Let us introduce the team to you

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins MSc AIIRSM AMIOSH CMaPS AMAPM MHFA

The team

Is our CEO. He is based in Somerset but regularly visits our other offices.

He re-trained in Occupational Health & Safety after many years in the Construction Industry working as a site manager. He started his own practice in January 1992, initially in association with a Solicitor before stepping out on his own.

Jon is a Registered CDM 2015 Principal Designer, a health and safety position required under the CDM 2015 Regulations. (APS Registration Number 15164). He is also a registered Safety Adviser. He can be found on the Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP) Register which is a National database

Local solicitors often consult him regarding personal injury and accident cases.

He is a recognised Health & Safety trainer and is registered with, amongst others, the CIEH. He is also accredited by the Association for Project Safety.

Jon has been a guest on a local radio station, answering listeners’ safety queries. He has written many articles for papers and magazines about Health & Safety and has been appointed to act as a Judge on the HSE sponsored Health and Safety Award as part of the National Business Awards.

In 2004, following years of studying on a distance learning course, Jon was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Health & Safety.

For 7 years from 2006 Jon was returning to his old school, King’s College Taunton, on a weekly basis, where he advised 4th Form students who embarked on running a business for a year. Jon is Enhanced DBS approved.

Ruth Orr

Ruth Orr

Ruth is Jon Wilkins’ daughter, and like her father, she too was educated at King’s College Taunton.

She is a director of the company and is responsible for ensuring that the administrative activities within the practice run efficiently and effectively, as well as providing core support to the management team.

Her background is in banking having been a Business Bank Manager with Lloyds Bank plc.

She has just completed Level 1c Continuous Improvement Project Management at Cardiff University and is also doing an Open University Batchelor of Science Degree in Psychology

Ruth is married and lives with her husband in Bristol.

IT Support

Bighag Patel

Bihag Patel

Bihag is our IT support guru. He has been an IT Consultant for over 30 years. He has worked in Engineering, Banks and Market Research, resulting in him having experience of systems ranging from VAX/VMS, NT servers, Unix servers to even Apple Servers and everything in between.

He currently runs his own business in Somerton called Camelot Tech Ltd from which he provides a sales and repair service for anyone in the area.

Bihag has been looking after the Wilkins Safety Group’s IT Systems for the last 12+ years and keeps everything working as it should.

Main Consultants

Adam Hammond

Adam Hammond CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR

Adam Joined us at Wilkins Safety Group as our Senior Health and Safety Consultant in 2015 after completing a 30 plus years’ career with Dorset County Council. Adam offers all the services listed in our competent person packages, He is a conscientious approachable Health and Safety professional with a comprehensive understanding of Health & Safety legislation. He is well versed in giving pragmatic and sensible health and safety and best practice advice to clients that strengthens their safety management systems. Commercially aware, Adam is an enthusiastic and driven health and safety expert

Adam also supports our Principal Designer services by completing monthly site safety inspections on all our projects and supports our Principal Designer by attending progress meetings when our Principal Designer is otherwise engaged.

He is a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner with a wealth of experience across all sectors, he is also a registered consultant and can be found through the “Competent Person” pages of the HSE website where you will be linked to the HSE’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultancy Register. Adam is Enhanced DBS approved

Adam is a member of:

  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Chartered Member (CMIOSH)
  • International Institute of Risk Safety Managers (MIIRSM)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)
  • Chartered Institute of Builders (ICIOB)
  • British Institute of Facilities Managers (MBIFM)
Cory Lumbard

Cory Lumbard, TIFireE, TIFSM, NAFRAR (Tier 3)

Cory joined us at Wilkins Safety Group in 2024 as our Fire Safety Consultant and has assisted and dealt with a large number and range of properties around the United Kingdom including Hospitals, Shopping Centres, Hotels, Factories, Offices, Shops, Listed Stately Homes, Public Houses, Medical Centres, Care Homes, Churches, Houses in Multiple Occupation and Flats.

The many services that can be provided as well as Fire Risk Assessments, include Fire Extinguisher Training, Fire Awareness Training, Fire Warden / Marshall Training.

Accreditations:

  • Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register of the (IFSM) (Tier 3)
  • BAFE Accredited Validator of Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments

Cory is a member of:

  • National Association Health Fire Officers (NAHFO)
  • Member of the IFE for the Technician grade of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE)
  • Member of the IFSM for the Technician grade of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM)
Chris Walton

Chris Walton Tech IOSH PIEMA

Chris runs our Wilkins Safety Group Wales office and is our chemicals expert. He is an effective health, safety and environmental professional who specialises in staff training, documentation and compliance.

His background means he is a highly experienced production operative/engineer/technician with experience gained operating within a variety of business settings. He has excellent process and analytical skills and can be relied upon to provide practical solutions to operational challenges.

Chris leads our COMAH Support Service.  He has undertaken COMAH Report work for a wide range of top-tier industrial facilities including major refineries. This has involved the preparation of SMS descriptions, hazard analysis, risk assessments and the development of emergency plans.

He has also successfully undertaken more than 50 risk assessment studies of oil and gas plants and installations.

Chris is a member of:

  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Technician Member
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment Full Member
Chris Patching

Chris Patching BSc (Hons) MCIOB

Chris is based in our Wilkins Safety Group (South Coast) office which incorporates WSG Project Management (South). Chris worked in the construction industry for over 10 years, starting out as a self-employed tradesman before moving into the project management side. During this time he has been heavily involved in Health and Safety, especially gaining experience of health and safety as the principal contractor in charge of the general site and employees.

His previous experience has combined the need to manage and advise on timescales, planning estimates, permissions, statutory approvals, plus develop scheme designs from feasibility through to detailed proposals. This includes working drawings, instructing and managing external consultants, specifying works, putting out to tender, instructing contractors and managing each contract project through to completion, on time and within agreed costs.

With WSG Project Management (South) , Chris will aim to lead and support your projects on all matters relating to the above Project Management specifics, as well as concentrating his focus to build our core Health & Safety services across Southern England.

Chris has a BSc in Construction Management and is currently working towards an MSc in Building Surveying at University College of Estate Management, which is expected to finish in 2023. Chris is married and has a young daughter.

Marketing

Pam Knight

Pam Knight FCIM

Pam heads up our marketing here at Wilkins Safety. She is a marketing professional of some 30 years and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  Having worked across most sectors, she has a wealth of experience which means she can help companies of all shapes and sizes. In addition to the work she does with us, she now specialises in supporting companies who have either no marketing department of their own, or who need to augment their existing resource.

Pam prides herself on offering no nonsense marketing and communications advice and support, as and when it is needed. In the past she has worked for a number of companies where there has been a need to handle delicate and potentially harmful communications, including those that required protecting brand reputation, as can occur when an accident happens on site.

Suzi Radcliff

Suzi Ratcliffe 

Suzi is our Office Administrator and supports us with all things ‘back office’.

Her experience of working with a wide range of businesses and in a wide variety of business environments means that she easily understands business and customer needs and is able to manage the back office efficiently so that the whole ship runs smoothly – exactly what we want!

Suzi also organises the Online training system making the whole online training hassle free and an enjoyable experience for all delegates and companies.

If you want assurance that your query or request will be actioned quickly, copy Suzi in.

Joe Maunsell

Joe Maunsell

Joe Maunsell – Regional Business Manager for Wilkins Safety Group has an associated degree in business management which he achieved over in America in the state of Missouri. While getting his degree In America he was on a football scholarship and was the youngest captain for his university.

From January 2023, I was promoted to the role of Sales Manager at house of lamps, dealing with customers face to face, phone, or email. Ensuring the customers needs were met, and long relationships were established with those customers, helping drive the business sales each month. 

Joe is 21 years of age and based in the Sherborne area.

Other Consultants & Services

The team

Phil Collins BSc Hons DipSurv MRICS.

Phil Collins is our associate Asbestos specialist. His career in property began as an estate agent in the early 1980’s.  Having decided to formalise his qualifications in residential sales he sat The College of Estate Management Certificate in Residential Estate Agency winning the Estates Gazette prize as the most distinguished student of the year. He finalised his property qualifications gaining Professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) during employment in the Inland Revenue where he continued to work until becoming a director in his own practice.

Phil was one of the first six surveyors to be awarded personnel certification for asbestos surveys from a certification body which has been accredited by UKAS to ISO/IEC 17024. Before the scheme was withdrawn.

Phil holds the BOHS Proficiency Certificate in Buildings and Bulk Sampling for Asbestos (P402), The Occupational Hygiene Module ‘Asbestos & other Fibres’ (S301), The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health Certificate in Asbestos Inspection Procedures (with distinction) and The British Occupational Hygiene Scheme Certificate of Competence (Asbestos and other fibres).

 

Karl Touhey

Karl Touhey M.B.E. (mily)

Karl is a Paramedic and specialist trainer. In 1995 he was awarded the Military M.B.E. and in 2015 won the Allied Health Care Professional of the Year Award – photo is of him with this award.

Karl has joined us to provide First Aid Training including Mental Health First Aid and he is familiar with CQC requirements and well placed to understand the particular needs of a care service where the safety needs of the service users can be an equal challenge to those of employees.

Having attained the position of clinical manager he is well versed in the running of a medical team. Consequently, he is able to help our Care Service clients meet the strict standards they are required to reach and maintain.

QUALIFICATIONS and DESIGNATIONS

All Current Mandatory Training completed

  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • ALS Re-Cert Nov, AeroMed, SimMan course Oct
  • BATLS course, TILS instr, MERT Course (subsequent pre deployment courses)
  • NVQ Level 3 in Education & Teaching. (Awaiting to start the L4 course)
  • Assessing and Internal Quality Assuring First Aid Training (Registered with Nuco Training)
  • Junior Management & Leadership Course Airman Command Squadron RAF Halton
  • Chartered Management Institute: Level 3 Cert in First Line Management (QCF)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading (QCF)
  • Aeromed Ground & Flight Phase (6 weeks) Tactical Medical Wing RAF Brize Norton.
  • CPD Refresher in Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Paediatrics
  • Birmingham City University Mentor / Assessors Course
  • Capital Air Ambulance induction course.
  • Offshore & Remote medicine course Oct 2011 Inc Hospital BRI & GP Attachments.
  • BRI Orientation Programme for Critical Care Unit
  • ERS Annual Mandatory Training
  • Cega Air Ambulance induction course
  • ICU Flight Escort Training, ICU Intravenous Drug Administration & Therapy
  • PHTLS Instructor Requalification
  • Updates of all our NHS employer’s Inc GWAST, SCAST, WMAST
  • Updates of JRCALC & Resus Guidelines
  • Equality & Diversity Training Course
  • Airway Management and Skills Training
  • RESUS New Guidelines Conference
  • Allied Health Care Professional of the Year Award 2015
  • Awarded the Military M.B.E. 1995.
  • Brigade Commanders Commendation 1993.
  • Various Military Campaign Medals. (inc Afghanistan)
Liz Bennett Face Fit testing

Liz Bennett BSc CEng MICE PGCE CMIOSH FRSA

Fully confident to debate safety issues with HSE, ORR, other Regulators and Government at the highest level.
Liz is widely recognised for her ability to understand underlying organisational problems quickly and to make effective recommendations for change.

Liz, alongside Jon is also a Registered CDM 2015 Principal Designer

QUALIFICATIONS and DESIGNATIONS

  • BSc – Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering), Manchester University
  • CEng – Chartered Civil Engineer
  • MICE – Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (Applying for Fellowship with ICE mentoring Summer 2017) Membership Number 43589181
  • PGCE – Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Swansea University
  • CMIOSH – Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Applying for Fellowship) Membership Number 016221
  • FRSA – Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • IOD – Diploma in Company Direction
  • BSL – Level 1 British Sign Language
Douglas Browning

Douglas M Browning CMIOSH CMaPS

Douglas has joined us as our Scotland based associate. He has a proactive approach to Construction Risk Management utilising his many years of experience as a CDM Consultant and Construction Health and Safety Practitioner to assist designers, clients and Contractors on their projects.

Much of his time over the past 3 years has seen him fulfil the role of Health and Safety Manager for a major services contractor, covering their offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Manchester. This included developing policies, carrying out training, accident investigations, undertaking 15-20 site inspections per month throughout the United Kingdom, liaising with key clients and providing advice to all levels of the organisation on health and safety matters.

Douglas is also a CHAS and a SSIP Accredited Assessor.

Douglas is a member of:

  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Chartered Member (CMIOSH)
  • Association for Project Safety, Certified Member (CMaPS)
Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins MCIPD

Dan is the Managing Director of our HR partner business,Access2 Human Resources, who offer a range of valuable HR and employment law support services for employers.  With over 30 years’ experience in management, HR and employment law Dan and the team at Access2 Human Resources can provide whatever support is needed.  Services include employment contracts, staff handbooks, HR advice, employment law guidance and employment tribunal protec