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Meet The Team

Our consultants are professionals and experts in their fields. They have the qualifications and experience necessary to provide you with a good quality service and are exerts in their field. We don’t employ individuals with minimal qualification and experience at the Risk Management Circle, our consultants have years of experience of providing practical solutions to help a wide range of businesses comply with legal requirements and keep their staff and the public out of harms way.


James Wooldridge

Specialism: Health and Safety - Legal Compliance - Liability claims defence - Motor fleet risk management and occupational road risk


James has 25 years of health and safety and risk management experience including 10 years experience as an enforcement officer having trained as an Environmental Health Officer and then training again to become one of HM Inspectors of Health and Safety. This experience gave him a good knowledge of how to comply with health and safety legislation in the retail, distribution, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. It also gave him significant experience of the construction sector as he held the role of HM Inspector of Health and Safety for construction in Oxfordshire.

The following 10 years was spent in a leading Lloyds insurance syndicate. Specifically, many risk management programmes have been devised and implemented by James to help a range of organisations in varied sectors reduce the cost of their liability claims.

In particular, James has worked with many retail, distribution and manufacturing businesses and a range of construction clients including Morgan Est, Sir Robert McAlpine, Laing O’Rourke, Bowmer & Kirkland, Morgan Sindall, PC Harrington and Barhale. James also ran risk management programmes for Welsh Water Asset Management Programme 4 and the CTRL Joint Venture initiatives.

Over recent years James has run a successful consultancy business that has focused on assisting a wide range of businesses comply with health and safety requirements and reduce their liability and motor fleet insurance costs.


  • MBA from Aston University
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
  • Diploma in Insurance
  • Diploma in Air Pollution Control
  • NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health from Aston University

Phil Durrant MBA C.Eng FIChemE

Specialism: Explosive Atmospheres


Phil is a chemical engineering consultant with 34 years experience including 25 years experience of working with situations involving explosive atmospheres.

Phil provides pragmatic and cost effective advice to businesses to enable them to take practical steps to comply with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). Past DSEAR risk assessments and ATEX studies have been undertaken at facilities as diverse as a local authority heating plant, paint spraying in aircraft hangers, bulk petrochemical storage and anaerobic digestion facilities.

Phil has also assisted in mitigating the risk of dust explosion in the pharmaceutical and distilleries sectors.


  • MBA from Durham University
  • BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Specialist training courses on hazardous area classification at HFL

Jonathan Grainger

Specialism: Health and Safety Legal Compliance – Developing Health and Safety Management Systems – Health and Safety Training


Jon trained as one of HM Inspectors of Health and Safety and worked for the Health and Safety Executive for a number of years in Yorkshire and Lancashire. During this time he developed a pragmatic and sensible approach to health and safety management and worked in a number of sectors including:

  • Manufacturing – Engineering, Plastics, Woodworking, Paper, Logistics, Waste management, Foundries, Textiles and Food Manufacturing.
  • Housing Associations
  • Facilities Management
  • Independent schools
  • NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers

Jon joined City of York Council and managed the health and safety team with responsibility for ensuring appropriate standards of health and safety in:

  • Nursing Care Homes and Residential Homes
  • Education – primary, secondary and FE.
  • Leisure facilities
  • Grounds and highways maintenance

Jon has considerable experience in health and safety management systems, inspections and audit, accident investigations and has worked with both the Police and HM Coroner on fatal accident investigations.


  • Post Graduate Diploma Occupational Health & Safety Heriot Watt University
  • NVQ Level 4 Occupational Health & Safety for Regulators
  • Fire Manager Certificate Accredited by Institute of Fire Safety Managers
  • BOHS P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings
  • BOHS P900 Legionella Maintenance and Testing of Control Measures for Domestic Hot and Cold Water Systems;
  • BOHS P901 Legionella Management and Control of Building Hot and Cold Water Services
  • CDM Co-ordinator Certificate

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People say...

  • The resource box has proved incredibly useful in helping many of our clients improve their fleet safety approach and reduce their collision costs. Our analysis indicates that 8 out of 10 businesses that have received the resource box go on to implement the easy to use templates and policies and see a reduction in their fleet claims costs.

    Doug Jenkins Specialist Business Resilience Manager - Motor, AXA Insurance

  • "I can recommend James for his expert knowledge, attention to detail, output and exceptional drive to deliver service excellence."

    Keven Parker Director, Jobson James Insurance Brokers

  • "Over a number of years James and I have worked with mutual clients. It has been clear that James has helped those clients to both prevent claims and be better placed to defend claims. James provides straightforward advice which is practical and aimed at reducing claims costs. Any business following advice from James should see a positive improvement in their ability to defend claims."

    Jennette Newman Partner, BLM Law

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