About us

The Health and Safety Network focuses on the safety of your residents and employees, helping you to keep them safe and sound, and your organisation on the right side of the law.

About us

Gas safety, corporate manslaughter, fire risk, accidents at work, lone working, asbestos, Legionella and working at height are just some of the challenges organisations face.

The Health and Safety Network helps members to keep on top of changes, interpreting and analysing legislation and regulatory requirements as well as sharing best practice. The advisory group meets quarterly to discuss the information, ideas and events that influence health and safety.

Membership will be valued by everyone with responsibility for, or an interest in, health and safety matters, including:

  • Health and safety professionals
  • Housing management and estate services staff
  • Human resources and corporate services staff
  • Maintenance and construction contractors
  • Board/committee members
  • Maintenance commissioning staff.

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Meet the team

Our dedicated team has a wealth of experience in the sector, and vast knowledge of the issues and practices.

Louise Burgess

Louise Burgess Louise Burgess

Louise manages the Network on a day-to-day basis and maintains close contact with members to ensure they get the most out of their membership.

Vicki Cutler

Vicki Cutler Vicki Cutler

Vicki has worked in the housing sector for over 16 years including as a practitioner. She has worked with many social housing landlords providing statutory compliance audits covering gas, asbestos fire, legionella and other areas and provides ongoing health and safety advice and support to clients.

Vicki is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, member of the Institute of Fire safety Managers and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. She is also included on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).

Advisory group members

Meet the advisory group members

Bukola Aremu

Bukola AremuBukola Aremu

Bukola is a solicitor and heads up Shoosmiths’ housing management team. She has over ten years’ litigation experience acting for registered providers of social housing.

Bukola also provides training and workshops on health and safety issues surrounding housing management such as injunctions to enforce access for gas safety inspections, claims for possession for overcrowding, statutory nuisance and defending claims for disrepair and defective premises (asbestos-related) action bought by tenants against their landlords.

Richard Bowden

Richard Bowden Richard Bowden

Richard is the Health and Safety Officer at Solihull Community Housing having moved into the social housing sector in 2001 from the leather producing industry.

He joined Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and then moved across to the ALMO when it was formed. He has experience in a range of health and safety subjects, including fire, asbestos, accident investigation, CoSHH, noise and many others.

Richard is a chartered member of IOSH and is a member of the The Health and Safety Network advisory group. He holds qualifications in manual handling training and assessing, asbestos management (P405) and fire risk assessment. He is also a registered CIEH trainer.

Mark Darmody

Mark Darmody Mark Darmody

Mark is a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

His early career background was in mechanical and production engineering. He worked in further education for 18 years.

Between 1996 and 2004 Mark was the Health and Safety Advisor at City of Wolverhampton College. 

Mark Joined Wolverhampton City Council as a Health and Safety Officer in January 2004 and was then Head of Health and Safety at Wolverhampton Homes (ALMO) up until April 2016.

Currently Mark is Health and Safety Lead at City of Wolverhampton Council.

Steve Pettitt

Steve Pettitt Steve Pettitt

Steve has been a health and safety professional for 20 years, with the last 16 years within the housing sector starting within a local authority where he developed and implemented an entire H&S Management System for a first round ALMO.  He then moved to a stock transfer Housing Association.  For the past eight years he has worked in three of the G15 housing associations.

He has a practical approach to health and safety and is an advocate of sensible risk management, passionately believing that the management of health, safety and the environment is not about long convoluted risk assessments, piles of useless paperwork or the constant fear of litigation but rather identifying the actual potential for harm and putting into place workable management systems and solutions which can also enhance business performance.

Hayley Saunders

Hayley Saunders Hayley Saunders

Hayley has assisted as legal advisor to The Health and Safety Network (SAFETYnet) since inception. Hayley has over ten years’ experience of advising on health safety, environmental and all regulatory compliance matters.

Hayley regularly advises social housing providers dealing with matters such as fire safety, asbestos issues, health and safety prosecutions and environmental damage. Hayley conducts her own advocacy in the Magistrates' and Coroners' Courts and is a regular speaker at Health and Safety Network events.

Hayley is an active member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association and the UK Environmental Law Group.

Des Woodcock

Des Woodcock Des Woodcock

Des is the Health and Safety Manager at Aldwyck Housing Group and previous to this he was the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for Shepherds Bush Housing Association based in West London.

Des has the NEBOSH Certificate of General Safety and Health, and Fire Safety Management. Des has several years in fire safety and is a qualified fire risk assessor.