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Independent Safety Services Ltd are dedicated to providing consultancy, training and support of the highest standard to all clients. Delivery is carried out by highly experienced, highly qualified experts, some of whom are listed below:

Our Key Personnel

Alan Johns
Managing Director

issl__0001_SAM_7125Accreditations: MSOE, MIRTE

After completing an engineering apprenticeship with Leyland Trucks and several years in diesel engineering both in the UK and overseas, Alan joined the Road Transport Industry Training Board. He has over 25 years experience in Health and Safety and specialises in Transportation issues. Alan was also a Director of Hinton and Higgs.

Dr Anne C Woolridge
Technical Director


Accreditations: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MCIWM, FHEA

Anne is the Technical Director of Independent Safety Services Limited and is well-known in the field of healthcare waste management, nationally and internationally. She works closely with a number of organisations in order to improve the management of healthcare waste from both the NHS and private sector.

Will Jones
Waste Management Consultant & Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor

issl__0004_SAM_7111Accreditations: BSc (hons) Environmental Science

Will has extensive experience working within the chemical and radioactive industries. Specialising in compliance issues and standards, Will is experienced in planning investigations, site appraisals data gathering, auditing healthcare waste facilities (full audits, chemical audits, pre acceptance and duty of care) and liaising with regulatory bodies as required. Will is an exam-qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) and services clients mainly in the north of England.

Gary Spooner
Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser & Waste Management Consultant

Gary is a qualified Transport Manager for domestic and international transport. He has over 30 years experience in the transport industry dealing with the movement of dangerous goods, predominately chemicals, radioactive, gases, fuels and infectious materials. Gary has experience undertaking healthcare waste auditing, including full audits, pre-acceptance audits and duty of care checks. Gary is the appointed Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser for a number of clients throughout the UK.

Paul Teasdale
Finance Director

ISSAFE_PaulTeasdaleAccreditations: FCA

Paul is a chartered Accountant with over 40 years experience, both in private practice and in the Safety Consultancy business, including 10 years with Hinton & Higgs Ltd before and after its sale to Willis Caroon. Paul has been a Director of Independent Safety Services Limited since its inception in 1996.

John Herbert

ISSAFE_JohnHerbertAccreditations: BSc (Eng), PhD, PG Dip H&S, CFIOSH, CEnv, MIoD

John Herbert is a Health, Safety and Environmental specialist. Formerly Director of Health, Safety and Environment for the Engineering Employers Federation in Sheffiled, John has extensive experience in helping a wide range of organisations, both in the UK and internationally, to improve their Health, Safety and Environment performance; advising directors and managers on both strategic and operational issues.  He has worked as an Inspector for the Health and Safety Executive and has a research degree in Occupational Hygiene.

Matthew Smith
Waste Management Consultant & Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser






Accreditations: B.Sc (Hons) Geology; M.Sc Integrated Environmental Studies; Licentiate Member CIWM

Matthew is the newest member of the ISSL team, joining the team in December 2014. He has experience in a variety of waste management fields including, but not limited to, thermal treatment of waste, waste regulation and prevention and hazardous and healthcare wastes. He has worked as technical advisor at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, coordinating five special interest groups and contributing to the publication of two guidance documents on healthcare waste. He is also an exam qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser.

Bob Papps
Senior Transport Engineer

ISSAFE_BobPappsAccreditations: I.Eng., FCILT, Hon FIRTE, Hon FSOE, FIMI

Bob is a past Chairman and Vice President of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers and is registered with the Law Society as an Expert Witness. Engaged by a wide range of organisations, both in the public and private sectors, he has undertaken projects involving many vehicle types, including car transporters and abnormal indivisible loads. Bob has investigated and reported upon numerous vehicle accidents throughout the world.

Christine Phelan
PA/Office Manager








Christine has worked for various companies in a similar role.  Her previous position involved supporting the Management Team at Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK based in Sheffield.  Prior to that, she also worked for the EEF in Sheffield for over 19 years.  In that time, Christine worked for three consecutive Chief Executives, helping to support new business ventures in a varied PA role.