Meet the team


Health & Safety
University of Exeter
Ground floor, Hope Hall
Prince of Wales Road





Health and Safety team

Mike Wetherell

Head of Health and Safety

Mike joined the central safety team in 2014 to help the university further develop organisational wide safety systems in scientific and technical areas following his success in CLES as the Biological Safety Officer. Mike comes with both chemical and biological experience and is leading the on safety standards covering, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), Bottled Science Gas and Cryogenics, Carriage of Dangerous Goods, Diving and is involved in the University wide Safe Laboratory Project. Mike is the main university contact for CLES and UEMS and for any scientific or technical safety query.

Phone: Phone: +44 (0)1392 726345 (internal 6345)


Liz O'Brien

Health, Safety and Radiation Protection Officer

Liz joined the safety team in 2018 and is the main contact for ionising and non-ionising radiation safety; compliance with the ionising radiations regulations, environmental permitting regulations, control of artificial optical radiation at work regulations and other applicable legislations.

Phone: Office: +44(0)1392 722995 (internal 2995)

Rhian Loosemore

Health & Safety Advisor

Rhian joined the team in November 2013. As a safety generalist Rhian's role is to develop organisational wide safety systems for the general safety subjects such the incident reporting & investigation standard, events and fieldwork. One of Rhian’s expert subjects is ergonomics and is the point of contact for musculoskeletal issues relating to Display Screen Equipment (DSE) and manual handling. She works closely with the Occupational Health team and Disability and Wellbeing Advisor to provide additional support to staff as required. In addition to her financial sector experience Rhian has also worked in the NHS and brings much experience around managing lone working, UK and international travel.

Rhian is the main contact for Cornwall (including the Knowledge Spa in Truro), Business School, SSIS and Professional Services as well as being a contact for anyone needing general health & safety advice or support.

Phone: +44 (0)1392 726175 (internal 6175)

Charles Harrison

Health and Safety Advisor

Charles joined the team in May 2016 initially to complete a project looking into chemical use (COSHH) across the University. Charles is the main contact for anything chemical related as well as laser safety and general lab work. Charles has worked in the University sector since graduating holding a wide variety of jobs including work in outreach, teaching and toxic waste disposal.

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724374 (internal 4374)


Sara Wortley

Health & Safety Systems Support Administrator

Sara is team lead for incident reporting database, radiation database, eye test reimbursement process, first aider database, fire marshals database, and is the initial contact for data requests and reports.

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725347 (internal 5347)

Fire safety team

Arron Lock

Fire Safety Manager

Arron has a Military Fire Service background and is our competent person for fire matters. On a daily basis Arron assists managers and staff with specific fire related queries and is also the lead for the Fire Risk Assessment Project.

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725338 (internal 5338)

Ian Heywood

Fire Safety Risk Assessor

Ian has joined the team to assist in the Fire Risk Assessment Project. Ian is responsible for carrying out Fire Risk Assessments in all buildings across the University and working with managers to resolve any issues.

Phone: +44 (0)1392 726176 (internal 6176)

Occupational Health

The contact details for the Occupational Health team can be found on the Occupational Health contacts webpage.

Equality and Diversity

The contact details for the Equality and Diversity team can be found on the Equality and Diversity contacts webpage.