Meet The Team

As an independent health & safety practitioner, I have the benefit of working with and being supported by a team of professionals in their respective disciplines – for example, fire engineers, chartered building surveyors, structural and civil engineers, senior ecologists, geotechnical engineers, conservation experts and designers.

Duncan Arthur Ray


Consulting Health & Safety Specialist
  • Construction
  • Demolition
  • Civil Engineering
  • Insurance
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Process Industry
  • Food Industry
  • Housing
  • Public & Private Sector
  • Transport, Warehousing & Distribution
  • Rail & Tramway
Academic & Professional Qualifications:
  • Dip SHEM – Professional Diploma in Safety, Health & Environmental Management
  • Grad IOSH – Graduate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health
  • GIFireE – Graduate Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers
  • PIEMA – Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
  • MIIRSM – Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
  • BDMA Tech – British Damage Management Association Technician
  • NEBOSH – Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
  • CITB CSCS – Professionally Qualified Person
  • AP – Appointed Person Lifting Operations
  • RSPH/ATAC – Level 3 Certificate in Asbestos Surveying
  • IOSH/APS – CDM 2015:Principal Designer & Design Risk Management
  • HSE/NEBOSH – Introduction to Incident Investigation
  • CITB Temporary Works Coordinator
  • TG20:21 Scaffold Inspector
  • Member of the Heritage Railway Association
  • First Advanced Motorist Member of the IAM
  • Affiliate Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Member of the Structural Timber Association
  • Member of the Fire Protection Association
  • Blackpool Tramway Track Safety Authorisation Card


Darren Southgate


Chartered Architect & Design Consultant

Darren has 25 years of professional experience. A former Main Board Equity Director of a UK top 50 architectural practice, he was responsible for UK-wide business development, architectural design authoring and leadership of his studio teams to deliver award-winning projects.

Practiced in the delivery of all RIBA stages, Darren’s projects range from billion-pound masterplans for Universities and Developers to bespoke facilities for researchers and industrialists alike, strong in strategic thinking and planning through to detailed project execution. In his early career, PFI hospitals, prisons, schools, offices and residential set his interest in cross sector knowledge transfer. For example, modern offices or industrial design informed new healthcare projects with faster forms of construction, whilst looking at new ways of appreciating healthcare architecture as ‘spiritually uplifting’, using colour and texture, not readily seen before. Pioneering exploration has been at the heart of Darren’s work through both private and public commissions.

Striving for right first time and managing positively into a team with co-creation at the centre of good design and practice, Darren’s studio teams felt engaged and empowered to take ownership and add value to projects under his leadership. This trust and team spirit led to many repeat commissions with one client continuously commissioning for over twelve years, creating two world class campuses. Spinouts from these campuses led to international commissions and competitions in Asia and North America. These successes are not by accident, but genuine hard work, competitive spirit, and creative thinking, striving to be different and supporting clients on their journeys over many years.

Core skills

  • Directorship and leadership
  • Mentoring and teaching
  • Master planning and regeneration
  • Architectural design authoring
  • Project management and delivery expertise


Richard Bell

Consulting Railway Safety Specialist
  • Nominated SME representative for the rail supplier forum
  • Experienced operational rail safety leader with excellent knowledge of permanent way, signalling and major project engineering works and train movements
  • Safe system of works approved planner for Network Rail
  • Competencies in rail regulations and standards issued by NR, LUL, TfL and the ORR, including ROGS
  • Major input in developing the nationally recognised training and competence material used throughout the industry
  • Developed and facilitated training sessions and briefings associated with UK Rail legislation and industry standards
  • Experience and working knowledge of BS1100
  • Railway planner – authorised PPS planner, GZAC and SSOWPs planner
  • Competent trainer and assessor
Academic & Professional Qualifications:
  • NEBOSH General Certificate
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate
  • IOSH Working Safely
  • IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Member
  • Working towards NEBOSH Diploma
  • Personal Track Safety and SSOWPs
  • NVQ City and Guilds New Roads and Streetworks – Supervisor
  • Civil Engineering Supervisory Management February 1999
  • Stonebow Group Training Certificate
  • NVQ Level 3, 7318/91 Learning and development
  • C & G L009 Create a climate that promotes learning
  • C & G L010 Enable learning through presentations
  • A1 Vocational assessor
  • V1 Internal verifier
  • Internal auditor – ISO 9001 / 14001 / 18001 Standards
  • Top-Set Lead Accident Investigator – CPD Standards Office
  • NVQ Level 1-6 Train shunting and train formation


Lyn Eccles-Sargeant

Principal Consultant Ecologist
  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Residential Developments
  • Commercial/Industrial Developments
  • Demolition
  • Infrastructure (Water/Electricity Industry)
  • Energy (Gas/fracking)
  • Landfill Sites
  • Designated Sites
  • Cycleways
  • Parks
Academic & Professional Qualifications:
  • Environmental Management BSC (Hons)
  • Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM)
  • NEBOSH – Occupational Health & Safety (Distinction)
  • Grad IOSH – Grad Member of the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety
  • Confined Space Trained
  • Qualified First Aider
  • Great Crested Newt (GCN) Class Licence holder
  • GCN EPS Licence holder
  • GCN Low Impacts Class Licence (LICL)
  • Badger Development Licence holder
  • Bat Class 1 Licence holder
  • Bat EPS Licence holder
  • White-clawed Crayfish Class Licence holder
  • White-clawed Crayfish (LICL)
  • Specialist Advisor to Natural England
  • Habitat Regulation Assessments
  • Environmental Impacts Assessments
  • Species Surveying (Bats/GCN/Badger/Water vole/Birds/Barn Owl/Crayfish/Otter)
  • Habitat Appraisals (PEA/RCS/NVC/BNG)


Nick Bamber

Surveying Engineer
  • Setting out
  • Topographical Surveys
  • Engineering Surveys
  • Measured Building Surveys
  • Laser Scanning
  • Drone Surveys
  • Underground/ GPR Utility Surveys
  • Precision Monitoring
  • Civil Engineering
  • Deformation analysis
  • Volumetrics
  • Cut/ fill analysis
  • Earthworks Schedules To MMHW
  • 3D modelling
  • CAD Drafting
  • Construction
  • Earthworks
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Infrastructure
  • Highways
Academic & Professional Qualifications:
  • Advanced GNVQ in the Built Environment and the Community
  • Member of the Chartered Institute Of Civil Engineering Surveyors Yorkshire Committee
  • CSCS Card holder
  • Previous EUSR Card Holder
  • PAS91
  • Construction Safety Awareness Certificate
  • LSS 3D Vision Certificate
  • LSS Intermediate Certificate
  • LSS Land & Engineering certificate


Phil Harris

Arboricultural Consultant
  • Trees in Relation to Development and Construction (BS5837:2012)
  • Arboricultural Project, Contract and Contractor Supervision and Management
  • Woodland Management
  • Tree Risk Assessment and Safety Management
  • Tree Planting Schemes, Plans and Specifications
  • Trees in Relation to Structural Damage
  • Strategic Tree Population Management
  • Trees and Boundary Disputes
  • Issues in Respect of the High Hedge Regulations
  • Tree Preservation Orders and Trees in Conservation Areas
  • Planning Appeals in Respect of Trees and Development
  • Trees with Regard to Mortgage/Insurance Issues
  • Tree Preservation Order Appeals and Objections
  • Woodland Management and Establishment Grants
  • Tree Health in Respect of Pests and Diseases
  • Veteran and Ancient Trees
  • Trees and Landscape Design
  • Tree Monetary Valuations
  • Forestry Commission Felling Licences
Academic & Professional Qualifications:
  • MSc in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
  • BSc(Hons) in Arboriculture
  • HND in Arboriculture
  • Professional Member of the Arboricultural Association
  • Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters with Chartered Arboriculturist Status          
  • Professional Member of the Society for the Environment with Chartered Environmentalist Status
  • Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) Licenced Practitioner (Licensee no. 465) 
  • Arboricultural Mortgage & Insurance Group (AMIUG) Qualified Practitioner
  • LANTRA Awards Professional Tree Inspector
  • International Society of Arboriculture Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)