About us

Our Health & Safety Network (SAFETYnet) has one primary goal: the wellbeing of your residents and employees, while keeping your organisation on the right side of the law.

About us

Organisations face a catalogue of health and safety issues: gas safety, corporate manslaughter, fire risk, accidents at work, lone working, asbestos, Legionella, and working at height, to name only a few.

SAFETYnet helps its members keep on top of things by interpreting and analysing legislation and regulatory requirements, as well as sharing best practice. The Network’s advisory group meets quarterly to discuss the information, ideas and events that influence health and safety.

The main topics covered by the network are:

  • Asbestos
  • Gas safety
  • Legionella
  • Lone working
  • Lifts and lifting equipment
  • Fire safety
  • Electrical safety.

Meet the team

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

Vicki Cutler

Vicki Cutler Vicki Cutler

Vicki is our Lead Associate for SAFETYnet, having worked with HQN to get the network up and running back in 2009. 

She has worked in the housing sector for over 16 years including as a practitioner; as a health & safety consultant, 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. She is also a voluntary Management Committee Member for a housing association in Dundee, close to where she now lives. 

Vicki is a Chartered Fellow 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 is also a Chartered Manager. She holds voluntary committee member roles for IOSH on both the Consultancy Group, where she has served for over five years and the Fire Risk Management Group to which she has just been appointed.

Advisory group members

Meet the advisory group members

Richard Bowden

Richard Bowden Richard Bowden

Richard is the Health and Safety Officer at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 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 Solihull Community Housing 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.  He moved back to the Council when support staff were transferred back and has been raising the profile of CDM across the organisation.

Prior to working in social housing, Richard was the primary health and safety expert within the UK leather industry and was involved in a number of consultancy contracts within the UK and further abroad, including South Africa and the USA. Subjects covered ranged from environmental and health and safety management systems, audit, accident investigation, waste disposal and general troubleshooting.

Richard is a chartered member of IOSH and is a member of the SAFETYnet 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.

Matthew Breakell

Matthew Breakell Matthew Breakell

Matthew specialises in advising in relation to corporate criminal investigations and defending prosecutions brought by regulatory agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive, Local Authority, Environment Agency, Police and CQC.

He has extensive experience in caution interviews including representing company directors at the police station in relation to Corporate Manslaughter investigations; and assisting company's through HSE / Local Authority investigations, caution interviews and prosecutions.

Matthew also represents companies and organisations facing Coroners Inquests as a result of fatal accidents at work or being associated with the accident, guiding them through the process and providing representation at the Inquest. Recently Matthew has advised clients with regard to high profile fatal accident investigations, falls from height, legionella, trappings and crushing in machinery, and other work related accidents. 

Matthew also delivers training for organisations, including mock trials and board room briefing sessions. He also advises with organisations around consequential Health and Safety issues such as policies and procedures, enforcement action/FFI appeals, and due diligence/tender advice.

Matthew is a member of IOSH and a committee member for the Humber Branch and a committee member for the IOSH Consultancy Group.

Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey is the Compliance Manager for Believe Housing’s large property portfolio and looks after the key areas including asbestos, legionella, fire safety, electrical and gas safety. She is also responsible for facilities management across the organisation. She is the chairperson and creator of the NE Area Asbestos Management Group (which is backed by the HSE) and is a member of Acad.

Steve Pettitt

Steve Pettitt Steve Pettitt

Steve first became involved in health and safety whilst serving in the Army.  For more than a decade he attended various courses to expand on his knowledge and experience in health and safety and following his discharge in 1997 took the opportunity to use his skills and knowledge to develop a health and safety career.  Since 2000 he has worked in the housing sector for Hounslow Council (local authority), Hounslow Homes (ALMO), Richmond Housing Partnership (stock transfer), Notting Hill (G15), East Thames (G15) and most recently L&Q (G15) where he is the Director of Safety.  L&Q is London’s largest housing associations housing around 250,000 people in more than 97,000 homes primarily across London and the South East. 

During his working life he has obtained a wide range of knowledge and experience and he singles out his Army career which shaped every aspect of his life and most importantly his approach and way of working.  He does not hesitate to challenge, is honest and transparent and he has a can do attitude which when coupled with good old common sense, his solution orientated approach and a sense of humor delivers good results.