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About us



The Health and Safety Office works within the Directorate of Governance and Legal Services and are based at Huntersdale. The Health and Safety team provide advice, assistance and involvement at operational and strategic levels, as is necessary to ensure that the health and safety standards to which the College is committed are met. Such standards are those prescribed by legal, best practice and other relevant criteria, including those established from the risk assessment process. Day to day, colleagues in the Health and Safety Office:

  • Formulate and review policies and procedures;
  • Provide advice and assistance on the implementation of these policies and procedures;
  • Develop procedures and processes to assist with the management of health and safety;
  • Provide training and ensure the establishment of standards of training to meet identified needs, including those required by law;
  • Review, on behalf of the College, compliance with legal, best practice and College standards (auditing).

 Meet the team:


Matt Purcell BSc (Hon), PgDip, MA (Law), CMIOSH Director of Health and Safety
Huntersdale - HUG24
Extension: 3828
Office: 01784 443828



Matt started his career in medical research working as a Laboratory Scientific Officer, and from there made the decision to move into health and safety. He has been working for the College since 2000 and leads the health and safety team, which provides such advice, assistance and involvement at operational and stratergic levels as is necessary to ensure that the health and safety standards to which the College is committed are met. 

EaineCassidyElaine Cassidy B.Sc., PgDip, M.Sc., CMIOSH 
Health and Safety Officer(Auditor) 
Huntersdale HUG25 
Extension: 3029 Office: 01784 443029 




Elaine started her career as a Higher Scientific Officer with the Ministry of Defence (Navy), where she worked in several naval bases including Portsmouth, Davenport, Faslane, in naval hospitals, and in the Fleet Air Arm. Her role involved specialist projects including employees’ exposure to airborne contaminants in foundries, paint spraying, welding, disinfectants, and asbestos. She then worked for several local authorities as a H & S Enforcement Officer, and as a H & S Adviser. 

Elaine has also worked in manufacturing as a H & S Adviser, for an international specialty oil company, providing products including naphthenic oils, bitumen and fuel distillates worldwide. 

Elaine is involved in health and safety auditing, facilitating departments with their H & S management arrangements, providing advice to departments, and developing and reviewing H & S policies.


Alan Oakes
Fire Safety Officer
Huntersdale - HUG25
Extension: 4641
Office: 01784 414641



Alan joined the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1982 after a six year period in a customer service role with British Airways. His fire service career took him to London in 1989 and Surrey in 1993, where he finally retired in March 2007. 

Across those three different brigades he undertook a variety of roles, including Watch and Station Manager, Fire Safety specialist, Training Manager and Community Fire Safety Manager.  His last three years with Surrey Fire Brigade were spent as the Runnymede Borough Manager, with responsibility for the community safety activities of the firefighters at Chertsey and Egham fire stations, which gave him a valuable insight into the fire safety issues he now deals with at Royal Holloway. 


Hilary Lobb
Secretary/Administrative Assistant
Huntersdale - HUG24
Extension: 3828
Office: 01784 443828



Hilary has worked in administration and customer service in the oil, chemical and cosmetic industry with particular focus on manufacturing and exports to the motorsport, fragrance and cosmetic markets.  Hilary has also worked in the freight and shipping industry gaining experience in the handling and movement of hazardous goods.  Recently Hilary moved into the education sector previously working for an Independent School in Guildford before joining Royal Holloway University of London in August 2015 providing secretarial and administrative support to the Health and Safety Office.

The Compliance Team

The Compliance team works within the Health and Safety Office. We provide a central service function to ensure a safe environment for students, staff, visitors and conference guests is maintained. This includes the regular testing

 of fire alarm systems, emergency lighting and other statutory compliance requirements.


Stephan Scheiner
Compliance Manager
Huntersdale - HUG24
Extension: 4637
Office: 01784 414637





Peter Colvin
Compliance Monitor
Mobile: 07786 110797



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Compliance Monitor
Mobile: 07786 110797