Meet the Training Team

Phoenix Health & Safety provide Health and Safety training courses, accredited by IOSH, NEBOSH, Construction Skills and CIEH for people with responsibility for managing health and safety.

We are so confident in our training team and methods that we offer a Phoenix Pass Pledge on all IOSH and NEBOSH courses.

  • Adrian van Loon

    I am a half Dutch/half British fun  loving person who takes pride in my appearance and the way I come across. I believe humour is vital to a person’s health and really want to make sure that everyone I meet is happy. I will always try to make people laugh when they are on my courses as it makes the learning process much more fun and more engaging. I am very outgoing and enjoy socialising with anyone up for a good time. 


    As for my working life I have worked in a lot of different working environments and have come across many challenging situations. These situations have offered me the opportunity to test my abilities and learn new things.

    During my working time I have held several positions, to name a few:

    • Confined Space Rescue/ Manual Handling/WAH/FAW Training Instructor
    • Quality Insurance Manager for a Training Department
    • Fire Safety Supervisor
    • Health and Safety Consultant/Tutor
    • ISO 9001, BSOHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 External and Internal auditor
    • Confined Space Rescue Manager
    • Royal Guard of The Queen

    I have learned a lot from all these roles and try to use all the knowledge to improve my training courses and when I am out auditing sites. The feedback I received is excellent and I have countless recommendations for all levels including the senior Directors.

    I really enjoyed this profession and have gained valuable experience how to deal with deadlines and project goals. How to manage people and build relationships and being able to get the best out of my Students and colleagues.

    I would love to being Health and Safety Instructor and Auditor. Through this I hope attain my CMIOSH status.

    Finally I keep bettering myself by going on more courses and learning more to ensure I have knowledge and can use this to better myself and provide better guidance and advice when requested.

  • Alan Smurthwaite

    Professional qualifications include NVQ Level 5 Occupational Health and Safety Practice, NEBOSH General, Construction, Environmental Management & Fire Safety & Risk Management Certificate, and I hold an Associate Member of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). 

    I served 15 years in the Army and completed my service in 2010. I was involved with providing Health and Safety advice and support for Workshops, Security, Gymnasiums and Training Establishments. I have over 15 years’ experience in training development and training delivery, and an A1 NVQ Assessor and V1 Interval verifier with a Level 5 Certificate in teaching and level 7 in Coaching and Mentoring.

    Prior to commencing with Phoenix Health & Safety, Alan was a HSEQ & Competency/Training Officer with Cape Industrial Services and has been a Health, Safety and Environmental advisor for a company who conducted regulatory SHE testing within a verity of sector including Petrochem, Oil and Gas and large utility companies, to name a few.

    Registered tutor with NEBOSH, IOSH, eCITB, CIEH, CITB and HABC & able to deliver accredited training courses such as: the NEBOSH National General, Construction and Fire Certificates, NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work, IOSH Managing Safely, IOSH Healthcare: Risk and Safety Management, IOSH Working and Directing Safely. Also, Alan is an NEBOSH Examiner at Certificate level and qualified practical marker for GC3, FC2, EC2, NCC2 & International subjects.

    He is highly experienced in designing and delivery of accredited & bespoke training on asbestos awareness, legionella and stress management, health and safety competent person’s workshops, risk assessment, manual handling, working safely at height, COSHH, DSE assessors, accident / incident investigation, fire safety leadership, fire safety awareness, fire marshal and all current levels of first aid at work training, both adult and paediatric.

  • Dr. Julie Riggs
    DProf, MSc, CMIOSH
    A generalist across a broad range of subjects, but particularly interested in occupational health, including mental health and indoor air quality.

    Currently working as the Lead Diploma Tutor and Technical Writer, Julie’s objectives are to make studying health and safety more interactive, informative and engaging.

    Julie has worked as a health and safety practitioner for the past twenty years, with diverse knowledge in varied disciplines. She has operated at both operational and strategic levels to deliver effective health, safety and wellbeing management programmes which includes compliance, business strategy, risk management, policies and procedures, training and best practice projects. She has presented in the House of Commons mental health research, been interviewed by the Times, featured in various trade journals and been interviewed four times by the BBC.

    Julie has a Doctorate and MSc within her field and would describe herself as an academic practitioner.

    • Currently an independent member for the HSE’s Fee for Intervention (FFI) Dispute Panel.
    • Founder of IAQUK (non-commercial organisation raising the agenda of indoor air quality).
    • Writes for various trade magazines, lectures for degree students and speaks at various conferences.
    • A writer for Wiley-Blackwell publishers.
    • Offers free voluntary advice for a charity supporting Bangladesh textile workers

    Julie spends her spare time by completing her wanderlust list, which has included some amazing adventures around the world, sky diving, camel trekking across deserts and staying on rice barges. She is also interested in music and plays several instruments and loves live music events. Julie is also a keen water sports enthusiast and given any opportunity she is in the water. Julie is also a lifelong learner and is keen to acquire new knowledge and skills, currently this includes ornithology.

  • Ian McKinnon
    BSc (Dual Hons), PGCert, FRSPH, CMIOSH
    Construction, Chemicals, Manufacturing, Microbiological, Biological

    Ian is a health and safety professional with over 20 years of experience, post-graduate level qualified in H&S, CTLLS certification.

    Ian has over 20 years’ experience in health and safety both in consultancy and training across a wide range of sectors. He specialises in high risk sectors such as construction, science & manufacturing.

    He has completed post graduate level qualifications in health safety and environmental management, has the NVQ 4 in occupational health and safety practice and is also a qualified scientist.

    Ian has CTLLS level teaching qualifications and has achieved many vocational training awards such as scaffold inspector, COSHH assessor, confined spaces top man and first aid trainer. He is an approved assessor and examiner for NEBOSH and approved tutor for most NEBOSH, IOSH and CSkills (CITB) courses.

    He has also published several articles on health and safety topics for national journals such as Practice Manager and Site Equipment. Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health since 2004 and a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner with IOSH since 2007.

    Ian enjoys playing chess, reading science fiction, walking, historical gardens & houses.

    Ian got in to health and safety ‘by accident’ as a ‘punishment’ for moaning about site conditions because no one else would do it back then.

  • Jeremy Mitchell
    Fire Safety and Behavioural Safety.

    Jeremy is a Graduate member of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad IOSH) and a full member of The Institute of Fire Safety Managers (MIFSM).

    Jeremy is from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago which in football terms is most famous for producing Dwight Yorke and Kenwyn Jones.

    He spent 10 fascinating years within the army touring with the Royal Engineers visiting many areas of this vast world, including Cyprus, the Falkland Island, Kuwait plus served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, gaining a great understanding of how different cultures comes together to achieve strategic goals.

    He has completed a technical drawing (Auto CAD) and Building Servicers qualification at the Royal School of Military Engineering.

    Jeremy is a big fan of mountain bike riding, antiques, Arsenal Football Club and attending Church.

  • Johan Basson
    Trainer, TechIOSH/Consultant
    My qualification is NEBOSH Level 3 in Construction and I’m a Member of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). I’m also currently doing my NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice.

    I have Construction experience as a working supervisor since 1998 in the UK on Construction sites, London Underground (engineer hours), Network Rail and Croydon Tram. I did my first Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course in October 2010 as well as my NEBOSH Construction. Since then I was a Project Manager and did Health & Safety for a company doing various projects. Did a lot of Lone working and that’s where some of my passion comes from going into teaching Health & Safety. I have seen and experienced first-hand a lot of the problems in the Construction Industry.

    Proud to be part of the Phoenix Team, I have been doing Consultancy and Training. Delivering IOSH, CITB and all bespoke courses for 2 years now. 

    I have a few hobbies but my 3 main ones are:

    • Fishing on the Coast
    • Growing all my own Fruit, Vegetables and Berries
    • Weekend Golf

    I like watching International Rugby and am a big supporter of England, but if Springboks are in the running its obviously The Boks! 

  • Johann Potgieter
    Trainer / Consultant
    Construction safety and training.

    Johann has close to 9 years’ experience in Occupational Health and Safety and positions where OSH was an integral part of his duties.

    Johann's skills and knowledge include Safety Audits, Construction safety, Environmental Management, International Safety Management systems, Risk assessments, Safety documentation and Legal compliance.

    He also has vast experience in Military, Traffic safety and Law Enforcement.

    • Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN. (June 2013 to March 2016) (Safety, Health and Environment Officer)
    • Virtual Consulting Engineers/ DELTA B.E.C. (October 2011 to June 2013) (HSE Manager / Operations Manager: Doornkloof construction project)
    • LWO Employers organization (March 2011 to September 2011) (Health, Safety and Security Advisor)

    Johann has numerous hobbies, including: Scuba diving, 4x4 off road trips, practical shooting (IPSC) and mountain biking. He is also naturally curious and finds everything interesting to a certain degree. He focusses mainly on science, technology and anything mechanical.

    Fun fact: He loves chocolate.

  • Kate Sault
    NVQ Level 4 in Occupational Health and Safety Management, NVQ Level 4 in Gas Safety Manager

    I entered into the Health and Safety Industry by accident, when I told a Managing Director that as his company had increased 10-fold he really needed to think about investing in Health and Safety.  At which point he told me I had the job. He invested in me and I stayed at the company for 21 years within the construction section implementing the Health and Safety System and maintaining and implementing the 18001 system.


    I have NVQ Level 4 in Occupational Health and Safety Management, NVQ Level 4 in Gas Safety Manager and currently working on my Level 4 in Education and Teaching.

    I have always stayed within the General Health and Safety Sector and I am now looking forward to passing on information to others through my years of experience.

    In my spare time, I am a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer (Reserves) working with the Air Cadet Organisation.  I am Officer Commanding of 1444 (Brownhills) Squadron and part of this role sees me teaching 12 to 18 year olds Youth First Aid, Adventure First Aid and the British Safety Council Entry Level Award in Health and Safety.  My Moto “Catch em Young”.

    I have been married for 29 years to Neil and have a son Joshua 19.  I enjoy camping holidays, Scottish Holidays and walking the Battlefields of Belgium and France.  I switch off with Knitting, embroidery, bead weaving and making products for a craft stall

  • Dave Hoey

    I am a dedicated, dynamic and innovated NEBOSH qualified Senior Health & Safety Practitioner / Emergency response coordinator/ Senior Fire Officer with over 20 years HSE experience in the Public sector, Training environments, Consulting and Oil & Gas Industry, with experience in both the UK, Middle East & Caspian regions. 

    A versatile Senior HSE professional with extensive working knowledge of HSE management systems including IMS concepts:

    • OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management.
    • ISO 14001 for Environmental Management.
    • ISO 9001 Quality Management.
  • Phil Black
    Event and sports ground safety, general health and safety, animal based health and safety

    A varied employment history including the 5 years’ experience of funeral industry, ten years’ experience of security operations, twenty years’ experience of event and sports ground safety, thirteen years’ experience of specialist animal care, ten years’ experience of adult and nursery education and training including governance.

    I live with 28 snakes, 14 lizards, 19 spiders, 4 dogs, 5 children, 2 birds, a scorpion and my wife… we are all avid reptile enthusiasts and love to share our passion at community events.

    I also enjoy amateur dramatics and spent 2 years recently as Chairman of a local organisation… I have played a ship’s captain, a Lord and an MP in separate murder mysteries.

  • Ron Muir
    Over 18 years an examiner for NEBOSH

    Ron has over 30 years’ experience in health and safety and thoroughly enjoys giving back to others what he has learnt over that period.

    Ron has most of his career in health and safety within local authority. He has also worked as a Civil Engineer, an NVQ assessor for Health and Safety, along with providing training in various Health and Safety courses such as NEBOSH Certificate (General and Construction).

    Ron is a big football fan and supports his local championship team Derby County, where he has a season ticket for home matches each year.

    Ron enjoys relaxing by playing bingo with his wife at local bingo clubs and also enjoys holidays abroad, and tries to have at least one per year.

  • Stewart Galway
    Fire Safety, Construction Safety, Transport safety, Manufacturing, Warehousing Safety, and Property Safety.

    Stewart is a highly skilled Senior Health & Safety professional with over 16 years’ experience of providing up-to-date expert advice, nationally and internationally; implementing and maintaining SHEQ management systems, ensuring operational compliance with all subordinate legislation and company requirements through audit and effective engagement with the workforce.

    He is an experienced trainer and mentor, instructing and supporting personnel at all levels; influencing key senior stakeholders, providing sound, professional and pragmatic advice and expert support; proven ability to drive and manage organisational change; establishing relationships, experience of dealing with, supporting and advising senior management at strategic levels within the corporate environment. Managing and supporting a national team of Health & Safety Consultants and Trainers.

    Stewart joined the military in 1980 where he gained knowledge of the operating systems JSP375, this gave him a sound background in health and safety. He left the Services in 1987 and spent some time in construction as a 715 contractor, and then developed into transport safety as a heavy goods driver transporting various goods and dangerous substances under ADR.

    He decided to do some self-study and obtained his first certificate in safety as a dangerous goods safety advisor, he then studied as a plant instructor through NPORS and the CITB and completed his first Safety Diploma through the British Safety Council in 2000. Whilst completing this training, he joined Avon Fire and Rescue as a retained firefighter which he completed in 12 years. During this time he was a trauma care instructor.

    He became registered with IOSH, NEBOSH CIEH, IATA, CITB NFDC, and City & Guilds for ADR as a trainer for various accredited courses.

    He is currently working as part of the Phoenix Health & Safety team providing health & safety training and consultancy services throughout the UK and internationally; including: USA, South Africa, West Africa Ireland, Denmark and Spain

    Stewart also provides consultancy, audits, and training to ensure compliance to international, federal, state, and county codes, including property risk management. He also provides independent and impartial advice to major organisations at board level, ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety systems and procedures, including accident investigation, and fire risk assessment.

    Stewart’s hobbies are watching F1 motor racing, dining out, watching a good film and playing Golf.

    He is currently the captain of one of his local golf courses.

    He is interested in psychology of the mind to help determine human behaviour. One claim to fame in his early years included entering in a fun competition whilst on holiday and he was placed first in the Miss St Ives competition (SCARY).

  • Tim Ford

    Tim has over 38 years of construction experience which includes management, employment, and training. He also has over 9 years’ health and safety experience and has worked for a variety of employers in both the private and public sectors.

    Along with this extensive occupational knowledge Tim has over 27 years’ experience in the Armed forces, where a combination of part time and some regular service has taken him to many parts of Europe and the middle east.

    Overall, Tim’s ambition and desire is to further reduce accidents and ill health within all occupational environments but more so within the higher risk industries, where he has seen at first hand such adversity. While he accepts “we cannot claim to save lives on a regular basis, but we can-and do-more to influence managers to improve health and safety to further protect the workers themselves”

    Tim has delivered a broad variation of health and safety consultancy services and he has also delivered health and safety training that include NEBOSH, IOSH and CITB accredited courses both locally and across the UK.

    Tim’s specialist sectors and subjects include the following;

    • Construction
    • Engineering
    • Fire safety
    • Occupational health
    • Law 
    • Confined spaces/Permit to Work
    • Management and leadership