The No Falls Foundation is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1177494. It has been established for charitable purposes only for the public benefit.
Peter Bennett OBE, Chair
Peter is managing director of PASMA, the trade association representing the mobile access tower industry, and executive director of the Ladder Association. He sits on a number of national and international standard-setting bodies and has played a leading role in developing much of the guidance dedicated to advancing height safety. He is a past president of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), and current chair of the Access Industry Forum (AIF), the forum for the eleven leading trade bodies involved in work at height in the UK. He was instrumental in the creation of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height, and is current chair of the No Falls Foundation. Peter also chairs the Test & Research Centre, a facility established and funded by PASMA and the Ladder Association to provide test, certification and research resource to improve work at height.
Ray Cooke, Health & Safety Advisor
Ray joined the Foundation after a 35-year career with Health & Safety Executive (HSE). His most recent role was Principal Inspector in charge of the HSE construction division’s sector safety team, which saw him helping and supporting inspectors and industry at large with guidance designed to ensure compliance with the law, including responsibility for HSE’s Working Well Together (WWT) campaign. Over the years his roles included, amongst others, advocating the UK’s policy position in Brussels regarding ATEX, the European Directive for protecting people in potentially explosive atmospheres, running HSE’s Operational Construction Team in the West Midlands, and developing training courses for a postgraduate diploma for HSE inspectors in conjunction with the University of Warwick.
Clive Johnson, Trustee
Bio coming soon
Gillian Rutter, Trustee
Gillian has many landmark achievements to her name in an access industry traditionally dominated by men. Gillian is a director of Hire Access Ltd and runs and manages her own training company, Skyward Access Training Ltd. Her enthusiasm, commitment and knowledge of the access industry saw her rise to become the first ever woman chair of PASMA, the not-for-profit organisation representing the international mobile access tower industry. Gillian is a keen advocate of encouraging more women into the access industry and is believed to be the first woman ever to be elected chair at any of the major UK working at height associations.
Joe Black, Trustee
Joe has been involved in managing trade associations in the work at height sector for 10 years, with a particular emphasis on drafting and revising industry guidance on a wide range of subjects – primarily connected with height safety and best practice. In addition to acting as company secretary for the Edge Protection Federation (EPF), Joe also contributes to the work of the UK Metal Decking Association (UKMDA), Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET, the Specialist Access Engineering & Maintenance Association (SAEMA) and the Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA). Joe has a special interest in farm safety and actively supports the work of the Farm Safety Partnership dedicated to reducing farming fatalities.
Peter Douglas, Trustee
Peter has spent over 30 years in the working at height sector – 27 of those years with Nationwide Platforms, a major UK company in the powered access rental sector. Peter rose through the ranks at Nationwide to become UK operations director, and while with Nationwide served as a council and board member of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). Peter is now chief executive officer of IPAF, the not-for-profit member organisation tasked with promoting the safe use of powered access across the globe. Peter has a long standing passion for safety and throughout his career has been committed to reducing deaths and injuries resulting from falls from height.
Ken Johnson, Trustee
Having been involved in business development and the manufacture of scaffolding products for more than 40 years, Ken recently retired as a consultant to the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) where he served on both the Health & Safety Committee and the Technical Committee providing advice and guidance on all aspects of scaffolding best practice. Well known and respected throughout the industry, for many years Ken was the author of the NASC Safety Report and liaised closely with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and both UK and European standard-setting bodies. He also played an active role in UEG, the European organisation of scaffolding organisations across Europe and beyond.
Tony Seddon, Trustee
Tony holds a number of senior positions in the work at height sector. Directly involved in height safety since 2006 and a contributor to a number of national and international standard-setting bodies, Tony is managing director of Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET). He is also company secretary of the Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA), the UK Metal Decking Association (UKMDA) and the Specialist Access Engineering & Maintenance Association (SAEMA), the trade association focusing on raising standards in the UK permanent and temporary suspended access industry. Tony is a director of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) and on behalf of the Forum he regularly speaks on the topic of working at height at conferences, seminars and webinars.
John Bungay, Trustee
With 40 years of experience in the access and working at height sector, John first joined Youngman Ltd in 1973. From 1984 onwards he held various board positions with both Youngman and SGB UK, ending as a director and shareholder of the Youngman Group from 2005 – 2014 following a Buy-In Management Buyout (BIMBO). A past president of both PASMA – the not-for-profit body serving the mobile access tower industry – and the Ladder Association, John has served as an industry representative on various British Standards Institute (BSI) committees with a strong focus on improving safe working practices. In addition to the Foundation, his voluntary roles have previously included working with The Princes Youth Business Trust and he currently volunteers with the National Trust.
Steffan Groch, Trustee
Chris Kendall, Trustee
Chris has spent the last 25 years working in the cranes and access sector, first with PASMA and the Ladder Association, and latterly, since 2010, as chair of the Access Industry Forum’s (AIF) Marketing & Communications Committee. A regular contributor to the trade and professional press on the subject of working at height, he is a committed advocate of height safety. A former magistrate and life member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), he arranged and delivered the AIF’s National Conference on Working at Height in 2016 and 2019 and now takes an active interest in the marketing and PR activities of the Foundation. Throughout his career Chris has liaised closely with the HSE – in particular Working Well Together (WWT) – and other trade associations allied to the access industry.
Hannah Williams, Charity Manager
Hannah began her career in the work at height sector at Lyte Ladders and Towers in 2006. In 2009 Hannah was appointed to the board of directors serving in various positions until 2018. During her time at Lyte Hannah took a keen interest in improving height safety and sat on the governing bodies of both the Ladder Association and PASMA, including the Ladder Association’s Technical Committee. Her work experience embraces marketing, public relations, product development and product sourcing and Hannah is delighted to be continuing her interest in height safety by serving as manager of the No Falls Foundation.