Our Experts

We have a great team who are passionate about customer care and quality of what we deliver. With a range of cross-industry experience, we apply a team mindset, So our customers are surrounded with the right advice.

Big isn’t always beautiful. As a boutique risk management consultancy, we like to retain our personal relationship with our clients. A range of specialist safety consultants, with regional UK coverage, supports our core team.

Meet the team

Ian Hutchings

Ian Hutchings

Managing Director

Ian Hutchings

CMIOSH MIoD MCMI MIC

Ian formed Vita Safety in early 2006 when he left DuPont Safety Resources. Prior to working as a safety consultant for DuPont, Ian was a senior consultant at Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and a safety engineer and advisor in the rail industry, engineering and manufacturing.
Ian’s specialisms include insurance surveys and projects, health and safety performance improvement (behavioural safety and culture), supply chain risk management, health and safety leadership and audit. Ian is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), a member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD), a member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI) and a member of the Institute of Consulting (MIC).
Ian is registered with the HSE’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)

Debbie O’Mara

Senior Consultant

Debbie O’Mara

GradIOSH DipNEBOSH

Debbie has 21 years’ experience working in health and safety, predominantly as a senior health and safety manager in the food and drink industry. Debbie was a behavioural safety lead trainer before taking up key management roles in three manufacturing sites working in logistics, manufacturing and engineering environments.
Before moving to consultancy in 2012, Debbie coordinated two major demolition and refurbishment projects in a lead safety role.

Since joining Vita Safety, Debbie has delivered audits across a diverse range of clients and locations, provided training for schools, managers and teams and advisory support for medium to large clients. Sector clients have included; motor vehicle repair, social housing, engineering, food manufacturing and agriculture, warehousing, insurance, education and charities

Lee Murray

Associate Consultant, CMIOSH

Lee Murray

PGDip CMIOSH

Lee started his 37-year health and safety career in 1982 working in environmental health in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he spent 10 years. During this time he served in Germany, Cyprus and across the UK.

After leaving the Army in 1991, Lee worked for 7 years as a health and safety enforcement officer in local government before taking up a role as Head of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare with Norfolk Constabulary in 1997. Following this, Lee was the Group Head of Occupational Health and Safety for Anglian Water Group, a position he held for 13 years until 2017.

Lee joined Vita as an Associate Consultant in 2017.

Lee has a wealth of experience across a number of sectors. He enjoys training and has a keen interest in behavioural safety and occupational health.

Ben Harding

Associate Consultant

Ben Harding

Ben is a health and safety professional specialising in large events, venues, production and TV /Film industry. Originally from Wirral in Merseyside, he was based in Central London for several years returning to the north of England in 2012. 

He was then employed by one of Manchester’s largest and most prestigious venues, Manchester Central (formerly known as GMEX arena) as Head of Health and Safety, later to incorporate the role of Head of Security. 

His role offers business’, events and TV Production advice and support, including on-site planning and documentation across the UK and internationally.

Ben represents client/event producers at safety advisory (SAG) and licencing meetings whenever applicable or necessary. In addition, assisting event organisers to plan effectively for crowd management, site design layouts, safety plans and support with Construction (design and management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) duties. He is a member of key sub committees, setting industry standards, guidance documents and advice to the industry.

Steven Mellor

Associate Consultant

Steven Mellor

Steven has worked as a safety and health consultant for over 15 years. In that time he has worked in a wide variety of businesses in all industries. He has previously worked for the HSE as an independent consultant for the scheme “workplace health connect”, has set examination questions for the British Safety Council and has been an assessor for the SSIP scheme CHAS.

He is a chartered member of IOSH and also a member of the Institute of Acoustics (MIOA) specialising in noise and vibration.

Louanne Lanahan

Health and Safety Consultant, CMIOSH

Louanne Lanahan

Dip.RSA CMIOSH

A tenacious, hard-working, pro-active chartered health and safety consultant with demonstrated practical experience in multi-disciplined fields ranging from:

  • facilities/property management;
  • distribution and logistics;
  • leisure and retail;
  • adult and children’s services, and
  • educational establishments to name a few.

Committed to driving up safety, health and environment standards and a passionate believer in sensible risk management, providing realistic, cost effective and practical advice, with the ability to persuade and motivate people.

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