Our Specialists

Our Technical Experts….

We are delighted to work with a selection of the very best technical experts in a range of health and safety related subject areas. We offer bespoke consultancy for your organisation, as well as independent expert audits and advice, guidance and support.

In addition, we offer training and workshops with many of our courses externally accredited to ensure the very best quality and legislative compliance.

Vicki Cutler – Health, Safety & Compliance Consultant

Vicki Cutler  


Health, Safety & Compliance Consultant

Vicki is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, Member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and Member of the Chartered Management Institute; as well as the NVQ Level 4 in Occupational Safety & Health Practice, General NEBOSH Certificate and the NEBOSH Fire Safety & Risk Management Certificate, Vicki also holds a Diploma in Management Studies and an NVQ Level 4 in Advice and Guidance. She is also a professional trainer, a qualified NVQ assessor and verifier in a range of subjects and holds the PTLLS and CTLLS qualifications.

After moving into a role incorporating health and safety within the Education sector back in 2001, Vicki progressed her role and moved into the social housing sector a couple of years later. She established her own consultancy in 2008, Grange Safety Solutions Ltd, and has worked with many social landlords across the UK; she has just been appointed to the Management Committee of a local housing association.

Vicki specialises in health, safety and compliance within the social housing sector and has, for over 10 years, been the Lead Associate for SAFETYnet, the Excellence in Housing Health & Safety Network and an Associate of the Housing Quality Network. She has a wealth of knowledge in the sector and was awarded her Chartered Fellowship based on the contribution made to the sector over the years, as one of only around 40 women worldwide to be awarded the prestigious title.

Undertaking compliance audits of the main subject areas of gas, fire, asbestos, water hygiene, electrical and lifts for many social landlords has been one of her key roles over the last 6 or so years, as well as supporting the development of social housing events and training. She understands the key issues that are specific to the sector; working with fellow professionals her aim is to make a difference and improve safety and compliance in the sector across the UK.

Larry Ryder - Health & Safety

Larry Ryder


Health & Safety Consultant & Trainer

Larry has been an independent health and safety consultant for a number of years, A Chartered Member of IOSH and with over 15 years working with the social housing sector, he has a wealth of knowledge.

Over the years, he has developed health and safety strategies, policies, procedures, risk assessments and carried out audits of health and safety management systems and processes.

Larry is an experienced trainer imparting his knowledge in a wide range of safety related subjects, designing and developing bespoke courses for organisations as well as delivering a range of IOSH Accredited courses.

Vicki has known Larry for many years, and they have recently been working on a number of social housing related projects together.

Paul Williams - H&S and Mental Health Instructor

Paul Williams


H&S Consultant and Mental Health Instructor (MHFA Approved)

Paul is a Chartered Member of IOSH and is a health and safety professional with extensive experience within the public sector and private sectors, latterly working at a large London RSL.

Now an independent consultant Paul provides support in a wide range of safety subjects, including CDM, as well as being a Mental Health First Aid England Instructor delivering our series of Mental Health training.

Vicki has worked with Paul on a number of projects in the social housing sector and spoken alongside him at a number of events.

Matt Dawes - Asbestos

Matt Dawes

CoC Asbestos, AIFSM, TechIOSH

Asbestos Consultant & Trainer

We are delighted to have Matt on board as one of our training associates; Matt's initial interest in H&S started back in 1998 when he was appointed as the H&S representative for his then employer. In 2003 he became a "trainee environmental consultant" for a small, West Midlands based consultancy who specialised in the asbestos consultancy field. The early part of his time here was spent learning the responsibilities that came with analytical monitoring (air testing) during and following asbestos remedial works, he was one of the first in the company to undertake the new BOHS Proficiency modules for air sampling (now mandatory for those carrying out air monitoring). He progressed quickly to develop his asbestos surveying skills and was also given key client management responsibilities.

The opportunity arose in 2006 to join a social housing provider, initially as Technical officer (asbestos), which was a new role within the client's organisation and involved overseeing the incumbent service providers for asbestos and ensuring the asbestos policies and processes within the organisation were compliant. Alongside the organisation's H&S provider Matt created and delivered an asbestos awareness course to be delivered to the Direct Labour Organisation (DLO).

In 2009 he returned to the consultancy field and was tasked with establishing a presence in the North Wales area for the business; relocating to the area, over 3 years Matt grew the staff and client base to the point the office was able to function independently and was involved in a major project with a value exceeding £6 million. It was during this time that Matt gained his Certificate in Operational Competence in Asbestos (CoC Asbestos) and other qualifications from the BOHS.

Upon returning to the West Midlands, Matt became more involved in training and found that the satisfaction he felt for informing others about the subject he was passionate about was rewarding for all involved. Matt has worked closely with a number of organisations and has been a keynote speaker for regional events hosted by IOSH and RICS.

Matt has created bespoke training for a number of clients for areas surrounding asbestos and continues to do so; his approachable nature and desire to ensure the information has been understood means that delegates leave his courses feeling confident in their understanding of the subject matter, and he is always accessible following courses to answer questions that may occur.

Vicki has known Matt for over 14 years, working together at the social landlord in the early 2000’s and working together to deliver training. Latterly Vicki has worked with Matt at seminars and supported the development of specific asbestos training for the social housing sector.

Raymond Bone - CDM

Raymond Bone


Construction Specialist, Consultant and Trainer (CDM)

Our consultant and trainer, Raymond Bone, provides advice, guidance and support in all construction-related topics as well as carrying out CDM audits.

In addition, he delivers all of the CDM courses. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, holding a master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management along with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management from the University of Hull.

Ray specialises in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and lectures on the BSc Degree at the University of Hull.

A Chartered Fellow of IOSH (The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), Ray actively promotes Health and Safety and is Chair of the Association for Project Safety (APS) Yorkshire Region, and has recently been invited and joined the Board of Directors for the APS.

Vicki has known Ray for a number of years having both served on the IOSH Consultancy Group Committee.

Spencer Henry - Electrical Safety

Spencer Henry


Electrical Consultant & Trainer

With over 15 years ‘hands-on’ experience as an electrical engineer Spencer has exceptional technical ability and expert knowledge working across a broad range of systems and facility types as well as a vast knowledge of wiring requirements, testing equipment, circuits, meters, power distribution, inspection and testing and electrical design.

Spencer has recently been working with social landlords and the private rented sector and has a detailed understanding of how organisations can implement fixed electrical programmes to meet requirements and ensure the safety of the properties and the tenants who reside in them.

He is a corporate member of the Institute for Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate, representing them as a UK expert upon the Joint IET/BSI Technical Committee JPEL/64 and JPEL/64 Panel/subcommittee A, for BS7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations.

Tony Bolder - Fire Safety

Tony Bolder


Fire Safety Consultant, FRA Assessor & Trainer

Our consultant, fire risk assessor and trainer, Tony, has over 27 years’ experience (operational and safety roles) within the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and over 30 in the fire sector. As a previous operational support manager for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Tony was instrumental in developing operational readiness for over 300 firefighters including high rise incidents, chemical spills and road traffic collisions.

On leaving the fire service, Tony set up his own Fire Risk Management consultancy and, taking the same professional attitude into the private sector, he is now one of only around 60 UKAS third-party accredited life safety fire risk assessors listed on the FRACS register (and also the NAFRAR list) and one of only a handful of professionals who are also third-party accredited fire door inspectors, through both FDIS and NAFDI.

FDIS Certificated Inspectors are uniquely qualified to undertake fire door inspections, not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors, but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors. In addition, NAFDI Members ensure that all fire door inspections are carried out in accordance with all statutory requirements, hold industry recognised certification and hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Tony is passionate about education, providing courses accredited by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and is a national speaker on fire safety for a number of networks, a contributor to the BBC, Sky News and CNN International and he is often heard providing professional comment on LBC radio.

Vicki is delighted to be working with Tony to develop some new accredited courses specifically for the housing sector.

Bob Evans - Fire Safety

Bob Evans


Fire Safety Consultant & Trainer

We are delighted to have Bob on board, as a professionally qualified fire safety consultant with more than 40 years’ experience both in the private and public sectors he is a real expert in his field. He is a specialist in the preparation of fire risk assessment reports, planning applications, fire safety training and presentations.

Having spent over 30 years the Fire & Rescue Service, Bob served in both Staffordshire and West Midlands before establishing his own consultancy almost 20 years ago.

An accomplished professional in all areas pertaining to the disciplines required by the Fire Safety Acts and Legislation he has an exceptional wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in the social housing sector where he has worked with many organisations.

He is proud to have developed a reputation to be recognised by many as the first stop contact for fire safety services. A fantastic trainer, delivering courses in a personable style, sharing the many hands-on experiences that he has come across over the years, his courses are extremely popular.

Vicki has known Bob for over 18 years, working together when Vicki was employed within a local Housing Association, they have since worked together on many projects and developed a wide range of training specifically for the social housing sector as well as speaking at seminars across the country.

Jack Kernohan - Fire Safety

Jack Kernohan

BEng Fire Engineering (Hons), MIFSM, MIFireE

Fire Safety Consultant & Trainer

Jack has many years’ experience within the Fire & Rescue Service, including as Head of Legislative Fire Safety at West Midlands Fire Service where he was responsible for the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Jack carries out fire risk assessments and auditing and is one of our approved trainers able to deliver some of our IFSM Accredited training.

Jack also holds, a BTEC in Advanced Investigative Practices, is a qualified Health and Safety accident investigator as well as holding the Diploma in Management.

Jack has worked alongside Vicki on a number of projects over the years and has spoken at some key events.

Chris Brown - Water Hygiene / Legionella

Chris Brown


Water Hygiene/Legionella Consultant & Trainer

We are delighted that Chris Brown is part of our associate consultancy team, with 30 years’ experience within the water treatment and water hygiene industry; he really is an expert in his field.

In the early days of his career, Chris spent ten years as a Technical Consultant in the Industrial Water Treatment market and in 1989 he formed Brocol Consultants Limited, which was acquired as an extremely successful business, by SSPLc (South Staffs Water).

From 2006 Chris was the Managing Director of IWS – Water Hygiene with £20m turnover and 400 staff. Chris is a chemist by qualification and is Elected Fellow of the Water Management Society. He also served a four year term as an independent committee member of the Legionella Control Association (LCA) during the period of the re-write of L8 and the publication of HSG274 and was a Member of the LCA technical team established to contribute to HSG274 Part 1 (cooling systems).

Chris has had involvement in a number of Legionella cases, working with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) providing expert advice and guidance and he is a contributor to Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) Legionella Risk Assessment Guide and as part of the LCA technical team for HSG 274 Part 1.

Vicki has known Chris for a number of years, working with him at seminars and events to raise awareness of legionellosis and sharing his knowledge with others around the specific elements of water hygiene management.