About us

SAFETYnet 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.

SAFETYnet 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marilyn Lewis

Marilyn Lewis

Marilyn Lewis Health and safety adviser Marilyn has worked in the housing sector for 18 years, 16 of those in health and safety roles. This experience gives her an awareness of the issues facing social landlords in their efforts to safeguard colleagues, customers and the environment. 

Marilyn supports all colleagues and her varied workload includes policy review, auditing, accident investigation, site inspections and the design and delivery of health and safety training.

Holder of a national examination board for occupational safety and health (NEBOSH) general certificate she is also an accredited trainer and fire risk assessor. She has particular interest  in proportionate risk management, engaging and relevant training, achieving compliance, wellbeing, work related violence and ergonomics.