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 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 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 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

Jill Barlow

Jill Barlow Jill Barlow

Jill is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector. Following a number of years working at Anchor Trust she worked as a health and safety consultant to housing associations and social care providers, and then joined Accent Housing in May 2016 as Health and Safety Manager.

Jill’s work has included compliance audits, the development of health and safety management systems, development and delivery of health and safety training, and supporting managers during enforcement investigations.

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.

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.

Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey is Group Compliance Manager for County Durham Housing Group’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 group. She is the chairperson and creator of the NE Area Asbestos Management Group (which is backed by the HSE) and is a member of Norac and Acad.

Steve Pettitt

Steve Pettitt Steve Pettitt

Steve first became involved in health and safety in 1986 whilst serving in the Army and over the following decade attended various courses to expand on his knowledge and experience in this area. Following his discharge in 1997 he took the opportunity to move into a health and safety career and since 2000 he has worked in the housing sector starting within a local authorities housing department which later became a first round ALMO for which he set up the organisations entire safety management system from scratch. He then moved to a stock transfer housing association and for the past eight years he has worked in three of the G15 organisations (London’s largest housing associations). He was promoted to Director of Safety in September 2018 at L&Q, a regulated charitable housing association and one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses.