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.

  • 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.

  • 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! 

  • 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).