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Gerry Colverson is currently a Health and Safety Consultant and trainer. Gerry has been working as a health and safety adviser for over 20 years and has provided advice to organisations covering a wide range of working environments, including cable laying and repair vessels, associated port facilities and offices, high risk sites with safety cases as well as the full range of work locations a large public authority has to cover. Gerry was with the County Council for 12 years. Gerry is a full chartered member of IOSH.

SOSA Chair - Gerry Colverson

Alex Ryding works for CooperVision LTD who manufacture contact lenses. The company has seven sites across Hampshire and he is based at one of their Hamble facilities. He is the Health and Safety Manager for all the UK sites and also facilitates global safety. He is a Technician member and need to do the assignment to complete Dip2!

SOSA Secretary - Ian Futcher

Ian Futcher is a self-employed safety advisor.  Originally trained in chemistry and working in pesticide research from 1975, Ian moved in to training and safety in 1992, and in 2001 took on full responsibility for Safety Management for a Gosport-based unit of an international Medical Devices manufacturer, until its closure in 2008.  During this time Ian implemented a full Safety Management System, applied an ergonomic evaluation scheme for workplace tasks and introduced the Behavioural Safety Approach.  An Associate Member of IOSH, Ian has NEBOSH Diploma, and is a certified Workplace Noise Assessor as well as a qualified Trainer.

SOSA Treasurer - Louise Keys

Committee Member: Andy Nicholls works for Southern Water and is Senior Health & Safety Advisor currently dealing with a number of functions of the company across Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and the Isle of Wight. Advice is provided to principally support Asset Management (including Asbestos), IT & Estates (including Fire, Building & Facilities Management), Customer Services & Revenue, Legal, Communications, Finance and Human Resources. He is a Chartered member of IOSH and holds a Masters Degree in Health & Safety Management.

Committee Members

Sarah Wheadon is a Solicitor-Advocate and Associate solicitor with Southampton based Paris Smith LLP. For many years, Sarah has specialised in the regulatory field where the criminal law regulates business activities. She advises on compliance with health and safety law and dealing with an investigation by a regulator as well as representing clients at interviews under caution and in criminal proceedings.

Elizabeth Chilvers is the Fire Safety Director for the independent health and safety company “J-Tec Environmental”.  She is a NEBOSH-qualified Fire Risk Assessor and Fire Warden Trainer, having trained at the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh.

Louise Keys is currently the Health and Safety Manager for Marwell Wildlife.  She has worked within the health and safety profession for over 10 years in various health and safety roles in both Ireland and the UK obtaining the Irish SafetyCert registration and introducing OHSAS 18001 for a number of manufacturing companies. Her current role encompasses all aspects of safety within the Park including transport, grounds and building maintenance, animal housing, zoonotic disease prevention, the control of contractors and training.   Louise is a Chartered Member of IOSH.