Summary of Health and Safety Services

Governing Body, Events and Shows [Indoor and Outdoor]

Who Am I?

  • First appointed as a Health and Safety Adviser in 1982
  • Established as a Sole Practitioner in February 2007, practising in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland
  • Was brought up on a working farm, and a large country estate. Spent much time around, in particular , working / showing horses
  • Provides a legal support service, including incident management and client representation
  • British Eventing – Advisor to the Board of Directors, also Blenheim International Horse Trials, Bramham International Horse Trials, The Festival of British Eventing [Gatcombe Park], Weston Park International Horse Trials [both Spring and Autumn events]
  • Is well aware of the management techniques required for managing voluntary and young person’s workers
  • Includes practical issues of access and self-management for disabled persons as part of the overall assessment of the location
  • Worked on a number of Grass Roots Events and Shows, Major Public Shows and Officiated at International One Day and Three Day Events in a number of different roles since 1976
  • Worked as an Emergency Control Leader/Serious Incident Plan Manager at Major Public Events
  • Past working member of the Health and Safety Committee for British Eventing [time served]
  • Responsible for the restructuring and revamping of H&S within British Eventing to Lead Body Status. Continued to review and update the guidelines over a period of 10 years
  • Advises the Board of Directors of British Eventing on matters of policy and health and safety management
  • Supported other major Public Event Sporting bodies in reviewing systems and procedures
  • Events include – Magna Carta 800 Runnymede [2015], Longines Global Champions Tour – London 2013, 2014 and 2015, Wimbledon Park Golf Club Trade Outlets [part of the Wimbledon Championships site] Blenheim International Horse Trials [7 years] Bramham International Horse Trials [8 years], The Festival of British Eventing [Gatcombe Park [8 years], Chatsworth International Horse Trials [3 years], Littleton Manor Equestrian Centre including The Rampage Run, Oxfordshire County & Thame Show, National Farm Attractions Network

Event / Show Planning
Ensuring we apply Purple Guide Best Practice
Local Authority Licensing Application
Contractor Approval
Event/Show Installation Planning
Event/Show Breakdown Planning
Event/Show Wet Weather Planning
Trade Stand Planning
Public Access & Egress Planning Management
Event/Show Services Planning
Event/Show Risk Assessment – Pre Installation
CDM Application and Coordination

Event / Show Management
Site Manager Assistance
Risk Management
Serious Incident Management
Contractor Monitoring
Trade Stand Monitoring
Site Installation Supervision
Site Breakdown Supervision
Local & National Enforcement Agency Liaison, Incident Investigation and Reporting

Other Services I Offer

Organiser/Steward/Officials Training
Classroom or Onsite Live Event/Show
Event/Show Planning and Management Techniques
Applicable Health and Safety Legislation
Risk Management Techniques
Selected Contractor Training
Governing Body Staff Training
Governing Body
H&S Management Policy/Procedure/ Standards
Duty of Care Recognition & Management
Health & Safety Policy Management – Board and Field Operations Levels
Health and Safety Culture Development
Health & Safety Processes Documentation
Health & Safety Support
Endorsements of my service

“I have worked with Ray for many, many years in my capacity as FEI Technical Delegate and BE Steward at many events in the UK and, more recently, as Director of Chatsworth International Horse Trials. There is no-one I would trust more to look out for our events. His attention to detail, work ethic, knowledge and commitment make him, in my view, the best Health & Safety Adviser there is.”
Patricia Clifton – The Dodson & Horrell, Chatsworth International Horse Trials

“British Eventing was very fortunate to have Ray Hipkin in its team when the full requirements of health and safety legislation became a reality to our sport. He translated what looked like a complete mine field of legislation into practical solutions with his pragmatic approach. By doing so he assisted us to introduce bench mark standards to our events that have become the model across many equestrian sports. British Eventing was awarded Lead Body status by our enforcing authorities as a result. He also converted the most sceptical members of our team and showed us that compliance is possible without obstructing the enjoyment we get from of our sport. We are pleased to say that Ray continues to assist us in our quest to prevent injury and to continually improve our performance in human and equine health, safety and welfare.”
Mike Etherington-Smith – Chef Executive, British Eventing

“Ray Hipkin has a style of health and safety management that is based on pragmatism and effective delivery of the professional standards I want for my organisation. He makes legislation seem straight forward and uncomplicated which means my team willingly work within the bench marks set. Ray’s hands-on approach lends itself to working as part of the team. He also takes time to understand how the organisation works and fits into that structure as well as the wishes of my clients. Ray is also willing to assist in other areas for the benefit of the project we are working on.”
Tim Henson – Director, Henson Franklyn Ltd

“Ray’s technical breadth of knowledge across health and safety and the legal apparatus through which Health and Safety regulation is enforced is excellent. Alongside his pragmatic, practical, approach to problem solving and his very accessible training style make Ray a formidable and very effective Safety Practitioner.”
Chris Jones – Director of Compliance, Health and Safety, Cory Environmental

“Weston Park International Horse Trials is privileged to have the professional assistance of Ray Hipkin. Ray has undertaken all aspects of our Health and Safety remit for 9 years with diligence, commitment and good humour. His model is now regarded as the lead documentation for many equestrian venues and establishments.
Ray has great strengths in times of disaster and is a valued team member who is always ready to turn his hand to other duties.”
Janet Plant – British Eventing Technical Advisor & Weston Park Director and Organiser

Contact Ray Hipkin
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