Let us introduce the team to you

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins MSc AIIRSM CMaPS

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.

Ruth is married and lives with her husband in Bristol.

Adam Hammond


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)
Liz Bennett Face Fit testing


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


  • 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)
Chris Walton

Chris Walton Tech IOSH PIEMA

Chris is our man on the ground in Birmingham and 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
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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).



Trevor Lumbard GIFireE

Trevor is our Fire Safety Specialist.

He qualified as a Fire Safety Officer in 1976 and served in excess of 30 years in the Fire Service in which time he dealt with all types of fire related legislation including petroleum.

Trevor attended various courses at the Fire Service College at Morton-in-Marsh including and passing the 12 week Specialist Fire Safety Course. He also holds Graduate Membership of the Institute of Fire Engineers which is a worldwide recognised qualification.

Since his retirement from the Fire Service as a senior Fire Safety Officer, Trevor has dealt with a large number and range of properties around the United Kingdom including Shopping Centres, Hotels, Factories, Offices, Shops, Pop Concerts, Animal Centres/ Zoo’s, Listed Stately Homes, Hospitals, Care Homes, Petrol Stations, Churches, Houses in Multiple Occupation and Flats.

For more information about our Fire Risk Assessment and Consultancy service please call us on 01458 253682.


Yvonne Attridge-Hall BA Cert Ed

Yvonne provides a wide range of training but her main area of interest is First Aid, in which she has been involved for most of her life. She is now a Community First Responder, which also helps her to update and assess her knowledge and skills on a regular basis.

A qualified teacher (in English , History and Mercantile Law) and a qualified trainer with CIEH qualifications in Advanced Health and Safety and Advanced Food Hygiene, she is dedicated to what she does and injects fun and enthusiasm into the training, no matter what the topic.

She also specialises in training people for whom English is not their first language.

Melanie Hedgecock Reeves

Melanie Hedgecock-Reeves


‘Melanie is a qualified nurse as well as Grad IOSH, with over 25 years’ experience working across health and social care. Having managed nursing homes and health and safety for a large care provider, Melanie 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. Melanie can make health and safety meaningful to you and your teams, so that keeping people safe and doing the right thing become routine parts of an outstanding service.


  • Grad IOSH
  • Registered General Nurse
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management
  • Registered Manager’s Award
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety City
  • Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice
Julia Talbot Williams

Julia Talbot Williams

Julia is joining the team in the new year. She has for many years been working as Health and Safety, Environment, Quality and Compliance Manager in the food and cold storage facilities business. As well as being well qualified Julia has a sound knowledge of CDM regulations and management of the Health and Safety file and Construction Phase Plan. She is also fully trained in workplace transport – tachos, working time directive, drivers’ hours, defect reporting. Julia can also help you reach ISO 45001 accreditation.

She has extensive training in Environmental matters and can help you put procedures in place to ensure compliance with an environmental permit and can help you manage and review your environmental management system to ensure attainment and continued certification to ISO14001. Julia can also assist clients implement and manage various management systems including BRC Storage, ISO 9001, PAS110. ISO 14001: 2015 and ISO 45001 in order to attain certification.

Pam Knight

Pam Knight FIDM, MCIM

Pam heads up our marketing here at Wilkins Safety. She is a marketing professional of some 30 years and a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and a Member 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.

Rachel Wynn

Rachel Wynn

Rachel is our Human Resource support specialist offering a range of services designed to suit small companies that have no in-house HR function.  Support is also available for larger organisations where their in-house teams require external back-up, e.g. sickness, holiday cover, specific projects or peak workload.

Rachel provides a common sense HR consultancy service, underpinned by the latest employment law knowledge and best practice advice. She has experience in a number of industries varying from the NHS and charity sector to education, and from building contractors to manufacturing and renewables.

Sarah Prince

Sarah Prince

Sarah is a friendly, bright, attentive person and will probably be your first contact on a daily basis.

She is an experienced PA and has great skills to assist new and existing clients with the correct support that they need.

She will forward your enquiries to Jon and other members of the team, regardless of their location and will send detailed messages to them if they are unavailable.

Suzi Radcliff

Suzi Ratcliffe 

Suzi joins our team as our Office Administrator and will be supporting 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!

John Sech

John Sech

John Sech joins WSG as our Business Development Manager. John is in charge of sales and customer care and pro-actively works with clients, new and old, to make sure they receive the support, training and protection they desire in a post COVID-19 market.

He brings a lifetime career in creating new multi-stakeholder sales and seeing them through the sales cycle into implementation of their services. Having had success in the Banking & Finance Sector, Higher Education and Insurance markets spanning the UK & Europe he will look to assist clients of all sizes. He will be promoting the full range of WSG’s services, training and online courses and to build strong, lasting customer relationships.