Orchard Hill

Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability


Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability

Salary:                   £66,405 – £72,711 per annum (Inclusive of London Weighting Allowance), OHCAT Management Pay Scale, L30 – L34

Hours:                   36hrs per week, 8.45am – 4.30pm (Mon-Th), 8.45am – 4.15pm (Fr)

Contract:             Permanent

Location:              Sutton Office (SM1 1DA) with routine travel throughout the estate.

Closing Date:     26th July 2024

Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT) is a family of specialist education providers for over 2000 pupils and students from nursery to further education across 15 academies and 9 college centres in London, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire. Supporting our academies and college, OHC&AT also operate learning support, such as nursing and therapy, and a central business support team which includes Estates, Facilities, Human Resources, Finance and IT.

Pupils and students within the OHC&AT family have a wide range of learning abilities and additional needs including autistic spectrum disorder; speech, language and communication difficulties; social, emotional and mental health; profound and multiple disabilities; and physical disabilities including multi-sensory impairment and complex health needs.

OHC&AT is a rewarding and inspirational place to work, where everyone works together to create the best possible outcomes for students. To find out more about us, and what makes us a special place to work please visit www.ohcat.org

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced HSE professional to further enhance their career and experience. The successful candidate will take the lead on all Health, Safety, Environmental and Sustainability matters across the enterprise including our academies, college centres and central office.

The primary purposes of the role are to promote and develop a positive health, safety and environmental culture across the organisation and positively advance the organisation’s sustainability endeavours.

You will;

  • Act as the primary point of contact across the organisation for Health, Safety, Environmental and Sustainability matters.
  • Develop and implement health, safety and environmental management systems including appropriate policies, processes and safe systems or work.
  • Develop and implement the health, safety and environmental strategy, providing competent, professional advice to OHC&AT.
  • Build positive working relationships with key stakeholder including, but not limited to, Executives, Leadership Teams, Principals, Headteachers, Head of Centres, Directors and other colleagues.
  • Oversee health & safety investigations ensuring accidents and incidents are carried out appropriately, taking responsibility for reporting of injuries to the HSE (RIDDOR)
  • Manage the Health and Safety team ensuring high performance and continuing professional and personal development.



The right person for this role will;

  • Have proven knowledge of providing comprehensive and detailed health & safety advice in a complex organisation, ideally within the education sector.
  • Have detailed knowledge of health & safety processes and legislation and other relevant legislation related to the education sector, fire safety and risk management.
  • Have excellent leadership, management and communication skills.
  • Have recognised qualifications, professional membership and proven leadership associated with health and safety, fire safety and risk management.

Please see the attached job description for full details on the role and the skills, experience and knowledge we are looking for.

For an informal discussion about the role, candidates are invited to contact Bernie Riggs via email briggs@orchardhill.ac.uk to arrange a time to speak with Lloyd Hankin, Chief Operating Officer.

To apply for this role please submit an up-to-date CV with a supporting cover letter via email to jobs@orchardhill.ac.uk no later than 12 noon on 26th July 2024.  Interviews will take place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 2024.  Please note that applicants will be required to complete an application form if shortlisted, prior to interview.

Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Appointments made will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.