Meet the Team

Simon Walter – Director

Simon has over a decade’s worth of health and safety experience and is highly qualified in this field. He is a Chartered member of IOSH and is also on the review panel for potential Charterships. Simon concentrates on the health, safety, fire and environmental side of the business but also on the overall strategy.

Cate Walter – Director

Our director Cate, along with Simon founded Rhino Safety Limited back in 2015. Cate’s background is education and employment law. She is a qualified coach and lecturer in HR and Employment law. Cate is our Operations Director and manages all the staff, accounts, Networking and business development. Cate also does a lot of public speaking on behalf of Rhino Safety and is a passionate advocate of continuous personal and professional development. Cate was recently announced as one of F:Entrepreneur’s 2019 Top 100 businesswoman! Cate is a Governor at her daughters’ primary school and loves walking her two rescue dogs.

Julie Hopwood – Communications Manager

Julie has over 15 years experience in Online Marketing having worked for Holidaybreak as an Online Content Manager. As our communications manager Julie is in charge of our social media, digital execution and content creation as well as general marketing and internal and external communications.

Shirley Seabridge – Office Manager

Shirley joined Rhino Safety as our Office Manager in October 2018 and deals with the day-to-day running of the office, including supporting the Rhino team and looking after the accounts function. With her many years of experience within various organisations Shirley brings a wealth of knowledge from the previous roles she has undertaken.

Sarah Welfare –  Health and Safety Consultant

Having worked as part of a team responsible for the health and safety of projects at a prestigious automotive manufacturer, Sarah joined Rhino Safety in December 2017 as a Health & Safety Consultant. Sarah’s role involves assisting clients from a diverse range of industries in all Health & Safety related matters, from inspections and risk assessments, through to SSIP accreditations and accident investigations.

Kevin Davies – Senior Health and Safety Consultant

Kevin has had a varied background in maintenance, manufacturing, horticulture, waste, recycling, fire and safety consultancy and having previously been a Health, Safety and Environment manager, he can appreciate the difficulties that businesses face when looking for external guidance and support and will be using these skills to assist our clients.

Peter Foran –  Health and Safety Consultant

Peter has joined us from the Royal Mail where he lead a safety team as part of a continuous improvement programme. This focused on accident investigation, control measures against accidents, risk assessments and preventative measures in different work areas and implementing active monitoring methods. He also undertook workplace inspections for the plant and collated and stratified all the data from active monitoring, identifying any positive or negative trend. Peter’s experience will help him to hit the ground running with Rhino.

Karl Hand – Health and Safety Consultant

Karl joined us in March 2020 as our 5th Health and Safety Consultant. Karl previously worked for a Tipi and Marquee company where he was responsible for all of the on-site health and safety. A large part of Karl’s role also involved customer service and he is going to be a valuable asset to the Consulting team.

Sylvia Barnes – Operations Manager

Sylvia joined the team in August 2020. An expat from New York City, Sylvia has over 10 years of business support experience. Her love for technology, project planning, and organisation has transitioned her from a career in teaching into business solutions for increased productivity. As Operations Manager, Sylvia will manage Rhino Safety’s processes and procedures, to ensure the company is performing to its maximum potential and staying up to date with the ever changing world of business and health and safety.





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