rope Access I am responsible for pretty much everything that doesn’t involve dangling off a rope. This includes marketing, finance, networking and growth. I enjoy being out and about, mixing with other businesses both inside and outside of the construction arena. I have built up a large network of amazing contacts who we can call upon and recommend to others.

In my 14 year career at RBS Bank I was Lead Learning Consultant, designing and delivering learning sessions to corporate managers in behavioural, leadership and talent management. I was responsible for two teams spanning the huge area of Aberdeen to Southampton.

During my time with RBS I was the winner of an Outstanding Achievers Award. It was no doubt reassuring to the people I was training that I had achievements of my own!

As a qualified coach and MBTI Practitioner (Step 1 and 2) with a Certificate in Training Practice, I could have pursued a career in coaching, but those ropes were calling, and I knew that I wanted to guide Orb Rope Access towards becoming the go-to experts at height.

Outside of my career I have volunteered as an Enterprise Advisor for a Lancashire school, working with the senior leadership team to help facilitate work opportunities for pupils with local employers. I am also a Governor at our children’s school.

Not being able to sit still for long, during the Coronavirus lockdown I started open water swimming with friends. The love of being outdoors runs through the family, with all of us keen to stay fit and active. You could say it comes with the territory!

-Julie Lavery, Director Orb Rope Access



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